Zuma should have accepted responsibility at SONA – NWU´s Busi Khaba
Busi Khaba, political analyst and lecturer at the School for Basic Sciences at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), was recently part of a panel discussion on the satellite television channel ANN7 Prime, about the State of the Nation address of President Jacob Zuma.
Khaba was joined on the panel by Refilwe Ntseke - spokesperson for the DA, Zizi Kodwa - spokesperson for the ANC and Bantu Holomisa - president of the UDM.
According to Khaba she felt that the President’s speech was – compared to previous years, especially short this year. It was obvious that the President mentioned economic development, but that he proposed no measurable backup plan to replace the current 9-point plan (which, according to Khaba, is not a success). She said that it was encouraging to hear that he refers to the ANC’s plans as more important than his own, but she feels that it was not his place to extensively discuss the issue of respect and the way that people treat each other (with specific reference to himself).
|Ms. Busi Khaba|
President should have accepted responsibility
Khaba responded to the presenter’s question about the State president’s credibility, by describing Zuma as a charismatic leader that really speaks to South Africans in general; she feels, however, that he has to look at the content of his speeches and the action that he promises in them in order to redeem any level of credibility. She refers to him blaming the world economy for the economic crisis in South Africa as an example of his inability to accept responsibility for the mistakes of the current administration.
Khaba also argued for the merits of an independent Speaker. According to her, Baleka Mbete battles to stay impartial as a member of the ANC and she is perceived as trying to protect the President at all times. This reflects badly on her objectivity as Speaker of Parliament.
President Jacob Zuma will face a Motion of No Confidence on 1 March for the second time within a year. In September 2015, the DA raised a Motion of No Confidence against the President, but could not raise the majority votes needed to see it through.
See the full discussion in the audio-visual clips below: