Jacob Zuma’s ‘good story to tell’ catches on

2014-02-19 08:31

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President Jacob Zuma was roundly criticised by opposition parties about Nkandla and his perceived tolerance of corruption, but he had the last laugh as his catchphrase, “we have a good story to tell” caught on among ANC and even opposition MPs.

It started when Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, who opened yesterday’s debate on Zuma’s state of the nation address in Parliament, said the government had a good story to tell about education.

He then corrected himself, and said, Zuma would say: “We have a gooood story to tell”.

He repeated the catchphrase throughout his speech, sending MPs and Zuma himself, who was sitting to the right of the podium, into fits of giggles.

Ministers like Lulu Xingwana (women), Naledi Pandor (home affairs) and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (international relations) all used the phrase, drawing out the pronunciation of “good”.

Nkoana-Mashabane said some of the sceptics would “turn back the clock” to apartheid times if they had the means.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa just giggled and repeated “Good story to tell, good story to tell” before starting his speech.

Independent Democrats parliamentary leader Joe McGluwa gave the phrase a twist saying: “This state of the nation should be Zuma’s last. That would be a good story to tell.”

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said the good story was when Mandela and his successor, Thabo Mbeki, were presidents.

He said billions of rands had since gone missing because of bad governance and corruption.

“South Africa is a much less happier (sic) place than when Mbeki was driven out of the office. We didn’t owe anyone, now we are a trillion rand in debt,” he said.

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