Mantashe praises SONA speech

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iol news pic SONA 14 Zuma speech GCIS President Jacob Zuma delivering his last State of the Nation Address to a Joint Sitting of the two Houses of Parliament. Photo: Siyabulela Duda/GCIS

Cape Town - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had only good things to say about President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation speech on Thursday.

It showed the “coherence” of the work government had been doing in the past five years, said Mantashe.

One of the most important topics Zuma touched on was that of violent protests.

“Violence is not acceptable. It is not acceptable that people die at the hands of the police. It is a fundamental right to protest, but it must not lead to death,” Mantashe said.

Zuma said government was working on curbing the employment of unqualified people in municipalities.

Mantashe agreed, saying municipalities were the face of government and that quality of services at municipal level needed improvement.

“Do not give any unqualified person a job,” said Mantashe.


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