EFF: Jacob Zuma lied in state of the nation speech

2014-02-15 09:13

President Jacob Zuma told “many lies” and claimed easy victories in his state of the nation address, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has said.

“Importantly, there was no clarity... of whether Zuma was giving [an] account of the successes from 1994 or from 2009 when he assumed office as president of the republic,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi yesterday.

“This is important to flag because there are so many contradictions and lies by omissions that were committed in the 2014 state of the nation speech.”

Ndlozi said the post-1994 government had failed dismally to bring unemployment below 20%.

“There are no sustainable jobs that the ANC can claim to have created because the jobs that happened since 1994 happened both in the public and private sector because the population grew,” said Ndlozi.

He said Zuma claimed the current government was fighting corruption, but failed to acknowledge corruption and incompetence which included the construction of Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

“Zuma is claiming to be condemning violence during protests when his own political party was throwing petrol bombs and bricks at Democratic Alliance protesters when they were fighting over who is the best neo-liberal and right-wing policy implementer,” he said.

“Like all previous [opening speeches] ... the 2014 one basically told many lies and claimed easy victories.”

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