Zuma: We must continue Mandela's legacy

2014-02-13 19:15
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Cape Town - South Africans have a duty to honour the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela, says President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address. .

Zuma told MPs on Thursday that Mandela's death "caused untold pain to our people and beyond our borders.

"We have a duty to take his legacy forward," he said.

Zuma went on to list the achievements of South Africa's successive democratic governments since Mandela took power in 1994, starting with burying an oppressive minority regime. They had made "South Africa a better place to live in now than it ever was before".

But he said the country still faced inequality, poverty, and unemployment and the government's efforts were focused on eradicating these problems.

In the face of pressure on the rand, which Zuma warned would make government's infrastructure programme more expensive, the country needed to grow the economy "at a rate of above five percent to be able to create the jobs we need".

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