Zuma plays it safe

2010-02-11 22:39
South African president Jacob Zuma waves as he arrives for the opening of parliament in Cape Town. (Mark Wessels-Pool, AP Photo)

South African president Jacob Zuma waves as he arrives for the opening of parliament in Cape Town. (Mark Wessels-Pool, AP Photo) (Mark Wessels)

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Parliament - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address on Thursday failed to mention a number of issues some citizens appeared to have wanted him to.

For some Soweto residents, the speech was destined to be a flop if he did not address the nation about the child he had out of wedlock.

"I'll be at home watching the speech because I'm interested in what he is going to say about the reports in newspapers about having a child outside of marriage," Bongani Mthimkhulu said, hours before Zuma's address was to be televised to viewers across the nation.

Mthimkhulu was one of many people at Maponya Mall eagerly awaiting more news of the Zuma sex scandal.

The closest Zuma came to the issue was when he wished 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee chairperson and Pirates soccer club boss Irvin Khoza all the best for the months ahead.

Plays safe

This caused some mirth among opposition ranks, as laughter spread through the chamber. A stoney-faced Zuma continued his address.

Khoza's daughter, Sonono, is the mother of the four-month old child.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, was also scathing about Zuma's failure to provide details of the comprehensive review of the criminal justice system, announced some considerable time ago.

Zuma also played it safe by not referring at all to the issue of nationalisation, a hot topic and source of some mudslinging by the ANC Youth League at senior ANC and SA Communist Party leaders, even Cabinet ministers.

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