The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused the President of being deceitful, for what the party says, is not keeping his word to give South Africans a public holiday if the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup.
On Monday, thousands of South Africans waited with bated breath on President Cyril Ramaphosa to finally announce which day will be a holiday.
Some were disappointed when he declared the 15th of December a Public Holiday.
“The 15th of December falls within a holiday period in South Africa, wherein a majority of labour-intensive industries are already closed; schools are closed, and many South Africans are home with their families. To make matters worse, the 15th of December falls before the 16th of December, which is deemed as the Day of Reconciliation in South Africa and is in actual fact an existing public holiday,” the EFF said in a statement.
“In a typical ANC fashion, Ramaphosa committed to giving the people a public holiday if the Springboks triumph at the Rugby World Cup in France, and now that the time to deliver has arrived, he has betrayed his own promises like the liar he is,” added the party.
They’ve also labeled the President as an opportunist, who uses sporting moments to promote himself and the ANC.
The EFF Rejects Cyril Ramaphosa’s Opportunistic Announcement Of A Holiday Within A Holiday pic.twitter.com/qhBn3XuQ0s
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) October 30, 2023
Several points from Ramaphosa’s address have also ruffled the feathers of other political parties and some South Africans.
I am sickened by Ramaphosa’s pathetic attempt to appropriate the Springbok victory. The Springboks are the antithesis of Ramaphosa’s uselessness https://t.co/daFTF96kV7
— Peter Mansfield (@Peterman43) October 30, 2023
UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa, has implored South Africans to be vigilant about the funds used as the Springboks embark on a victory tour from Thursday.
Holomisa says government might try to use state resources, which others might further attempt to use for electioneering.
The Boks, who returned to the country today, will officially kick-off their tour with the Elis Web trophy in Joburg.
He gave us the holiday but in a Ramaphosa way. https://t.co/6C5YCmKT4e
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) October 30, 2023
[WATCH] UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says it doesn’t help that President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared 15 December as a public holiday as the country will already be in a holiday mood. Holomisa explains.#Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/RynUre2TAN
— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) October 30, 2023
The president’s address was the repeat of all previous speeches except of course the spring books.He tried to use this as an election springboard but its backfired .The ANC have lost at every single thing they touch.Ita time for new servant leadership. Check out @Rise_Mzansi
— nalene (@NaleneP) October 30, 2023
What is this? A state of the nation address? Kanti, kwenzakalani ngo President Cyril Ramaphosa madoda.
— Zukula (@Mndeni361) October 30, 2023
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa