Zuma to focus on jobs, graft, delivery

2011-02-08 08:13

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma will address the nation on Thursday after asking for input from users of Twitter and Facebook, who told him they want jobs, no corruption and access to basic services.

Zuma's speech comes after what was widely perceived in South Africa as a successful soccer World Cup, but also a spike in violent protests and a crippling public sector strike last year.

"How can we improve the lives of all South Africans? This is your platform, the president is listening," the presidency urged on social networking sites.

Users told Zuma to get rid of shacks in which 1.8 million South African families still live, to be heavy-handed on corruption and poor government services, and to roll out better education.


Comments included: "JZ-all we need it just water & electricity, the rest is fine. Our area is more than 30yrs without Electricity" to "jobs is what we NEED, I have a diploma and i'm unemployed."

"Free high quality universal education!!, job creation&eliminating corruption in top levels of gov&police esp in Jozi," (Johannesburg) read another tweet.

"The South African population are recognising the fact that the weak links are government-induced weak links," said independent analyst Daniel Silke.

"The articulation of these views represent an acknowledgement by the ANC's voters that government have largely let them down over the last decade."

With Zuma leading the ANC into local government elections this year, analysts expect this to influence Thursday's State of the Nation address which will be broadcast live at 19:00.

Election tone

"There will be an election tone to the speech which I think we can expect. It may be relatively rousing for South Africa," said Silke.

Unemployment, officially at 25.3% but unofficially viewed at above 40%, and economic transformation are expected to take centre stage with a target of five million new jobs by 2020 and reducing unemployment to 15%.

Cosatu wants details on the ANC's priorities of work, education, health, rural development including land reform, and crime.

"After two years in office it is essential that the speech should contain concrete plans to translate these commitments into real changes on the ground," said spokesperson Patrick Craven.


Institute for Democracy in South Africa analyst Justin Sylvester said Zuma needed to address accountability, citing corruption and local service delivery problems.

"He needs to take the nation into his confidence and speak plainly and clearly to the challenges that we face because that's important in terms of leadership. And then also tell us what the plan is."

South Africa's invite to the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) stable of new economic powers and its non-permanent UN Security Council seat, should also be included, said University of the Western Cape analyst Kenny Bafo.

Bafo, when asked if Zuma would have the time to consider the views put forward in the social networking experiment which closed at the weekend, was dismissive.

"I see it as a PR campaign," he said. "But at the same time it's an initiative that needs to be applauded."

  • simiber - 2011-02-08 08:26

    And anything else that wins him votes, be it blankets, bread rolls or promises of the divine..!I used to dig you JZ, sies on you for using religion!

      IandI - 2011-02-08 08:37

      Maybe he will do us all a favour and resign as president and go back to school.

      exocist - 2011-02-08 10:05

      THE LATEST ANCYL MEETING GOODDAY comerades welcome to our meeting before we start, hey Phineus yes you at the back did we not also celebrate your 40th birthday at that sushi bash I’m sorry bra you must leave this meeting you are now too old to be part of our youth league what are you trying to do? give us a bad name? Eish ja escort him out it’s no more free party’s for you anymore you must now stand in the queue with the outas for a chicken and a t-shirt at election time. On with the meeting, lets stand and sing our freedom song “trill the hoer” eish comrade sister why you look so disgusted I know we’ve had 17 years of gender equality but no one can stop us from singing our freedom song (After song) Ok sit comerades, after our international youth party piss up I want to ask you what you learned from da udder countries,ok Nimrod what did you learn from the Russians? Yes great leader I learned that you can kill your political rivals just with a Molotov cocktail you don’t need a tyre it doesn’t give off that black smoke it’s very enviriment friendly Good and you comrade Precious what did you learn from the Dutch?oh I learned that in Hamsterdam you don’t only smoke your ganja but you can make these wonderfull cakes from it too. Well done precious and you comrade Computer what did you learn from the Chinks Well comarade leader I learned how to increase the population to a billion people in record time but that secret I passed on to comrade president Jakop. Good good ,thank goodness that comerade president Jakop isn’t into exercise I think he would be too active with the virgins in that gym , we would have had to beat out another international fire (continuing)Wonderfull what did we learn from from England (mumbling at the back someone stands up) sorry great leader we did not envite the impeirialist british pigs we did not want to insult your uncle Bob be jaan Ok,ok did anyone learn anything from the Americans (Blessings stands up) yes great leader, from them we learned how to dump your allies when they’ve served their purpose Wonderful wonderful now I hear that the D.A. is trying to con our members to vote for other parties you know like we con our women about paying maintanance for the piekenini when we want to majiga Finally on the agenda we have the most wonderful news ,comerade president Jakop has been given the keys to heaven, so if when you leave here, the first one to die in a taxi accident which is highly probable, when he or she gets to the pearly white gates must steal all the pearls it’s time for a name change

