Govt housing not just for ANC - Zuma

2010-11-19 14:17

Johannesburg - Government housing was not just for ANC members but for all who qualified, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"Everybody who qualifies should get a house when these become available, not only ANC members as some residents have alleged," he said, according to an address prepared for delivery at the National Council of Provinces sitting in the Free State.

"I would like to emphasise that all deserving people should receive these houses, particularly our senior citizens."

Zuma said the "considerable backlogs" in providing housing in the Maluti A Phofung municipality in the Free State should receive attention.

"We all know that we should not go against the grain of our Constitution; it is not how government works. Social facilities and amenities which are not working should be made fully functional."

The challenges encountered at schools regarding nutrition, water and clean facilities should also be addressed.

After reshuffling his Cabinet, Zuma said government now had to "emphasise service delivery".

"We have said that government officials should treat citizens with respect.

"We have said it should not take long to get an ID document when you apply for it.

"A grandmother does not have to bribe a government official in order to get her old-age pension. A young man who wants to get a driver's licence does not have to pay somebody in order to get a driver's test," he said.

Public servants, he said, should not "abuse" the power entrusted to them.

"Those who are employed and get paid to do a job must do it. Teachers must be in class, on time, teaching for seven hours a day. Police officers should respond with speed when citizens call for them.

"Nurses should treat patients with compassion that our common decency and humanity demand..."

These were "simple values" Zuma's administration hoped to entrench in government. He lamented that the experience of government for many was not a pleasant one.

"Some people's experience of government is that of an institution that is far removed from them. They think government officials do not care about their concerns.

"They think government takes far too long to solve what are simple problems. They think government officials spend public resources on things they should not spend them on."

Government had to change these perceptions through changing the way it worked, he said.

He added that most of the problems faced by citizens were at the local level.

  • pointblankza - 2010-11-19 14:26

    Well let's see then but remember we will bitch and whine and protest if these are not met.

      capetownblogger - 2010-11-19 14:31

      And burn tyres and kill typical...

      capetownblogger - 2010-11-19 14:35

      And burn tyres

      capetownblogger - 2010-11-19 14:35

      And burn tyres

  • robertgunning - 2010-11-19 14:35

    The wisest and most constitutionally correct words I have ever heard from Mr. Zuma.

  • Dave - 2010-11-19 14:42

    Same ol jibber jabber since day one, he obviously found his cassette recorder and hit the re-wind button, but is nice to have confirmed that even if you dont support the ANC, you will still be entitled to a house which you probably wont get anyway

      Wessie - 2010-11-19 15:13

      Dave, its only because its close to election time again. The majority of the ANC supporters only have a short term memory, so they will only remember the promises he made today, vote for the ANC, and then afterwards want to burn everything down because the government is not doing everything. Its the same old story before every election. Suddenly there are major changes, some improvements and promises and the handing out of a t-shirt and a food parcel, just until the voting is done and everything is back to where its been for the last 17 years.

      Dave - 2010-11-19 15:33

      Of course, and its just so damn frustrating that its true, but hopefully we may see the tide turning....I hope

  • Mart - 2010-11-19 14:51

    President Zuma must start taking decisive and lasting measures to stamp out what South Africans have come to accept as a norm. We see through the rhetoric espewing from his mouth. For too long now government officials have become a law unto themselves and the people continue to suffer as a result of this. I am of the opinion that 'civil servants' who are entrusted with jobs and are paid by the taxpayer, should face an even harsher set of consequences for transgressing the laws and prescribed rules and regulations than 'an average Joe like me'. If the President really wants to convince us that he is in contro, he must take action now.

  • Wishbone - 2010-11-19 15:51

    Good sentiment but let's see action.

  • duncan - 2010-11-19 16:40

    Is there an election coming?? How the hell can we believe you, how the hell...........

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