The Planet Zuma Speech

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The extract is a political speech taken from Mmusi Maimane’s state of the nation address, the sentence, “in his speech on Thursday”, gives an indication that the text is a response to the speech given by the former state president Mr. Jacob Zuma. The text is intended for the members of the parliament and South Africa society especially ordinary South Africans, unemployed people and people who cannot afford quality education, with the aim of convincing them to believe that the president is no longer capable of leading the people of South Africa because the president lives far away from the lives of ordinary South Africans. This is seen when the speaker says, “Planet Zuma is where our President lives, in a galaxy far, far away from the lives of ordinary South Africans". This essay aims to analyze the text by focusing on how the text positioned the reader to believe that the president is no longer capable of leading the people of South Africa. The speech begins by using the word “Planet” metaphorically to suggest that the president lives on his own planet called “Planet Zuma”, according to the Oxford Advanced Learners dictionary when one is on his own planet, it suggest that somebody 's ideas are not realistic and that they are ignorant of what is happening around them. The use of the metaphor Planet Zuma creates a rather unusual tone, which is that of informal and humorous. The tone is unusual because words such as, parliament, madam speaker our people usually are used in the
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