United Front to host alternative SONA

Parliament. Picture by Michel Bega

The United Front will hold an alternative state-of-the-nation address ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s formal one next month, it said on Thursday.

“As it has always done, the ANC government is going to dress up the state-of-the-nation address and the 2014/2015 budget under the misleading language of a caring developmental state with even a few concessions to social expenditure,” United Front national working committee co-convenor Kwezilomso Mbandazayo told reporters in Johannesburg.

“The ANC government has stuck to the neo-liberal economic policy script of private sector-led capitalist growth as a silver bullet to all our socio-economic problems.”

The organisation claimed that government’s programme of action and the budget would be about austerity.

The United Front was formed by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) following its decision in 2013 to stop supporting the African National Congress.

The union was also expelled from the Congress of SA Trade Unions, an ANC alliance, last year November.

The United Front held its first assembly in December.

Mbandazayo said a lot had been done since the assembly.

“Since the preparatory assembly and in addition to the four provincial structures they existed then, a provincial structure has been launched in the Eastern Cape.

“North West and Limpopo intend to launch in the next month.”

The organisation was planning on officially launching at the end of June.

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