- Jacob Zuma is known for some of the statements he says
- There are lists and lists of one-liners that he has said that have left people laughing, or cringing
- We list some of the statements that will never be forgotten
When he was president, he was known to drop a phrase or a line that would leave the world gasping, or cackling – or both. It would seem nothing has changed.
Appearing at his hearing at the KwaZulu Natal High Court yesterday, Zuma enthusiastically addressed the crowd, and left some lasting remarks when he did.
This is no different to his role as president when he stated such atrocities as
“The ANC is more important than the Constitution”, “We want to eradicate all mud schools. We are already doing so. We are not in a hurry to do so because no one is going to rule but he ANC”, and let’s not forget “Why do you say I should pay back the money? You don’t even know how much.”
The South African listed 5 of his best quotes from his speech yesterday:
1. On free education:
“Our students must stop learning subjects like theology. They must study something like aviation, or more ‘challenging’ subjects.”
2. On conspiracy theories:
“I can prove people have been working against me – a conspiracy – even before the ANC’s Polokwane Elective Conference in 2007.”
3. On avoiding corruption charges:
“I am not scared of anything. I will be there again on 27 July [his next date in court]. I was there in 2005 and 2006.”
4. On the evidence against him:
“They say at the time, I played a role in the deal. I will find out when it’s made clear in court: I want to know how I came to be implicated in the arms deal because it was a national deal. My role was just as a local MEC in KwaZulu-Natal.”
5. On exposing the “truth”:
“What I am now, is a regular citizen. I can respond however I want when people continue to talk about me.”
“I know things about the people who provoke me. I can now expose them. People calling me corrupt have not given any evidence. But I know that they are the corrupt ones.”
Zuma is known for his larger than life statements and in another article, Briefly.co.za reported how Zuma believed he was a very honest politician. In the article, Zuma described himself as “a very honest politician” and said there was nothing in his tenure as president he would change. Zuma also poured cold water on reports that he had supported Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign. Zuma said:
"That is actually not true," he said. "I've never done it."
And let’s not forget when he stated that
“As Africans, long before the arrival of religion and [the] gospel, we had our own ways of doing things… Those were times that the religious people refer to as dark days, but we know that, during those times, there were no orphans or old age homes. Christianity has brought along these things.”
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Imagine that one day it was decided that only people who had had a really bad day in the day they died could go to heaven. There was a huge line before the gates of Paradise, as Saint Peter asked each man about his day.