Leader of the opposition in the provincial legislature Cameron Dugmore said: “We had really hoped the premier’s speech would mark a break from the past and indicate that he was leaving behind the politics of blame and complain exemplified by the last five years. I think his speech can be summarised as more of the same with a few sweeteners here and there.”
“With education there was nothing new, except the issue of the introduction of coding as a school subject, which we welcome as well as the proposed introduction of agriculture, arts and culture. But he said nothing about dealing with resource allocation to the poorest schools, where in this province the performance is actually going down. He said nothing about increasing the number of no-fee schools, which indicates an inability to actually allocate resources where they are needed most,” said Dugmore,
The EFF’s Melikhaya Xego said: “On the issue of land, the premier said nothing that gives direction to the people of the province who are homeless, informal settlement dwellers, backyard dwellers and all people who have an interest in land use, especially the previously disadvantaged.
"This, even though he knows that most people of the province have a high interest in hearing a clear position regarding their needs of land access. Instead, the premier is threatening people who occupy land with imprisonment, which is typical of the DA.”