Opposition calls Mchunu’s speech propaganda

2014-03-06 00:00

PROPAGANDA and a manifesto for the ruling party’s electioneering was how the opposition parties described Premier Senzo Mchunu’s State of the Province address.

The IFP’s Blessed Gwala said the speech was a manifesto for the ANC as the country heads for elections.

“Indeed there are things the government has done, but there are things the government has failed to do, especially [uprooting] corruption that has taken place right under the nose of the Office of the Premier and the MECs,” Gwala said.

The ACDP’s Jo Ann Downs said while people have had access to health, education and social grants as Mchunu stated, they wanted their lives radically changed.

“It is not the same as being independent, getting a well-paid job and starting a business and moving up in society, which is what people want. The speech did not address those issues,” she said.

The DA’s Sizwe Mchunu said the premier had used his address as a thesis of propaganda rather than shared successes.

“You can’t take that speech as a true reflection of what his administration has achieved in this province,” he said.

Mchunu also said while the speech made references to strides made by the ANC over the past 20 years, the fact was the ruling party had not been in the provincial government for the entire period.

“It is a false and misplaced claim. He failed to state key achievements of his administra­­­tion in line with promises made in 2009,” he stated.

Mchunu also said the plan the premier outlined for the next five years was an admission of the failure by the ANC government.

“The premier admits there are people who still use bucket toilets.

“It is a symbol of failure, it shows the ANC cared less for the people of KwaZulu-Natal and concentrated on its internal affairs.”

However, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the achievements scored in the past years would not have been possible were it not for sound political leadership and good governance. “We welcome the strides that have been made.”

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