Mixed emotions about Zuma

By Drum Digital
10 December 2013

A small group attempted to disrupt Zuma's speech by singing and chanting.

Some people believe President Jacob Zuma deserved to be booed at former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service at FNB stadium in Soweto on Tuesday.

"It's because Zuma only considers himself and his family. He has a big house in Nkandla, yet his neighbour's house leaks when it rains," said Ntombi Pasi.

Her friend, who named herself only as Ma Nhose, said she was heartbroken when Zuma was booed.

"Do they want to be ruled by the boers again?" she asked.

She said her favourite South African president had been Kgalema Motlanthe, who is now deputy president.

Doctor Khoza said he was one of those who booed Zuma.

"There are sensitive issues based on him. He and SA are negligent about these issues," said Khoza.

He said he preferred former president Thabo Mbeki to Zuma, as Mbeki had improved the country's economy.

An unnamed civil servant, who was in uniform, said he was not going to hold back on speaking about Zuma.

"They [the people] have lost hope in Zuma's leadership," he said.

While the crowd listened attentively to Zuma's speech, one man shouted "Bua Zuma, bua," (Speak Zuma, speak).

Twelve-year-old Nathi Xulu said his favourite president was US President Barack Obama.

"Everything he says is from the heart," said Xulu.

-by Sapa

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