There was nothing ''unusual'' about President Thabo Mbeki's Friday State of the Nation address, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said. ''Contrary to the stated theme of his speech, this was business as usual for the president,'' she said. Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille said Mbeki's address was ''another list of promises''.
The government's reaction to the heated national debate on crime is expected to be high on President Thabo Mbeki's agenda during his State of the Nation address on Friday morning. The speech is expected to be upbeat, including a focus on ''the age of hope'' and reference to the challenges posed by South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup.