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."

  • wayde360 - 2011-02-10 22:51

    There are three major issues that are really hampering the poor. The first relates to the state of labour in our country. Even though our countries economy has consistently grown since democratic freedom there has not been job growth. Many companies are just not willing to take on labour because of issues from constant striking and poor productivity, to union issues. For example every car repair garage pays up to R1000-00 a month in MICFA fee's per employee regardless of weather they can afford to or not. Besides unemployment and retirement provision, MICFA itself provides absolutely no help or assistance of any kind to these businesses or the industry itself. Any training provided by them is charged for. Second and most important is that any real development and transformation will require a well educated population. For which the current system is a complete failure, and has especially failed our countries poor who can't afford the private education the wealthy can. After all how many of our governments leaders have their children in public schools? Third,the manner in which our government collects and increases tax is very wrong. Every time the cost of fuel, power or transport goes up, so does the price of food and other very basic things the poor need to live. While the wealthy in this country can get over these increases it's once again the absolute poor that end up going hungry and suffering.

      Sizwe - 2011-02-11 08:45

      "the manner in which our government collects and increases tax is very wrong. Every time the cost of fuel, power or transport goes up, so does the price of food ". The price of fuel is not increased by tax it is currency fluctuations and other external factors not tax. Get your facts right. The argument of cost of labour is out as most companies use labour brokering and the brokers pay a pittance to their employees. The cost of adhering to labour legislation is based on the size and industry of the company thus those businesses who cannot afford are not burdened with such a high cost, but bigger enterprises on the other hand are expected to implement such practices as required by legislation. Productivity has in fact increased in SA since 1991, this is based on research collected between 1991 and 2008. That argument is neither here nor there

      Akweerius - 2011-02-12 02:31

      @ Sizwe - wayde was not saying that fuel is increased by tax. He states that the manner in which tax is increased is very wrong. FULL STOP. Then he basically goes on to say, (over and above the tax hikes) there is ALSO the fuel hikes which ALSO causes the food prices to go up, thus placing more burden on the poor. He is making a list. Read properly before commenting, and take note of punctuations.

  • ji - 2011-02-11 09:37

    zuma is a failure and the ANC has failed SA .

  • onetickie - 2011-02-11 10:39

    Job Creation: haven't we heard it all before? He needs to to put his money where his mouth is and not into the pockets of corrupt officials who, despite what he said, will seldom be caught, or if they are, still retain a lifestyle supported by their corrupt actions.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-11 10:56

    Sizwe this is why the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. Where in the world do you find a motor vehicle and a house selling at the same price? It's absurd. At the same time how does one find employment for 46 million people.

  • Dumbstruck - 2011-02-11 11:47

    Industries resort to machines these days, because machines don't strike, don't come late everyday, take a sick leave day each month, give birth to 4 babies a year, steal, have exstended lunches and tea breaks, cause misunderstandings, sit around idle chatting, ignore good manufacturing practices, unions intefering all the time, have to do the same training over and over again, sleeping on the job. Just to mention a few. It would be better to have people in your factory, because a specific machine can only to 1 specific task, whereas a human can do several, however the hassle and cost that is lost via humans doing all the above mentioned is just too high.

  • Helen - 2011-02-12 08:54

    Our main obstacle to the majority having a reasonable lifestyle is the abysmal over-population. Instead of rewarding teenagers for getting pregnant and dropping out of school, they should be penalised (somehow). And another appalling condition is the very high price of food. There's something rotten there.Zuma can act on both those factors, or at least try.

  • onetickie - 2011-02-16 21:10

    Why is Zuma still in office? They got rid of Mbeki. Its time they did the same with Zuma & his cronies.

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