President Jacob Zuma says he wants South Africans to give him just a six months as a dictator so he’ll correct all the socio-political and economic woes that has befallen the country.
The president who lamented on the poor state of things in the nation and the growing unemployment rate, said if given six months as a dictator, he would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested.
“If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasizing that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma.
President Zuma said this on Wednesday when he visited Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations.
Zuma also said if he had his way, he would force every unemployed South African back to school to get educated.
“Education would be more than compulsory” he said, adding that he would make sure that any young person found walking in the street is arrested by the police and asked why he is not at school.
“If someone doesn’t have a job, I would send them to school by force. They must continue studying because one can never be too old to get an education,” he said.
Zuma, who barely finished his basic education due to the poor status of his family, said he never misused any opportunity to educate himself
“I educated myself. I took a decision to educate myself when I realized I had no chance because my father had died. Don’t just listen to the people who say I am not educated and think you can take chances.”
The president however, encouraged parents and youths to study for qualifications that were in demand.
“Study for a job. You can’t go and study biblical studies. There are a lot of priests but we want plumbers.” he said as he encouraged pupils who didn’t do well in matric to go to technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.
Mandela did Things Few People Could Do
Praising Mandela, Zuma said Nelson Mandela has done what only few people will do and that calls for much celebration.
“We celebrate this great man produced by South Africa” Zuma said,
“One of them was to make (former president FW) De Klerk receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Without him, De Klerk would have never smelt it.”
The president’s visit was however, graced with gifts as pupils received school bags and blankets donated by him