Presidency mum on calls for Zuma’s resignation

By Drum Digital
05 February 2015

resident Jacob Zuma’s office solicited public input to this year’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on social media and calls for his resignation were among the top suggestions to come from members of the public.

P Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma was “encouraged” by the submissions and  said “ all inputs are valuable and are being taken into account in the President's address to the nation”.

The Presidency says a diversity of inputs, issues and comments were received through Facebook and Twitter. Some of the dominant issues are: Small Medium and Micro Enterprises development, education (the quality of basic education and increasing of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme budget), social development (revising social grants), crime and drugs (substance abuse and drug dealers), corruption, housing and increment of public servants housing allowance.

Some of the other issues include better salaries for police, teachers and mine workers, skills development, electricity or energy crisis, xenophobia, homophobia and the rise of racism, sustainable employment (jobs and internship opportunities), protection of rhinos, land ownership, legalisation of marijuana, water shortages, health (state of public hospitals), road deaths, e-Tolls, littering and South Africa's role in peace keeping on the continent.

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