- Jacob Zuma didn't attend the Nelson Mandela Foundation's yearly lecture on the 17th of July because he doesn't have a private jet anymore
- This is the reason given by Zuma's people for his absence at the much-anticipated event
- It is believed Zuma didn't attend the event because he is considered the opposite of what Nelson Mandela stood for
Former president Jacob Zuma decided to skip the official Nelson Mandela celebrations and rather attended an event organised by Mandela's grandson.
Zuma's office tried to explain his absence at the Nelson Mandela Foundation's lecture and the gala dinner held on the 17th July: He does not have access to a private jet.
Zuma is the only president from the democratic era to miss the event, according to a report by TimesLIVE.
Zuma's spokesperson Vukile Mathabela said that the former president no longer has the use of a private jet and can't move around as easily.
A spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Luzuko Koti, said Zuma did not even respond to his invitation to the events.
Koti compared this to Thabo Mbeki - he at least excused himself from the lecture and attended the dinner.
The Nelson Mandela lecture delivered by former American president Barack Obama was referred to as a wonderful event. For those who missed it, Briefly.co.za covered the event as it happened.
It is believed that Zuma skipped the event because he is considered by many to be the opposite of Mandela's legacy.
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