Take decisive action, DA urges Zuma

2011-02-07 19:49

Cape Town - Take decisive action on challenges facing South Africa, is the DA's message to Jacob Zuma, ahead of the president delivering his third state of the nation address later this week.

"The president is always very keen to talk about WE, together WE can deliver... but this is a time when the president should be talking about what HE is going to be doing," Democratic Alliance leader Athol Trollip told a media briefing at Parliament on Monday.

In a statement handed to journalists, he said the time had come for Zuma to talk in specifics.

"This is no time for promises too sweeping for their progress to be measured. Nor is it the time for superfluous rhetoric and gesture.

"In the past, President Zuma has used vague concepts - like that of job opportunity - to make meaningless promises, and to claim tenuous successes."

Broken promises

Trollip released a DA document, titled "Jacob Zuma's Broken Promises", listing 50 such promises, ranging across areas such as jobs and job creation, education, health, governance, criminal justice, media freedom, communication and the economy, among others.

It states that in the past, Zuma had failed to follow through on promises he had made.

"We hope that the president will take heed of these serious failures to match words with deed," the document reads.

On job creation, it refers to one promise - made in Zuma's 2008 State of the Nation address - to create half-a-million so-called job opportunities.

"In total, we calculated that the 'job opportunities' referred to by the president equated to the creation of just 87 000 full-time jobs, in a year when ten times as many jobs, 870 000 in total, were lost overall.


"However you do the maths, 500 000 jobs or 'job opportunities' weren't created in 2009," it states.

Earlier, Trollip condemned the controversial remarks made by Zuma at an ANC registration drive in the Eastern Cape at the weekend, when he reportedly told an audience in Mthatha that if one voted for the ruling party, one chose heaven, but a vote for an opposition party meant hell.

"It's blasphemous, and... dividing our nation along the very worst kind of political lines you can imagine, and it is an insult to people who are of the Christian faith," Trollip said.

In a separate statement on Monday, trade union federation Cosatu congratulated Zuma and his government "for their achievements so far".

Cosatu said its expectations from Thursday's State of the Nation address included major reforms and improvements in job creation, education, health, rural development and land reform, and in the fight against corruption and crime.

Concrete plans

"After two years in office, it is essential that the speech should contain concrete plans to translate these commitments into real changes on the ground.

"Last year, we urged the president to pay particular attention to policies to reverse the catastrophic loss of 959 000 jobs in the first nine months of 2009.

"In fact, jobs continued to disappear, bringing the total loss since the start of 2009 until the last quarter of 2010, to 1.17 million," it said.

In a statement issued later on Monday, the Independent Democrats said the focus of Zuma's address needed to be on the economy and the urgent need to create millions of jobs.

"The ID expects the president to clarify the current mixed signals emanating from the ruling alliance and outline precisely what aspects of the New Economic Growth Path will be implemented.

"The president must give the nation an inspiring vision with practical actions that will be taken to ensure that the... most pressing issues are addressed simultaneously, namely poverty and unemployment," it said.

  • Halfwise - 2011-02-07 20:06

    hahaha hahahaha a white party trying to tell our struggle hero and freedom fighter, how to do his job. My ANC, My Future, My Vision. Amen

      vicj - 2011-02-07 20:24

      And black ANC supporters following the pied piper into hell.

      SimonP - 2011-02-07 20:36

      Someone needs to him as since he became president he has nothing but enrich his buddies.

      Macho Mike - 2011-02-07 20:45

      Halfwise, remember it's Your ANC, your Future, Your Vision, Your Hell........ Your African National Circus, Your Clown, Your Emptyness and Your Broken Promises. Egypt and Tunisia should serve as warnings to all South African's - it's only a matter of time before people say " Enough is enough" and the gatvolness rises to the fore. Dyspeptic people are dangerous people........

      SimonP - 2011-02-07 20:47

      As always Halfwise, the DA is a white party, boring. Dont you bet bored posting the same lies everyday

      gen.mewmew - 2011-02-07 20:48

      pathetic excuse of a human u are halfwise.

      G.du Plessis - 2011-02-07 21:25

      Halfwise. Are you oblivious to the number of white people IN the ANC? It is not a black party and neither is the DA a white party.

