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WHAT HAP­PENED THE ME­DIA were fairly scep­ti­cal about ANC party pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s plans to pro­vide com­pul­sory and free ed­u­ca­tion to all South Africans. A great deal was also writ­ten about his visit to a squat­ter camp for im­pov­er­ished whites in Pre­to­ria, where he said no­body may be ex­cluded from the aid pro­vided by Gov­ern­ment to the poor – re­gard­less of whether they’re white or black. BEELD warned that the ANC – and es­pe­cially Zuma – was switch­ing into “elec­tion mode” and that it was tra­di­tional for politi­cians to prom­ise all kinds of things. Die Burger said Zuma was al­ready get­ting into the habit of mak­ing prom­ises and cre­at­ing ex­pec­ta­tions he wouldn’t be able to keep. The Wit­ness said it must be re­mem­bered Zuma still faces a court hear­ing and it was up to the courts to de­cide whether he was guilty or in­no­cent.

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