Zuma mum on his lifestyle

President Jacob Zuma responds to questions about his lifestyle and views on corruption.

President Jacob Zuma speaks to Redi Tlhabi on 23 July 2012.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Monday said his culture does not impede on his presidency and assured the country that government is acting against corruption.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702's Redi Thlabi, he expressed his views on wide-ranging issues.

The president was asked if his lifestyle affected his presidency.

"I always stay away from discussing those matters because people have personal views - which I keep to myself."

When asked about the textbook saga in Limpopo, Zuma said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga could not be blamed for the problem.

"You don't know who's responsible for that. You can't say the minister, who is sitting in a Pretoria office, is responsible."

Zuma said the problems in Limpopo had their roots in apartheid, under the leadership of former president Hendrik Verwoerd.

"You are dealing with a teacher that comes from the 'Verwoedian system'. His or her attitude towards education still needs to be worked on."

Zuma believes his government made education a national priority.


The president said people were politicising the decision to release former National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi on medical parole.

He said he did not have an opinion on the decisions to release Selebi or his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik.

"I don't think I can have a view on each and every prisoner that gets parole. They get parole every day, for a variety of reasons."

On Friday, the former top cop was released following recommendations from the medical parole advisory board.

Selebi is suffering from end-stage renal disease and undergoes dialysis three times a day.