President Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday, lost a chess game to a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl Nokwanda Gcaba at Sibusisiwe Hall in Midaleni, KwaZulu-Natal north coast.
The Annual Pre-Christmas chess tournament gradually turned to a tradition where President Zuma competes with one of South Africa’s promising pupils.
This year’s tournament saw the schoolgirl grandmaster pull a fast one on Zuma, who later lost the game to Gcaba from AmaJuba‚ Newcastle.
After the defeat, the president was spotted shaking hands with and congratulating the brilliant schoolgirl.
This year’s pre-Christmas tournament marks the eighth of such Zuma had presided over. Remarkably, this year’s tournament took place outside Zuma’s Nkandla village.
Since its inception in 2009, the Jacob Zuma Pre-Christmas Chess Tournament has continued to attract school children from all areas around the country.
President Jacob Zuma during the annual Jacob G Zuma Chess Tournament held yesterday at Sibusisiwe Hall in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal. pic.twitter.com/XVVdZpLJla
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The tournament apparently unites kids during each festive season.
Last Saturday, the presidency announced that this year’s Christmas would be strictly for kids and the elderly as Zuma would be showing extravagant love to them.
He also promised to engage in activities promoting youth development, care and support for senior citizens.
Among other things, the presidency disclosed that President Zuma will host the Jacob Zuma RDP Education Trust senior citizens’ Christmas party on December 27 at Mnyakanya Secondary School sports ground in Nkandla.
Thereafter, he’ll host the Jacob Zuma RDP Education Trust youth and children Christmas party at Nkandla. On December 24 the president would attend the annual Christmas party for senior citizens at Savanna Park near Chatsworth in Durban.
Zuma also urged all citizens to take the necessary precautions to have a safe holiday experience. He also wished all and sundry in the country a peaceful, joyous, and restful festive season and a prosperous new year.