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Memorable quotes on women, corruption and more


Granted, Msholozi might have mispronounced the word “innuendos”, but the quote elicited a lot of laughter

President Jacob Zuma speaking during theTNA breakfast post State Of the Nation Address meeting held at Grand west Casino and Hotel in Cape Town.12/02/2016 Kopano Tlape GCIS 02

On Women: “I wouldn’t want to stay with daughters who are not married, because that in itself is a problem in society (Children) are important to a woman because they actually give extra training to a woman to be a mother.” (People of the South interview, 2012)

* “A woman would clap her hands and even lie down to show respect. I was so impressed. If I was not already married to my wives, I would go to Venda to look for a woman.” (Impendle, KZN; 2013.)

On Corruption: “Western paradigm brands this (corruption) criminal.” (City Press, 2014). This report cited Zuma’s leaked 2009 written submissions to the National Prosecuting Authority, where Msholozi through his lawyers argued for graft-related charges against him to be dropped. This relates to the more than 700 charges he still faces.

* “Me? Well, I don’t know, I must go to a dictionary and learn what a crook is. I’ve never been a crook.”

On Nkandla: “I have been convicted, painted black, called a first-class corrupt man on facts that are not tested. I take exception.” (Parliament, 2012). Overcome with emotion, Zuma used these words in the National Assembly to repudiate assertions that taxpayers’ money was wasted on his private residence.

Almost four years later, he paid R7.8 million into the fiscus after admitting in the Constitutional Court that the Secure in Comfort report – authored by former public protector Thuli Madonsela to probe irregularities in the Nkandla project – was right in saying he benefited from taxpayers for non-security upgrades to his home.

On the ANC: “No one can stop us (ANC) because we have God on our side – He’s on our side. When the ANC was formed (in 1912), there were religious leaders who thanked the Lord for delivering to them the people’s movement.

* “The people have been liberated now – hence the ANC will rule until Jesus comes back to save us.”

* “It is wrong to leave the ANC, in fact it is cold and rough outside the ANC. People must remain in the party and try to fix things internally because those who do leave will attract the wrath of the ancestors, who will also bring that person bad luck.”

On presidential ambitions: “When I joined the ANC, I never thought I would be anything. In no way did I say ‘One day I could be the president; I think I am good material for the presidency.’ Not at all.”

* “I would prefer to leave after one term. Even if it’s not one term, I think in the second term I should be able to begin the process of winding down. I’d allow open debate, not make people guess what is going to happen in terms of succession. This would allow the organisation to indicate what it wants. But if it was me deciding, if the ANC had made me president of the country, (I’d prefer one term).”

On homosexuality: “Same-sex marriage is a disgrace to the nation and to God. When I was growing up, ungqingili – homosexuals in isiZulu – could not stand in front of me, I would knock him out.”

On HIV/Aids: “A shower would minimise the risk of contracting the disease.”

On racial tension: “A man with the name of Jan van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape on April 6, 1652. What followed were numerous struggles, wars and deaths, seizure of land and the deprivation of the indigenous people’s political and economic power.

* “The arrival of Van Riebeeck disrupted South Africa’s social cohesion, repressed people and caused wars.”

On Afrikaner community: “They are the only white group who can lay claim to the fact that they also fought for their freedom, against the Brits they died in concentration camps. They made a contribution to the development of South Africa and helped make it what it is today. They are an important group. They are the kind of group that doesn’t carry two passports, only one.”

On Inequality: “Inequality is still staring us in the face. Census 2011 informed us that the income of households has hardly changed and that income of white households is still six times more than that of black households.”

The Light Stuff: “You come with meandos; I answer with meandos – easy!” (Parliament, 2017).

Swaying his body and arms in a jocular manner, to mock Mmusi Maimane, Zuma chastised the official opposition leader for asking him why he had not fired Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini over the social grants crisis.

Granted, Msholozi might have mispronounced the word “innuendos”, but the quote elicited a lot of laughter.

* “Even if you apply any kind of lotion and straighten your hair, you will never be white.”