Presidents usually go into retirement after stepping down, but not our beloved Nxamalala. Since stepping down as president of the country in February, former president Jacob Zuma has been doing all the things he enjoys, singing, dancing and now lecturing.
Zuma has always been dubbed a “political genius” and a “political mastermind” having managed to make it into the presidency while clouded in controversy, surviving countless votes of no confidence, an impeachment and still remains out of prison despite facing 783 counts of corruption charges.
The former president is now on a journey of passing some of that political ingenuousness onto the next generation of political scholars.
Zuma lectured political science students at the North West University Vaal Campus on Wednesday. Students included 3rd year, honours, master and PhD students in the University’s politics department.
In the 2 hour long lecture attended by more than 100 students, Nxamalala addressed several themes ranging from the political economy to the legacy of apartheid.
Zuma lectured on the effects of apartheid and how it is currently hindering the development of South Africa.
“Apartheid was a colony of a special type, creating 2 forms of political systems that continue to exist today” said Zuma
Zuma also argued why he believes South Africa needs a parliamentary democracy instead of a constitutional democracy where the final say is in the hands of the electorate and not in the courts.
Nxamalala went on to speak on the values of commodities, saying that economists are wrong in believing that the law of demand and supply is what determines the value of a commodity. Zuma believes the social productivity of labour is what determines the value commodities.
Speaking to The Daily Post about the lecture, 3rd year public management and governance student, Teddy Mphanya described Zuma’s lecturing style as flexible.
“He always gives historical context before introducing a new theme” said Mphanya
SRC member who was in attendance, Molefi Masedi said that he found Zuma’s non-academic style of lecturing quite refreshing, saying that Zuma is much better at lecturing than typical academics. Masedi is a 3rd year Public Management and Political Science student.
Zuma will continue lecturing saying that he is willing to lecture anytime he is called upon.
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