  • Spade - 2011-02-08 08:26

    Our beloved President has a track record of non-delivery. His government has a proven track record of incompetence. Service delivery is still degrading, corruption is still rife, and South Africans are more polarized than ever. His own personal immorality disqualifies him from taken the moral high ground on any issue. His state of the nation is therefore just empty words, with no substance. - 2011-02-08 08:37

      What web site,s was he reading. I thought every body told him to step down???

      Limpopoist - 2011-02-08 12:10

      He only deliver in his own house in Inkandla

      Flinger - 2011-02-08 13:10

      Remember when George W Bush stood for presidency after his first term and then won it? Its the same, nobody wants this drunk ape running the show but its like a steam train, its going to happen. The economy is poorer than its ever been, debt riddled and this is an expensive land to live in...especially if you are white, coloured, indian and affluent black...he will introduce the highest paid prices that we will ever see for Electricity making us the most expensive in the world per kw, he will introduce the highest petrol prices in a very short term (they could have stock piled when it was cheap like the country did many years ago), he will introduce a toll road pay - per - km system that will literally close down industries and make this country so uncompetitive on the makro economic platform, we will pay more for water even though the vaal dam is 110% full, there will be more R100 million parties and we will have to suck it up....and only if we vote for him can we be allowed to enter heaven.

  • kingoftomorr - 2011-02-08 08:31

    When will people wake up and not allow themselves to be taking for the idiots they are! It been 7 years and Zuma and his ZEE buddies don’t give a dam about you or me, black or white, they keep promising stuff just to keep in power then they go and fill all their own pockets. I seriously think we need an Egypt style shakedown of these corrupt evils

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-02-08 08:37

    VIVA JZ. Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete The monkeys are in charge and will make a change. Yebo comrades so then but now infact especially bcause you must Vote for the ANC if you do not vote no peri peri chicken & beer, but we will still win Free & Fair. Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete Mcini-Wam Mchini-Wam Ha-Ulete

      JuluisMalema - 2011-02-08 08:40

      So then but now infact esspecially because this is South Efrica and the ANC is in charge here. A vote fore the ANC will get you a peri peri chicken and a beer, a house, fridge and a bed. Eish jo na we hooo ha hee but we have one little big problem, the thing you see bona mona wena she is, you put the vote on the paper there and not your name adress and id number, because that is how we do it, so we can not track you down and give you your well desirved reward. So them but no we thank you for the vote for the ANC but you will not get enything you see especially because we do not know exacly who voted for us. Eish i feel sorry for you not getting your peri peri chicken and beer, the house, fridge and bed,it is like the bleck like me mail but is not bleck mail. I am very happy that the ANC has won the errections resoundingly FREE AND FAIR. Mchini-wam Mchini-wam Ha-ulete Mchini-wam Mchini-wam Ha-ulete Mchini-Wam Mchini-wam Ha-ulete Mchini-wam Mchini-wam Ha-ulete

  • Louis Van Der Merwe - 2011-02-08 08:37

    @ Maki, JZ can have an aura around him as big is the world, but he will always be the poephol that never delivers, always LIVE up to EMPTY promises...etc etc.. There will always be people murdered, raped , burgulars, etc so crime will neva change...a few years ago the ANC promised to deliver more job creation to everyone in South Africa ---> 2011 has come and he still wants to work on the idea.. I will never have respect for anybody with a ANC Members Card... what a frucking JOKE this Goverment of The Republic of South Africa has become.

  • - 2011-02-08 08:49

    How do you create jobs when you can't even fix the current problems?

      wattalotokak - 2011-02-08 08:55

      he must be a genius...! bwahahahaha

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-02-08 08:51

    Couple of things you can do mate: Face your corruption charges Make a stand against Zim Fire Malema Get some decent forensic auditing done,this should clear the cabinet Which makes the last point, resign, moot.

