Zuma is 'weak and clueless' - opposition
President Jacob Zuma has a poor grasp of policy, does not keep his promises and his leadership style delays service delivery.
These were some of the views of the opposition parties as Zuma celebrated a year in office yesterday.
DA leader Helen Zille said Zuma had failed to see the contradictions between what he says and does.
"He has failed to provide leadership on the issues that matter most. Whether it is the debacle that has played itself out at Eskom, the increasing levels of violent crime, the steady decline of our education system, rising unemployment or corruption," she said.
Zille added that Zuma did not have a grasp of policy.
"He is puzzled about the reasons for the outcry. Every time he says that the ANC is more important than the Constitution. He consistently refuses to engage in policy debates with leaders of opposition parties because he is out of his depth," she said.
"After watching a television interview with Zuma, one analyst concluded that, such was Zuma's lack of policy detail, that he was "our [failed US presidential candidate] Sarah Palin".
Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille said Zuma has tried too hard to appease his loyalists and has not put enough focus on service delivery.
"I am concerned at the many appointments he made and he is now sitting with a bloated Cabinet. The appointments he made in the security cluster are people in his circle and this seemed like it was pay-back time.
"Examples would be [National Director of Public Prosecutions] Menzi Simelane and Judge Willem van der Merwe, who acquitted him in his rape trial," said De Lille.
She said that despite his positive contribution to the fight against HIV/Aids, the country is yet to see the outcomes of the promises he made when he became president.
And Bantu Holomisa, the leader of the United Democratic Movement, said that though it was not easy to score Zuma's performance in his first year, the president's style of leadership "delays service delivery".
"He is a person who believes in collective decisions. He always believes in going back to his leaders to consult and this causes unnecessary delays to service delivery.
"This also makes him come across as a person who is not sure what he wants as a leader," Holomisa said.