Pupils give Zuma state-of-nation tips

2010-02-10 15:04

THE economy, education and service delivery are among issues that

should be spoken about in the state-of-the-nation address, President Jacob Zuma

has been was told.

Meeting the winners of a national high school debating competition

at Tuynhuys in Cape Town today, the day before he is set to deliver the address

in Parliament, Zuma asked the pupils what they thought he needed to say.

The pupils – seven girls and two boys, one pupil from each of the

nine provinces – were not stuck for suggestions.

Zuma was quickly told to focus on education, improving service

delivery, tackling crime, speeding up service delivery, and to say something

about the world recession and its impact on the local economy.

The president told the pupils these were all “pertinent issues”,

and would help him complete his speech.

“I do it (write the speech) until the last minute,” he


Zuma also told them his address – to be delivered at 7pm tomorrow

in the National Assembly – contained “no controversial issues”.

He jokingly suggested one of the pupils help him deliver it in the

House, but when he called for a volunteer, they told him they would prefer to do

it as a group.

“When we’re done, you won’t have anything to say!” one told him.


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