Yes, I know this is about the South African president, and most people outside of SA don't care about this... But I want you to take a moment to look
at our president and reconsider just how bad your own leader/president really is...
For example: People want to crucify Obama when a Marine holds up an umbrella for him when it rains, or when he salutes with a coffee cup or when he
says "You didn't build that"... Talk about first world problems...
Let me introduce you to our president - Jacob Zuma.
He can't pronounce the simplest words...
He can't read numbers...
The better version...
He is clueless about geography:
But let's overlook the fact that we know toadstools that are smarter than him...
Zuma spent R246 million ($15 964 000) of the taxpayer's money on "security upgrades" on his private residence (Called Nkandla)... And may we
add that these "security upgrades" include a swimming pool, cattle kraal, chicken run, visitor's centre and an amphitheater... The matter was brought
to the public protector, and she ruled that the spending was unlawful. His reaction? He jokes about it...
Nothing came of it...
He is now getting a new presidential jet estimated at R 4 Billion ($ 259,587,760)
Read More. Taxpayer money.
He has 6 wives. And an estimated 20 children. Who's paying to maintain this lot and jet them along everywhere Mr Zuma goes?
In the past 5 years the Rand/Dollar exchange rate fell from below R8/$1 to R15+/$1...
Economy growth is the slowest ever.
Zuma has over the years faced over 700 criminal charges including rape, corruption and defeating the ends of justice... Found guilty of how many in
the end? That's right... zero...
This is also the guy that said that to prevent HIV/AIDS you should take a shower after having sex...
And so on and so forth... But the latest stupidity is the final cherry on the cake...
Zuma fired the minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene and appointed outsider, Desmond van Rooyen, with zero experience within the national treasury. This
caused the Rand/Dollar to crash days after Fitch cut the country’s credit rating by one notch to BBB-, the lowest investment grade category before
junk status... The reason for firing the minister? Nene stood up against Zuma.
People are getting fed-up. South Africa is at its lowest point, socially and economically in decades... #ZumaMustFall is trending all over social
media. Hopefully this outrage will not only keep but also gain momentum. What I don't understand is the fact that the majority of his supporters are
"the poorest of the poor" - many of them don't even have running water in their shacks... Yet they believe Zuma is their savior?
The big question is, how do you get rid of a President [read: dictator] who is squashing anyone that dares to oppose him?
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Gemwolf because: (no reason given)
around the time i was living in Johannesburg i remember those guys on the "rude awakening" radio show talk about how he said you can get rid of
hiv/aids by having a shower and to demonstrate that, he basically raped some woman (without providing evidence that she had the virus) and took a
that alone should be more than enough to get rid of this man.
that guy is destroying all that SA worked very had to accomplish.
such a beautiful place in his hands is a disgrace
with a mindset like that, you must be one of the Originals here.
Good on you for standing up for what you believe in, it seems we are in the same boat on a different continent..... Our leaders have betrayed us and
people are lashing out all around. Do you receive the same sentiment you just expressed in return from other citizens you know or do people still just
make excuses to look the other way?
I think, in a forum such as this, with members such as we have, that it is unwise to believe that simply because the events and problems you depict in
your OP are occurring in South Africa, rather than South Dakota, that people do not care about them.
South Africa is a land of massive potential, and it is shameful to see what Zuma has decided to do with it. Squandering such resources of space and
humanity as he has at his disposal, makes the fellow a candidate for the "Completely Useless Bastard of the Year" award, without a doubt.
originally posted by: benwyatt
...Do you receive the same sentiment you just expressed in return from other citizens you know or do people still just make excuses to look the other
Zuma's cabinet and political party sits squarely behind him (one of the few bodies with the power to get rid of him) because they all know if anyone
says a bad word they're out the door... It also seems like many of his supporters are still 100% behind him, but in social media I'm picking up a lot
of criticism from those that used to support him.
One of the other governing bodies that are able to get rid of Zuma, is the Public Protector,
but as we saw with the Nkandla homestead debacle, Zuma simply couldn't care less what the Public Protector has to say. And poor Thuli Madonsela - head
of the PP's office is still trying to recover after the Nkandla circus; I doubt she'll make a move on the matter.
There are two petitions doing its rounds. The one was started yesterday and the target signatures were initially 10,000. They are now at 53,000
signatures. Here's the graph from the other petition that has been on the internet for 6 months...
Take note of the last two days:
But as I said. This needs some momentum. Yes, the people are angry today, and everyone is signing petitions - but petitions are not going to change
And on a lighter note...
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How did this guy get to be president? Did he win a prize? I don't know how your political system works, but is there no tools in place to bring
charges against him and remove him?
The only way politicians get into office. Empty promises. The problem here is loyalty. The ANC (Zuma's political party) got 62.15% of the votes. The
supporters support the ANC because the ANC was the party that freed the country from Apartheid with Nelson Mandela as the party leader. So, the
supporters support the ANC, but not necessarily the president. The ANC gets to appoint its own party leader and through that the president of the
I think many of his supporters are waiting on the edge of their seats for "land reform". Something we saw in Zimbabwe. Property is simply taken from
(white) people and given to poor or "previously disadvantaged" people... Would you not support someone that is promising you free property?
That being said - this isn't a white vs. black thing. This is one man (and his lackeys) against everyone else. White people make up only 8.9% of the
population, meaning the 79.2% of the black population is also affected negatively with the economy being driven into the ground. And it's the poorest
people that feel it the hardest...
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People propably support him as it is clear he is a comedian. But not all Comedians are what they pretend to be for example Bill Cosby.
Its sad your country is ruled by imcompetent people who´s only goal is making themselves rich. He is not hiding all the stuff he has gained during
the presidency.. i wonder if there is some kind of medical condition behind how he acts.. if he has a "seasons" when he buys a lot and seasons he
feels depressed.. bipolar or just mean piece of human being who doesn´t care no one else but himself..
World is weird place and it seems to go weirder each day.
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If you follow all the suspicious circumstances around Zuma becoming president and his actions since, you'll know that El Presidente was never voted
in; he was installed when Thabo Mbeki wasn't dancing to the ANC's tune (i.e. he slowed the gravy train down too much for them and Zuma got it running
As a South African, I'm seriously down on democracy (I think its a farce - mob rule); and I am seriously investigating how to start a tax-revolt; or
to secede, if Zuma does not step down.
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