Citizens want Zuma to tackle high unemployment & housing in #Sona2017

President Jacob Zuma will deliver his 10th State of the Nation Address in Parliament amid heightened security this evening.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN – Job creation, the country’s high unemployment rate, education and housing are just some of the issues South Africans hope President Jacob Zuma will tackle on Thursday evening.

Zuma will deliver his 10th State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament amid heightened security on Thursday evening.

It will be his last address as African National Congress (ANC) leader, although his term as president only expires in 2019.

Scenario planner Clem Sunter says, “We’ve really got to have proper schools and hospitals so that we’re seeing genuine delivery because the money is there. We’ve got to get the quality, and this does demand a proper conversation. I’d love the president to say we really are going to improve the quality of services in this country.”

ZUMA 'NOT UNDER PRESSURE'

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma says he’s not under pressure at all ahead of the Sona, as concerns mount over the deployment of extra soldiers to Parliament.

The president says he’s feeling calm about delivering his speech in the next few hours.

“I don’t have pressure, because I don’t allow pressure to rule me. I do my work and I know people take it in different ways. That’s their right as democrats.”

HIGH SECURITY

Zuma has deployed 441 soldiers to help the police maintain law and order as he opens Parliament on Thursday.

This includes an expanded no-go zone around Parliament, reams of barbed wire and a significant army presence.

It will be the last state of the nation address that Zuma will give as leader of the African National Congress (ANC), although his term as the country’s president expires only in 2019.

It’s also believed as many as 5,000 South African Police Service members will police the State of the Nation Address (Sona).

This is yet to be confirmed by police but the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape says it intends putting forward a parliamentary question in this regard.

The party says if true, it’s an insult to crime-stricken communities.

#Sona2017 road closures

Make sure you avoid these roads on Thursday when President Jacob Zuma delivers the 2017 Sona in Parliament.