      Wonderboy - 2011-02-07 21:51

      @ half jack. First you say the DA must not just criticise but tell the ANC how to do things and now that they do tell you, you have a lot of other crap to say. The problem with you people is that you have no idea about anything.

      Zakhele - 2011-02-07 22:59

      Didn't know DA was a white party only. If that were to be a case I would flee to Zimbambwe. A lot of people would eat poison everyday. They would be infected by diseases deliberately. They would be kicked around. Woken at night. Be sworn at. Be spat at. We wouldn't even be able to drive on the roads.......

      1gascan - 2011-02-08 08:14

      Halfwise, your name says it all... Only half a brain to use.

      Gazza Boy - 2011-02-08 08:48

      You are not even half wise just a brainless breathing wonder.

      antfrog668 - 2011-02-08 09:30

      I have said it before but until people get around this whole race thing this country is doomed. People like halfwise are the reason this country is being dragged down by the ANC.

      Zolani - 2011-02-08 09:57

      @Halfwise, you say "YOUR ANC" . Will you still support "YOUR ANC" when it changes, let’s just say in 4 years time, They stop BEE, and AA, and only the most skilled person gets the job, Only the best Sports star gets the Position, the pass rate becomes 50%. Personal tax comes down, but VAT increases so all people pay tax, the death penalty is brought back, they encourage EX pats to move back to SA, because they realise they need the skill, tenders go to the best qualified and reliable tender. Etc etc. will you still Support "YOUR ANC". I ask this because "MY ANC" the real won who fought for all of our freedom, and who believed in the freedom charter is no more, so I don’t support the new anc, who are only here to fill their own pockets and don’t care about the rest of us, so how can I support them. DO your Support the new anc because you like their name, or because what they do for you?

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 10:05

      @ Halfwit: As jy dom is moet jy kak.

  • Sven - 2011-02-07 20:07

    Concrete proposals to fix the economy and unite the country from "Cant keep my penis in my pants" Zuma, what are the unions and the opposition smoking, I would like some too, to base my life on "Smoke and Mirrors".

      ArtGee - 2011-02-07 21:00

      Just think about it.... Jacob "SHAGGA-ZULU" ZUMA... makes George W Bush look like a ROCKET SCIENTIST! And we ALL know how STUPID George W Bush is.....

  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-07 20:20

    Showerhead Zuma...the KFC generation...

  • Eucan - 2011-02-07 20:39

    if your born to be negetive, you will always negative,if you like to learn from others you will be clever, cause you always coppyng.[DA]its formed to be nagative, checking mistake its what there here for.

      vicj - 2011-02-07 20:47

      Not negative but realistic. Zuma never learned about condoms thats why he continues to make babies. Is he stupid? Not checking mistakes, they are there. A blind man can see how the ANC is screwing this country and its people.

      Macho Mike - 2011-02-07 20:51

      Eucan, being negative, i agree,is not good. But a president should be a role model, not a Clown. And Zuma makes promise after promise to appease the uneducated masses who follow like sheep to the slaughter. It's time the African National Circus stopped playing games with the poor and uneducated, before they become dyspeptic.Sooner or later the kak will hit the fan, and low betide you are standing in the way........

      Wonderboy - 2011-02-07 21:54

      Learn from the DA and become clever. You just said it, now, Do It!

  • Ed - 2011-02-07 20:40

    Conned AGAIN - you Angelic dedicated tax payers. Today2/3rds of Rea Vaya (our revolutionary bus rapid transport system) was handed over - yes - GIVEN for FREE - to the taxi owners. You and I - who hate the Taxi drivers' conduct - have just funded a monster. Thanks for voting ANC-you deserve what you vote for. HA HA HA! Please ensure your council bill is paid on time to feed this monster...

      lean - 2011-02-08 10:10

      Rea Vaya ? actually not a black own company, if you know the TOP DOGS are Whites and Muslims so you know...

  • - 2011-02-07 20:47

    I fail to see why people still believe in the ANC??? Can IQ really hit such a low note in South Africa?

      ArtGee - 2011-02-07 20:56

      'Tis what you get when you put a person with a Std 3 in charge.... he responds to SPEECHES given to him, and most of it goes OVER HIS HEAD... he is to STUPID to UNDERSTAND IT!!! Bless his little Cotton Woolworths if ONLY he can keep his 'little brain' inside them...

