Jovial Zuma hits back at opposition

2017-06-01 16:12
ANC members stand as Jacob Zuma approaches the National Assembly's podium for his reply on the debate on the presidency's budget. The DA, EFF, Cope and UDM benches are empty. (Jan Gerber, News24)

ANC members stand as Jacob Zuma approaches the National Assembly's podium for his reply on the debate on the presidency's budget. The DA, EFF, Cope and UDM benches are empty. (Jan Gerber, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma hit back at the opposition on Thursday during his reply to the debate on the Presidency's budget.

The Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, United Democratic Movement and the Congress of the People boycotted his address on Thursday. Their speakers had lashed out at Zuma on the previous day, with the allegations of state capture by the Guptas featuring prominently in their speeches, while the Nkandla debacle was also not forgotten.

After repeating that he would welcome a probe into state capture, because it would replace the rumours and allegations with facts, Zuma diverted from his prepared speech.

He said there were people who had been elected, but who did not show up in Parliament.

"They are here to say whatever they want, but they are not here to listen," Zuma complained.

"Even in the debate, they can't argue, they hurl insults. Oh, God," he said.

"We are drugged by our own propaganda, some people," Zuma said.

Later he made fun of the DA quoting OR Tambo and Nelson Mandela.

"Where are the Verwoerds and others? Quote them." he said amid laughter from the ANC benches.

At the end of his address, Zuma took up the issue again, saying Parliament should help itself.

"Our behaviour in Parliament has been taken to the extreme," he said.

"I saw people here hitting people with helmets. Why do you allow people to come to Parliament with helmets?" he asked, probably referring to the EFF's alleged use of their helmets against the parliamentary bouncers, when they were forcibly removed during this year's State of the Nation Address.

'I love it (RET), like I love the Bible'

Earlier, Zuma extolled the virtues of radical economic transformation (RET).

"I love it (RET), like I love the Bible. I talk about it all the time, like a pastor talks to the Bible all the time every Sunday," he said, followed by a characteristic chuckle.

He said RET - which he once called "robust economic transformation" - was needed to correct the skewed South African economy.

He said the structure of the South African economy was racially based, and excluded the majority, who were Africans.

"If structures are still based on a system that is wrong, you can't sit back and not correct it," he said.

"The control of the economy is in the favour of the minority," he said, adding that there would be no point to freedom if this wasn't changed.

After about an hour, Zuma was done, and Speaker Baleka Mbete called the next order for the day - the DA's debate on violence against women.

Zuma took his seat, and State Security Minister David Mahlobo came to crouch next to him and whisper in his ear. The two left the chamber shortly after the debate commenced.  
 


Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  parliament  |  state capture

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

/News
 

How to get rid of fleas

Before you call in the pricey exterminators, try this DIY approach that promises to get your flea problem under control.

 
 

Paws

12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.