Weary Zuma still chuckling

2014-06-18 08:40

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma seemed weary and a bit thinner around the face but laughed a few times as he delivered his State of the Nation address in Parliament on Tuesday night.

He walked slowly into the National Assembly, accompanied by his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma.

Many commented on how his shoulders seemed slightly shrunken in his dark suit, in his first appearance after taking a week's rest after an exhausting election programme.

He was welcomed by praise singer Eric Sifiso Lubisi.

As he began, Zuma's voice was slightly crackly and weak, but seemed to strengthen as he progressed through the 19-page speech.

Fixing Johannesburg’s billing crisis

His African National Congress MPs applauded and whistled at most accomplishments.

One of the most popular moments in his speech was when he resolved to fix the billing crisis in the City of Johannesburg. Zuma chuckled as people cheered.

Zuma became especially animated when he announced the theme for International Mandela Day next month was to clean South Africa.

"Clean, clean everything," Zuma said, demonstrating his domestic skills with sweeping movements of his hands. The House burst into laughter.

"Let us begin planning for a major clean-up of our cities, towns, townships, villages, schools, and beautify every part of our country."

The Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters seemed less impressed and did not rise or applaud with the other MPs.

Time for a nap

EFF leader Julius Malema chewed on gum and sat back with his arms folded.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who last year released a report on Zuma's controversial Nkandla homestead, observed proceedings with a wry smile on her face.

She seemed to pay close attention to what was being said but did not applaud much.

Some diplomatic officials and MPs took notes. Others seemed less moved by the speech and dipped their heads for a quick nap.

One of these was singer and actress Thulisile Madihlaba, popularly known as Chomee, who rested her dyed blonde locks on the seat in the public gallery and closed her eyes.

  • Lolo James - 2014-06-18 08:44

    Zuma is a very humble man with tons and tons of sense of humour. He is kind guy and never retaliates to those who shower him with insults. He epitomises humbleness. There is no one like him

      Dee Bone - 2014-06-18 08:57

      glad he is a once off

      Lolo James - 2014-06-18 08:58

      @kgosi. He is no angry orating nazi-like leader like juju that's why he is not so appealing and exciting

      Joey Barton - 2014-06-18 09:01

      Sorry, but he is nothing compared to Mandela or other great anc leaders of the past.The leadership of the anc today, is corrupt and offers very little hope for the poor.

      larry.simon.7 - 2014-06-18 09:17

      Yes very humble indeed. That's why he needs a mansion worth R200 million.

      moles - 2014-06-18 09:24

      Lolo i agree with you 100% ,he never retaliates to those who insult him ,he just wave and continue with his job .For that i take my hat off for him .

      Yin Yang - 2014-06-18 09:44

      Clean everything...why not start with yourself as an example to the rest? Now that would be great leadership...wait my need to be a leader to be able to do that...

      Christian Evans - 2014-06-18 10:01

      Humble!!!!? my @rse, Mandela was humble.

      Craig Thom - 2014-06-18 10:22

      He doesn't not have the ability to retaliate everything he says is written for him(and I am sure that he now won't read any numbers greater than 100,000),he is however chuckling all the way to the bank ,he talks about weeding out corruption,he should start with the biggest weed first!(not spear)

      Sick Ofstupidppl - 2014-06-18 10:36

      "but laughed a few times as he delivered his State of the Nation address" so I guess our future and the state of the country is a joke to him too.

      Lolo James - 2014-06-18 10:37

      @craig. Both Frum and Gerson wrote for President W Bush even though he holds an MBA degree.

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2014-06-18 10:44

      Yes, he is humble. Lives in a small house like the president of Uruguay and economises on the number of wives he has. He has a cattle kraal but is so humble that he does not put any cows into it! He even downgrades the country's credit rating!

      Johnny Lamont - 2014-06-18 12:46

      I would also smile and wave if I could steal hundreds of millions of rands and get away with it.

      Jan Scheepers - 2014-06-18 13:01

      Obviously most of us must be extremely disappointed about what was delivered during recent years in terms of job creation,eradication of poverty and growth. But I cant for any reason see why the Government in its intention and commitment, as was evident last night, would like not to succeed. Also taking into account that they are the ones elected by the majority, should we as citizens not help to create a positiveness which together with Government will make our Country getting it right now. Come to think about it what will all the negativism contribute? Positive support by all must assist in create momentum towards a sentiment good for job creation and investment. Come on now, lets put in all our weight so that we as a Country can succeed this time. The alternative is too terrible too contemplate.

  • Sakhele Ntaba - 2014-06-18 08:45

    He probably meant "clean their money"

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2014-06-18 10:47

      It is called "money laundering"!

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2014-06-18 09:00

    There is nothing new here. He never mentioned anything regarding the strike in mining Sector and how Government can speed up the process of resolving that strike, and for the fact that Minister of Mineral failed to participate in the meeting that was organised, it shows that our Government dont care about our economy.

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-06-18 09:15

    well he is about as interesting as a union

  • RDynasty LaFamilia - 2014-06-18 09:15

    We can't clean cities nd school....without cleaning Zuma first,

  • Nawhal Majiet-Armien - 2014-06-18 09:18


  • True North - 2014-06-18 09:23

    It appears that the post coital shower may not have the desired effect he was hoping for.

  • Xolisa Shaun-Xavier Nqodi - 2014-06-18 09:59

    Everything to this man is a joke. I also noticed how he almost messed up '67 minutes' when he touched on Mandela Day - he almost said '76 minutes' but then quickly recovered, cleared his throat and chuckled like it was funny. Needless to say...

      moles - 2014-06-18 10:02

      what is your ocupation and what position do you hold ?

      Mbuti Manopole - 2014-06-18 10:17

      lol Moles

      Citizen - 2014-06-18 11:51

      Lol Moles you've got issues.

  • Johnny Walker - 2014-06-18 10:00

    Ja!! Maybe he now realizes that the shower did not work/

  • Valerie Vale - 2014-06-18 10:02

    Haha said the Clown!

  • John Stoltz - 2014-06-18 10:27

    This president epitomizes everything totally contrary to our great Madiba! Only his cronies/yesmen/deployed cadres and the generally stupid supports him!! Respect is earned, and not voted for!!

  • John Stoltz - 2014-06-18 10:33

    Now why would our Pres be thinner and weary?? There could be quite a few reasons, but it will come out eventually!!

  • Amos Zwiipi - 2014-06-18 10:51

    He said i quote"we need to improve life expectancy from child birth to 63yrs in the next 5 years"

  • Colin Nelson - 2014-06-18 11:03

    Laughing Like A Hyena;;;

  • David Clive Horne - 2014-06-18 11:25

    Choosing not to retaliate does not make someone a nice guy ,it takes alot more !!Thats the problem with this country and Goverment,MEDIOCRITY!!#A CRIMINAL IN HIDING

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-06-18 13:06

    Still chuckling at the mess the strikes have made of sa very funny

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