South Africans keen to hear Zuma on HIV/Aids

2010-02-11 18:12

South Africans were looking forward to what President Jacob Zuma

would say about HIV/Aids in his state of the nation address as they shopped at

the Clearwater Mall, in Roodeport, tonight.

“We want to hear his views on HIV/Aids, especially on the ABCs

[abstinence, being faithful and condomising],” said Khaya Qwalana.

Her husband Mncedisi said: “We want him to keep a straight face and

talk about it.”

This, as Zuma came under fire from opposition parties and HIV/Aids

workers for fathering a child out of wedlock.

Opposition parties said Zuma had taken the fight

against the pandemic back a decade because of his irresponsible sexual


The Qwalanas said they looked forward to Zuma’s pronouncement on

job creation and the 500 000 jobs he promised last year.

This was supported by Gloria Zengele from Soweto, who said he

should deliver on the promises he had made as many young people remained without


Some people were not particularly interested in Zuma’s speech.

Others said they would catch up on it in the media tomorrow.

“He must invest in education and health... these are the things I

hope to read up on when I read summaries of the speech in newspapers tomorrow,”

said Lovie Reddy, who was about to enter a cinema with her friends to watch a


Other people were more interested in what Zuma would say about the

economic downturn, which has left many jobless.

“He should give us a guideline of where we going economically,”

said Fatima Bulbulia.

People went about their business, having dinner, heading to the

movies and shopping at the mall as Zuma kicked off his speech in


One restaurant, Cafe Cino, switched on to the president’s talk, but

few were seen watching it.

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