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Parties respond to president's speech

By Anna Majavu | Jun 05, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille says she will sing Umshini wam with President Zuma - if he becomes the first president to "fire a minister for incompetence and not spending their budget".

"This is one time when Umshini wam will be relevant," De Lille told Parliament yesterday in her response to Zuma's state of the nation address on Wednesday.

She praised Zuma's announcement that he would review the performance of ministers regularly.

DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip, addressing Zuma by his clan name Nxamalala, said the ANC's development policies had compromised service delivery and needed to be reconsidered.

He cautioned Zuma that "your duty is to serve the country not the South African Communist Party or the ANC Youth League. You cannot afford their socialist agenda".

Cope parliamentary leader Mvume Dandala called for a "clear statement" from government on financial bail outs for companies hit by the recession.

Dandala also asked Zuma to call on banks to stop repossessing homes from those who could no longer pay their bonds.


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