If I'm such a joke, why aren't you laughing - Zuma

2016-05-17 15:46
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Cape Town – “If I’m such a joke, why aren’t you laughing?”

This was the question President Jacob Zuma posed to DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, after the latter called him a joke.

"You must laugh if I’m a joke. Why aren’t you laughing?" Zuma said, looking at the DA benches.

And then Zuma laughed, and laughed.

Zuma was answering questions on the independence of the judiciary.

A jovial Zuma said he did not understand some of the questions from the MPs, and how they wanted him to answer.

He said he was advising traditional leaders that they must not lose cases because they don't have good lawyers.

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach asked Zuma whether he would apologise to the judiciary, saying he continued to "undermine the judiciary".

"I don't understand the question... I've just answered it. I don't know what is it I must apologise to the chief justice about," Zuma responded.

Speaker Baleka Mbete then told Steenhuisen to accept the answer, although he tried to insist that Zuma had in fact not responded.

Zuma assured MPs that he and his party respected the judiciary, and that it was a process.

"I trust the judiciary, and the ANC trusts the judiary," he said.

This referred to comments he had made about the judiciary during the opening of the House of Traditional Leaders earlier this year.

Zuma said he had merely meant that those with money had better legal presentation and those who were poor did not have the access.

Zuma said there were poor people who spent a long time in jail, simply because they did not have money.

Zuma was answering questions in the National Assembly. 

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