In today's absurdity, South Africa's Jacob Zuma states Pet dogs are part of 'white culture' http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-southafrica-zuma-dogs-20121227,0,5084230.story JOHANNESBURG--South Africa's often controversial president, Jacob Zuma, emboldened after being strongly voted in for a second term as president this month, told black South Africans they should never try to behave like whites. Buying a pet dog is part of "white culture," said Zuma, a staunch traditionalist, wading into South Africa's often tense debate on race in his first speech after being reelected by the African National Congress. So are taking dogs for walks and spending money on veterinarians when the animals are sick, he said Wednesday in a speech in Impendle, in KwaZulu-Natal, according to a report in the Star newspaper. ... He said young black women who straightened their hair were also trying to be like whites. Hair straightening is common in South Africa, and many other parts of the continent, and most South African supermarkets sell many varieties of hair relaxers designed to straighten hair. âEven if you apply any kind of lotion and straighten your hair you will never be white,â Zuma said in the speech, which ignited a storm in the media and on Twitter. I guess completing school, not belonging to a criminal gang, not resorting to mob violence, and not being on welfare perpetually - are also white behaviors that should not be part of black culture.