PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. Vusi MaimanE and his wife Natalie pose fore the photographers by kissing on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma was responding too late to some of the country's problems, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday.

“I'm concerned that President Zuma is living in one space while South Africans are living in very, very difficult space,” Maimane said after Zuma's state-of-the-nation address in Parliament.

“The president had the opportunity to bring strong ideas, some very bold steps, and I didn't see that forthcoming.”

Maimane said Zuma mentioned some of the things the DA had called for for years and his response was “a bit too late”.

He said Zuma quoted initiatives from the National Development Plan and said it would take courage to implement these goals.

Zuma should have acted earlier and allowed legislation to help with energy procurement, he said.

“There could have been a lot more that the president could have done decisively and boldly; and I felt like he did not do that.”