Jacob Zuma quotes:

  • Jan van Riebeeck's arrival in Cape Town was the beginning of all South Africa's problems.

  • Criminality is always the result of poverty. Countries that experience such a fundamental change as we have - we had the apartheid regime and must now develop a multicultural democracy - must necessarily pass through a phase of high crime rates.

  • As a citizen of this country, I've got to be honest to the people of South Africa.

  • People tend to try to find something to talk about Zuma. My surname is very nice and simple. Very simple, so they like pronouncing it all the time. So what's the problem?

  • The ANC will rule South Africa until Jesus comes back.

  • People are constantly applying double standards. Take the United States, for example. Washington wants the whole world to admire the country for its democracy. Then the government sends out its army, in the name of this democracy, and leaves behind the kind of chaos we see in Iraq.

  • Africa suffered under European dominance for centuries.

  • The majority in this country have not seen anything wrong with Zuma. I go with the overwhelming feeling of this country. If the majority say, 'Zuma, do this,' I will do it.

  • What made Nelson Mandela great, was precisely what made him human. We saw in him, what we seek in ourselves.

  • When I joined the ANC, I never thought I would be anything. In no way, did I say, 'One day I could be the president. I think I am good material for the presidency.' Not at all.

  • Those who vote for the ANC will be blessed on earth and heaven

  • Something has gone wrong with Ronnie... He wasn't like that before. I don't know what went wrong with him.

  • God expects the ANC to rule this country because we are the only organisation which was blessed by pastors when it was formed. It is even blessed in Heaven. That is why we will rule until Jesus comes back. We should not allow anyone to govern our city [Cape Town] when we are ruling the country.

  • Criminality is always the result of poverty.

  • The Constitution is only there to regulate matters.

  • The ANC is more important than the Constitution.

  • Aid should shift to investment. This will help countries stand on their own.

  • It's just a figment of the imagination.

  • There is no cloud above my head - there is not even a mist.

  • You have fewer rights because you are a minority. Absolutely, that's how democracy works.

  • Even if you apply any kind of lotion and straighten your hair you will never be white.

  • Me? Well, I don't know, I must go to a dictionary and learn what a crook is. I've never been a crook.

  • The ancestors will turn their backs against you and you will have bad luck forever if you leave the ANC unhappy

  • There is not a single country in the world that is not interested in doing business with China. And no one is seriously concerned about human rights. But Africans are criticized for wanting to do business with China.

  • We're not forcing people... you can support and be a supporter, but if you go beyond that and become a member, [and] if you're a businessman, your business will multiply... Everything you touch will multiply. I've always said that a wise businessperson will support the ANC... because supporting the ANC means you're investing very well in your business.

  • ...The people love him. So how can we condemn him?

  • A shower would minimise the risk of contracting the disease.

  • It is wrong to leave the ANC, in fact, it is cold and rough outside the ANC. People must remain in the party and try to fix things internally because those who do leave they will attract the wrath of the ancestors, who will also bring that person bad luck

  • ...having a member who serves in the Government and who also belongs to the structures of the party does not retard this particular objective the separation of party and state. It does not.

  • We want to eradicate all mud schools. We are already doing so. We are not in a hurry because no one is going to rule but the ANC.

  • African problems should have African solutions.

  • Once we have the infrastructure in Africa, it should not be blocked by borders.

  • We have noted the appeal of Honorable Ambrosini about the decriminalizing of marijuana for medical use.

  • Africa has decided to take matters of instability into its own hands.

  • We South Africans are also crazy about football, so the World Cup can be nothing but successful.

  • The results will be very good.

  • No one person can be above the ANC. He can't be.

  • Our media, which is very open and report on really everything, tend to exaggerate the crime issue...This is why one gets the impression that we have much more crime than other countries.

  • I've always said that a wise businessperson will support the ANC"¦ because supporting the ANC means you're investing very well in your business