Zuma’s song and dance cuts no ice with crowd
AS PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma moved through some of the poorest areas in Kimberley, many residents felt he was more talk than action.
Zuma visited first Roodepan and then Lerato Park yesterday to meet with the community as well as invite them to the ANC’s 98th birthday party tomorrow.
About 100 people gathered in Roodepan to hear the president speak to them from an ANC truck.
As he was singing and dancing, residents were complaining that “that is all he is good for – singing and dancing”.
“We are living in such poverty and if he (Zuma) can just turn around and see where we are living and just listen to us,” a member of the community said.
People were also up in arms that Zuma was just talking and not listening.
“Why is he here if he won’t even listen to us?
“I tried to raise my hand to ask him a question. and someone – I presume it must be one of his bodyguards – just slapped my hand down,” one said.
However, a few residents were more positive. Some youths said they were “extremely happy” to see the president. “He gives us hope for the future.”
in Lerato Park, Zuma met more people and found himself a chair and sat under a tree in a resident’s yard.
Here, a community leader described the problems residents were experiencing, and the King of the !Khwe tribe, King Jack Kamutu, highlighted the plight of residents in Platfontein, including unemployment, untarred roads and a poor education system.
Zuma then told the crowd that their grievances would be addressed.