Zuma fails in leadership - Black Sash

2011-02-10 22:01
Cape Town - The Black Sash said on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma had failed to deliver the bold and decisive leadership needed to relieve poverty, inequality and unemployment.

"He has failed to take a risk with his multiple and often contradictory constituencies and cut through government’s political inertia to offer us convincing solutions that will translate his pledges into real change," the human rights organisation said in a statement.

"President Zuma reminded us that it will be 21 years tomorrow (on Friday) since Nelson Mandela walked to freedom.

"Although our democracy has now come of age, appallingly half of us are struggling to live on less than R524 per month.

"The Black Sash had hoped that President Zuma would have recognised in his speech the extent to which poverty diminishes the dignity of our entire society and leads to social instability."

The group welcomed Zuma's announcement of a job creation fund, but was "disappointed" that he had allocated three times that "to tempt businessmen into creating the millions of sustainable jobs we so desperately need.

"The Black Sash was shocked by President Zuma’s revelation that government’s recession bailout of R7bn a year ago, has only saved a meagre 7 000 jobs out of the one million lost. The recession has taught us that we cannot simply delegate the crisis of poverty to the private sector."

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