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Opposition welcomes National Development Plan

Opposition parties have voiced their support for the final draft of the National Development Plan.

National Planning Commission minister Trevor Manuel addressing Parliament during the handing over of Revised National Development Plan to President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties on Wednesday welcomed the new National Development Plan (NDP), but many questioned how effectively it would be implemented.

The revised plan was unveiled by National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel in Parliament, Cape Town.

The strategy is aimed at eradicating poverty and creating more jobs.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko started off by praising the NDP.

But her praise soon turned to criticism as she raised concerns over its implementation.

Mazibuko said it seems the ANC does not subscribe to the plan with its heart and soul.

Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosioua Lekota said nobody in the ruling party seems to own the plan.

He was loudly jeered, forcing the speaker to call for calm.

President Jacob Zuma simply giggled as Lekota said thousands of taverns across the country receive alcohol every weekend, but government cannot deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools once a year.

Manuel called on all South Africans to embrace the plan and said people need to ensure it succeeds.