The presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa, former finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday night.

“I make no apologies for sharing my view that the presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa,” said Manuel.

Manuel delivered the keynote address at the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust Public Lecture at the University of the Western Cape.

Although Manuel spoke about a wide range of issues, he also addressed his tenure under Zuma.

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“Many are aware that I served in his Cabinet until May 2014, charged with the responsibility to draft the National Development Plan (NDP). Granted, president Zuma did not interfere with the work of the planning commission, nor did he seek to amend any of the recommendations.”

Manuel said Zuma “did not even attempt to soften our recommendations in a whole chapter devoted to fighting corruption or the very critical chapter on building a capable and developmental state”. ')}

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The presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa, former finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday night. “I make no apologies for sharing my view that the presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa,” said Manuel. Manuel delivered the keynote address at the...