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By Sapa | Dec 28, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 128 ]

It was a dog-eat-dog world on Twitter as people argued over President Jacob Zuma’s comments that caring for a pet dog was part of “white” culture.

While a flurry of users seemed indignant that Zuma didn’t name Jock of the Bushveld his favourite four-legged South African or ask Lassie to come home, many others agreed with the president’s sentiments.

One user, YanelaJ, said Zuma’s comments were accurate: “How many blacks vs whites do u c walking/running dogs..don’t count domestic worker?”   Young Communist League spokesman Khaya Xaba tweeted that a ”rich man’s dog gets more in the way of vaccination, medicine and medical care than do the workers upon whom the rich man’s wealth is built.”  The Star reported on Thursday that Zuma, in a speech given at Impendle in KwaZulu-Natal, had said that spending money to buy a dog and taking it to the vet and for walks, belonged to “white” culture.

He was also reported to have said that those who loved dogs more than people had “a lack of humanity”.

The presidency later sent out a statement in which it explained that Zuma was only trying to “decolonise the African mind” with his statements.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said that Zuma wanted “to enable the previously oppressed African majority to appreciate and love who they are”.

Meanwhile on Twitter, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted a picture of himself with his Boerboel “Superhero” and his Jack Russell “Maradona”.

Some tweeters gently suggested that “Superhero” was a bit on the chubby side, but Vavi reassured his followers that he has managed to get the Boerboel’s weight down since the photograph was taken.

Vavi also mentioned that he had given ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe a puppy years ago. “He keeps dogs too,” tweeted Vavi.

Nevertheless, Vavi said that he was not offended by Zuma’s comments. “As an animal lover & proudly black I don’t feel insulted by that comment — I do have compassion for humans too!!”  However, internationally renowned author Zakes Mda refuted the essentialism behind Zuma’s statement.

“There are many ways of being African. Of being black even those who love animals are not less African than those who don’t.”  Journalist Reuben Goldberg suggested that South Africans buy Zuma a dog “and name it #Nkandla”.

Even “Bazil the Bulldog” gave his opinion into the matter, tweeting: “Zuma needs a history check, as the Africanis breed of dogs have been the companions of Southern Africa’s San Bushmen since 800 AD...”  Ayanda Mlotshwa questioned Zuma’s linking of race and dog ownership, stating: “I’m black & I love my dog. He’s part of my family. We’ve always had dogs in my family. Can’t imagine life without them.”  A number of people also tweeted an old photograph of former president Nelson Mandela beaming alongside a jubilant canine companion.

The Christian Democratic party sent out a statement in which they said it appeared from his remarks that Zuma’s second term would be “even more sectarian and divisive” than his first.

“This playing up of one culture against another, describing them, not as different, but rather that one has superior moral values to the other, is totally unacceptable and counterproductive,” said party leader Theunis Botha.

Meanwhile President Jacob Zuma has asked for a national cleansing ceremony to restore, what he has branded as the moral values of the nation, SABC radio news reports.

Zuma said the ritual would be of great importance in the light of incidents such as the Marikana tragedy, the rape of elderly women, and political assassinations. He said people who were not cleansed, harboured grudges.   According to the report, Zuma said he would call on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to help lead the national cleansing ceremony.

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sdakwa
I say, if you are one of those who love animals more than yo fellow human beings, please refrain from doing that coz every person wants to be treated like a human being. I know most of you know what I'm talking about.
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I live on a farm and the area around me is a hotspot for armed robberies and murder, I spend a lot of money on my dogs and love them more than a lot of people. I first need to look after myself before I can look at others, charity starts at home.

Dec 28, 2012 9:36 | 0 replies

Try as I may to be proud of our president, I just can't!

Zuma knows very well that the ANC has alienated the other minorities now he's playing the "african culture" card whatever that is.

My word, this moron is divisive.

With an idiot like this as president, we'll never build a unified nation, but I guess he already knows this.

What an idiot.

Ps, he's also very aware about the cases still pending against him, and he wants to portray the view that white people dont want him to succeed because he's a true African steeped in culture.

What a load of nonsense!!

Dec 28, 2012 9:57 | 0 replies

oldlady12
In most places on earth, people make their own way to work. Getting a lift would be a luxury and not usual. South Africans are spoilt to their detriment.

Dec 28, 2012 9:57 | 0 replies

I'm sure Mac Maharaj is going to write a book one day and one of the chapters will be "Zuma - How i saved him ( on various occassion) from the throngs of ignorance hell."

Dec 28, 2012 9:58 | 0 replies

The truth hurts. Its not part of the black culture to care about dogs more than human's and walking dogs for fun, its a white mans culture. I dont care if you are black and are or have been doing it, its a white mans thing. Ancient black people would walk with dogs when hunting, kept the dog to safe-guard the yard. Period. If you are black and you love dogs more than you do humans, that is something you have adopted from the white culture.

Dec 28, 2012 9:58 | 0 replies

Truly speaking Zuma does not have a brain,he just talk whatever come up on his mind.

Dec 28, 2012 10:0 | 0 replies

Hau! He talks about people loving their dogs more than people! He dances around shaking his fat stomach around whilst dressed in animal skins himself! The Young Communist League spokesperson (not so young ,but childishly naive) also barks about Whites loving their dogs more than people - the difference is purely that Whites do not have that many offspring! Don't breed them if you can't feed them! So they can spend money on dogs and other animals as companions and pets - it's really a culture thing and we should accept other cultures as well, not only our own!

Dec 28, 2012 10:0 | 0 replies

zuma is a waste of good oxygen, one only wonder if his off-springsssssssss are as mentally handicapped and unbelievably ignorant. In fact the oxford dictionary should paste zuma’s pic next to the following words:
1. Imbecile
2. ignorance
3. pompous
4. ill-bred
5. Hog

But then again, “Gedla-eyihlekisa” does mean “Pretender”

Dec 28, 2012 10:0 | 0 replies

Hadebe - Meanwhile, you have lost your africanness, because here you are typing your message on a PC, instead of doing it the African way, shouting across the block at your homies.

Dec 28, 2012 10:1 | 0 replies

sekhebereshe
Come let me take your mind off Zuma for a moment or two. All I need is 15 minutes.

Dec 28, 2012 10:1 | 0 replies

I heard many quotes from different leaders but none from Zuma, except of course "Uthini baba unguluma nani"

Dec 28, 2012 10:1 | 0 replies