The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) decided not to disrupt Sona because President Cyril Ramaphosa has been to the public protector and stated that he be held accountable for the Bosasa donation.
According to The Citizen, the EFF were still debating on whether they would cause chaos, hours before Sona began, but as Ramaphosa had released his submission to the public protector regarding the R500,000 donation for the ANC election campaign.
EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu apparently stood up and stated that he was concerned about Ramaphosa’s plagiarism as a few matters he addressed were those of the EFF. However, as he did so he remembered the party’s decision not to interrupt the address and then stated that he would raise the concerns at a later stage.
After the speech, Julius Malema told eNCA that Shivambu’s complaint was that it appeared that Ramaphosa had abandoned the ANC manifesto and began to plagiarise the EFF manifesto with regards to the early childhood development, human settlements and a few others.
During Ramaphosa’s speech he stated the government are wanting to institute a comprehensive early childhood development programme and mentioned that more than 700,000 children already gained access to it in the last year.