President Jacob Zuma gave a speech yesterday that sounded like a Sunday sermon.
He was speaking to heads of Mzansi’s high commissions and embassies overseas at a conference in Tshwane.
Introducing Zuma, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the diplomats were the president’s “foot soldiers”.
Zuma said that meant he could speak with his “old hat as the commissar”.
“I am a Christian,” said Zuma. He said the Bible was a collection of stories written many years ago that hadn’t changed to remind them that Mzansi’s history would also not change.
Zuma told them to think of the Bible as “cast in stone” and to remain true to “South African history, present and past”.
“Everything written in the Bible, and I’m sure the Quran as well, relates to one or the other aspect of our lives. And to talk about our lives is important.”
Zuma called on diplomats to remind their host countries of the difficulties overcome and to encourage others.
Zuma spoke to the diplomats on the final day of a conference to discuss the agenda of the next five-years of the ANC-led government.