South Africans cannot believe they have an uneducated president – Zuma

2016-01-15 21:15
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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

Durban – "South Africans cannot believe that a man who never went to school is the President and that is the reason why he must be attacked 24/7…" President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

Speaking in his capacity as the patron of the Jacob Zuma Foundation at the Dube House official residence in Morningside, where he was bidding farewell to 19 students going to study at the American University of Nigeria, in Nigeria, Zuma said being poor was one of the reasons why he decided to start the foundation.

"I suffered because I never went to school and that is the reason why I decided to educate myself... There are people whose business is to say that we cannot have a man who never went to school running a country.

“We must rubbish him 24/7... No one has ever said it is a miracle for this man to have become president and wrote a column about it."

Zuma said if he listened to his critics he would have "that disease white people call stress but I don’t have it because I know better".

He said one of the most painful things was that when someone came from a poor background, people tended to undermine that person even when they were no longer poor.

'Laughing stock'

"They can't believe that you come from a poor background and that you have managed to make something of yourself and so they try to make a laughing stock out of you.

"They try to make you feel like you are not capable and make you feel like you don't know what you are doing and [you are] just useless.

"It is even more painful when it comes from those who occupy strategic positions in society... Those who are given an opportunity to enlighten society but they do the opposite.

"If you come from a poor family, by nature, you are automatically placed and labelled according to different social classes," he said.

Zuma said he did not regret sharing that he did not have a formal education with the country.

'No media attacks white people'

"We are so unfair on ourselves, especially black people. There is no media that attacks white people... There was one person who was given a position with just a matric to act as a CEO, and it was not a big deal. If it was a black person, there would have been a lot of noise."

Zuma said South Africans blamed everything on him. "If a person loses their shoelaces in South Africa, they say it is Zuma and I love it."

He told the students to work hard to improve their circumstances.

Poverty and inequality gave him sleepless nights, he said. "Poverty, inequality and unemployment is man-made and not made by God, we must resolve it properly."

He told the students to be determined to succeed so that they could come back and participate in the economy.

Read more on:    jacob zuma

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

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

8 great natural remedies for your pet

Tips and tricks to cure your pet’s itches and coughs, naturally.

 
 

Paws

Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
11 animals before and after they were adopted from shelters
Competition pet grooming – creative or too extreme?
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.