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Zuma let us down - DA

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko says the State of the Nation Address was a hit-and-miss.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on Tuesday said President Jacob Zuma let the country down by not saying a word about the exorbitant spending on his private residence in Nkandla.

“He failed to mention Nkandla during his State of the Nation Address,” she said.

Mazibuko added the Zuma-led government put apartheid legislation into practice, referring to the National Key Point Act, in order to cover up how the upgrade to his home was being funded.

Zuma's speech was being debated in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

Mazibuko said the president missed an opportunity to show leadership and use the strong support he received in Mangaung to the advantage of the people of South Africa.

She added the president failed to show how the National Development Plan would be implemented.

Zuma instead opted to appease the opposing factions within the ruling alliance, Mazibuko said.

‘SONA VERY DISAPPOINTING’

Last week, opposition parties united to express disappointment at the Zuma’s address, saying it  cemented their view that he was not fit to run the country.

Mazibuko also lamented Zuma’s failure, according to her, to provide an inspiring vision for the country and a realistic plan to get there.

“He had an opportunity to give us an indication of his plans to create more jobs for young South Africans, but instead he just paid lip service.”

Meanwhile, Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosioua Lekota said once the Constitutional Court rules on the matter, opposition parties will pursue a motion of no-confidence against the president.

In 2012, eight opposition parties joined forces in an attempt to bring a motion of no-confidence.
But the opposition was blocked by the ANC.

Lekota said the president can no longer be trusted to deal with the pressing concerns.

The eight political parties believe the extravagant spending on Zuma’s Nkandla home will make it difficult for South Africans to take his pledge on corruption seriously.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)

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