Jacob Zuma: Lazy people are out

2014-05-25 09:00

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President Jacob Zuma began his second term with a stern warning that he will fire “lazy people” in his government and replace them with “hard workers”.

Zuma, who was inaugurated for his second term at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday, will today announce a revamped Cabinet team that will help him deliver the ambitious promises that he and the ANC made in its election manifesto and in his inauguration speech.

The new Cabinet is likely to be leaner. The most widely anticipated announcement will be around who will fill the new small business government department and what will happen to former National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu and the rehabilitated former Thabo Mbeki ally, Thoko Didiza.

There is also speculation that Zuma will use his constitutional prerogative of appointing two ministers from outside Parliament to bring in former Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

The ambitious election promises included the creation of 6?million jobs, universal access to water and sanitation, 1?million “housing opportunities” and the connection of 1.6?million households to the power grid over the next five years.

But a government adviser cautioned against the unrealistic raising of expectations about creating 6?million jobs. “When we go to local government elections in 2016, we should have created 2.3?million by then in terms of our targets. Is that possible? Where are they going to come from? They should be coming from transport, energy and Public Works, but it’s not clear how,” said the adviser.

After delivering a largely flat speech to about 5?000 VIPs gathered at the Union Buildings Amphitheatre, Zuma ramped up the rhetoric when he addressed about 20?000 people on the lawns of the Union Buildings.

Speaking in isiZulu, Zuma told the crowd they should not be surprised when he took tough decisions in government to speed up delivery.

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