#SONA2015: What South Africans want addressed.

Starting here and now, there is going to be no more spending on government ‘wining and dining’ - that money is going to be used on fixing roads and water resources. We are not going to promote people into positions for which they are unqualified and incompetent...From now on, jobs are going to be awarded only according to merit.

Charlotte in Claremont, sharing her wish for the President's speech.

South Africans have varied ideas on what our President should deliver in his eighth State of the Nation address in Parliament. Sona sets the tone for policy and the plans to address state challenges over the next year. We were interested to find out what the public hopes to hear this evening.

Redi Tlhabi hosted her special open line, 'The People's State of the Nation', for listeners to call in and highlight what they would address if they were the President of South Africa, in two minutes or less.

Here's what callers had to say in 2014:

And here are some of the speeches from today:

The People's State of the Nation took a more comical slant last year. Listeners used the platform to imitate the President, but still raised their concerns over service delivery. At the time, the national elections, e-tolling, Nkandla and the controversy now known as the ‘Guptagate’ were matters that listeners wanted on the agenda.

In 2015 listeners have become more solemn with the People's State of the Nation, they’ve also kept it short and sweet. This year’s listeners would like the President to address anti-corruption strategies, crime, the improvement of SAPS and the judicial system.

Not surprisingly solutions to the Eskom’s power crisis were a re-occurring talking point across both years. It also seems unemployment, education and the President’s resignation are still subjects South Africans want discussed.

Others have taken to social media to share their opinions about what will transpire tonight as well as what they would say if they were addressing Parliament and the public.

The 5 most favoured public suggestions for President Zuma, according to the Mail and Guardian:

1.Pay back the money.
2.Education.
3.Load shedding.
4.Community empowerment.
5.His resignation.


This article first appeared on 702 : #SONA2015: What South Africans want addressed.


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