I heart Jozi: Doing battle with the prez

2012-02-16 11:12

You don’t have to go too deep into my Facebook or Twitter profile to realise that I’m not a Jacob Zuma groupie.

But that didn’t stop excitement from getting a tight grip on me when we were granted an interview with the man post his 4th state of the nation address.

In many rants I’ve thrown out questions I’d love to ask him, like:

» Does he think our economy can afford spousal support for polygamist presidents?; or

» When does he and his buddies intended on channelling wealth down to the masses instead of enjoying expensive champagne on our behalf?

But sitting in the president’s house, around a table longer than my apartment, my only questions were:
» Is my camera battery charged (even though it spent all night in a charger)?

» Should I have gone for a more formal outfit?

» Do you think I can Twitpic in here?

I laughed at my silliness and even at the slight disappointment and guilt that weighed heavily on my little activist heart.

And then it came. My moment to ask President Jacob Zuma a question, any question.

Instead of asking him one of the questions I had thrown out during one of my rants I went for the not-so-controversial but important issue of youth unemployment and the lack of support for local entrepreneurs.

As the adage advises: pick your battles, and that’s especially true when your “opponent” has home-ground advantage.

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