South African president to give State of Nation address

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to give his second State of the Nation address to parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, just months before national elections seen by many as a referendum on his ruling African National Congress party.

Ramaphosa, who came to power a year ago after former President Jacob Zuma was ousted by the party, has promised to revive South Africa’s flagging economy and tackle deep-seated corruption.

After he took office, South Africans experienced a rare wave of optimism, sometimes referred to as “Ramaphoria,” but many have again grown weary of the nation’s rampant unemployment, crime and corruption.

The left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters, a small but influential opposition party that has disrupted the speech in past years, has threatened to interrupt the address again on Thursday.

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