Zuma's speech 'pretty dismal': Mazibuko

JOHANNESBURG - DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko described President Jacob Zuma&39;s state-of-the-nation address as "pretty dismal" on Thursday.

"He tried to ride on the coat tails of his predecessors. Yes, we acknowledge that South Africa is a better place to live in, but is it better than 2009 when [Zuma took office]?"

Mazibuko claimed Zuma had reversed the gains made by his predecessors, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.

She said he found "creative ways" to piggy-back off them.

Under Zuma, 1.4 million fewer people had jobs. Mazibuko said this could not be called a success.

"It was pretty dismal," she said, referring to his speech.