Buthelezi: ANC and people divided

2013-02-19 21:00
Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Picture: AFP)

Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Picture: AFP)

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Cape Town - There is a growing divide between the ANC and the people of South Africa, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Tuesday.

Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address, he said social media comments by the public reflected an overwhelming public opinion that Zuma's address did not describe the state of the nation.

The real state of the nation was expressed in the cry of more than a million young people who sat without work, while the president asked the private sector to "absorb" 11 000 further education and training college graduates.

It was expressed in the children who sat without textbooks for more than half a year, while the president asked the private sector to fund maths and science academies and Saturday schools.

The real state of the nation was very different to what the president described, Buthelezi said.

"Mr President, you seem to speak from both sides of your mouth. What daring to speak about the Bill of Rights when you, yourself are compromised on this issue.

"You sing Umshini Wam. You allow the slogan 'Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer'. You have stood in this House and declared, quite without qualms, that the minority has fewer rights than the majority. Where is your Constitution, Mr President? Please show me where that hallowed document grants some citizens more rights than others?"

The time had come to close the first republic under the ANC, which was characterised by corruption, lack of vision, and lack of leadership.

The time had come to usher in a second, and better republic, dedicated to the people and the values of liberation, he said.

It was well known that the resources at the government's disposal were enormous and that the budget allocations were generous to address key issues like education, poverty, and healthcare.

"It is not for lack of throwing money at our problems that we flounder."

One could not escape the truth that the government had wasted money. It had wasted the resources available to it.

What had been promised had not been delivered, and corruption had "darkened the soul of government".

Resources had been frittered away at every level of government. In national government, provincial administrations, and municipalities, performance was so poor and delivery so slow that "I have lost hope of us ever coming close to addressing South Africa's problems successfully".

South Africans wanted to hear on Thursday what the government was going to do to turn things around.

"Instead, we heard nothing new. The State of the Nation address was deeply disappointing.

"It has caused me, at last, to lose hope. Not in my beloved country, but in my president.

"Let us open now, with the rising voice of a nation at odds with its government, the better, second republic our people deserve.

"Let us set this country on the right course, by doing what is needed - by unseating a leadership not fit to rule," Buthelezi said.

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