Zuma slips in 'two years' retire hint

28 June 2017 - 05:50 By BONGANI MTHETHWA
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: THULI DLAMINI
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: THULI DLAMINI

President Jacob Zuma is planning on only retiring in two years' time, if a comment made in jest can be taken seriously.

Speaking at the launch of Operation Vula in Ixopo near Pietermaritzburg yesterday, Zuma joked that when he retires he will venture into farming.

Operation Vula is KwaZulu-Natal's grand plan to radically alter its economy for the benefit of black Africans.

Zuma arrived just after 3pm, despite premier Willies Mchunu's earlier announcement that the president would not attend the event, where he was scheduled to be a keynote speaker.

The president arrived to rapturous applause from a packed marquee at the local stadium.

He apologised for arriving late, saying party leaders had arranged a special NEC meeting in preparation for the ANC policy conference that begins on Friday.

In his short speech delivered in Zulu, Zuma urged small farmers and local communities to participate in the programme, so they could put food on the table.

"I am also going to start farming when I retire in two years' time. I have already bought boots and overalls," he joked.