Tuesday, February 19, 2013

State of the Nation Address debated in Parliament

Mluleki Mrwebi
19 February 2013

Members of Parliament today started with their two day debate of the State of the Nation Address in Parliament.

The debate will carry on till Wednesday, discussing various issues based on the SONA and on Thursday the President will give his response on the debate.

The Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said President Jacob Zuma`s speech during the opening of parliament on Thursday last week lacked substance.

Mazibuko said the President did not give a clear statement on government plans.

Mazibuko said everyone was taken by surprise when the president dropped the youth wage subsidy, which would helped to absorbed thousands of young people in the job market.


Mazibuko further said the DA fully supports the National Development Plan.

President Zuma was widely criticised for not being tough on corruption, opposition parties accused him siding with corrupt officials.

Congress of the People President Mosiou Lekota said during the financial year of 2009- 2010 and 2011-2012 government recorded an expenditure of R45 billion and that money was unaccounted for.

Lekota said this country is loosing under the current leadership, and they will again this year table the motion of no confidence against President zuma.

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel called for unity among all citizens to ensure that they work towards empowering the country.

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