Drastic intervention needed: Zuma

Parliament - South Africa needs drastic intervention to jumpstart the economy and overcome poverty, unemployment and inequality, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday in his seventh state-of-the-nation address.

Zuma sombrely acknowledged that economic growth had lagged far behind government's target and that many South Africans were struggling.

President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation adress. Screengrab from YouTube. Credit: YouTube

“Change will not come about without some far-reaching intervention,” Zuma said.

He announced that government was mulling the introduction of a national minimum wage to reduce the income inequalities that persist in the country 20 years into democracy.