  • mdu - 2011-02-08 08:54

    When people start to attack,they musnt attack the movement but the leadership that is leading the movement.It is a wright approach of what the president is doing of making time to hear the voices and the views of the people on the ground level,but the problem is that the implementation part of it is always questionable if the president is going to deliver as per expected and if so people are obvious going to question his creditability,hence my personal view is that the president should be the head of dedication and make the ministers to be accountable as they are the office bearers and the to oversee the process and intervene when needs be and at last resort when all measures have been taken into consideration.Hence im appealing to the president to focus on direction that country is taken in fighting crime,corruption in his administration and the future growth of the economy that will create jobs

      Maki - 2011-02-08 09:02

      Bru he is going to do exactly that. President Zuma is not a dictator. He listens to his people and has to take advice from the SACP and Cosatu. He does not wake up one morning and decide he is just going to do ABC. He will create jobs for people and he will get rid of the odd minister who is corrupt. He has repeated that he is serious about fighting crime. Look at places like Hillbrow and Yeoville where crime went from terrible to now where it is safe to party at night. Soweto had no go zones, which are now crime free. Where I stay, on Katherine street, the number of police patroles have tripled. It takes time, but Mr. Zuma is committed and will continue to deliver results.

      P226 - 2011-02-08 10:18

      @ maki. And what results will that be? more job losses? more reporter beatings? more silence on Zimbabwes dictator? more supporting of rogue african states? no my friend. he must step down. This man is dangerous to our country and our freedom.

  • dvdb27 - 2011-02-08 09:06

    Well, at least we know one thing for sure. That there will be absolutely NO power failures on Thursday evening from 19:00pm onwards...

      jiamalunga - 2011-02-08 09:19

      High 5

  • wattalotokak - 2011-02-08 09:08

    I just have a question, why has J-moron-Z asked the twitter groupies to help making his speech??? STATE OF THE NATION should be about what is the view that the government has on how the STATE OF THE NATION is currently!!! Not asking at the last minute what are the suggestions for SA from anonymous internet groups and take them as valid SA citizens' points of view!!! How do we even know these people who SUGGEST to the president, are even South African residents??? Oh yeah we are taking a guess on that one... The STATE OF THE NATION should be a compiled report in summary about what are the nation's achievements and failures, and what are the steps to rectify the failures as well as optimizing the achievements...! Just another note on how J-moron-Z does his speeches.. Have you seen how he was talking to the cricket team that he has seen the Madiba and Madiba has asked that the trophy be won for him??? If I am a normal person who wants to energize a team, I would have at least the decency to talk to them WITHOUT READING A DOCUMENT...! Throw in a small joke here and there...! Especially when it is a simple thing as relating a conversation with Madiba (if that EVEN took a place)...! What I am saying is that when you look at Obama, you see someone who UNDERSTANDS what he is talking about..! He understands the fundamentals and actually can argue points then and there...! J-moron-Z ALWAYS reads from a paper...! He does not CARE about fundamentals.

      RRC - 2011-02-08 13:26

      The state of the nation is actually a reflection of where the country is at and ALSO, more importantly a plan of what the priorities of government will be for the coming year. It is actually very progressive and a move in the right direction towards listening to the people to include suggestions from twitter. I don't think reading from a paper suggests that he does not care about fundamentals. If your opinion of him were true, you should be grateful that he is reading from a paper - because those speeches are written by experts in his office, not by him. But I think you will find anything to complain about regardless of what he does.

  • bomb916 - 2011-02-08 09:15

    The party that brings back the death penalty will get my vote.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-02-08 09:17

    Improve the Counrty? Step down! Open up the Arms deal.

  • Louis Van Der Merwe - 2011-02-08 09:23

    Maki, you must be the blindest sheep in RSA.... good luck for the day when your eyes open... I know a lot of people that thinks everything is hongi dorry in RSA... The day will come for everyone to stand up for what he is and for what he believes in!!! Good Luck Maki Saki!!

      jiamalunga - 2011-02-08 09:38

      Ja nee, all is rosy in BEE heaven....

  • jiamalunga - 2011-02-08 09:38

    Jip and all the poor suckers are going to put their believe into their beloved ANC. A ANC who looks after his people and give them everything they want........BWahahahahahahaha!!!!! IDIOTS

  • Louis Van Der Merwe - 2011-02-08 09:51

    @Malunga - i nkow you live the high life without doing any work..its not suprising to see that you have internet ? ? Who laughs last always laughs the will always try to live like the normal people that worked hard for what they got, the only difference is you get it for free!!! JZ only looks at people that maybe voted for him... still there is soooo much poverty in RSA! Go try and do some real work.

