Jean-Jacques Cornish

Zuma apologises, but hold on

President Jacob Zuma has apologised to the South African public for the confusion and frustration caused by the drawn out controversy over public funds being used to upgrade his private home.

The leadership of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has commended Zuma humbling himself to the people and unanimously backed his continued leadership of the party and country.

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President Jacob Zuma’s used an extraordinary address to the nation to defended himself after a seismic court judgment slamming his initial rebuff  to the Public Protector ordering him to repay public funds used

for non-security improvements to his private residence.

In what what was widely speculated to be his resignation speech, Zuma  admitted his conduct was inconsistent

with the constitution.

(Take in Jacob clip here )

Secretary General of the ruling African National Congress  Gwede Mantashe has welcomed Zuma’s apology.

(Take in Gwede clip here)

Mantashe says the party will no tear itself apart by bowing to the chorus of calls for Zuma to step down.

Leading these is opposition Democratic Alliance, whose leader Mmusi Maimani says Zuma’s deliberately trying to mislead the public.

(Take in Mai clip here)

Political analysts say the municipal elections due next month will be a good indicator of whether Zuma has become a liability for the ANC and whether he will survive until the party’s  elective conference at the end of next year.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.