Sona: 5 things we wish Jacob Zuma would say

2014-02-13 13:45

Ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address tonight, Carien du Plessis imagines what he might say and what South Africans may wish the president would say.

1. South Africa has done well in the past 20 years and is safe in ANC hands.

2. Living conditions of the poor, housing and water and sanitation have improved vastly since 1994.

3. Government will help to create 6 million job opportunities in the next few years.

4. Fighting crime and corruption will remain among the top priorities.

5. Government’s promised massive infrastructure delivery is well on track.

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» What we wish Zuma would say:

1. South Africa has done well since 1994 but the ANC would do well to respond more quickly to legitimate criticism.

2. Although the living conditions of the poor have improved, we will fire on all cylinders to replace all bucket toilets with proper toilets, as our deadline for this has passed. We will eliminate any red tape and corruption in the way of decent living standards.

3. Government will enable the creation of 6 million and perhaps even more actual jobs.

4. Our fight against crime and corruption means nothing if our leaders don’t set an example. We have done an audit, detailing the excessive spending on the upgrade of my home in Nkandla, and I personally undertake to repay the money that was spent on inflated bills and/or non-security upgrades.

5. The police have been out of order in killing protesters. They will become a service again, rather than a force, and any police officer found to have used excessive force will be brought to account.

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