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South African President Jacob Zuma gestures before making a speech in this still image taken from video courtesy of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, also known as Soccer City, during former South African President Nelson Mandela's national memorial service in Johannesburg, December 10, 2013.
South African President Jacob Zuma gestures before making a speech in this still image taken from video courtesy of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, also known as Soccer City, during former South African President Nelson Mandela's national memorial service in Johannesburg, December 10, 2013.
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GEOFFREY YORK

Zuma speaks volumes when he doesn’t stick to the script

At major rallies and campaign events, South African President Jacob Zuma reads his speeches painfully slowly, using a script prepared by his speechwriters, in such a stilted voice that South African comedians have wondered if he receives his speeches in a series of cellphone messages, one word at a time.