ANC and EFF go head to head

President Jacob Zuma says SA has a good story to tell but EFF leader Julius Malema disputes this.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma says SA has a good story to tell but EFF leader Julius Malema disputes this. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Friday promised citizens who gathered for a Human Rights Day event that government will work harder to improve the lives of all South Africans over the next five years.

But just a few meters away from where Zuma delivered his keynote address at the Sharpeville massacre commemoration in Vereeniging, the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema slated the president at its own commemoration.

At least 69 people were shot dead by the apartheid police and many were injured during a protest against the dompass in Sharpeville in 1960.

Zuma says despite the huge legacy of apartheid and the massive backlog, the country has a good story to tell about delivering services to its people in only 20 years.

"We want every household to have water, electricity, access to decent schools and recreational facilities."

But outside the George Thabe Stadium, where Zuma received a hero's welcome, Malema said there was no good story to tell.

"Don't go around lying to people that you've got a good story to tell. If you say that, you're suffering from selfishness."

He also accused Zuma of failing to address the basic needs of South Africans like access to water.