We need more action less plans and summits In conclusion a President that has

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visibility. We need more action, less plans and summits! In conclusion, a President that has zero tolerance for crime against himself (personally), guarded by snipers and machine guns but is willing to wait 10 years to halve violent crime against its own citizens, is a self-centred president who is not putting South Africa first. IsiXhosa: Mongameli uthuleleni abantu besifa? Mr G G HILL-LEWIS: Deputy Speaker, as this is our first debate since the election, let me begin by congratulating Mr President on your election as the President of the Republic. I am sure the President dreamed (fond as he is of dreaming) of beginning his first full term in office in more favourable conditions, but the last decade under this government means that we meet today in this Chamber at a time of great of national anxiety. No amount
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 140 of presidential fantasy can mask the harsh economic facts that we must now face together as a country. The haze of Ramaphoria has given way to the sober reality of what we face. Years of excess and sin - spending, debt and corruption - have all caught up with us now. The cupboard is bare, there is no more money. Our national debt has never been higher. Millions of people in our country are desperately worried about how to get work or whether they will still have a job at the end of the month. They worry what will happen to their life savings, how they will pay the bills, and what the future holds for their children. To the President, the last ten years is just a “lost decade”, but to the country it is an entire “1ost generation” of unemployed young people. A moment like this requires bold and decisive leadership. It is one thing Sir to lift the national gaze with a vision of the very distant future. It was absolutely right to focus the attention of the country on the urgent need for faster economic growth, but unless that is matched by a real commitment to make the difficult choices to actually achieve growth, then it’s all just empty words.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 141 It is easy to speak of growth and jobs. President Zuma did that in his first state of the nation address in 2009 and nearly every state of the nation address there after. If you say we are going to obsess about growth, then you must also commit specifically (by name) to stopping all of the growth, kill policies that your government is responsible for. If you say you are committed to responsible economics, then you need to commit explicitly to debt reduction. If you say you’ve got a plan for Eskom, then you better had to tell the country exactly what it is. If you say that yours will be a government of doers, then you better stop promoting all of the takers.
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