South Africa has recently seen rising protests in black townships where millions remain in poverty, but when asked whether the country was facing its own 'Arab Spring,' Zuma said this was not the case.
"We are running a very democratic country. I don't think there are reasons for the [situation to become like] the Arab Spring… They have enough space to protest and voice their views as it should be in any real democracy," he said, adding that the nation's 25 percent unemployment rate was a global problem, rather than one just impacting South Africa.
President Zuma also commented on ongoing corruption allegations, which he and the ruling African National Congress party, have been subject to.
Zuma dismissed these claims and said there was a false perception among the South African people that automatically associated allegations with guilt due to the country's history.
"If there are allegations about someone, it doesn't mean that they are true, but in South Africa they are made to look like they are true and that's part of the problem," he said.
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"Corruption… is part of the history of this country… nobody talked about corruption at the time. It was life. We are the ones who came and said there is corruption we are going to eradicate it," he added.
Zuma also commented on South Africa's recent dramatic increase in foreign direct investment flows, which more than doubled to $10.3 billion in 2013 from 2012 levels, according to a United Nations report.
A substantial chunk of the money came from China, a development which has made many industry watchers nervous as China flexes its financial muscle at a time when western nations have been forced to tighten their belts.
"We welcome foreign direct investment (FDI), we are not discriminating...We've taken money from Germany, the U.K. the United States – why was it not a story, why is it a story when the Chinese do so?" Zuma said.
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Part of the reason decolonized Africa has never developed, is because the relationships are not equal, Zuma said.
"The relationship, where the former colony must listen, must be told … is a terrible kind of thing. We feel unhappy... China came to do business, not to tell us what to do and what not to do," he added.
Zuma and the ANC face elections in May. The ANC has been in power since 1994, Zuma has led the ANC since 2007.
— By CNBC's Katie Holliday: Follow her on Twitter