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Zuma promises better life for all

President Jacob Zuma says his government is committed in improving the lives of all South Africans.

President Jacob Zuma arrives for Human Right’s Day celebration at Mbekweni on 21 March 2013. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday admitted living conditions were far from ideal still for many South Africans.

Zuma addressed thousands of people during Human Right's Day celebrations in the Mbekweni township outside Paarl earlier.

He was met with applause and cheers at the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre.

Many Zuma supporters wearing yellow and green t-shirts were however disappointed they had to watch his speech on screens outside.

The president reiterated his government was doing all it can to speed up service delivery, but that the past cannot be reversed overnight.

He made a commitment to all South Africans that he would not rest until every household has access to basic services including water, sanitation and electricity.

Meanwhile, DA Federal Chairperson Wilmot James said South Africans deserve a constitutional police service that protects our citizens.

James spent Human Right's Day in Khayelitsha.

He highlighted the daily challenges South Africans face, especially regarding police inefficiency.

Premier Helen Zille established a commission of inquiry in August to investigate claims of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

The area was hit by a wave of vigilante killings with residents taking matters into their own hands.

He said South Africans deserve a proper justice system that assists all citizens.

"A total of 720 South Africans have died as a result of police action or in police custody over the last year. This number is escalating and we will continue to campaign against the unprofessional conduct on the part of the police."

James said police abuse cannot be tolerated.

"What is required in our country is a police force that operates professionally, accountable and transparent."

At the same time, a North West officer who was arrested for allegedly dragging a man behind a police van was granted a R1000 bail on Wednesday.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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