President Jacob Zuma has told parliament that firing Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini will be premature. Zuma who was in the National Assembly for a Question and Answer on Thursday afternoon, denied that the South African Social Security Agency is in crisis.

Zuma was answering a question by DA leader Mmusi Maimane on the expiry of the contract between Sassa and Cash Paymaster Services which the Constitutional Court has ruled it continue with their mandate of paying social grants for the next 12 months.

The President hit back at Maimane asking: Why punish somebody before anything happens? That’s a funny democracy.

President Jacob Zuma in his own words

“So why punish somebody before anything happens. It’s a funny democracy funny legal system that a person before committing a crime, must then be judged and be punished. You are a democracy I thought you stick to democracy and the rule of law. The rule of law does not say you punish a person because you suspect that a person is going to commit a crime- it’s the law of the jungle”

What is a funny democracy?