President Zuma's Freedom Day speech raises questions

Earlier today President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation in Giyani Stadium, Limpopo, as part of government's celebration of South Africa's 22 years of freedom.

In his speech, the president said South Africans should unite and not allow political parties to divide the nation.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst, about the president's speech and whether it was meaningful and relevant.

Scroll down for quotes from the conversation...

I would commend him, in so far he's alluding to a necessary pitch in terms of our political life, a pitch that takes matters to the level of the great national objectives, that whatever happens at party political level and operational level, there should be a greater objective that's national and looks at the interests of people of South Africa. On that point I would agree with him.

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst

Unfortunately he says this at the time when there are calls for him to resign. And so, when he says this it's difficult to hear him without wondering whether he is not talking about the calls for his removal, whether he is taking a jab at opposition parties that have been putting pressure on him, and whether he is not just politiking.

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst

We're running out of ideas in terms of dealing, not just with problems but also with the bigger issues that we face.

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst

The ANC has been critical in keeping us together as a country. In fact, even the political parties have needed and continued relied on the ANC, before they release their election manifesto, before they issue theirs and know what to say.

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst

One of our strength which is turning out to be our weakness, is that as a country we have relied, and still do, and will do for a long time, on the ANC.

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst

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