DA wants clear plan from Zuma

The DA says the president’s State of the Nation Address should be clear and implementable.

President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - As President Jacob Zuma prepares for his State of the Nation Address on Thursday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) wants him to put forward a clear plan to tackle unemployment, crime and problems in the education sector.

This follows reports that some Limpopo schools have not received textbooks.

The Congress of the People (Cope) accused the Department of Education of lying after it claimed that all books had been delivered.

In 2012, Limpopo schools went for several months without textbooks.

The president is expected to focus on programmes linked to the National Development Plan (NDP) when he delivers his speech in Parliament on Thursday.

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) says it wants Zuma to focus on implementing the NDP.

On the issue of job creation, the DA says Zuma should announce the introduction of the Youth Wage Subsidy, increase infrastructure investment and help small businesses to grow.

DA Chief Whip Watty Watson says, "President Zuma's record is one of big ideas with little detail and no action whatsoever. We also think the State of the Nation Address tomorrow is an opportunity for the president to put forward a clear, detailed and implementable plan."

Meanwhile, non-governmental organisations have urged Zuma to tackle the issue of gender based violence, following a spate of incidents in recent weeks.

According to statistics, a woman is raped in South Africa every four minutes.