Zuma: African problems should be solved in an African way

The president yesterday warned against sole reliance on the courts while addressing traditional leaders.

President Jacob Zuma during the debate on President Jacob Zuma's Annual Address to the National House of Traditional Leaders held at Tshwane Council Chambers in Pretoria on 7 April 2016. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Amid mounting calls for the president to step down and concerns around his so-called apology President Jacob Zuma has told traditional leaders that instead of turning to the courts, African problems should be solved in an African way.

Zuma was responding to debate in the National House of Traditional Leaders in Pretoria yesterday.

"I'll be very happy that we solve the African problems in the African way because if we solve them only legally they become too complicated. Law looks at one side only, they don't look at any other thing."

He said, "They deal with cold facts and I was complaining [about] that, but they're dealing with warm bodies. That's the contradiction."

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Zuma criticised the courts less than a week after he apologised for the confusion and frustration around Nkandla.

The Constitutional Court found that Zuma had violated the Constitution by ignoring the Public Protector's remedial action in connection with non-security upgrades to his Nkandla home.

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Human Rights lawyer George Bizos says he has reservations about Zuma's apology saying it reminds him of what the doctor who treated Steve Biko had said when apologising for not treating him properly.

Bizos has joined a chorus of high profile people calling on Zuma to resign, including former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, former Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob, and others.

Bizos says Zuma should resign for the way he handled the Nkandla saga.

"It reminds me of the doctor who apologised for not rendering proper attention to the late Steve Biko."

Bizos says the doctor was struck off the roll and three years later he applied for re-admission.

"He said 'I've been advised that I must apologise if I'm to be re-admitted'. The apology of the president approximates this statement."

Bizos says Zuma may have a small gap to rely on in terms of how he handled the Nkandla saga, based on him receiving bad advice - but this does not absolve him.

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To read the full judgment by the ConCourt on Nkandla, click here.

To view EWN 's feature on key moments from the Nkandla saga, click here.