South Africa: ‘Give me six months to be a dictator‚ things will be in order’: Jacob Zuma in quotes

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The curtain may have fallen on Jacob Zuma but the words he shared on the country’s political stage live on.

From witchcraft to being single and advice for Prince Albert the former president‚ in almost a decade‚ elicited smiles‚ left observers bemused and his critics fuming. Here’s a recap of 20 quotes from his tenure as head of state.

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“I don’t know where they get the luck to win here because people in the majority are not living comfortably. I don’t know‚[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip][maybe] it’s because of witchcraft; witches practise their craft in different ways.”[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]– On the ANC losing to the DA in the Western Cape‚ September 2017

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Don’t feel jealous and think I am going to be an actor. No. Maybe it rubs off‚ who knows?”[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]– To the press as he met movie star Danny Glover in Cape Town‚ May 2013

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“It’s not because of me. I’m not responsible for that… I’ve never taken myself to court.”[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]– Explaining his legal bills to parliament‚ November 2017

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“But when men compliment you innocently‚ you say it’s harassment… You will miss out on good men and marriage.” – To female journalists in Nkandla‚ March 2016

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“This continent [Africa] is the biggest continent in the world.” – At a dinner‚ December 2015

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“If you just give me six months to be a dictator‚ things will be in order. Right now‚ to make a decision you need a resolution‚ decision‚ collective‚ petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work.”[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]– To schoolchildren in Tembisa‚ July 2016

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Is to introduce nine thousand six hundred and … nine‚ the … nine thousand six hundred and … hmm … megawatt.”[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]– state of the nation address‚ February 2016

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Government is like God. Quick to hear‚ but slow to respond.”[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip] To Qumbu villagers‚ November 2011

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“When [Jesus] fetches us we will find [those in the beyond] wearing black‚ green and gold. The holy ones belong to the ANC.” – To supporters in Mthatha‚ February 2011

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Stress is a white man’s disease… That is why there is no word for it in isiZulu.” – At his birthday celebration in Soweto‚ April 2017

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“South Africa has only six legitimate kingdoms… and another six whose status will come to an end on the death of the current incumbent in the position.” – Announcing the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims‚ July 2010

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“The courts were not there when you joined the ANC‚ but now you involve courts when there are disagreements – that cannot be right.” – At a campaign rally in Ntabankulu‚ August 2010

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“It’s a South African tradition that a man pays ilobolo for a wife… so we expect Prince Albert to pay cows for his bride.”[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip] To the Monaco monarch after his wedding to South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock‚ Durban‚ July 2011

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“If you have problem with me or the ANC‚ call a meeting so that can be discussed. If you have a problem call us so that we can advise you because maybe the problem is with you.” – At the unveiling of a statue of Harry Gwala in Pietermaritzburg‚ August 2017

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Being single is not right and kids are important to women because they actually give extra training to a woman‚ to be a mother.” – Television interview‚ August 2012

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“We will use the rules of Parliament to make them behave.” – On the EFF‚ Pretoria‚[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]2015

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“It… would minimise the risk of contracting the disease.” – Explaining to the High Court in Johannesburg why he showered after having sex with his HIV-positive rape accuser‚ April 2006

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“If they were intelligent they would change the name before money is spent in court… We are the congress of the people. That’s why we fight when some people suddenly call themselves the Congress of the People.” – At a rally in Mpumalanga after ANC dissidents formed Cope‚ November 2008

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“If it is established that I am corrupt‚ show me the door. I told the ANC leaders in January that if they elected me to lead a corrupt party I have a home back in Nkandla. I will go and stay there.” – To ANC supporters in Mpumalanga‚ July 2009

[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Ruling a country is not easy. There are too many things that tempt a person in authority. Help us by praying for us that we do not get tempted.” – To members of Hazendal Methodist Church‚ Cape Town‚ October 2009

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