Zuma speech did not focus on education, crime – Azapo

2010-02-12 10:26

President Jacob Zuma’s state-of-the-nation address was

“disappointing” as he did not focus on education, crime or poverty alleviation,

the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) said today.

“People were looking forward to steps and plans that the government

has adopted and would be implementing to improve education, curb crime and

alleviate poverty among other things,” said Azapo spokesman David Lebethe in a


He said Azapo expected Zuma to place targets and benchmarks on such

important issues.

“It seems there will be no end to service delivery protests with

the kind of approach adopted by government. It is evident that they have run out

of ideas and we are heading for a disaster,” said Lebethe.

He said for Zuma to spend a substantial part of his address on

under-performing ministers was another low point.

“The fact that the presidency is intending to introduce performance

appraisal for ministers is a clear admission that ministers are


“All they are interested in is showing off their expensive cars,”

said Lebethe.

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