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Zuma faces backlash on Twitter after addressing South Africa

A screenshot of a video, showing President Jacob Zuma's speech.
A screenshot of a video, showing President Jacob Zuma's speech.

President Jacob Zuma hastily took to the airwaves on Friday to announce his thoughts on this week’s Constitutional Court judgement.

The court found that Zuma had indeed violated the Constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report.

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“It puts an end to any other interpretation of this matter,” Zuma said, adding that there was “no deliberate intention” to violate the Constitution. Zuma said he would pay back the money — the amount has yet to be determined.

Expected a call for resignation? Politicians and ordinary citizens wasted no time in expressing themselves, hammering their “tweet” buttons in the wake of the briefing.

Some recalled former president Thabo Mbeki’s, well… recall…

Political players also weighed in on the matter.

Others used a little humour to lighten up proceedings.

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