Ahead of the 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA) which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma has expressed confidence that his government will be applauded for being effective.
In his comment after a walk-about in Marabastad, Pretoria, today where he spoke to hawkers, produce market traders and foreigners at the Home Affairs office, the president said he is ready for the SONA and he is sure South Africans are satisfied with his performance.
Zuma further said he wanted to talk to people to get ideas for his address later this week and from what he saw, he said people are happy with government’s performance, contrary to what is being reported in the media.
The president said he’ll convey some of the complaints he had received at Home Affairs office today to the relevant ministers to address.
However, some South African analysts are of the view that looking at the depressed economic status of the country alongside the threats by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), President Zuma might be faced with one of the most challenging weeks ever.
“This is going to be a very rough week for the president and a very rough week for National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete. I think there will be protest marches as the build up to the address and on the day itself.” Political analyst Mzukisi Qobo said.
The SONA which is said to be of more importance than the president’s budget speech, might be faced with lots of controversies ranging from the at least three arranged protests signed by the City Of Cape Town.
On the same hand, the EFF leader Julius Malema has threatened he would intervene if Zuma doesn’t explain why he fired Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene before he delivers his speech. With this and several other threats flying around against the up coming speech, what lies ahead in the coming days seems to be hysteric; but the question is: ARE SOUTH AFRICANS REALLY PLEASED WITH PRESIDENT ZUMA’S PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST YEARS?