  • gibos - 2011-02-07 21:09

    Settlers\white south africans will do everything in their power to win back africa economic powerhouse SOUTH AFRICA, it will never happen in this african land. U think u are better than africans.

      vicj - 2011-02-07 21:17

      Zimbabwe ruins here we come, just a matter of time we can call it South African ruins. I like Mike. African National Circus.

      Priester - 2011-02-07 21:37

      @gibos I am a white African (Afrikaans nogals ne) and believe me, I am not interested in the colour of my president, health minister, education minister or who ever. I am interested in a president and cabinet whom I can trust to manage our country to the benefit of our children. I therefore do not vote for the ANC as this will mean I am betraying the future of our country and our children. Gibos my brother, you are welcome to join me and many others of all races who vote for the benefit of our children and not for skin colour or empty promises which will ultimately ruin our country. True I need to sacrifice my yellow T shirt but hey our children deserve much more than a T shirt and some KFC.

  • Chris - 2011-02-07 21:27

    What is decisive? if in one or two years the problem will be something of the past!

  • Nick van der Leek - 2011-02-07 21:28

    some good points, but I'm interested to hear what promises the DA can deliver on.

      vicj - 2011-02-07 21:50

      True, but if ANC run Durban could be half the city Capetown is, it will be great but our city manager will not hear the plight of the paying tax payer which shows they are only there for themselves. Not interested in the people and their say.

      Louis - 2011-02-07 21:53

      Compare the Western Cape (DA governed) to any of the other provinces in the country (ANC governed). That should answer your question.

      Wonderboy - 2011-02-07 21:56

      Good governance!

  • Louis - 2011-02-07 21:46

    Oh no, so every other person on earth is going to hell because they don't vote for the ANC? So the ONLY way to get into heaven is with an ANC membership card? ...think about it. Perhaps when your surname is Zuma and you have 20 wives and 50 children who's daily lives filled with greed and "fake popularity" because of the love for money and status, and black BMW X5's and double-story mansions are funded by innocent hard-working tax payers of whom many live in shacks and share public long-drops and have to walk many kilometers to the bus stop just to find the bus has already left and after all this take home a measly R1500 per month to feed 4 babies left behind by different AIDS infected males, perhaps then you feel like you are in heaven! When your son "inherits" a mine and don't pay the workers (Aurora) and the rest of your youth pillage the schools and hospitals and toyi toyi until their shoes are worn out - led by the fools who turn females into "dishes" and eat off of them (whether the women allow it or not is besides the point. The men shouldn't be doing it in the first place - or is that because it is commonly acceptable to beat them up if they don't listen, or pull them into the cave by their hair - quite primitive if you think about it), but yes. When you have this youth "serving" you, hanging on to your every word like the one true gospel, and you are living in your palace, then you will feel like you are in heaven. You might even feel like a god.

  • gibos - 2011-02-07 21:48

    @priester, so u think ANC give poor people yellow T-Shirts to vote for them? U think u are so-smart-person.

      Priester - 2011-02-07 22:24

      Gibos, what is the best for our country? Decide between a T shirt or a healthy and wealthy future for our children and grand children proudly sponsored by the taxes we (you, me and our fellow countrymen) pay instead of money wasted on parties, cars and all kinds of bling. Note I do not ask you to vote for the DA but I do ask you not to vote for the ANC but to vote for our country and children. You decide my friend.

      Gazza Boy - 2011-02-08 08:54

      Definitely smarter than you. Do you and Halfwise share the same "half a brain" ?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-07 22:23

    This "State of the Nation" is upside down, back to front and inside-out. First: State of Municipalities. (Where people have their say) Then : State of Provinces (Summation of Municipalities and other parameters) Then : State of Nation (Summation of Provinces and external factors)

      Macho Mike - 2011-02-07 22:31

      Should be called " Nation in a State, not State of the Nation"

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  • . - 2011-02-08 11:57

    JZ only has a standard 2 he has not even achieved the age of accountability in his mind intellectually or emotionally his bad behaviour over and over again is the example. He does not even know right from wrong. He thinks his "umthondo" is for playing with that is why he has so many children. HE IS JUST A STUPID K@*&IR.

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