Opposition parties ready for Sona

Solutions to poverty, unemployment, power crises and the Nkandla debacle are some of the things opposition parties expect to hear from President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday.

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said he expected to hear Zuma reveal ways of tackling the electricity problem.

He said Zuma had “broken” the SA Revenue Service, the Hawks and the office of the Public Protector.

“The president ignores the Public Protector, and that is why he refuses to pay back the money (spent on the non-security upgrades at his Nkandla private home),” said Maimane.

“The president must reveal ways of fixing these three institutions. He has broken these institutions because none of them has a head. We also want stimulus packages for small businesses and plans to create jobs.”

Releasing the findings of her report on Nkandla in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended that Zuma pay back some of the R246 million spent on the non-security upgrades at his Nkandla private home.

Zuma will deliver the Sona in the National Assembly on Thursday .

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said Zuma ought to use the Sona to restore people’s confidence in him following the Nkandla controversy.

“President Zuma is the ANC in parliament. He just needs to tell us where he is on the Nkandla matter,” said Holomisa.

“On the issues of poverty and unemployment, it will be too much for him to answer on that. He had all these years but failed to deliver,” he added.

AgangSA acting president Andries Tlouamma said South Africa was slowly degenerating towards a chaotic state because of the service delivery protests that have recently plagued some provinces.

“Our people have lost confidence in the government because of Zuma. He must just use the Sona to announce early retirement,” said Tlouamma.

The National Freedom Party Youth Movement’s secretary-general, Busi Tshabalala, said: “We demand the allocation of 60% of employment to young people across all government departments.”


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