“It is gratifying that the continent is moving ahead with the implementation of Agenda 2063, and it is vital that we are taking decisions that have a direct impact on the lives of the people of the continent. We are, in a very practical manner, removing barriers to trade, investment and tourism.” – Jacob Zuma, Africa News Wire, 30 January 2018.
“The development of science and technology is essential for the improvement of the lives of Africa’s people, and this is one area where we need to invest resources and encourage our youth to explore… The South African government will continue to provide a conducive environment for research and innovation as one of those areas identified in the National Development Plan” – Jacob Zuma, The Presidency, 28 January 2018.
“Just as he always reminded us, Mandela was an ordinary human being who elected to do extraordinary things with his life… The fact that he is no longer amongst us is testimony to the reality that he, like all of us, was a mere mortal. Despite his humility, his legacy is a testament to the greatness that men and women can achieve when they put immeasurable effort to the realization of their vision.” – Jacob Zuma, The Presidency, 27 January 2018.
“The appointment of Mr Kganyago is a milestone in our call for the inclusion of representation of expertise and leadership from emerging and developing economies in the global economic arena… We wish Governor Kganyago success in his new role and we are confident that he will represent us well. He is equal to the task.” – Jacob Zuma, The Presidency, 19 January 2018.
“We remain grateful to the people of the world who, through the United Nations collective, officially declared 18 July international Nelson Mandela Day, in November 2009… I can assure you that we will have sufficient time to interact with you during your tour of duty as the link between us and your respective governments and people.” – Jacob Zuma, The New Age, 18 January 2018.
“Pursuant to the investigation and remedial action of the Public Protector regarding complaints and allegations of the State of Capture, as well as the orders issued by the North Gauteng High Court in its judgment of 14 December 2017, I have decided to appoint a Commission of Inquiry.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 9 January 2018.
“I am taking further legal advice on the prosecution of this appeal. I am concerned that this matter has occupied the public mind for some time now and deserves urgent attention. I have only appealed the orders to the extent that they set a particular precedent for the Office of the President of the Republic and are indeed deserving of legal certainty. The allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, is of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty. Accordingly, I have decided that, while the issues determined by the order require final determination by higher courts, this matter cannot wait any longer.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 9 January 2018.
“It is of such serious public concern that any further delay will make the public doubt government’s determination to dismantle all forms of corruption, and entrench the public perception that the state has been captured by private interests for nefarious and self-enrichment purposes. The commission must seek to uncover not just the conduct of some, but of all those who may have rendered our state or parts thereof vulnerable to control by forces other than the public for which government is elected. There should be no area of corruption and culprit that should be spared the extent of this commission of inquiry.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 9 January 2018.
“I would like to emphasise that I have faith in all the judges and their ability to execute their tasks with the requisite levels of fairness, impartiality and independence.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 9 January 2018.
“We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families affected by this horrible incident. This is a painful start to the new year for the nation. It has caused great shock and distress. We appeal to all road users across the country to observe discipline, patience and be vigilant at all times as they travel back to their respective destinations over this holiday period. Such loss of life should be prevented by all road users by observing the rules of the road at all times.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 6 January 2018.
“We welcome the fact that the pass rate has consistently improved since the democratic dispensation, especially since the reconfiguration of Education into two separate departments namely Basic Education on one hand and Higher Education and Training on the other hand. This reaffirms Government’s focus on education as an apex priority and the greatest enabler of the society as well as a key aspect of our programme of Radical Socio-Economic Transformation… We encourage those who did not pass that there are still plenty opportunities to be explored to fulfil their dreams. We wish to remind our matriculants of the many opportunities provided by Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) colleges and other vocational training centres across the country. The learners still have an extra opportunity to better their results in their second attempt during supplementary examinations to take place at many matric rewrite centres. They should use this setback as an opportunity to reflect and improve.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 4 January 2018.
“Today our country mourns the sad passing of one of the giants of our liberation struggle who was renowned for his accomplishment as well in the education, arts and culture sectors. He was highly regarded even beyond the borders of our country and was a celebrated arts intellectual in the continent. We extend our deepest condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 3 January 2018.
“The improvement of the quality of life of our people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, as we work to achieve the type of society that OR Tambo fought for. In pursuit of this mission, significant strides were made in 2017, in fighting poverty, inequality and unemployment.” – Jacob Zuma, eNCA, 31 December 2017.
“Despite serious challenges on the economic front, together we made substantial progress in providing basic services such as electricity, housing, roads, water and sanitation, health care, social grants as well as accessible education. On the economic front, following a turbulant 2017, we are pleased that we emerged from the technical recession. The country’s GDP began to show welcome improvements. In the New Year, we will need to put extra efforts together, to reignite the economy and promote growth and also to make it inclusive and beneficial to all.” – Jacob Zuma, eNCA, 31 December 2017.
” We will also intensify investment in education in 2018. We have already over the years expanded access to free education for children from poor households. More than nine million children attend no fee schools, which represents at least 80 percent of our schools. We will continue to eliminate mud schools and inappropriate school structures, replacing them with state-of-the-art buildings, especially in rural areas and other neglected communities. We announced the provision of free higher education for young people at universities and colleges who come from poor households earlier this month.” – Jacob Zuma, eNCA, 31 December 2017.
“We must work harder to build a truly caring society in 2018. We must work together to eradicate crime, drugs and substance abuse as well as violence against women and children in our communities.” – Jacob Zuma, eNCA, 31 December 2017.
“He (Robert Mugabe) is our father. He grew up in the struggle and we have appreciated that this is what is important that in Africa, we should look after our elders.” – Jacob Zuma, The Zimbabwe Mail, 24 December 2017.
“I have been assured that the founding father of Zimbabwe, former President Mugabe, will be looked after. There will be no problems at all.” – Jacob Zuma, ZimEye, 23 December 2017.
“We have made a lot of progress in the energy sector in our country over the past years… The country has one of the most acclaimed renewable energy Independent Power Producer Programmes in the world. Our renewable energy programme was introduced as part of the energy mix and attracted billions of rands into our country, making South Africa one of the leaders in rolling out good green energy projects.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 7 December 2017.
“Over the past 23 years of our democracy we have been able to increase access from a mere thirty four percent to eighty five percent of our population. Thousands of people in rural areas and informal settlements now have a better life. They can switch on the lights, cook, watch television and have a better life due to the installation of electricity. This is one of the untold stories about the successes of our country South Africa. We now have surplus electricity which is good for our economy and our people. We are pleased that the efforts government and its partners put in resolving the energy challenge have borne fruit.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 7 December 2017.
“The ANC adopted radical socio-economic transformation as its policy at the 53rd national conference in Mangaung in 2012 and it automatically became government policy. The ANC has defined radical economic transformation as referring to fundamental change in the structure, systems, institutions and patterns of ownership, management and control of the economy in favour of all South Africans, especially the poor, the majority of whom are African and female.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 7 December 2017.
“Radical socio-economic transformation was also declared a priority for 2017/18 for government in the 2017 State of the Nation Address. We therefore reject the incorrect and patronising assertions by some sections of society, that the radical economic transformation policy was developed by a company from London for the black people of South Africa. The policy originated from the ANC.” – Jacob Zuma, Presidency, 7 December 2017.