There are two standout features of a SONA (State of the Nation) address.
The first is the outlandish and expensive garb of the ANC members, predominately. Who could ever forget the wholly unsuitable yellow confection that one lady MP had poured herself into in and pulled poses for the cameras like it was the red carpet at the Oscars? And then, of course, there was Lucy Gigaba, newly minted head of Pubic Enterprises, who took time off from videoing himself masturbating to nattily strut the catwalk looking like a debonair pilot flashing tons of pearly whites in a Peter Stuyvesant advert. These are Marie Antoinette moments.
In recent years, these displays of self-aggrandisement and self-deception have been toned down but the self-aggrandisement and self-deception of the address and promises have not. If things go according to script tonight, the Precedent will cherry pick some minor achievements and statistics to show that the government actually works for you. He will then proceed to make vague promises about improving our lot and will unflinchingly look straight into the heart of the video camera while he claims that the government will clamp down on corruption – pinky promise.
With SA reeling under the impact of two years of Covid and four years of Zondo, Squirrel will have a tough time trying to hide his nuts. Nevertheless, he will, and I predict that, once stripped of its banal rhetoric, tonight’s address will be same old, same old. I will not be listening and all I can say is –
SONA SE MOER!