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Susan Booysen: State of the Nation Address Does Not Generate Excitement

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerSusan Booysen, author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power, says President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speeches all sound the same.

In an interview with The Times, Booysen says Zuma is under pressure to show more convincing leadership abilities as he goes into his second term as president.

Political analyst and professor Susan Booysen said time was running out for Zuma, in his second term as president, and he now needed to show leadership.

All of the State of the Nation speeches delivered by Zuma had sounded the same, she said.

“There is very little excitement that we have come to associate with the State of the Nation statements. I have never walked away with a sense that this is a government in charge. I never felt assured that Zuma was completely in charge,” said Booysen.

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