Citizen reporter
1 minute read
8 Nov 2016
8:44 am

Zuma #PrisonerInWaiting hashtag fails to catch fire

Citizen reporter

Zuma has told SA he isn't scared of going back to jail, but the country hasn't taken to calling him a prisoner in waiting just yet.

In the wake of President Jacob Zuma saying over the weekend that he was not afraid of going back to jail, the hashtag #PrisonerInWaiting did not trend despite Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema pinning the following tweet to his timeline.

Most of the other tweets trying to popularise the hashtag were from other top members of the party, such as Floyd Shivambu, though there were a few from lesser-known Twitter users.

 

This user, like others, was simply confused by it:

Speaking to thousands of supporters at the ANC’s celebration rally in Dumbe, KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma lamented the country’s opposition parties and civil society organisations for mounting court battles against him, saying they were using a tactic employed by the former apartheid government.

“People think democracy is done at courts. They never mention the will of the majority‚ they always talk about courts. They never even speak to us about democratic debates because they know we are good at debates.

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“They think by going to courts they are intimidating the ANC. We are not going to be intimidated; even if it means I get arrested today‚ I am used to it.

“I have spent a lot of time in jail‚ you cannot threaten me with jail time. I am not scared of jail; I have been there‚” Zuma said to loud cheers from the gathered crowd.