Zuma's speech was vague: public

2010-02-12 13:23
President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation address in Parliament. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation address in Parliament. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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

kalahari.com

  • Zuma Exposed
    This book exposes Jacob Zuma, in such a way that he would not want you or anyone else to read it. Now R189.00
    buy now

Cape Town - Although many people on the streets of Cape Town feel President Jacob Zuma touched on a lot of important issues in his State of the Nation Address on Thursday night, they felt that he didn’t really elaborate on them.

Bookkeeper and economics student, Trust Gonyora told News24 that people will have to wait and see if the contents of the address are met.

“I’m not being negative,” he said. “I’m just being sceptical.”

He said he hasn’t seen much from the government in terms of dealing with the meltdown. “Many companies have been streaming down on staff, we’ll really just have to wait and see what is done.”

Gonyora said he felt some of the goals that Zuma set were unattainable, and could not be reached by 2014. “People are growing up, and by then, there will be more issues that need to be dealt with."

'Solving issues for today'

He said he didn’t really support the idea of increasing social grants as it created a situation of dependency.

“We are solving issues for today, and not for tomorrow.”

Neels Otto, a banker, felt that a lot of the speech was vague.

“I think the issue of unemployment was touched, there was no clear plan,” he said. “I also would have liked to see more money being put in Aids research.”

“Overall, he did well, he is different to a lot of the presidents we’ve had in that he is a man of the people,” he added.

Crime was something the President should have spent more time on, said Rashaad Baker, a financial services manager.

“He basically covered everything but the fight against crime and corruption,” he said. “They have all the plans in place, but we need to see something happen.”

In the public's interest

He said Zuma’s private life was also something that should have been covered.

“As a public figure, his personal life is in the public’s interest, and we want to know what is going on.”

“It’s very interesting that he can create 480 000 jobs,” said Fezeka Mbali, a public relations officer.

“How can he say so many jobs were created when a lot of people who worked in Parliament before he became president are now unemployed?” she asked.

Mbali said a large number of parliamentary staff were released from their contracts when new ministers and MPs came in last year.

World Cup

Police officer Mali Mbaleki said he had expected to hear more about the government’s security plans especially with regard to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“He said he planned to increase the force by 10%, but that’s all he said about it. He did not get into the issue of remuneration,” he said.

He said he did not feel the president was prepared to do much about the police service.

Security guard Mike Henn said his personal opinion was that Zuma wanted to do a good job, but used the 20th anniversary as a scapegoat to get away with dealing with issues he should be dealing with.

“Mandela’s presence overshadowed the whole thing,” he said.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  state of the nation address
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
 

Solidarity urges members to vote

The Solidarity Movement has urged its members and supporters to vote in the 7 May general election.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

11 Julius Malema quotes you'll never forget
DA won't get 30% - Zille
The EFF's ad was banned, see why
Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Modderdam - 16:43 PM
    Road name: Robert Sobukwe (Modderdam) Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Pallotti Road
  • Tuesday Century City - 05:58 AM
    Road name: Ratanga Road Southbound
    ROADWORKS - lane closure between Ocean Spirit Avenue and Century Boulevard (until mid April)
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Welcome on board the kalahari.com 24 hour sale on books!

Today only, buy 1 book and get 1 FREE on the top 100 books. Offer expires midnight 23 April. While stocks last. Shop now!

Get 50% off selected books!

Buy 2 books and get 50% off the second book. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mother’s Day special offers!

Spoil mom with these awesome specials that will warm her heart. Shop now!

Twisp – the smoking alternative

Buy any 2 refills for R250 and save R149. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop 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

BlackBerry Curve 9360

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone comes preloaded with Blackberry OS7...

From R1595.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be constantly on the move, working too hard, networking and making sure everything is working and everyone is satisfied,...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.