President Jacob Zuma has been judged harshly by critics for his public speaking. But one thingâ€
On the Western Cape being the â€œbest-run provinceâ€
According to the annual Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT), the Western Cape â€“ the only province ruled by the opposition Democratic Alliance â€” has been ranked South Africaâ€
In reality, if you go through the Western Cape you will see a divided society. When people say that everything is fine in the Western Cape and is the best-run province, you would know that it is not true. If you were in Rondebosch, of course it is something else, but if you are in Gugulethu it is something else. The municipality laws have a tinge of the old…
On the EFF interrupting Parliament
After continuously disrupting Parliament to demanding that Zuma â€œpay back the moneyâ€, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) vowed to disrupt the presidentâ€
There are rules in Parliament that govern whatever session that comes about. I donâ€
t believe in sloganeering.
Who is doing group copying now?
Still referring to the EFF, Zuma believes that the policies the EFF claims to champion have been part of the African Nation Congressâ€
They [the EFF] moved with the ANCâ€
s policies. They didnâ€ t leave the ANC because we differed in policy, but for other reasons.
On Julius Malema
Zuma refused to take the blame for enabling behaviour by Malema that resulted in his expulsion from the ANC and the formation of the EFF. He also highlights that in the past he had publicly talked about how Malema has potential but is â€œrough around the edgesâ€.
We were in the process of building up the leader [Malema], but he was out of control. He was expelled from the ANC because his behaviour was un-ANC.
On Eskom (and apartheid)
There was a public backlash after Zuma blamed apartheid for South Africa’sÂ electricity woes â€“ heÂ blamed Eskomâ€
In a mass of villages and there was a farm, electricity would go there and not to the people. [And] suddenly the electricity that was exclusively available in apartheid is now in abundance â€“ electricity was not meant for the majority. People will tell you that load-shedding is a problem of this government as if there was ever enough electricity for all.
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