South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma last week delivered his State of the Nation address in parliament amid rowdy parliamentary sessions.
In response to the debate on his State of the Nation address, the South African leader has called for national unity regardless of one’s political affiliations.
Members of the opposition told him he was unfit to lead the nation interrupting his speech for more than an hour.
“President Zuma (is) so out of touch with the country and its dire economic reality that his presidency must be brought to an end,” said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA).
But the president has called for nation building saying it was as important as economic renewal to heal the scars of apartheid.
“There is a need to confront the demon of racism. Human Rights Day, March 21, will be commemorated as the national day against racism this year.”
In view of his country’s economic crisis, Jacob Zuma has called on the private sector to help the country avoid a looming downgrade of its debt to junk status.
“Revenue collection will be lower than previously expected. Importantly, our country seems to be at risk of losing its investment grade status from ratings agencies.”
On March 1, a motion of no-confidence is expected to be heard in parliament, but it is unlikely to succeed as the ANC party holds an overwhelming majority of seats.
In recent months, calls have been mounting for the South African leader to step down with “#ZumaMustFall” slogans chanted across the country.