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‘Zuma lacks trust of citizens to deliver credible Sona’

Accountability Now warns that Zuma’s scandal-prone tenure as president counts against him.

FILE: South African President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Accountability Now says President Jacob Zuma lacks the trust, confidence and faith of South Africans to deliver a credible State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Director at the organisation Paul Hoffman is warning Zuma's scandal-prone tenure as president counts against him.

"The untrustworthiness of the president is manifest from the conflicted and compromised position in which he finds himself given his chequered political career."

Hoffman says Zuma's trust rating was already at an all-time low last year before his firing and hiring of finance ministers and flip-flop on the Nkandla spending debacle.

This was measured in an Afrobarometer poll

"Two thirds of the people polled in that scientific research said they did not trust the president."

LISTEN: What's next for Zuma?

On Monday, Zuma said he was ready for the Sona on Thursday and was confident South Africans were pleased with his performance.

The president made the comments after a walk-about in Marabastad, Pretoria, where he spoke to hawkers, produce market traders and foreigners at a Home Affairs office.

Zuma said he wanted to talk to people to get ideas for his address.

This year's Sona looks set to be the president's toughest, with an ailing economy and threats from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to disrupt proceedings.

But he appeared relaxed and confident and told reporters he was ready for Thursday's address.

He said people were happy with government's performance, contrary to what was being reported in the media.

"They are happy with the president. Everything they could say… all of that was important for me because at times you know you guys [the media] write from other sources. This was a direct source."

The president said he would convey some of the complaints he heard from the people to the relevant ministers to address.

LISTEN: President Zuma: South Africa is happy with me