Expect president Zuma’s State of the Nation Address to have a sugar coat

Dr Pieter Mulder

President Jacob Zuma will in all likelihood sketch a totally different picture of South Africa in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, than the one voters experience every day and what the FF Plus will be sketching this year, Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus says.

In contrast the president and the ANC will probably hold up a different image by comparing the current South Africa with the one before 1994. This will be coloured with a list of so-called ANC achievements of the past 20 years, how well it is going now and with calls to vote for the ANC in the forthcoming election.

“The criticism of voters currently is that the president keeps quiet while the country is experiencing numerous serious crises. The SONA is therefore an opportunity for him to react to these crises. That is why the FF Plus expects that the president will address the serious crises in the country and will indicate how he plans on dealing with them.

“At the present time, there are six strikes a day in Gauteng alone. As Gauteng is the economic engine of South Africa, this situation cannot continue. The role of trade unions and our labour legislation should be reviewed if we want to rescue the economy, increase the growth rate and in so doing, create more jobs. The FF Plus would very much like an announcement about this.

“With the riots against service delivery, various residential areas are burning and there are as many as 30 riots and crowd control incidents per day which the Police have to manage.

“We would like to hear an announcement about better police training and plans for better service delivery at a local level. It should include plans on how the lack of expertise of Local Councils will be improved.

“The FF Plus proposes that affirmative action is put aside so that the best possible engineers can be appointed to see to it that sewerage does not run into streets and rivers and that people get water.

“With regards to corruption, the FF Plus asks for more openness and accessibility for the media and ordinary citizens where tenders are concerned. Announcements that public servants do not dare gain from tenders and similar projects, are also necessary,” Dr. Mulder says.


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