Numsa - Zuma is out of touch with SA problems

Numsa says President Zuma and his government have run out of ideas to solve economic crisis.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mine Workers (Numsa) says President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address tried to deflect any attention away from what is likely to be the worst economic and social crisis since the apartheid.

On Thursday proceedings at the address were delayed were delayed by an hour and a half after various opposition parties rose on points of order to clarify the rules governing the house.

Both the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Congress of the People (Cope) were asked to leave the chambers.

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

Numsa spokesperson Irvin Jim says it's clear that the government and Zuma have run out of ideas to solve the crisis.

"Basically, we're facing a situation where jobs are being wiped out and there is no national emergency and intervention plan by government. In fact, we are on the verge of losing Evraz Highveld Steel."