South Africans have a “mango mentality” - Zuma

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 25, 2015

President Jacob Zuma has said that South Africans have become lazy since the advent of democracy, and that they tend to exaggerate their problems at the fault of government.

Speaking at the South African Local Government Association’s (SALGA) National Member Assembly in Midrand yesterday, Zuma said that the continuing provision of free low-cost houses was resulting in more and more people becoming lazy, and that they “don’t want to work because they are free”.

“We complain about poverty and we walk on the land which is ready to produce if you plant a seed. We're hungry and we're walking on where food must come, don’t you think there is a problem? Instead of buying a seed, put it here and have food coming out,” he said, adding that some had adopted the "mango mentality" of waiting for the fruit to fall instead of plucking it directly from the tree.

“People who can get the grass and the wood are actually waiting for the money. I thought that by this time we would have changed the manner we do things and begin to make ourselves participate in our own development”.

Zuma said that the “mango mentality” should not apply to South Africans and that he has become used to people blaming him for the things going wrong.

“Anything that goes wrong in the country it’s ‘that Zuma’, I’m sure even if a person falls from a chair – ‘This bloody Zuma man made me fall’,” Eyewitness News quoted him as saying.

“If I were a dictator I would make a lot of changes, but we live in a democracy”, he said, before adding that “government should pull its shocks up” to provide people with basic needs.