The African National Congress (ANC) says they are looking forward to the delivery of the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) by the President Jacob Zuma, on the 9th February 2017.
“The State of the Nation Address is used by the Government of the Republic of South Africa to report on the state of our country, progress we are making in realising our vision of a National Democratic Society and the key actions required to move us closer and faster to the ultimate objective of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.” says ANC.
“State of the Nation Addresses delivered by the ANC-led government are the penultimate culmination of a continuous process which commences every year with the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) Statement, the January 8 Statement, where the people’s representatives, the ANC, having reviewed the past years, outlines the orders to the movement towards realising the aspirations of our people.
“This year’s January 8 Statement directed us to draw from the legacy of that giant of our movement, President Oliver Reginald Tambo, to unite the organisation, unite our movement and unite South Africa towards a common goal.
“Such goal is radical economic transformation, which the ANC NEC Lekgotla held at the end of January 2017, identified as the most urgent directive to the movement.
“The Legkotla was instructive on the need for faster economic growth, accelerated radical socio-economic transformation, land reform and redistribution, the funding of higher education, fighting crime and corruption as well as building the capacity of the state as the key priorities of the ANC in the current year.
“The Cabinet Lekgotla, which follows the ANC NEC Lekgotla, usually gives practical and programmatic effect to the people’s process of policy formation and guidance and translates it into a programme of action for government.
“It is with great anticipation therefore that we commend to President Zuma and our government the people’s aspiration for Radical Economic Transformation NOW.