Zuma's speech 'his best yet'

The President’s State of the Nation Address has been hailed by some as one of his best yet.

President Jacob Zuma addresses Parliament during the 2014 State of the Nation Address. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) has been hailed as one of his best yet.

Zuma delivered his SONA in Parliament on Thursday night.

He said the country had made progress in the past 20 years and highlighted the fact that 650,000 jobs were created in 2013.

The president said government had set a target of 6 million job opportunities by 2019 and also announced that sign language would be part of the curriculum in 2015.

However, the speech has been met with cynicism from some opposition parties.

University of Cape Town's Professor Richard Calland told 567 CapeTalk that this was one of Zuma's best speeches yet.

"This is a much more savvy political speech than any of his previous ones. It had to be. He's under great political pressure and it's an election year. The ANC had to make its case on why it should continue in government."

He gave the thumbs-up to Zuma and his speech writers.

"They managed to look backwards for 20 years. They did a good job in reminding people why the ANC deserves to be in government because it delivered democracy in this country. So they pulled together all the statistics, the spin if you like, to demonstrate the argument in favour of their rule."