South Africa’s third democratically elected president,Jacob Zuma, took office in 2009. Through his speeches and selected promises from each year in office; hear is a check whether those promises have been achieved over these past years. The promises covered the spectrum of issues concerning South Africans but the real task is fulfilling those promises.  Here are some sectors that he has not really done so good.

Residents of Nongoma, north west of Durban, that has been badly affected by the recent drought, prepare to collect water from a free water point sponsored by concerned citizens on November 9, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN / AFP / MUJAHID SAFODIEN


 “…government through the department of water and sanitation will train 15,000 artisans or plumbers who will fix leaking taps in their local communities” the presidency promised.

Verdict: In progress.

In August the department of water and sanitation launched their “War on Leaks” project.

They promised to train 3,000 artisans, plumbers and water agents. (A water agent to educates the public on how to use water wisely and manage water resources.)

An additional ”5,000 people will begin training in the 2016/17 financial year  and 7,000 will begin training in 2017/18”

Spokesman for the department, Mlimandlela Ndamase said 2,897 people were receiving training as of 25 January this year. This included 1,573 artisans, 243 plumbers and 1,081 water agents.

However, the artisans and plumbers need 3 years of training before they will be able to start working, while the water agents can begin work after 10 months of training.


2. Education.

 “We… will continue to eradicate mud schools and other inappropriate structures,” he promised.

Verdict: In progress.

South Africa’s department of basic education is replacing mud schools and other inappropriate structures under the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI).

However, the programme has fallen far behind its target.

Data revealed by spokesman for the department of basic education, Elijah Mhlanga, says that the number of schools to be rebuilt has increased to 510. The  majority of them are located in the Eastern Cape.

The school fees increase has done more harm than good to this promise.student has taken to the streets to protest against that.

Read also ; Minister of Higher Education and Training says fees can go up, but not beyond 8%.

3. Justice.

 “We will boost the fight against corruption, we will fill the upper echelons of the criminal justice system.”

Verdict: Not achieved.

The cases between President Zuma, the finance minister, the Hawks, SARS, Treasury, SAA and the Guptas has made these promise unattainable. The president has been accused of suspicious appointments to state owned companies.


4. Energy.

“The government target is 1 million solar geysers by 2015/2016.” the presidency promised.

Verdict: Not achieved

“The department will ensure that 1 million solar water heaters are installed in households and commercial buildings over a period of five years,” that has not been achieved till date.

Project manager of the department’s renewable energy initiative, Khanyiso Zihlangu, could not tell us as of 2016, how many solar water heaters had been installed under this project.

“A process of verifying and validating the figures is scheduled to kick-off in the next financial year,” he said.

5. Women’s Health .

 “Given our emphasis on women’s health, we will broaden the scope of reproductive health rights and provide services related to… sanitary towels for the indigent.”

Verdict: Not achieved

The department of women announced that it would launch the “Sanitary Dignity Campaign” to hand out sanitary towels to women and girls who could not afford them.

The department’s media liaison officer, Jaconia Kobue said that they did not have a policy or programme in place to provide sanitary towels to women and girls.

The vice president did say something about flavored condoms and sanitary towel but non has been brought to manifestation.

South African Police forces charge students on the south lawn of the Union Building in Pretoria during a protest against university fee hikes on October 23, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma abandoned proposed hikes to university fees after student protests culminated in police firing stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas outside government headquarters. AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN / AFP / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

6. Crime.

We are implementing plans to increase the number of policemen and women by 10% over the next three years.”

Verdict: Not achieved

The South African Police Service (SAPS) reported that they employed 190,199 people at the end of 2015.

Of these, 151,164 were police officials and 39,035 were Public Service Act employees (who perform support functions such as personnel administration, procurement, financial administration, typing and cleaning).

Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town’s criminology department, Dr Andrew Faull, said that more police officials don’t always result in better policing and less crime.

South African crime statistics for 2015/2016-On Murder, all provinces apart from the Northern Cape saw an increase, Contact crimes have increased in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. Those statistics show that this promise has not been met.

Read also ; SA Crime Statistics for 2015/2016.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Griffin Shea :'Durban in major facelift ahead of World Cup' Workers walk on February 11, 2010 on a construction site on Durban's Golden Mile Beach, stretching 8 kilometres on the coastline, east of the Indian Ocean in Durban, South Africa. The 200-million-rand (26 million dollar, 19 million euro) improvements along the beach are part of a broader transformation that has seen a notorious dockside red light district turn into upmarket shops and condos. When it's finished, the 15-metre-wide (50-foot) walkway will link the uShaka beach -- near the mouth of the harbour to Africa's busiest port -- to the distinctive arch of the new Moses Mabhida Stadium, venue for seven World Cup matches, including a semi-final.  AFP PHOTO / RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP / RAJESH JANTILAL

7. Jobs.

 “The second phase of the [Expanded Public Works Programme] aims to create about four million job opportunities by 2016,” the presidency promised.

Verdict: In progress.

With the current figure of unemployment rate in South Africa, this promise has not been fulfilled. Most people don’t have jobs and the ones that do don’t have job security.

8. Illegal Immigrants.

The level and number of unlawful immigrants in the country shows that the Ministry of Home Affairs are not doing much. These immigrants come in illegally and now take our jobs, our woman and make babies. They open and operate businesses without paying tax.

9. Agriculture. 

The president has not really done much to enhance Agricultural development in the country.

10. Econony.

This is the worst we have ever seen the South African Rands against the US Dollars in more than 10 years. There is increase in petrol pumb. Just to say a few, South Africa is experiencing an Economic recession because life is very hard for an average citizen.


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