The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) says in a statement it simply cannot be that the South African public must pay for an elaborate \u201cfarewell\u201d for Zuma via the upcoming State of the Nation Address.\r\nThe DA\u2019s chief whip, John Steenhuisen, says within the context of South Africa\u2019s stagnant economy, where millions remain unemployed, the DA cannot abide Zuma delivering the State of the Nation Address when he will not be around to implement any of the plans or policies that he announces on the day. \u201cThe ANC must therefore confirm whether or not Zuma is to remain on until 2019. It cannot be that South Africans should be subjected to an address by a lame-duck president, a figurehead in title only, with no political power to execute any meaningful change for South Africans.\u201d\r\nSteenhuisen says should the ANC provide this clarity, the DA will continue to engage constructively with his administration. However, uncertainty around whether or not he stays has a direct financial impact for South Africans. \u201cA State of the Nation Address by a lame-duck president will amount to a gratuitous waste of tax-payers\u2019 money. These funds could have been directed into a host of critical projects, such as addressing the country\u2019s water infrastructure deficit, which has placed portions of the country\u2019s water security at risk, or higher education funding which remains in a state of crisis following the President\u2019s reckless \u2018free fees\u2019 announcement late last year.\u201d\r\nAccording to the DA the fact that the ANC still hasn\u2019t provided any certainty to South Africans on Zuma\u2019s presidency points to an abject failure of political leadership. Evidently, this is not a \u201crenewed\u201d organisation which has self-corrected. Instead, it is the exact same organisation which, over the last two terms of Zuma\u2019s presidency, has revelled in wasting tax-payer\u2019s money through corruption, poor leadership and shameless wasteful expenditure.