Zuma delivery stance 'mild'

2010-02-12 15:39

Johannesburg - 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) said on Friday.

"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 spokesperson Castro Ngobese said in a statement.

"Instead of stronger policing and deployment of political leaders to temporarily quell unrest, our president [Zuma] must get to the core of the problems creating grievances."

Numsa reserved its biggest criticisms of Zuma's speech for the subject of 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," said Ngobese.

He said that monetary policy, which was made with the SA Reserve Bank, undermined resolutions made by the African National Congress and its alliance partners.

The "deliberate omission" of monetary policy in Zuma's speech meant that the government intended to follow the "current economic path of the restoration of capitalist profitability", said Ngobese.