- Jacob Zuma was given 2 awards by the National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa
- At the dinner, he made a speech in which he said that whites still manipulated blacks into doing what they want
- He compared his experience of being ousted from power as similar to the black slave trade, where blacks sold their own people into slavery
The National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa (Nafupa SA) hosted a dinner event in Durban last week, during which they presented Zuma with two awards to “honour” him for his service to the country.
During his speech, Zuma explained how “powerful” white business owners used black people to oust him from office.
“Whenever someone says something which white people dislike, he is attacked by the white establishment using black people.
“This means that we are not yet free because we are still under their control. They threaten you to such an extent that you end up avoiding being targeted by them,” Zuma said to the crowd.
Zuma’s two awards consisted of an achievement award for Radical Economic Transformation as well as an Infrastructure Development Award, which was given for road improvements in the country, Briefly.co.za found.
The gala dinner was attended by many pro-Zuma groups including the controversial Black First Land First.
Thabani Khumalo, a political analyst, said Zuma's awards were a "joke"
“These guys are now seen as criminals by some and not as business people because of the way they operate. They’ve been in and out of courts, and they have been chasing away contractors from sites.
“Now when you hear them saying they are rewarding somebody for having done a good job, you ask yourself what job has he done. To me what they’re doing is just a joke, just a way of getting publicity,” Khumalo said.
Zuma's speech included commentary, which compared what had happened to him, to the slave trade where black people sold their own people into slavery.
“White people don’t like when we say we never went to other countries to buy slaves. We did not conquer other continents and steal their economy.”
Zuma added that economists, “don’t tell us the truth” and lashed out at the apartheid government policies.
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