The DA has released a statement, following the president’s Economic Recovery Plan address, calling for the dismissal of ministers “standing in the way of reform.”
The Democratic Alliance (DA) released a statement on Thursday, 15 October 2020, revealing its stance on the president’s presentation of the Economic Recovery Plan. The initial sentiments mirrored those of fellow opposition parties, who suggested that the plan is a continuation of the ruling party’s promises but no reform.
According to the DA, “South Africa has a surfeit of plans. The only thing that counts now is whether the needed reforms can actually be implemented in time to avoid further mass unemployment and poverty.”
The DA then went on to suggest that the biggest obstacle in realising the plan are the ministers who should be implementing change in their respective departments. This prompted the call for the dismissal of ministers who fail to fulfil their mandate and obligations.
The party further implored Ramaphosa to “commit to public implementation timeframes that are set in stone. Every minister responsible for a key reform area must commit to a timeline.”
Read the full statement below.
Ramaphosa's speech was not the brave commitment that we had hoped for, and which SA needs. It was full of jargon, and at times turgid. Most importantly, he did not close the “credibility gap” between promised reform & absent action.#EconomicRecoveryPlanhttps://t.co/iVRbuAgkXI
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) October 15, 2020