Zuma must stop feeding SA 'hope' and outline concrete progress, says analyst

South Africans cannot rest on the message of hope alone, says analyst and commentator David Maimela.

Ahead of the 2017 State of the Nation Address (Sona), Maimela says President Jacob Zuma needs to reflect on the achievements of his leadership and administration.

This year's theme is celebrating 20 years of the constitution.

Maimela advises that Zuma needs to map the strides made in terms of achieving the goals set out in the National Development Plan 2030 so far.

He says Zuma should also reflect on his leadership over the past 10 years since being elected president of the ANC and being at the helm of the country.

Maimela says Zuma doesn't inspire hope and confidence in the government at most of his speaking engagements.

He adds that the notion of 'hope' is also losing meaning in South Africa, particularly in relation to issues such as poverty, land, economic inclusion, education and health.

The ANC and the President have run out of time to use the currency of hope to rally support behind their vision and programmes.

David Maimela, Researcher at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection

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