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Five issues Zuma must address #SONA2017

9 February 2017 8:48 AM
Political analyst, Judith February, looks ahead to President Jacob Zuma's SONA with Xolani Gwala.

As President Jacob Zuma delivers his 10th State of the Nation Address (Sona) and last as president of the African National Congress (ANC), political analyst and senior research associate at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Judith February, outlines five important issues that the President needs to address tonight.

1. Economy

Given the deep levels of inequality and challenges of poverty and higher levels of unemployment, particularly issues of youth unemployment. What is government going to do about that.

Judith February, political analyst

2. State capture

He is at the centre of these allegations and there is a commission of inquiry to be set by him, and he needs to act on that.

Judith February, political analyst

3. Securitisation of the State

If we are saying that we live in a State where we value constitutional rights, then we have to be asking why are we listening to the State of the Nation Address with unprecedented security, barbed wire and soldiers deployed.

We also have to ask why the laws we put in place seem to increase the role of state security in our ordinary lives.

Judith February, political analyst

4. Race and reconciliation

Part of the State of the Nation Address has to be something visionary. It has to take us out of our own skins and imagine ourselves to something bigger than we are. The question is whether President Jacob Zuma is the right messenger.

Judith February, political analyst

If the President wants to speak to people's hearts tonight, he needs to tell us what a caring State looks like.

Judith February, political analyst

5. 'I resign'

I don't think the President is able to speak credibly on any of these issues. He is far too compromised ethically.

Judith February, political analyst

Listen to more insight from Judith February's interview with Xolani Gwala...


9 February 2017 8:48 AM