Zuma a confident liar – Cope youth

2010-02-12 10:13

COPE The Congress of the People Youth Movement has branded

President Jacob Zuma a “confident liar” after he announced in his

state-of-the-nation address that 480?000 jobs had been created last year.

“This we know is devoid of any truth and we believe the president

can only be categorised as a confident liar who does it with a smile,” the Cope

youth wing said.

“He presented an unbalanced, shameful speech with concocted


It said the president’s “shocking distortion” of his own 2009 state

of the nation address on the promise of 500?000 jobs was not a mistake.

“He said the government planned to create about 500?000 job

opportunities and this made no reference to the expanded public works programme

as Zuma said yesterday.

“We view this as no mistake but rather a sign of confusion and the

president’s lack of understanding of the economic downturn and its impact in the

global world.”

Zuma’s failure to account for the ineffectiveness of the National

Youth Development Agency which had been in office for nine months demonstrated

again that the youth would remain secondary to the agenda of the government, the

movement said.

Cope youth was dismayed and disappointed at the “shallow, vague and

uninspiring speech which lacked substance on pertinent issues affecting the

people” in Zuma’s address.

The movement reiterated its call for Zuma to relinquish his

position as president.

“He has too many blemishes which compromise the office. More

worrying is his arrogant attitude or lack of understanding of HIV/Aids and its



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