Social media helps Zuma connect with SA

2012-02-05 22:33

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will use social media to find out what is troubling South Africans ahead of his State of the Nation address on February 9, his office said on Sunday.

Zuma used Facebook last year to encourage ordinary citizens to speak directly to him and to highlight the needs of communities.

This year his social networking has expanded to include Twitter and e-mail, the presidency said in a statement.

South Africans can e-mail their problems to or connect with the president through his Facebook page, PresidencyZA or use his Twitter account @SAPresident, or the hashtag #PresidentSona

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  • Jim - 2012-02-06 00:05

    Four day's prior to the State of The Nation address Jacob's asking the electorate what's on their mind??? Has the leader missed something, where has he, if not his advisors been since he was elected. Get a grip guy's.....

  • Kamtshe Ndimphiwe - 2012-02-06 01:16

    Mnxim how many regular black folk does he know that use social networks. Does his first wife who seems like your textbook village dweller use social networks. Khose america apha and ngaphezkoko naye akango Obama! Makaze nelinye icebo yeke uziphambanisa.

      Marcell - 2012-02-06 04:56

      slipping on the slime.

      Seja - 2012-02-06 08:23

      @Kamtshe but thats the whole point of him using social media - to connect with people he does NOT know!! ...obviously you dont need to use social media to chat to people you know - you can just pay them a visit or call them on the phone. I would also like to believe that there are alot of regular black people on Facebook and Twitter ... almost everyone in this country knows at least one person who is on Facebook or Twitter - so even you can use your facebook account to forward a message from a village dweller relative or friend to JZ, at least then he will have received the message at it would be up to him to deal with it.

  • seymore.butt - 2012-02-06 01:43

    "South Africans can e-mail their problems to" Yeah, it would be like letter to Santa that nobody reads....or more realistic like the failed phone hotline... Here is a suggestion for the Prez... Instead of proposed mining tax or forced BEE appointments to top jobs....with that money the mining companies should be forced to open and run schools in the rural areas (obviously with stringent quality control) and that should be the contribution of mining houses to broad based economic empowerment.

  • michael.liebenberg - 2012-02-06 03:43

    This will be the same as winning the UK lottery. A SCAM!!!! Does he really think he can read all the posts in 4 days????? And then he will turn around and say it was rigged or it falls under the new privacy of info act....... Action speaks louder than voice. The difference between brilliance and stupidity.... Brilliance has its limits......

  • Derk - 2012-02-06 04:06

    e-mail address should be

      Juan - 2012-02-06 10:21

  • Smell - 2012-02-06 04:42

    Mr. Zuma you should not need the social media to point out the problems that will inevitably lead to a failed state over the long term. Those issues would be crime, corruption and poverty. Although poverty is certainly driving crime to a large extent, it is no excuse for violent crime, including murder and rape. Make the skilled citizens in RSA feel safer, and the poor will eventually reap the benefits. If a critical mass of skilled citizens leave this country, everyone will eventually end up equally poor, perhaps just even poorer than they are now.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-02-06 05:34

    First world tax on third class delivery. Will just equal all the problems we are going through. Tax break small successful bizz so we can employ more uneducated people.

  • Deeteem - 2012-02-06 06:15

    Ja right !!! When all else fails, act like you give a f**k !!!

  • christian.helberg - 2012-02-06 06:33

    there is nothing that will connect Zuma and the people, look what happened to the "president hotline", remember that? all just hot air

  • Elkieta - 2012-02-06 06:50

    The fool can't even read.He is useless ro any country...

  • Michael - 2012-02-06 06:51

    Never has a govt been so disconnected from reality and it's people. How on earth will social media help? Any criticism will be foreign spies with a white capitalist agenda, compliments would just inflate that already huge ego, and any suggestions to improve would be meet with "how will it make me money" I complete waist of time!

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-06 06:54

    Mr Zuma we want the govt to use our taxes what they meant for houses , schools , roads , hospitals etc tenders going to family members who suddenly open businesses to get said tenders , competent people put into govt jobs and departments , corruption stamp it out punish those guilty of it , in other words run the country properly and dont squander our taxes , simple !

  • martir02 - 2012-02-06 07:14

    Typical.... another stupid move to get popularity, whatever happened to the presidential call centre!!!!!

  • Zion - 2012-02-06 07:46

    Guess who will be getting all the thumbs down. But not too bad because there will be a quota system to regulate the Thumbs down along democratic lines.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-06 07:59

    Another means to try and justify ludicrous nepotism and wasteful expenditure , and send condolences to murdered farmers families .

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-06 10:25

    Zuma = Zoom Aap!

  • anthro45 - 2012-02-06 10:33

    Zuma and his corrupt cabinet is what's troubling South Africans.

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-06 11:33

    Eish, News24, The Truth hurts, Ne?

  • yolee.mtsatse - 2012-02-06 11:47

    @Kamtshe i second that, i just believe our presidency is judt playing on our minds and waisting time with senseless ideas. rather than opening real public debates and acting on the solutions ASAP. in that way we could see the seriousness of triying to connect with the public. Umhlali phambili mchana.

  • Lwads - 2012-02-06 12:09

    This guy is a true defination of FAILURE!

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