No DA roses for Zuma

2013-02-13 14:40
DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. (Picture: Sapa)

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is set to deliver his State of the Nation address this year on Valentine's Day, but the DA made it clear on Wednesday they are not planning to send him any roses.

Speaking from a statement titled "Zuma's Sona Record: Big Ideas, Little Detail, No Action", DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told reporters in Cape Town that Zuma's presidency had "been characterised by inaction, political expediency, and scandal".

He had "kow-towed" to Cosatu in an effort to get himself re-elected as ANC president, and had spent last year focused on "factionalism, cronyism, and ANC machinations".

Responding to a question on whether she thought 2013 might be better, she said Zuma appeared more concerned with "staying at the top of the pile" in the ruling party than with running the country.

"As President Zuma delivers his fourth State of the Nation address [on Thursday], many South Africans have little confidence in his ability to deliver on what he promises," Mazibuko said.

Most of the key pledges he made last year "barely got off the ground, or have not been given effect at all".

Turning to the economy, she said Zuma's 2012 plan to address South Africa's infrastructure backlog through 18 major projects had been "slow off the ground", with little progress.

His government's policies, the ruling party's "aggressive rhetoric", and Cosatu's "bullying", had also scared off investment in the country's mining sector.

"The mining sector is now shedding jobs and failing to attract investment," Mazibuko said.

Party colleague and caucus chairperson Wilmot James said Zuma's call last year for school teachers to be "in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day" remained a pipe-dream.

"He continues to allow himself to be bullied by Sadtu [the SA Democratic Teachers' Union]," he said.

The recent backing down by government on declaring teaching an essential service was a case in point.

On combating corruption, DA Chief Whip Watty Watson said Zuma's government had failed to regulate the business interests of state employees.

"The draft public sector integrity framework, apparently before Cabinet, has not been adopted, while Chancellor House continues to be allowed to tender for big contracts, despite it being an investment arm of the ANC," he said.

The DA called on Zuma, in his address on Thursday, to show leadership, "put South Africa's interests ahead of his political career", and provide clear deadlines for implementation of promises made.

"To put South Africa back on the track to economic growth, job creation, and optimism, he must tackle the major challenges of unemployment, crime, a failing education system, corruption, as well as become the key defender of the Constitution."

But Mazibuko said Zuma's record spoke for itself.

"This isn't a president of action and delivery. It is a presidency more concerned with political game-playing and maintaining the support of 4 000 ANC delegates," she said.

Zuma is set to deliver his State of the Nation address from 19:00 on Thursday.

- SAPA
Read more on:    sadtu  |  cosatu  |  da  |  anc  |  watty watson  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  jacob zuma  |  wilmot james  |  cape town  |  state of the nation  |  politics  |  state of the nation 2013
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
204 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.