#Sona2016 draws mixed reaction from political parties

Last night was arguably Zuma's toughest address yet coming against the backdrop of an ailing economy.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane trying to offer some direction in Parliament during the 2016 State of the Nation Address.

CAPE TOWN - There's been mixed reaction from opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) to President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona) in the National Assembly last night.

It was arguably Zuma's toughest address yet, coming against the backdrop of an ailing economy and calls for him to be impeached.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the president has not come up with a concise plan to create jobs.

"It should have been a lot braver. It should have been braver on how we reduce the cost of Cabinet; it's too big. We should have made it half - that money can be attracted towards higher education."

But African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Kenneth Meshoe says Zuma's commitment to cutting wasteful expenditure by government should be welcomed.

"When he spoke about cutting down expenditure, it's something that we welcome because we've been complaining a lot about money that is being wasted."

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi praised Zuma for admitting that times are tough.

"He admitted right from the beginning that in fact the situation is quite bad."

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Some political analysts have described Zuma's speech as dull and uninspiring.

Moeletsi Mbeki says it didn't address the real issues while, Political Studies Professor at Wits University, Daryl Glaser, says there were at least two elephants in the room.

"The speech itself was very much like previous speeches, rather dull, and failed to address the dramas of the moment."

Professor Willie Breytenbach, from Stellenbosch University, says Zuma played it safe during his speech.

"There's actually a long list of issues that he simply skirted around, like water and specifically, land reform. He tried not to defend the left or the right within his support group. There was absolutely no mention of the Nkandla issues or about Minister Nene."

Wits University academic Christopher Malikane says Zuma simply rehashed old policies.

"He just mentioned the nine-point plan that he mentioned last year, but he did not go step by step to give an account of what exactly was achieved. He should have at least let the nation in as to what was on his mind when he changed finance ministers."

The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative's Gilad Isaacs says government can't adequately address unemployment without effective policies.

"We also know that increased workers' wages, can increase consumption, spending, GDP and output."

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