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On be­ing pres­i­dent

“When I joined the ANC, I never thought I would be any­thing. In no way did I say, ‘One day I could be the pres­i­dent. I think I am good ma­te­rial for the pres­i­dency.’ Not at all.”

On Venda women

“When I was in Venda re­cently I was so im­pressed . . . a woman would clap her hands and even lie down to show re­spect. I was so im­pressed. If I was not al­ready mar­ried to my wives I would go to Venda to look for a woman.”

On African think­ing

“We can’t think like Africans in Africa, gen­er­ally. We are in Jo­han­nes­burg. This is Jo­han­nes­burg. It is not some na­tional road in Malawi.”

On re­tire­ment

“I would pre­fer to leave af­ter one term . . . If the ANC made me pres­i­dent of the coun­try.”

On Robert Mu­gabe

“The peo­ple love him. So how can we con­demn him?”

On the Sec­ond Com­ing

“That is why we be­lieve [the ANC] will be in power for­ever un­til the son of man comes back.”

On too-clever Africans

“Even some Africans, who be­come too clever, take a po­si­tion, they be­come the most elo­quent in crit­i­cis­ing them­selves about their own tra­di­tions and ev­ery­thing.”

On cor­rup­tion

“We’re prob­a­bly the first gov­ern­ment in the world to have taken cor­rup­tion so se­ri­ously.”

On the arms-deal scan­dal

“This is an­other imag­ined is­sue. It’s just a fig­ment of the imag­i­na­tion.”

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