Opposition faults Zuma's speech

By Drum Digital
14 February 2014

President Jacob Zuma has taken flak from various opposition parties after his State of the Nation address, especially on the jobs issue.

Helen Zille, leader of the DA, said that Zuma did not do enough to address job shortages in his address.

"Work opportunities are temporary replacements... while very important to relieve poverty, they are not a substitute for real jobs that happen because of economic growth," she said.

She said Zuma's speech mentioned that 500 000 jobs had been created, but said this fell short of his promise of five million.

"Only one out of 20 of those jobs materialised."

Real economic growth was needed to create "real jobs", as opposed to work opportunities, Zille said.

Labour regulations had deteriorated, which could stifle job growth.

On corruption, she said Zuma needed to "put his money where his mouth is".

"[Zuma] refuses to go to court to answer his own charges," she said.

Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said that it was "delusional" to tell people about the extended public works programme which would create six million job opportunities.

The programme created temporary jobs but the country needed sustainable jobs, Buthelezi said.

He said Zuma mentioned a number of things, including the violence during protests.

Buthelezi claimed the violence was the African National Congress's fault.

"That [violence] was taught by the ANC... to make the country ungovernable. Who taught people to make petrol bombs? The ANC did," he said.

Buthelezi called Zuma "Mr Promise".

He said Zuma liked to make promises but did not follow through.

It was "insulting the intelligence of our people" by making these promises.

Meanwhile, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said that Zuma's address misled the public.

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