The excellence of the South African economy has been internationally recognized, President Jacob Zuma told The Kibbitzer in an exclusive interview yesterday.
Zuma was responding to a question regarding the country’s downgrading by Standard and Poor’s credit agency to BB+ last week.
“I never went to school, but a friend of mine who did told me that the highest you can get in an exam is an A and the second highest is a B,” the president said.
“That means that our double-B-plus is almost the highest a country can get. We’re almost at genius level.”
Reminded by The Kibbitzer that BB+ is regarded as junk status, Zuma said: “I have a friend who started out buying and selling junk and today he’s a multi-millionaire. Under my leadership, we’re becoming a country of millionaires.”
The president rejected the widespread criticism that he had brought the country close to collapse. “If I, an uneducated boy from a very poor background, can end up with three (or is it four?) wives and a big house with a swimming pool, anybody can do it,” he said.
“All it takes is some hard graft.”