Zuma: Only lack of confidence makes children fail

2013-10-27 06:00

A lack of confidence is the only reason schoolchildren fail, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Zuma interacted with pupils from Ulwazi Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape yesterday to wish them well for the upcoming matric exams.

He told the Grade 12 learners, who are due to start their exams on Monday, to go to the examination rooms with confidence.

“The only reason children fail is because of lack of confidence. When you have confidence there is nothing you cannot achieve,” said Zuma.

Later in the day, Zuma delivered a lecture to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity/African Union, hosted by the ANC at the International Convention Centre in East London.

Zuma said it was time for Africa’s rebirth and for the African Union (AU) in particular, and Africans in general, to seize the moment and reassert themselves on the global stage.

Zuma, who was flanked by ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, said the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) – the forerunner of the AU – was for the emancipation of Africans from their colonial masters. He said it was time Africans became equal partners in global affairs.

Zuma called on Africans to reject any foreign agendas that sought to influence regime change in African states.

“Organisations such as the OAU were formed so that Africans can have African solutions to African problems,” Zuma said, as he urged unity among African nations.

He said heads of state in Africa were in agreement that borders should become more porous or be completely removed in order to promote free trade among African countries.

“Unity of the African people is paramount in order to develop the continent. Africa is the fastest-growing region in the world. It is no longer characterised as hopeless, but rather as a continent of hope,” he said.

Zuma steered clear of the controversy around his recent comments about Malawi.

The ANC president also praised former president of the party OR Tambo as one of the leaders who had championed the ideals of the OAU/AU.

Hundreds of ANC supporters braved the rainy and chilly weather to hear Zuma’s address. The event was co-hosted by the University of Fort Hare and aired live on SABC television.

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