Jacob Zuma: This time I promise to ...

2014-05-25 15:00

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The president yesterday promised to fire ‘lazy people’ and replace them with ‘hard workers’. Now it’s all eyes on the new Cabinet appointees, who will drive a vital five years for the governing party. Here are the top priorities.



Intensify the fight against corruption


A tough one. President Zuma will return to court soon to fight public access to the spy tapes. Then, Nkandla will not go away, so a fix-it is on the table. But the ANC acted well in refusing to return Northern Cape strongman John Block as premier because he faces fraud and corruption charges. Let’s see what happens with newly minted ANC MP Pule Mabe.



Achieve universal access to running water and decent sanitation


The period leading up to the elections showed there were far more communities without running water than the official statistics indicate. Zuma should have a dedicated water department and appoint a minister who is passionate about the subject. ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has cited water provision as a priority.



Create 6?million job opportunities by 2019


This will mean 3?million by 2016 ahead of the local government election. And what exactly is a job opportunity? Does two weeks painting a school qualify? The ANC manifesto promises to promote decent work – the challenge is to create the conditions that make employment possible. A small business department is a step in the right direction.



Fix local government. Urgently


The increasing number of service-delivery protests indicate that accountability mechanisms need urgent review. The ward councillors, ward committees and community development workers are failing in the basic function of picking up community concerns. Despite the creation of the department of cooperative governance, local governance is still not functioning optimally.

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