Numsa says Zuma’s stance on service delivery is ‘mild’

2010-02-12 15:33

SOUTH Africa’s President Jacob Zuma gave only “mild attention” to

issues of service delivery and corruption in his State of the Nation address,

the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says.


“Numsa is concerned about the mild attention given by President

Zuma to ongoing problems with corruption, service delivery and the creation of

decent work,” union spokesman Castro Ngobese said in a statement.


“Instead of stronger policing and deployment of political leaders

to temporarily quell unrest, the president must get to the core of the

problems.”


Numsa reserved its biggest criticism of Zuma’s speech to monetary

policy.


“Our biggest disappointment with President Zuma’s State of the

Nation address is its failure to commit government to a radical and thorough

review of our monetary, fiscal and inflation-targeting policies,” Ngobese

said.


He said current monetary policy undermined resolutions made by the

African National Congress and its alliance partners.


The “deliberate omission” of monetary policy from Zuma’s speech

meant that government intended to follow the “current economic path of the

restoration of capitalist profitability”, Ngobese said.

 

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