Zuma witchcraft story 'misleading'

The Presidency labels reports Zuma practiced witchcraft people during apartheid as 'ridiculous'.

The Presidency labels reports Zuma practiced witchcraft people during apartheid as ridiculous & misleading.Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has labelled international media reports that President Jacob Zuma used to practice witchcraft against white people during apartheid as misleading and ridiculous.

According to the UK's Mail Online, Zuma told a pre-election rally in Mpumalanga this week he used to bewitch the Boers in that province.

But the Presidency's Mac Maharaj has criticized the report, saying the journalist had little knowledge of the isiZulu language and had misinterpreted the president.

Maharaj says Zuma was merely saying while operating in exile in Swaziland, he used to infiltrate South Africa through the Kwanyamazane area to do underground political work.

"Given the cloak-and-dagger manner of such underground operations, they were referred to jocularly, which implied bewitching the authorities by outwitting them. It appears that some journalists who probably do not understand the language did a literal translation."

Zuma told the same gathering if the African National Congress (ANC) was re-elected into power with over 90 per cent of the popular vote, he would return to Kwanyamazane to slaughter cows in celebration.

It is to the same crowd that Zuma reportedly said the ANC would continue to run South Africa forever and ever, whether people like it or not.