Running a country is a burden: Zuma

By Drum Digital
29 May 2014

President Jacob Zuma told girls from several Gauteng high schools that running a country is a heavy burden.

Running a country is a heavy burden, President Jacob Zuma told girls from several Gauteng high schools on Thursday.

"It is a very heavy responsibility," he told the girls at the Union Buildings.

"It is not a matter I take for granted because if anything goes wrong in the country, you are to blame."

Zuma met the girls as part of the take-a-girl-child-to-work campaign.

About 20 pupils spent the morning at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, interacting with him and Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu. Zuma spent the time answering questions from the pupils as they interrogated him to find out what it took to run a country and how he dealt with every day stress.

One asked how he kept his composure when the media and opposition parties slammed him.

"Just be composed. Don't get angry. Once you get angry, your senses are mixed and you can't think straight," he said.

Zuma, wearing a black suit and polka dot tie, smiled and laughed as he answered questions.

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