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-02-08 10:07

    A ship without a rudder. This just goes to show how out of touch this man is with the people at grass root level !

  • yeldarb - 2011-02-08 10:12

    JZ and his cronies are the biggest con artists of modern day. He only succeeds because of his dimwitted followers. Heaven help us....unless you have an ANC card

  • James - 2011-02-08 10:15

    Good luck to JZ creating jobs while the country's leading economic province will be crippled by the toll road system that makes travelling to work impossible and unaffordable. The ripple effect will start from mid 2011 and by the time the elections are due, the ANC would have cost the country another 1 million jobs. Idiots! How this guy gets to be President only God knows!

  • P226 - 2011-02-08 10:15

    Mr. Zuma, please do the honourable thing and step down. Hand over the reign to a younger educated comrade without dirty laundry and the willingness to take SA out of this shit-hole you and your commie allies have put us in. it is the right thing to do.

      Wanda - 2011-02-08 10:41

      What do you know about comrade Zuma wena...?? Accept it, he ain't going no where. Comrade Nxamalala is here to stay and he shall forever lead... Nxamalala one way, Akugeji!

      Felix - 2011-02-08 12:40

      Wanda, Tula Wena

  • Bartman - 2011-02-08 10:27

    WOW!!!!! All this in just a week, entrance into heaven and solving problems like unemployment, service delivery, crime etc. Imagine what he could do in 16 years. LOL!!!!!!!!

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-08 10:29

    More lies and promises to come and our illiterate and uneducated voting public will fall for his lies again as usual. Nothing new.

  • cbombar - 2011-02-08 10:32

    Zuma why not do what the Chinese did in the early 60's to build a united Singapore, The goverment empowered all the unemployed to build thereown flats and then the goverment rented the back to the people as they have now a job.Seccondly build supermarket thought S.A which I will run for you hence employing and helping the ecomomy grow and getting into the retail business which is the most locurative in S.A.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-08 10:36

    This Govt is "top heavy"...too many chiefs,not enough indians...Walk into any Govt depts (except SARS), & the sheer laziness of these public servants is enough to make you wanna necklace them. Heaven help us...

      RRC - 2011-02-08 13:34

      Don't paint all public servats with the same brush. True there are lazy public servants, but there are also those who work hard and care about the work they do. Those are the ones ensuring that that things do happen, it would be a whole lot worse if they didn't exist, and it is discouraging to all be lumped together. What are you doing to improve life in this country, besides your excellent commentary? (That question goes to everyone commenting on here)

  • Jou-Ma - 2011-02-08 10:40

    All ANC supporters are idiots. That said, the leader is a wily snake who will sell his own wife..or wives for a quick (f)buck and employ turncoats and criminals to run his intelligence operations. Zuma, YOU SUCK.

      Wanda - 2011-02-08 10:49

      Ek is 'n trotse ANC kameraad .. Jy is die eerste en laaste idioot. You fool....

  • Maki - 2011-02-08 13:15

    Lol I see news24 removed all of my postings. Starting to think this site was a bad idea. You guys keep all the right wing tyrades going, but remove the one bloke who says president Zuma is a nice guy. Good luck to you all, I will never read nor post here again. Peace brus, Maki Matswiki. - 2011-02-08 14:55

      So you think the goat herder cum corruption king is a nice guy? Even after he banged his friends daughter and made her pregnant?

      Igenatius - 2011-05-11 08:08

      You think he is a nice guy after over 700 cases of fraud against him. He has charge of rape against him. He is suspected of being involved with arms deals in northern African countries. Nothing of which he will ever face the consequences for because he is in a more superior position than you or I. Seems fair and just now that I think about it... Sorry for wasting your time.

  • Jelena - 2011-02-08 15:02

    He lying and promising again.Please people you know how he lies just before an election.He can't win anything by just being himself..There will be no creation of jobs and we all know it.Going down,Zuma you are going down.Hahahahahaha...

  • Clinton - 2011-02-08 15:12

    "The danger to South Africa is not Jacob Zuma but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Zuma presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Zuma, who is a mere symptom of what ails South Africa. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.

  • AJ - 2011-02-09 07:11

    "This is your platform, the president is listening" - Oh dear it's pathetic, do people actually fall for this rubbish.

  • Colin - 2011-02-10 16:59

    JZ to make sure deliveries are brought back, does that mean more speedy deliveries of Chivas, Johnny Walker Blue label to his home or club??

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