Fic­ti­tious books without facts – JZ

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PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma has fired a broad­side at op­po­si­tion par­ties and ac­cused them of re­ly­ing on “fic­ti­tious books”, with no tested facts, to ar­gue in Par­lia­ment.

This was in ref­er­ence to vet­eran jour­nal­ist Jacques Pauw’s book “The Pres­i­dent’s Keeper” and an­other jour­nal­ist, Redi Tl­habi’s book ti­tled Kh­wezi: The Re­mark­able Story of Fezek­ile Nt­sukela Kuzwayo.

Zuma was re­ply­ing to the de­bate on his an­nual ad­dress in the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces yes­ter­day, when he at­tacked the op­po­si­tion.

Op­po­si­tion MPs had waved the two books in the cham­ber and ac­cused Zuma of de­stroy­ing the coun­try and not be­ing able to lead.

But Zuma said he would not en­ter­tain books, but would stick to facts. He de­scribed the books as nov­els with no sub­stan­tive facts.

“My un­der­stand­ing is that our Par­lia­ment is an area in which we dis­cuss mat­ters of the coun­try. It is a place where op­po­si­tion par­ties present their al­ter­na­tive plans, so that they will per­suade vot­ers,” said Zuma.

He said in­stead of do­ing this, they were busy dis­cussing him.

“They now have a new ten­dency of car­ry­ing books writ­ten by peo­ple who are spec­u­lat­ing and ru­mours, and they are not tested facts,” said Zuma.

“What do you do with such op­po­si­tion par­ties?” Zuma asked. “Their fo­cus is not to learn. Their fo­cus is some­thing else, they have all the books you can think of,” he said.

He added that when op­po­si­tion par­ties stand up in Par­lia­ment they don’t talk about their past.

He called on the DA to talk about its past lead­ers. In fact, the party should apol­o­gise about what hap­pened in the past, said Zuma.

Zuma said the ANC would re­tain power be­cause it ad­dressed is­sues raised by the peo­ple.

In his main speech he listed the achieve­ments of the ANC gov­ern­ment in bring­ing wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion to mil­lions of peo­ple.

In his re­ply, he said the op­po­si­tion was ob­sessed with books that would not take the coun­try for­ward.

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