Zuma must address corruption - de Lille

South Africa waits for President Jacob Zuma’s fourth State of the Nation Address in Parliament.

South Africa waits for President Jacob Zuma’s fourth State of the Nation Address in Parliament.

CAPE TOWN - It is almost time for President Jacob Zuma to kick off his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) in Parliament, Cape Town.

The speech comes after a difficult 2012, in which the economy took a dip and labour relations reached an all-time low.

The president is expected to focus on government's infrastructure rollout, which will see roads, ports and railways being improved.

Zuma also looks set to announce a new set of employment incentives like the Youth Wage Subsidy, a programme that helps young people find work.

However, Zuma risks annoying teachers unions if he decides to go ahead with plan to declare teaching an essential service.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says Zuma must decisively spell out how government will stamp out corruption.

She says it has become one if the country's biggest downfalls.

The African Christian Democratic Party's Steve Swart say he hopes Zuma will elaborate on the burning issues of infrastructure development and Nkandla.

"We're really hoping that the president will bring hope to the nation. Our nation needs hope. We are hoping he'll show us implementation plans with the National Development Plan, which is crucial."