Numsa condemns Zuma's Sona

Irvin Jim says Zuma downplayed the suffering of so many be saying the economy is facing difficulties.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma sings the national anthem ahead of his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on 11 February 2015. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has lashed out at President Jacob Zuma's saying the State of the Nation Address (Sona) was appalling and lacked grasp with the real problems facing the country.

On Thursday, proceedings at the Sona were delayed after various opposition parties rose on points of order to clarify the rules governing the house for the evening.

Both the Economic Freedom Fighters and Congress of the People were asked to leave the Chambers.

Numsa says the address shows that Zuma has lost touch with the problems facing the majority of South Africans especially the unemployed and poor population in the country.

General Secretary Irvin Jim says the president downplayed the suffering of so many be saying the economy is facing difficulties.

"We are completely despondent and frustrated by the fact that the State of the Nation Address completely misses the point and doesn't respond to the emergency situation that confronts the country."

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AFRIBUSINESS DISAPPOINTED BY ZUMA'S SONA

AfriBusiness said the president's address let the country down and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budget speech could be the last hope in salvaging an already dire situation.

The organisation argued Zuma's Sona was the perfect opportunity to allay foreign investor's fears.

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AfriBusiness has, however, acknowledged Zuma's calls for the rationalisation of state-owned enterprises.

Spokesperson Armand Greyling said, "From our side and the rest of South Africa we feel that he has let the country down and he should have done more to put more emphasis on foreign investments and what they are going to do about the drought."