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#ZumaQandA: Twitter sips tea as Zuma evades all the important questions

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President Jacob Zuma attended his final parliamentary question and answer session for 2017 on Thursday afternoon. As expected, it was not very enlightening; Zuma was as evasive as ever in answering the important questions. But Twitter kept it entertaining, The Daily Vox rounded up Twitter reactions.

South Africa has been through the most this year with the Cabinet reshuffles, delaying the commission of inquiry into state capture, and various other allegations of corruption. So Twitter was awaiting the tea.

‘UBaba’ had a lot to answer for and some of the questions up for the discussion was the appointment of a National Commissioner for South African Police Services, rising poverty levels and allegations of corruption.

Folk on Twitter weren’t expecting Zuma to utter any groundbreaking truths – especially in the absence of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The EFF was not in session. Instead, its members and leadership picketed outside the Israeli embassy in Pretoria to show solidarity with Palestine. Thursday marked the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration – a letter that led to the birth of the state of Israel.

First on anyone’s mind was investigative journalist Jacques Pauw’s latest book The President’s Keeper which delves into various allegations of corruption against Zuma. For instance it alleges that he had not submitted his tax returns for four years since he was elected in 2009.

Zuma responded and said he didn’t think his job was to answer to books. He also said he didn’t receive monies from anyone other than those disclosed.

The records state otherwise.

Freedom Front Plus’s Pieter Groenewald passionately appealed to the president to take action against the prevalence of farm murders in the country. Groenewald said farmers’ testicles are being cut off, cooked and eaten.

The president said he supported and empathised with people affected with crime, and that apartheid was responsible for most of it. People were unconvinced.

Zuma also said poverty is an apartheid problem when asked about the increasing poverty levels in South Africa and the looting of state resources.

As expected, President Zuma proved once again what a skilled politician he is by avoiding the important questions and harping on about how competent the African National Congress is.

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