'Flappy Zuma' app makes SA waves

2014-05-29 11:45
'Flappy Zuma' takes a humorous look at President Jacob Zuma. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

'Flappy Zuma' takes a humorous look at President Jacob Zuma. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A new smartphone application is garnering attention because it targets South African President Jacob Zuma.

Flappy Zuma is modelled on the Flappy Bird game but uses a character to represent Zuma which the player has to guide between a shower and wall.

Game developers declined to comment on whether the game was a political statement

"We wanted to create a fun game for SA audience and at the same time wanted to contribute to the South African mobile app development industry as we following the rest of the world several years back," Uygar Yasar of Go Life Mobile Technologies told News24.

The free application has been downloaded over 5 000 times and the game undoubtedly references Zuma's 2005 rape trial.


He was charged with raping a 31-year-old family friend at his home in Johannesburg, but was eventually acquitted from what Zuma supporters claimed was a political smear campaign.

While the court found Zuma not guilty, he caused national controversy when he admitted that he had unprotected sex with the HIV-positive female without using a condom.

Zuma, who was aware that she was HIV-positive, said that he took a shower afterward to limit infection. At the time he was head of the National Aids Council.

South African cartoonist Zapiro began to illustrate Zuma with a showerhead attachment.

Yasar said that the application market in South Africa was still young and wants more companies to consider using mobile apps as part of their marketing strategy.

"Mobile app development industry is a young industry therefore it has its own challenges. If we think about delivering apps to the clients, this is tough in terms of sales and marketing the mobile apps to them."

Not everybody loves the Flappy Zuma app though, and some wrote negative reviews on Google Play.

"Poor design and gameplay is far too easy," wrote a user called Ray van den Berg who gave the application two stars.

Other apps by the company include an ID verification application.

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