Should pomp and ceremony of the State of the Nation Address be done away with to reduce debt? Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
The State of the Nation Address (SONA), which marks the opening of the national legislature for the year, has come and gone.

In its wake it has sparked debates, some are not new, such as the trajectory the country should be taking on the economic direction to be pursued.

Views expressed tend to show where each of the participants stand and how they view not only the political developments but the man who is steering the country.

It comes as no surprise that opposition parties hold strong views, inadvertently to score points, whether their expectations have been met or use the occasion to provide their alternative to the governing party.

One of the dominant debates was the prerogative of the president to appoint ministers. The calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan fall squarely in this category.