Zuma’s address vague: FF Plus

2010-02-12 11:44

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s proposals in his state-of-the-nation address

(yesterday evening) were vague and would not solve the country’s problems, the

Freedom Front Plus said today.

The appointment of 10% more police officers without any specific

measurable targets with regard to their training and success rate would not

solve the crime problem, said the party’s leader Pieter Mulder in a


“Zuma’s proposal on crime combating is vague,” he said.

Mulder added that it was an accomplishment that 480?000 jobs had

been created. “It should however be remembered that these are temporary jobs.

The problem with this is that unemployment is temporarily addressed but no

permanent jobs are created.”

Mulder said a part of Zuma’s address was a repetition of the

“honeymoon promises” with which he started his term.

Zuma did, however, put specific targets pertaining to literacy and


“The upside of this is that opposition parties can measure

government’s claims of success against the meeting of these targets.”

Mulder praised the protection of the poor against the increase in

electricity tariffs as “positive”. “The fact that more recognition will be given

to independent power suppliers is positive and will hopefully break Eskom’s

stranglehold on power supply.”

Zuma’s “effective use of the excitement around the celebrations of

former president Nelson Mandela’s release and the Fifa Soccer World Cup” to

create a certain euphoria around his address hid the unpleasant realities of

corruption, lack of service delivery and other problems.

“After the soccer tournament these problems will however still be

with us,” Mulder said.

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