Written by on February 20, 2024

Written by: Khanyisile Yende


The Gauteng Economic Freedom Fighters reject the Premier’s State of the Province address.

Panyaza Lesufi, the Premier of Gauteng, delivered his State of the Nation address yesterday at the Nasrec Expo Centre. The EFF in the province has identified this address as the African National Congress’ final speech. This is due to the evidence of a plethora of empty promises made and a lack of action to socially and systematically improve the lives of Gauteng residents.

The Economic Freedom Fighters did not waste time as they disrupted the proceeding calling for the speaker of the house Ntombi Lentheng Mekgwe to remove the Gauteng Crime Wardens in the house, demanding that should go out and fight crime.

Furthermore the EFF expressed their unhappiness on the promises that were made b the premier.

A promise to solve the unemployment crisis in the province was made last year, yet only 100,000 jobs were created in the past year. Nasi’Ispani was not considered a job creation opportunity by the red berets as the employment opportunity only contracts workers to a non-sustainable work opportunity for less than a year.

Gauteng now has an energy shortfall of 4000 megawatts. The Premier vowed to invest in energy solutions, such as establishing a solar farm on the West Rand. There has been no progress or responsibility for the mentioned endeavor.

Gimmicks is what the party has described the Premier’s stand on fighting crime and crime prevention units. This is evident in the province’s latest crime statistics with Gauteng leading serious crime rates in the country, contributing 26.9% to the South African crime rate in the third quarter of 2023/2024. The party touched on how Panyaza’s office lied about spearheading the CCTV surveillance initiative when it has been an ongoing project established by the Freedom Fighters under the guidance of Commissar Dr.Mcgini Tshwaku.

In its closing arguments, the EFF maintains that Lesufi failed to provide any tangible solutions to address issues such as power outages and the growing violent crimes in the province. The party states all efforts that are to be made to address issues raised will be nothing but an opportunity for the governing party to further loot funds that are to be allocated to public service and development.

The EFF will participate in the SOPA debate to unpack and further query about the Premier’s address, as well as the next steps for delivering key taxpayer services and creating a prosperous and equal Gauteng economy.

The 2024 Gauteng State of the Province event was expected to provide updates on progress toward the commitments made during last year’s event, however, the EFF continues to insist that the people of Gauteng have been duped. This comes after the Premier declared that e-tolls, for example, would be eliminated, even though the province and the ruling party continue to work on this issue in the present day.

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