Presidency reacts to Pityana's letter

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pretoria - The Presidency says it has not received any letter from Professor Barney Pityana, which was published in the media, criticising President Jacob Zuma's leadership and that of government.

In the letter, Pityana a former vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa, said among other things President Zuma should resign and that the ruling party ANC was governed by mob rule.

In a statement, the Presidency said government appreciated constructive criticism which should assist in the governance and improving of the lives of the people of this country.

“However, Professor Pityana's article deliberately ignores the gains our country is making under this administration and leadership of President Zuma. He further fails to offer solutions to the challenges facing the country. “

Highlighting gains in the country’s education, crime, infrastructure development, the economy and health – the high office said government has done a lot which Pityana will never see or acknowledge.

“Since 2009 that President Zuma championed the development of the country's vision. The National Development Plan today articulates a clear vision for South Africa, which is Vision 2030. The NDP provides a roadmap to a South Africa where all will have water, electricity, sanitation, jobs, housing, public transport, adequate nutrition, education, social protection, quality healthcare, recreation and a clean environment.”

The Presidency hoped Pityana will “soon be able to participate with the rest of society to realise this vision, once he puts South Africa first.” –