It came from #PlanetZuma - twitter pokes fun at Maimane speech

17 February 2016 - 12:12 By Mpho Raborife

During the State of the Nation Address debate on Tuesday afternoon, DA leader Mmusi Maimane cited the Star Wars prologue, saying President Jacob Zuma lived in a galaxy far, far away, on "Planet Zuma".

2009: President Jacob Zuma with his communication team Steyn Speed - Chief Director Communication and Lakela Kaunda Deputy Director General - Private Office adding final edits on his speech before the State of the Nation Address at his official residence in Genadendal, Cape town.
2009: President Jacob Zuma with his communication team Steyn Speed - Chief Director Communication and Lakela Kaunda Deputy Director General - Private Office adding final edits on his speech before the State of the Nation Address at his official residence in Genadendal, Cape town.
Image: Elmond Jiyane.
2009: President Jacob Zuma with his communication team Steyn Speed - Chief Director Communication and Lakela Kaunda Deputy Director General - Private Office adding final edits on his speech before the State of the Nation Address at his official residence in Genadendal, Cape town.
2009: President Jacob Zuma with his communication team Steyn Speed - Chief Director Communication and Lakela Kaunda Deputy Director General - Private Office adding final edits on his speech before the State of the Nation Address at his official residence in Genadendal, Cape town.
Image: Elmond Jiyane.
2009: President Jacob Zuma with his communication team Steyn Speed - Chief Director Communication and Lakela Kaunda Deputy Director General - Private Office adding final edits on his speech before the State of the Nation Address at his official residence in Genadendal, Cape town.
2009: President Jacob Zuma with his communication team Steyn Speed - Chief Director Communication and Lakela Kaunda Deputy Director General - Private Office adding final edits on his speech before the State of the Nation Address at his official residence in Genadendal, Cape town.
Image: Elmond Jiyane.

Following the debate in the National Assembly, South Africans uploaded creative memes on Twitter, poking fun at Maimane's comments, accompanied by tweets with their views.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said Maimane was probably on a PlanetFitness Treadmill doing cardio when he thought of this "Planet Zuma".

"What a joke," he commented.

Communications expert Khaya Dlanga posted a picture of Jupiter with the caption: "Planet Zuma, the recently discovered planet on our solar system, discovered by Maimane. #SONAdebate."

Comedian Loyiso Gola sounded more upbeat, tweeting "#planetzuma would be dooooope thou".

Political analyst and social commentator Eusebius McKaiser, who seemed to agree with Maimane, said "#PlanetZuma really is a good rhetorical refrain. Sadly the president indeed lives in a parallel universe. At our expense. Tragicomedy stuff."

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said: "Wow - new one from the box #PlanetZuma in the #SONAdebate".

Source: News24

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