Zuma trust for entire clan

2013-06-18 00:00

“EDUCATION and a strong family are the basic foundations of nation building.”

These were the sentiments of President Jacob Zuma, who addressed a gala dinner of the Matomela Trust hosted at the Golden Horse on Sunday night.

Zuma, who is the chairperson of the trust, was joined by members of the

Nxamalala clan and urged them to build society by helping those who cannot help themselves.

“Society begins at the family. Should the family be healthy, vibrant, empowering, then so will society. If the family is undermined, then the whole of society is undermined,” Zuma said.

Also in attendance were KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize and Communications Minister Dina Pule.

Zuma said that part of the problem with society today was that the family structure had weakened over time.

He said the Zuma clan had felt that “we as the Zumas should come together as a clan and organise ourselves” and had brought together artists and business people in the Zuma family to donate funds to the trust so that they can put children into school.

He said that no Zuma child should be out of school because the parents are poor. The trust is “not just for Zumas only”. We are saying that if you are in anyway related to the Nxamalala clan, you have the right to benefit.”

He ended candidly by saying: “The last time I was in KZN, I said something about those who love animals. I won’t say that anymore.” This is in reference to his statement that created controversy when he said people cared for animals more than they cared for other people.

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