Be active in government - Zuma

2009-06-21 19:26

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday called on ordinary people to actively participate in the day-to-day running of government, SABC news reported.

He was addressing church, traditional and business leaders in Mpumalanga, as part of his Siyabonga drive which aims to thank ANC supporters for voting for the party in the April elections.

Zuma said government can only succeed if it was in partnership with ordinary people, the broadcaster said.

"Government can't operate in isolation. It has to link up with the people and the people should also understand that this is their government.

"They must not be shy to take initiative, to interact with government in various way ...and must be able to talk and say that things are not going right," said Zuma.

He said interaction with the people was very important, adding people should know that they were responsible for the coming into being of government.

"We shouldn't do it as if government comes first and the people are last."