Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

OPPOSITION parties say they are more determined to work together to table a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma following what they felt was a disappointing state of the nation address on Thursday.

Leaders of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Congress of the People (COPE), African Christian Democratic Party, the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), the Azanian People’s Organisation, the United Christian Democratic Party and the United Democratic Movement held a joint press conference on Friday. They presented their views on the state of the nation and outlined plans for the future.

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said the parties stood together to express their disappointment in Mr Zuma’s state of the nation address. "President Zuma needed to provide South Africans with an inspiring vision for a future, a realistic plan to get us there and clear, determinable deadlines to which he could be held to account.

"We got none of this last night."

Ms Mazibuko said the president’s speech delivered no hope. "It only cemented in many South African minds that they can no longer have confidence in a government led by Mr Jacob Zuma.

"Opposition parties have a constitutional obligation to ensure that the government delivers on its promises. If it does not, we are mandated to act in the interests of the people."

The opposition parties said they would work with businesswoman and medical doctor Mamphela Ramphele should she decide to form either a new political party or a broader front to oppose the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota said Dr Ramphele had expressed herself openly about the fact that she was opposed to the direction the ANC was taking the country. "On that, we are on the same platform.

"But just how she intends to make her contribution, either with or without collaborating with us, we have to wait. We have to hear what she has to say."

FF+ leader Pieter Mulder said opposition parties wanted to send a message to Dr Ramphele. It was important that any role she played "helped South Africa in the right direction and (did) not divide it".

With Sapa

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