South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma’s giggle in Parliament on Thursday raised the ire of the opposition members and the public, who took to social media to slam the leader.
President Zuma was answering questions in the National Assembly and chuckled his way through most of the two-hour session.
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi criticised the South African leader saying he did not take MPs seriously.
“The president has said absolutely nothing to the question, then he laughs. I have been telling him this is not Trevor Noah’s show. He comes to laugh at us, he laughs at questions in Parliament. The people of South Africa want answers,” Mr Ndlozi said.
But an unrepentant President Zuma defended himself saying he had no control over his laughter.
“I don’t know how to stop my laughter. Is it hurting? No. Thank you very much. If I can laugh, because I will always laugh,” he said.
The president chuckled through questions on the integrity of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa and when talking about his supposed friendship with its new chairman, Mr Vuma Mashinini.
One MP congratulated him for following doctor’s orders and always laughing, to which President Zuma responded by saying it was healthy to laugh.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW