This, after fires continue to plague and destroy Cape Town’s South Peninsula.
In a statement released on Thursday morning, Zuma blamed Van Riebeeck for bringing fire to Africa in the seventeenth century.
Van Riebeek arrived in the Cape on 6 April 1652.
Zuma is adamant the Dutch colonial administrator not only brought the concept of fire to the continent, but also threw a cigarette butt out of his ship, the Dromedaris.
Speaking pool side at Nkandla on Thursday, Zuma said, “I have set up a task team to investigate the matter, but we do believe a cigarette butt can remain dormant for hundreds of years, before re-igniting of its own accord. We believe this is what happened in Cape Town, and Van Riebeeck must pay.”
Zuma said he would also consider the banning of smoking on all boats near all mountains in the country.
Meanwhile, in an act of goodwill, Zuma has offered up his fire pool at Nkandla to assist with the dousing of the flames in the Cape, as fire-fighters finally manage to get the flames under control.
Zuma ordered his four wives to make the trek down to the Cape, each with a bucket of water taken from his Nkandla fire pool.
His wives left on foot on Friday morning, and are due to arrive in the Cape on 6 August 2017.
Van Riebeeck, however, could not be reached for comment.
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