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Zuma admits the poor need more

Zuma says the government needs to intensify its fight against poverty.

President Jacob Zuma

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has admitted the government needs to do more to improve the lives of those less advantaged.

Zuma was speaking in Soshanguve, North of Pretoria on Friday at a public event hosted by the National Council of Provinces.

He says more than R840 billion has been spent in the past three years to build social and economic infrastructure.

But he says this is not enough.

Zuma says the government needs to intensify its fight against poverty and unemployment as set out in the National Development Plan.

The President spoke on various other issues including ongoing infrastructure investment, which he says will improve the economic status of the country and help create jobs.

He added projects like the Gautrain and the Bus Rapid Transport System are also designed to improve the quality of life of ordinary people.

Zuma aslo highlighted strides that are being made by the police in the fight against drug and substance abuse in poorer communities.