I managed to stay awake for the first half-hour of President Zuma’s speech. I don’t normally fall asleep on the TV couch, so I’m reasonably convinced that I was possibly hypnotized by the monotonous babble of his voice, or was it the recurring use of the phrase, “we are making progress…”?
I cannot recall what time I awoke from my little snooze, but it was at that point when Zuma said, “teachers must be at school….,” and then he paused for awhile. The frown on my forehead grew more prominent while I waited for him to finish. For a brief second I pondered the possibility that maybe Zuma had misread his paper. He completed his sentence by stating, “…for at least 7 hours a day.”
Although I did my best to stay awake for the remainder of the speech, just to make sure that I was not going to miss a major revelation of some sort that was going effect my ‘white’ existence here in Africa, I eventually lost all interest long before his speech ended.
So, sorry dear readers - if you were expecting this posting to make an intelligent observation on what I heard in Zuma’s speech this evening, then I’ve unfortunately let you down. I’m sure the media will have lots to say about this tomorrow. While on the subject of ‘the media’, was I perhaps mistaken when I heard Zuma say that press-freedom (or freedom of speech) is protected by the constitution, or was I dreaming?
The video I’ve posted below relates to an incident in parlement, which occurred in February last year, when George Mluleki (COPE MP) refused to withdraw a statement he had made. The video covers the ensuing chaos in parlement. Enjoy!