Social media was abuzz following the announcement of the Nkandla Judgement, as numerous commentators celebrated the findings of the Constitutional Court.
VOC News took to the streets to gain insight into the thoughts of ordinary citizens, many of whom expressed their elation upon hearing the news.
“It is great to know that the president will be paying back the money – of course he must pay back!” one individual stated.
Numerous individuals also expressed their concern for South African citizens who continue to live below the poverty line while statesmen enjoy lavish lifestyles.
“He must pay back the money since most South Africans are poor – I can’t even afford to pay my fees,” one university student noted.
While another bemoaned: “Why should one man make so much money and rest of the country remains poor, living in shacks – he must pay it back.”
Members of the community also asserted the duty of all individuals to repay money owed to others.
“I am receiving SMS’s of accounts that I need to pay, so of course Zuma needs to repay the money,” one individualexplained.
While most members of the community expressed gratitude for the ruling, others questioned the judiciary, stating that “many times government says that they will take action, but they don’t.”
Many individuals also asserted their belief that Zuma does not “deserve to be president, as he is not a good example of a president.”
This begs the question: How do you ensure that you don’t abuse a significant majority to protect the ‘skin’ of one individual?