PRESS STATEMENT BY
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT THABO MBEKI'S STATE-OF-THE-NATION ADDRESS

Durban: February 11, 2005

President Thabo's Mbeki's speech was "aspirational and managerial, if a little disappointing on content" the IFP National Spokesperson, Musa Zondi said today.

Zondi recalled that the IFP asked last year if government would be able to fulfil it ambitious commitments, but was "heartened" by Mr Mbeki's accountability in acknowledging that some of the most crucial deadlines had been missed.

Zondi said that the IFP welcomed the focus on the development of the "second economy" and the progress made in meeting service delivery deadlines in this regard.

In view of the parlous state of our education system, the IFP welcomed the extra investment in education, which must be the priority of the developmental state.

On the negative side of the balance book, Zondi said that, once again, the "black hole" in the speech was the lack of a clear strategy to deal with HIV/Aids - the biggest public policy challenge of our time. Zondi reiterated Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi's call on Wednesday for an increase in the allocation of funds to fight the pandemic in the consolidated budget.

Contact:
Musa Zondi, 083 440-5966