“Durban – Spending money on buying a dog, taking it to the vet and for walks belonged to white culture and was not the African way, which was to focus on the family, President Jacob Zuma said in a speech in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. There was a new generation of young Africans who were trying to adopt other lifestyles and even trying to look like others, he said. “Even if you apply any kind of lotion and straighten your hair you will never be white,” Zuma said.
Instead, a person lost dignity and ubuntu, and was also likely to lose respect and love for his fellow human beings. He said black people should stop adopting the habits of other cultures. Zuma described people who loved dogs more than people as “having a lack of humanity”. As he talked, the audience of thousands – attending the annual commemoration of the induction of Inkosi Sibongiseni Zuma – laughed and applauded.” – Source -
And then if that did not make zero sense at all, the Young Communist League spokesperson Khaya Xaba tweeted the following jumping on the bandwagon:
“The 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”.
Really? Only in South Africa can the leader of the ANC and our president turn something like owning a pet into a past time for white rich people and give it a racist undertone. But then again our government is good at pointing the fingers and placing blame, not taking responsibility. We do have issues surrounding: poverty, high unemployment and education, but it seems dog care and using hair straightener is taking presidents over the real issues.