Zuma's glasses don't become spectacle

2012-02-09 22:47

Cape Town - The State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday enthralled most, bored some and clearly gave a few politicians something to think about.

But one thing was clear: President Jacob Zuma was adamant his glasses would not make a spectacle of him.

Just before delivering his much-awaited speech, Zuma took off his glasses, wiped his ears and then made sure to wipe his glasses too so they would not slip down the bridge of his nose.

In the past, Zuma's loose glasses have been the topic of conversation for many.

Some even took part in a game for this year's speech called: state-of-the-nation undress, where viewers would have to remove an item of clothing every time Zuma pushed up his glasses, coughed, laughed, said "absolutely" or "poverty", or seemed distracted by an attractive woman in the House.

As a result of this year's speech many citizens were left without clothes.

A user on social networking site Twitter, @Jonathan_Witt, said: "Surely there is an optometrist who can sponsor President Zuma a pair of glasses that fit snugly onto his face."

Inventor of the game, radio DJ @GarethCliff said: "We're totally screwed. That was a cough, laugh, push, cough, laugh combo. I'm down to 4 items."

Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, complete with scarlet headpiece, did not have time for games. He spent his time studiously taking notes, as did Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, albeit with a more modern approach on his laptop.

Zuma's wives, dressed to the nines, had an eagle eye's view of their husband from the gallery. His latest spouse Thobeka Madiba seemed a bit sleepy though and rested her eyes for moments, while second wife Nompumelelo Ntuli smiled adoringly.

Down below, the nine premiers seemed quite jovial and often nudged each other or giggled. When Zuma made mention of good news for one of their provinces, the premier concerned would nod at the others proudly.

Some of Zuma's announcements were more of a hit than others.

The house rocked with loud whistling and applause to the president's comment that the willing buyer, willing seller strategy had not adequately addressed land redistribution.

The audience applauded and ululated to acknowledge a proposed law that would criminalise the act of fronting, used by companies to circumvent the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.

Zuma's speech was largely praised for being more decisive and focused, zooming in mostly on the economy.

  • Scouter - 2012-02-09 23:00

    Well done News24 for churning out a piece of ground breaking bovine excretia. You have excelled yourself this time. Drivel in layman's terms.

      kitsykatsy - 2012-02-09 23:34

      Scouter with all due respect ..... why do you bother with something that you obviously have no interest in --- I loved your English though - perfect to say the least :-) !!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-09 23:58

      Excreta Occurs in scientific terms. One law that never gets broken

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-02-10 06:52

      @Scouter: If you're trying to say cow's k*k, then its bovine excreta and not bovine excretia. If you're going to criticise someone for doing things wrong then at least do it right!!

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-10 04:15

    Why does it matter what Zuma has to say? He's never going to do any of it anyway.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-10 05:27

    Backup Zuma. Backup wives, backup aircraft. He should have backup glasses.

  • Michael - 2012-02-10 05:33

    This guy lives in another reality. That is the only way I can explain it.

      Andrew - 2012-02-10 06:23

      He was just reading the drivel written by his party (ANC) pundits, as he was seldom in the country to know what was going on. Therefore you are right he lives in another world.

  • Sean - 2012-02-10 06:31

    F&^k his glasses - the man should speak zulu or shut the f$%k up - he is an embarrassment to anyone who can speak or understand english - mind you it always a good laugh - the best this year was the waterroads. lol

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-02-10 07:10

      Sean: Here's a great suggestion since you're obviously not South African but probably some Englishman immigrant. Why don't emigrate, focus on your new country and leave this country and it's poorly educated president alone. Every previous president I can remember from Vorster to Mandela and from Mbeki to Zuma spoke broken English and they didn't need some foreigner like you criticising them about their language skills. Have you heard Trevor Manuel speak Xhosa...I'm proud of him! In this country presidents spoke their own languages (Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu) very well but made English language errors. By the way, don't go to Australia, they'll sh*t on you for trying to speak English like an Englishman...try England instead and leave us alone with our poor-English speaking presidents!

  • Mubikwa Na Ive - 2012-02-10 06:43


  • jack.kukard - 2012-02-10 07:13

    Yeah and his wife looked like a sumo wrestler in training......

  • Marlene - 2012-02-10 08:34

    Luckily Zuma is good for one thing . . . a joke !

  • Adrian - 2012-02-10 09:30

    Shame, it's time the ANC gets back down to the real world and stop smoking that Swazi weed. You cannot provide jobs until you provide power for industry. As long as Eskom tells industry they must use less power, there can be no growth or job creation. The new power stations being built will not be enough to keep up with the natural expansion of production that can and will take place. The government has been listening to crazy activists that have convinced them to believe in all sorts of false theories to prevent power stations being built. With a ruling party that has no concept of reality, sorry, there won't be jobs.

  • mabotjak - 2012-02-10 15:57

    Love this piece. Who ever wrote it deserves a bells.

  • Anton de Souza - 2014-01-13 12:57

    Zuma says "" every time he pushes up his glasses with his MIDDLE-FINGER. This is what he things of the nation of South-Africa.

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