WHEN KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize delivers his state of the province address today poor people are expecting nothing less than a 100percent commitment to plans to fight poverty and accelerate rural development.
Mkhize's address comes barely two weeks after shocking statistics announced in the province revealed that at least 3,1million people go to bed hungry.
Analyst Protas Madlala said yesterday that he did not expecting Mkhize to divert from President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address.
"The two are very close and I don't see Mkhize going outside of what Zuma said during his inauguration and state of the nation address," Madlala said.
"He will announce the same priorities Zuma had, such as the acceleration of rural development, fighting poverty, jobs creation, fighting corruption and efficient service delivery.
"I also expect Mkhize to talk largely about the role of SMME's and cooperatives, which is something close to his heart.
"Mkhize strongly believes that cooperatives spread wealth and he will touch on them."
Meanwhile, the DA said they viewed today's state of the province address as a "golden opportunity for Mkhize to turn the page on the setbacks and blunders of the last five years by charting a new direction for the province".
DA leader in the legislature, John Steenhuisen said they wanted Mkhize to address maladministration, corruption and incompetence, over-spending, wasteful and unauthorised expenditure and health and education.
"Effective service delivery is only possible when elected officials, administration staff and officials act in unison to stamp out corruption, maladministration and incompetence," Steenhuizen said.
"Mkhize must set the tone for a new era in which these will not be tolerated.
"Strong action must be taken against those found guilty of any of these maladies, regardless of their political affiliation or ties to the ruling party.
"Our province will not be immune to the cold winds of the recession at present sweeping the globe and it is incumbent on Mkhize to announce clear and unambiguous plans to deal with MEC's and officials who overspend on their budgets.
"Budgets must be strictly adhered to and there must be consequences for officials and MEC's who overspend their budgets without requisite approval," said the DA leader.