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No massage for Zuma

2012-12-19 15:49

Mangaung - Presidential minders would have none of it when an exhibitor at the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum (PBF) exhibition centre wanted to give President Jacob Zuma a massage.

Therapy on the Go exhibitors had prepared to give Zuma a good shoulder massage to demonstrate how their company combines fitness and wellness to boost productivity in the workplace.

Didintle Tlhabanyane had prepared curtains to avoid exposing the president’s shoulders to public glare, but presidential minders would have none of that. They still offered him a massage gadget.

The companies represented at the centre range from emerging businesses to big established institutions such as Absa, Vodacom, Investec and Group Five.

During the tour, which Zuma always does when the party holds big events such as conferences, he exchanged pleasantries with the businesses’s representatives.

Earlier, small business owner Thabo Mohale showed Zuma the wares his Polokwane-based business produces, which range from luxury suits to shirts and ties.

He even demonstrated one of his black umbrellas by opening it over Zuma’s head.

However, this did not go down well with members of the president’s security protocol who murmured that the umbrella had not been checked for security.

Mohale later apologised when one of the men reprimanded him for the apparent security breach.

When asked by City Press about the incident, Mohale said: "Don't even mention it."

President Jacob Zuma this afternoon took a tour of the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum (PBF) exhibition centre to greet the exhibitors.

The forum allows businesses to network with government and politicians.

Seemingly, Mohale wasn’t the only exhibitor who is oblivious to complicated presidential security protocols.

Zuma concluded the tour by visiting the PBF lounge.

Comments
  • webstorm.isp.5 - 2012-12-19 15:56

    No wonder he is so out of touch towards the people, no one can come near him. Got to watch out for those killer umbrellas though....

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 18:22

      He is the Head of State, What do you expect ??? This is standard procedure in every country, Even the good ol' Poop has his entourage......

      geronimo.feather - 2012-12-19 22:05

      Actually zapyourzit have you seen how easily Barack Obama mingles with the common folk? Did you see all the hand shaking, back slapping and high fives he was given by ordinary Joe Public during the election campaign? And yes, there have been death threats to him, and yes he has body guards, but this still does not stop him from being reasonable and sensible about it. Zuma is sounding more and more like a king.

      suffer.kate.9 - 2012-12-19 22:28

      Agree with you there. The 'untouchables' are untouchable and are therefore out of touch with reality. I wonder when last he touched base with real people... the people he pretends to care for. Money can do ugly things to a weak man's ego. On a side note... every time I look into this man's eyes, the word Izinyoka comes to mind?!? Not sure why though.

  • moses.m.masilela - 2012-12-19 16:01

    Whatever, Zuma this Zuma that for the next 7years, already I'm tired.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 18:23

      So we expect not to see you commenting on any further Zuma articles... That's good , just another 47 detractors to go.....

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2012-12-19 16:01

    Yawns.... breaking news???

  • francois.lacock - 2012-12-19 16:07

    You must see the scary people when there is a shower head around!!

  • Seducect - 2012-12-19 16:09

    Probably because there will be no "happy ending"!

  • mitch.dhooghe - 2012-12-19 16:15

    Who the hell wants to rub that things shoulders? Miff !

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 18:24

      ""That things"" What are you ??

  • lekkeperd.chevyss - 2012-12-19 16:17

    any Condom and Viagra sponsors at the meeting? MAybe a lifelong supply?

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-12-19 16:17

    "...curtains to avoid exposing the president’s shoulders to public glare,..." I thought he was already exposed by GoodMan Gallery. Why hide shoulders anyway, isn't that Nkandlaville's gym gave him good muscle to show off?

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 18:25

      hehheehheee... More than half the Females in RSA want El Presidente Zuma.

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-19 16:21

    how is this news

  • helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-19 16:24

    Check the umbrella ???? is it going to explode ? hahaha

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-19 16:33

    Have we resorted to writing about this c..p. Who actually cares?

  • warren.rodel - 2012-12-19 17:17

    Any shower heads?

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 17:24

    Hands off the Presidente....hehehehhhee

  • theo.ferreira.58 - 2012-12-19 17:27

    R200M wasted on security upgrades yet a killer umbrella sneaks right over his head at an ANC organised event, in full view of his minders. Irony. We call for a full inquiry to be established as to the determination of possible prevention measures for any such future occurrences, whereas it is within our capacity.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 18:32

      I illustrate my point by utilizing the Fedocracy's Bill for ensuring the President's safety and they have lost a few Presidents to assassination. What is R200M exactly ??

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-19 19:08

      R200M is the name of the new tarred road to Nkandla

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-12-19 23:32

      He is a winner . He deserves every cent of it.

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