Premier’s address ‘short on substance’

2009-06-19 00:00

THE State of the Province address by KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize received mixed reactions from opposition parties.

The DA summed up Mkhize’s address as being long on sentiment and short on substance.

Said DA caucus leader John Steenhuisen,“The premier has failed to properly address the issue of incompetence and maladministration within government structures.

“There is little point in imploring staff to work hard and be honest when there are no real consequences in place.”

He said there was no mention of how the government plans to deal with KZN’s massive housing backlog.

While Mkhize’s maiden address has done much to identify challenges faced by KZN 15 years into democracy, it has achieved much less in the way of new or innovative solutions, said IFP caucus leader Dr Bonginkosi Buthelezi.

“There is little in Mkhize’s speech that has not been tried before,” Buthlezi said.

He said the IFP welcomes the renewed commitment to addressing the persistent challenges, such as poverty, crime and disease, but the party cannot help noticing that the premier’s solutions are riddled with internal contradictions.

“We are curious how the premier expects to grow the economy in the middle of a recession,” he said.

The ANC welcomed the address, saying that it marks the beginning of hard work to deliver on the commitments made during the elections.


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