My increased activity on Twitter has allowed me to keep up to date with SA news. However, I'm not sure I like what I see.
Earlier today the SA President's Office official Twitter account decided that it should promote the upcoming show "It's for Life" on DSTV 107 (at 7PM).
The twist of the matter is (beyond the fact that people follow the SAPresident account for presidential announcements, not show recommendations) is that two of Zuma's daughters feature in the show.
But, can we complain? What is expected of public figures on Twitter, certaintly the account can no-longer claim to represent the Presidential Office, or Zuma in his role as President, because he has clearly used it to promote his family members personal interests.
Our president has a history of appearing to think that the law of the land should not apply to him. He has been able to dodge answering for his actions for too long. But I think now he has gone too far, and I really hope his latest crass actions may be the beginning of his downfall.
This is a serious issue. We have legislation in place, which should ensure some level of transparency in government. All cabinet ministers, including the President, and Deputy President have to declare their financial interests (along with those of their families) within 60 days of taking office. The law states that he has to declare any shares, benefits, loans (that could be an interesting one...), sponsorships, gifts for himself, and his permanent colleagues, wives, and dependents. That is not to say that this information is made public, but it has to be available to the public protector, to ensure that investigations can be carried out if there are any complaints received about conflicts of interest... So if someone happened to be paying the rent on one of his wive's houses, then that would have to be delared...or if someone loaned him some money, that would need to be declared (we already know that he received a large amount of money from Shaik...which he assures us was not a bribe, but is merely a loan - so the interest payments should be clear to the public protector...
Zuma's 60 days were up a long time ago... But apparently he still has not declared his finances. His office are coming up with all manner of reasons why they haven't. The worst one was "we didn't think he had to...". Either his legal staff are stupid, and cannot understand very simple legislation, or ther are stupid enough to lie, and think that we will believe them (I am not sure which is worse...). It is telling, that rather than rely on the large legal team attached to the Presidency, he has pulled in his own private lawyer (the one who managed to get the corruption charges dropped, through some really dodgy moves), to advise him. Tony Yengeni was found guilty of fraud by submitting false information to government when he was required to delare his interests as a cabinet minister. He ended up in court, and was found guilty, and went to prison for his actions (OK, he pulled strings, rank, etc., and managed to get out early...). But Yengeni went to prison for submitting false reports... Zuma has not even bothered to submit!!
Could this be his downfall...or will he again show a blatant disregard for the law of the land...again...??
I think today should be RIP MALEMA day, so if you have a joke, please add to the bottom so we can make a giant "WE HATE MALEMA" thread
President Zuma meets with the Queen of England He asks her,
"Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?"
"Well," says the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."
Zuma frowns. "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?"
The Queen takes a sip of tea. "Oh, that's easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligence riddle."
The Queen pushes a button on her intercom. "Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?"
Tony Blair walks into the room "Yes, my Queen?"
The Queen smiles. "Answer me this, please, Tony. Your mother and Father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"
Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answers, "That would be me."
"Yes! Very good," says the Queen.
Back in Cape town , President Zuma asks to speak with Julius Malema.
"Answer this for me. Your mother and your Father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"
"I'm not sure," says Julius. "Let me get back to you on that one."
Julius goes to his advisors and asks everyone, but none can give him an answer. Finally, he ends up at the V&A Waterfront and bumps into Mark Lottering.
Julius looks around to see if anyone can overhear them, and he whispers, “Mark! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister.
Who is it?"
Mark whispers back, "That's easy. It's me!"
Julius smiles and says "Thanks!"
Julius goes back to Parliament to speak with Pres Zuma.
"Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It's Mark Lottering."
Zuma gets up, stomps over to Julius, and angrily yells into his face, "No, you idiot! It's Tony Blair “
Julius and the Pope The Pope and Julius Malema are on the same stage in front of a huge crowd. The Pope leans towards Julius and says, "Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, like that of your followers, but go deep into their hearts and they'll forever speak of this day and rejoice!" Julius replied, "I seriously doubt that. With one little wave of your hand? Show me." So the Pope slapped him. ____________________________________________________________