Zille not impressed by SONA

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IOL SONA zille DA leader and Western Cape Premier and husband Johann Maree on the red carpet at #SONA2014. Picture: @CapeTimesSA/Twitter

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma did not do enough to address job shortages in his State of the Nation Address, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on Thursday.

“Work opportunities are temporary replacements... while very important to relieve poverty, they are not a substitute for real jobs that happen because of economic growth,” she said.

She said Zuma's speech mentioned that 500,000 jobs had been created, but said this fell short of his promise of five million.

“Only one out of 20 of those jobs materialised.”

Real economic growth was needed to create “real jobs”, as opposed to work opportunities, Zille said.

Labour regulations had deteriorated, which could stifle job growth.

On corruption, she said Zuma needed to “put his money where his mouth is”.

“(Zuma) refuses to go to court to answer his own charges,” she said.


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