As in previous years, the IFP hopes that the President’s State of the Nation address provides a measure of actual leadership which has thus far been lacking. We hope that we are not going to be subjected once again to never ending empty rhetoric about the past and present celebrations. He must awake to the fact that the country has problems, which cannot be solved with mere declarations of intent or policy. The main priority must be that of addressing how the country as a whole is going to create sufficient real wealth to finance its ever increasing welfare programs, which have now been extended also to maintain the rich over and above maintaining the poor who are ever dependent of the state and its leaders.
Twenty years after liberation the ANC seems to be failing the business of government, which is a precondition to any success in the delivery of social programs.
He must also address the issue of the erasing inefficiency, ineffectiveness and outright collapse of state structures, which must be purged of the incompetent or corrupt officials, who are appointed or raised way above their training or talents by cadre deployment and cronyism. Twenty years after liberation the ANC seems to be failing the business of government, which is a precondition to any success in the delivery of social programs. This cannot be fixed with the avalanche of words thus far employed to address this problem. We must reestablish the right systems and procedures and fire people who do not perform. The IFP will be satisfied only when we see at least 15% of the present civil servants fired on account of incompetence. The same applies to corruption which has been dealt more with words than facts.
– By By Inkatha Freedom Party MP DR Mario Oriai-Ambrosini