Zuma’s speech ‘lacked substance’

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address was full of promises but lacking in substance, African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe said on Tuesday evening.

On Zuma's comments regarding the mining industry, he said: “I'm not sure whether that is going to make an impact because promises have been made many times before.”

President Jacob Zuma addresses Parliament during his Stateof the Nation address. Photo by: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS. Credit: GCIS

In his speech, Zuma “repeated a number of promises he has made before”.

Zuma needed to convince the public that government could deliver on such promises, but its track record indicated this was unlikely, Meshoe said.

Regarding Zuma's words on support for municipalities, Meshoe said a plan of action was needed rather than “support, support, support.”

“Support means throwing money at the problem.”