Cape Town, South Africa - All eyes are on Jacob Zuma, who will present his last State of the Nation address as President of the current government in Cape Town Thursday night.
Analysts expect President Zuma to deflect attention from the political scandals that are dogging him and to focus on the ruling African National Congress’ achievements in the 20 years since the country's first democratic elections in 1994.
Ahead of the address, the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said Zuma’s administration has seen more than 36,000 jobs lost in January in the manufacturing and construction sector.
“Only one more person needs to lose his job before a real recovery can begin in South Africa - and that is Jacob Zuma. He defaults on every promise he makes. Every policy cheque he signs, bounces,” said DA leader Helen Zille.
In another development, market research company Ipsos on Wednesday released the results of a poll which show that half of South African adults believe that Zuma and his government are not doing their jobs well.
These were the results of face-to-face interviews with 3,564 randomly selected adult South Africans.
Fifty-four percent of respondents said President Zuma was not doing well.
Of the remaining 46 percent, 17 percent said President Zuma was doing very well and 29 percent said he was doing fairly well.
The 2014 national elections will take place on 7 May, the presidency has announced.
The figures are coming ahead of the general elections fixed for 7 May 2014.