Sona show Zuma’s paucity of ideas on the economy: DA
President Jacob Zuma can’t “kick-start our ailing economy”. Nor can he “create hope that we can build a united‚ non-racial South Africa”.
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That’s how the Democratic Alliance (DA) summed up the country’s leader following his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday night.
“Zuma needed to announce fresh‚ bold and innovative new interventions and plans of action”‚ the party said‚ “yet he announced no new plan to address our unemployment crisis and create new jobs”.
“His lack of action in this regard will be another shortcoming to add to the long list that has so aptly characterised his presidency. But‚ more importantly‚ it will leave the 8.3 million jobless without any hope of finding work.
The DA criticised Zuma as he “desperately tried to reignite” the “9-point plan to ignite growth and create jobs” he rolled out at his 2015 Sona.
“At the time‚ National Treasury predicted economic growth at 2% for 2015. This forecast was downgraded to 1.5% in the Medium Term Budget in October last year‚” the party statement said.
“One year later‚ and our projected economic growth is at a paltry 0.8%. It is clear than the current plans to ‘ignite growth and create jobs’ are simply not working.”
This showed‚ the DA said‚ Zuma’s “paucity of ideas on the economy”.
The DA also tackled Zuma’s “few meaningless words on fighting corruption and cutting wasteful expenditure”‚ saying that “every year he leads the charge on committing acts of corruption – Nkandla being the gold standard”.
The president’s actions on the public protector’s report on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead was the subject of Constitutional Court proceedings brought against him and others by the DA this week.
“The bottom line is that President Zuma cannot be trusted to lead the fight against corruption. He lies to the people only to create another red-herring to distract from his growing list of scandals.”