Presidency apologises for Zuma’s “Africa is the largest continent” blunder

Early last month the president told delegates at a business event that Africa is the largest continent and that all the other continents can fit into it… no jokes.


So, instead of brushing up on his geography before making silly statements, Jacob Zuma ran his mouth at a WEF business meeting in December last year and now the presidency has the awkward job of apologising for his foolishness.

“On the 9th of December 2015, when addressing a business gala dinner in Sandton, President Jacob Zuma said Africa was the biggest continent on earth,” the presidency said in a statement.

“Africa is in fact the second biggest continent in terms of population size, and the biggest continent in this regard is Asia. According to the United Nations World Population Prospects 2015, 60% of the world population lives in Asia (4.4 billion), 16% in Africa (1.2 billion), 10% in Europe (737 million), 9% in Latin America and the Caribbean (634 million), and the remaining 5% in North America (358 million) and Oceania (39 million).” No shit!

The presidency added that the president regrets the error…

You can view the original video of the presiden’t infamous statement here.