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Steenhuisen attributes economic downturn to ANC policy and bad governance

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John Steenhuisen, in his formal response to the Economic Recovery Plan, attributed the poor state of the country’s economy to decades of bad governance at the hands of the ANC.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) interim Federal Leader, John Steenhuisen, on Wednesday, 21 October 2020, voiced the leading opposition party’s stance on the Economic Recovery Plan by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The plan was shared on Thursday, 15 October 2020, with the president heeding the call to have a public debate, which took place yesterday. Steenhuisen, in his address, claimed that the poor state of the country’s economy is not entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, but rather, due to continued bad governance.

In response to the president’s “wish list,” Steenhuisen stated that Ramaphosa had already provided multiple plans that were good on paper before, but failed at implementing them. However, he blamed the sitting cabinet for that, and not the president. Steenhuisen then proposed that since the president’s current cabinet is seemingly unable to implement plans, he and the DA would gladly step in.

Read the full speech below.

Sabelo Makhubo
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