Business watchdog wants answers from SONA as Zuma accepts Madonsela’s findings


Business rights watchdog, AfriBusiness, has said President Jacob Zuma needs to provide an explanation as to which direction South Africa is heading, when he address the country in his State of the Nation on Thursday evening.

Speaking in a statement, AfriBusiness law and political analyst Armand Greyling said the President can no longer afford to dodge questions as the country’s economy continues to falter and unemployment rises.

“It wouldn’t be enough for Zuma to simply highlight the issues that the country currently faces by saying that government was concerned about these issues and would intervene,” Greyling said.

“The ANC has been concerned with these issues since 1994 - it is time to face the fact that the ANC government is failing the country. South Africans want to know what government is doing, not what it is going to do”.

He also stated that Zuma must give account on how government is prepared to win back foreign investor confidence and how he plans to increase stability in the country’s volatile mining sector.

“No leader in the rest of the developing world would want to be in Zuma’s shoes. He certainly has a difficult task ahead of him and if he attempts to mislead the country yet again, he will feel its discontent with his leadership in the upcoming municipal elections,” Greyling concluded.

Lawyers representing Zuma meanwhile confessed to the Constitutional Court on Monday that the President had not only accepted Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report as binding, but also that the report of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko did not hold any value.

“We accept that the president is required to carry out remedial action. The public protector’s report has to be complied with,” ANA quoted Zuma’s lawyer, Jeremy Gauntlett, as saying.

He also stated that Zuma admitted to have acted in bad faith when he opted to ignore Madonsela’s remedial actions on paying back a portion of the R246-million spent, as he was at odds on how a number of things should have been done. He however stated that the money would be paid back soon.