Too little detail, say opposition

2014-06-27 00:00

PREMIER Senzo Mchunu’s State of the Province Address received mixed reaction from parties represented in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

Besides the ANC, which described the speech as containing achievable targets, opposition parties roundly rejected it as lacking in detail and focused on long-term goals.

DA leader Sizwe Mchunu said the speech lacked what Mchunu intended doing in this term. “On youth development, he said nothing about the failed ambassadors. He said nothing about youth development and education. On the issue of career education, there is massive shortage of guidance advisers.”

He also said Mchunu had chosen to say nothing about projects that were promised by his predecessor Zweli Mkhize, such as the express train that is scheduled to operate between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

“It is the worst speech I have ever heard in my life. I think the province deserves better,” Mchunu added.

EFF’s Vusi Khoza said there was nothing fundamental in the speech other than the 2030 vision. “He said nothing about improving health services. He did not say anything meaningful about industrialisation. We would have loved him to tell us his plans to take land and give it to subsistence farmers.”

IFP’s Blessed Gwala said the premier said nothing about corruption in municipalities. “Corruption in local government is bad. Our worry is that if these councils were under other parties, they would have intervened but because they are run by the ANC, they are left there.”

NFP’s Vikizitha Mlotshwa said the speech was articulated very well on paper but lacked details. “While he touched on many things, he did not go deep into real issues affecting the people of KZN,” he said, adding that there was no clear plan to fight unemployment, provision of basic services and roads infrastructure.

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