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A collection of quotes and sayings by Jacob Zuma on struggling, speeches, thoughts, words, wisdom, photos, Macbeth, numbers, cloud, citizen and poverty.

29 Notable Quotes By Jacob Zuma

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Jacob Zuma is a renowned South African political leader, and the President of South Africa. He had started working as a child to support his family as he lost his father at an early age so he could not receive any formal schooling. He was still in his teenage when he became a part of ‘African National Congress Party’ and its military wing. Here is a collection of some famous words and thoughts shared by the eminent politician which are used as quotable quotes and sayings. Read through the compilation of famous quotes and thoughts by Jacob Zuma on country, people, experience, dominance, European, change, feeling, chaos and more that will give you a peek of his political mind.

The Constitution is only there to regulate matters.

- Jacob Zuma

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

- Jacob Zuma

That is a debatable point, whether South Africans are xenophobic. I don't you'd have the numbers that you have of foreigners if South Africa was xenophobic.

- Jacob Zuma

...having a member who serves in the Government and who also belongs to the structures of the party does not retard this particular objective the separation of party and state. It does not.

- Jacob Zuma

African problems should have African solutions.

- Jacob Zuma

A shower would minimise the risk of contracting the disease.

- Jacob Zuma

Jan van Riebeeck's arrival in Cape Town was the beginning of all South Africa's problems.

- Jacob Zuma

Something has gone wrong with Ronnie... He wasn't like that before. I don't know what went wrong with him.

- Jacob Zuma

There is not a single country in the world that is not interested in doing business with China. And no one is seriously concerned about human rights. But Africans are criticized for wanting to do business with China.

- Jacob Zuma

We want to eradicate all mud schools. We are already doing so. We are not in a hurry because no one is going to rule but the ANC.

- Jacob Zuma

Those who vote for the ANC will be blessed on earth and heaven

- Jacob Zuma

The ancestors will turn their backs against you and you will have bad luck forever if you leave the ANC unhappy

- Jacob Zuma

People tend to try to find something to talk about Zuma. My surname is very nice and simple. Very simple, so they like pronouncing it all the time. So what's the problem?

- Jacob Zuma

Same sex marriage is a disgrace to the nation and to God. When I was growing up, ‘ungqingili’ [homosexuals in isiZulu] could not stand in front of me, I would knock him out.

- Jacob Zuma

Me? Well, I don't know, I must go to a dictionary and learn what a crook is. I've never been a crook.

- Jacob Zuma

You have fewer rights because you are a minority. Absolutely, that’s how democracy works.

- Jacob Zuma

Even if you apply any kind of lotion and straighten your hair you will never be white.

- Jacob Zuma

The majority in this country have not seen anything wrong with Zuma. I go with the overwhelming feeling of this country. If the majority say, 'Zuma, do this,' I will do it.

- Jacob Zuma

We South Africans are also crazy about football, so the World Cup can be nothing but successful.

- Jacob Zuma

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.

- Jacob Zuma

Africa suffered under European dominance for centuries.

- Jacob Zuma

There is no cloud above my head - there is not even a mist.

- Jacob Zuma

As a citizen of this country, I've got to be honest to the people of South Africa.

- Jacob Zuma

Criminality is always the result of poverty. Countries that experience such a fundamental change as we have - we had the apartheid regime and must now develop a multicultural democracy - must necessarily pass through a phase of high crime rates.

- Jacob Zuma

People are constantly applying double standards. Take the United States, for example. Washington wants the whole world to admire the country for its democracy. Then the government sends out its army, in the name of this democracy, and leaves behind the kind of chaos we see in Iraq.

- Jacob Zuma

What made Nelson Mandela great, was precisely what made him human. We saw in him, what we seek in ourselves.

- Jacob Zuma

God expects the ANC to rule this country because we are the only organisation which was blessed by pastors when it was formed. It is even blessed in Heaven. That is why we will rule until Jesus comes back. We should not allow anyone to govern our city [Cape Town] when we are ruling the country.

- Jacob Zuma

We're not forcing people... you can support and be a supporter, but if you go beyond that and become a member, [and] if you're a businessman, your business will multiply... Everything you touch will multiply. I've always said that a wise businessperson will support the ANC... because supporting the ANC means you're investing very well in your business.

- Jacob Zuma

It is wrong to leave the ANC, in fact, it is cold and rough outside the ANC. People must remain in the party and try to fix things internally because those who do leave they will attract the wrath of the ancestors, who will also bring that person bad luck

- Jacob Zuma