President Jacob Zuma made a whole lot of people angry on Wednesday. This time he made fun of parliamentarians, in particular Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimaneâ€™s pronunciation of â€œNkandlaâ€.
If the president is meant to be under increasing pressure to answer questions overÂ the R246-million upgrades to his private homestead in Nkandla, he certainly refused to show it.
On Wednesday, Zuma used his speech in parliament mostly to take the piss out of the oppositionâ€™s obsession with the president’s home.
â€œSome people who could not pronounce Nkandla, theyâ€™ve now learned. Nkandla, Nkandla,â€ he said in a mocking tone.
Zuma blamed apartheid for everything & then did DA “Nkandla” accent because he is happy that Nathi Nhleko is going to absolve him tonight
â€” Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) May 27, 2015
Now, we can admit that Zuma resembles that charismatic grandfather who has lived life to the fullest: winning and losing money; knocking off a couple of villains in his heyday; fathering, in error or not, many children along the way. He is a colourful character, who is now in the twilight of his career. And everything is just a joke.
We can also admit that the DA can be muppets for going on about â€œNkandla, Nkandlaâ€ as if the homestead were the holy grail for South African democracy, but damn, Mr President, you are really taking the piss.
Weâ€™ve just had a series of xenophobic attacks in South Africa that killed at least eight people, and destroyed the lives of thousands, for looking, and sounding different. We think your government called it â€œcriminalityâ€.
And here you are, mocking accents in parliament while refusing to come clean over the misuse of public funds?
You, sir, are a fine role model.
Watch the snippet below:
– Featured image: via Wikimedia Commons.