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SONA speech dismal: Mazibuko

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President Jacob Zuma delivers his last State of the Nation Address to a Joint Sitting of the two Houses of Parliament.Photo: Siyabulela Duda/GCIS

Cape Town - DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko described President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address as “pretty dismal” on Thursday.

“He tried to ride on the coat tails of his predecessors. Yes we acknowledge that South Africa is a better place to live in, but is it better than 2009 when (Zuma took office)?”

Mazibuko claimed Zuma had reversed the gains made by his predecessors, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. She said he found “creative ways” to piggy-back off them.

Under Zuma 1.4 million fewer people had jobs. Mazibuko said this could not be called a success.

“It was pretty dismal,” she said, referring to his speech.

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