Malawians on Wednesday mocked South African President Jacob Zuma describing him as uncivilised for remarks he made on Tuesday.
While trying to justify e-tolls for roads in South Africa, Zuma said: “We can’t think like Africans, in Africa, generally. We are in Johannesburg, this is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi”.
This has not gone down well with many in Malawi that I caught up with.
“This is the time Mr Zuma needs a real quick shower and wash his mouth and clean up,” said Richard Mhone, a Lilongwe resident
“This man Zuma has no civility…he is a disgusting character who acts like a spoiled child,” said Martin Zulu saying he watched Zuma on E-TV last night.
“Just because Malawi is a poor country does not give Zuma the platform to insult us…it’s very unfortunate for a head of state to utter such remarks,” said Elyeazer Kandoche.
Bright Sonani, a political journalist described Zuma’s remarks as disgusting.
“How can he stoop so low and drag Malawi into this. His job is to convince South Africans about the E-Toll and not to justify it by using Malawi,” he said. “This is disguting.”
“Zuma must understand one thing and that is apart from the white minority running his economy, Malawians are among the few black Africans working in key sectors and are helping to build his country. For that reason, he should have the decency and maturity to acknowledge that,” said Edgar Banda, a businessman in the commercial city of Blantyre.
Gift Trapese, a well known government critic and activist said: ” Mr Zuma should have known that South Africa is a leading country on the continent and his leadership should reflect that maturity and seriousness. His statement is nothing short of being xenophobic.”