Barack Obama launches his new book, throws shade at Jacob Zuma

Barack Obama launches his new book, throws shade at Jacob Zuma

- Former president of the United States Barack Obama has low-key shaded former SA president Jacob Zuma in his new book

- Obama mentioned Zuma while speaking about "corruption and incompetence" under the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC)

- Obama's new book launched today, 17 November and already has many Saffas talking

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Former president of the United States of America Barack Obama has seemingly thrown shade at former president Jacob Zuma in his new book. The book is titled A Promised Land and officially launched today, 17 November.

Obama stated that Zuma had spoken 'eloquently' about the need for fair trade, infrastructure, human development and a need for a more equitable distribution of wealth in Africa. He then went on to bring up Nelson Mandela's struggle to bring up goodwill in SA.

Zuma's recusal application stalls: Zondo needs time before judgement

Obama noted that Madiba's heroic struggle was being squandered by "corruption and incompetence under the ANC leadership".

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Barack Obama has low-key shaded Jacob Zuma in his new book. Source: Brooks Kraft LLC, Drew Angerer and Waldo Swiegers / Getty Images
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According to The South African, Obama and Zuma have met on various occasions. While News24 reported that Obama made his first South African state visit back in 2013 and was hosted by Zuma. Take a look at an extract from the book below:

In other Zuma news, recently reported on Zuma's recusal application. Zuma's application demanding Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's recusal as the chairperson of the State Capture Inquiry continued on Monday, 16 November.

However, proceedings were short-lived with Zondo explaining from the onset that he would require more time before passing judgement on the matter.

The commission chair commented that he still needed to examine documentation before he could make a ruling. Advocate Musi Sikhakhane, Zuma's lawyer, explained that the former president would be unable to attend the proceedings on Wednesday, 18 November.

Zuma's lawyer claims Zondo's comments frightened ex-president

This is due to Zuma attending the funeral of an unknown individual on this day, explained the attorney. While Zuma would be absent on Wednesday from proceedings, Sikhakhane commented that the ex-president would return the following day to the inquiry.

The matter has been in the spotlight this week after Zuma claimed that Zondo presiding over the matter would constitute a conflict of interest. The ex-president claimed that the pair shared a close relationship, including Zondo fathering a child with Zuma's sister-in-law.

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