After speaking for almost two hours, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address failed to present a plan to grow the economy, reduce unemployment and end power blackouts, which should have been the priorities during an election year when the ANC could lose its majority.

Instead, he provided an analysis of three decades of democracy that tortured the statistics until they confessed to ANC propaganda, and added fake news about a range of topics from black ownership in the mining industry to state spending on its gender-based violence action plan...

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