Zuma clarifies points from weekend address

2011-01-10 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma said the ANC, together with it’s alliance partners, will campaign vigorously towards the upcoming local government elections sometime this year.

Zuma appeared on SABC television yesterday evening to clarify some of the points made in his speech at the ANCs 99th anniversary in Polokwane on Saturday.

Among the points he clarified were challenges in education, health, job creation, rural development and land reform, and local government.

In his speech on Saturday, Zuma had said government would introduce a scheme that will see deserving students have their student loans converted into bursaries that would not need to be repaid.

He further stated that the ANC would continue to implement the 10-point plan on health.

He also revealed that government was looking at different forms of land holding — such as leasehold and freehold with limited extent on private land. Foreigners would be prohibited from owning land in the country.

“The struggle was mostly about gaining back the land. If we allow a situation where people from outside come and buy land we will remain with no country. Other countries don’t allow foreigners to purchase land. Here some of the best land in parts of the country is foreign-owned,” said Zuma.

He said leasing for fixed periods was the only way to keep the land and foreigners can lease and utilise the land for commercial purposes.

Asked about the New Growth Path document which seeks to bring about job creation and the feeling that the alliance was unhappy about certain aspects of it, Zuma said it was not wrong to criticise the document.

“We are saying criticise and come up with better options. Those options must come up quickly because we’re looking forward to implementing the programme to create jobs,” said the president.

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