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Zuma condemns climate talks chaos

2011-12-08 18:22

Durban - President Jacob Zuma has condemned violent behaviour during a climate change meeting at the Durban City Hall on Thursday.

"It was uncalled for", he said.

The meeting to be addressed by Zuma took an unruly turn when some of those attending waved posters that read: "Zuma stand with the poor, not the USA."

Another group who felt this was unfair to the president, grabbed the demonstrators and pushed them out of the hall.

One of them, Rehad Desai, was smacked and kicked after falling down.

The aim of the meeting was for Zuma give feedback on a consultation session with civil society organisations on the sidelines of Cop17 climate change talks currently taking place in Durban.

Some of those who carried posters were taken away by the police.

Zuma said it was important for people to tolerate each other’s views.

"What we saw today happens where there is no democracy. It is important that if you have a different view, you raise it with respect."

Desai told reporters after the meeting he was disappointed that his 'comrades' had attacked him.

"What happened to us today is very bad. It means that we can’t raise placards as a way of voicing out our views. I was kicked in the face."

Desai said he was an independent film producer.

Bobby Peek, of Groundwork, an environmental organisation, blamed the police for the chaos.

"The comrades came here with positive messages and the problem started when the police started pulling them down," he said.

"They were here to support Zuma. These are people from different civic organisations with positive messages for Zuma."

Comments
  • Cracker - 2011-12-08 18:34

    The law must now show its mettle. The evidence is there. Where is the law?

      Gollum - 2011-12-08 19:41

      Law show it's mettle...pffft. In fact maybe it will. After all it was anger directed at the prez, it was much more than spilling a drink on him or pulling a zap sign at his blue light calvacade. Zuma said "It was important for people to tolerate each other’s views."...riiiight, from someone who wants to impose the information bill. Think what he meant to say was "it's important for people to tolerate MY views."

  • Eric - 2011-12-08 18:39

    What a load of crap! Idiots and yet more idiots!

      Sharon - 2011-12-08 19:10

      I am so with you on that!!!!!!!!!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-09 06:30

      "comrades" = idiots. People are more sensible. Embarassing behaviour for us as hosts, I'm sure no respect was gained.

  • RA - 2011-12-08 18:40

    ag zuma just shut up! i wish i can meet u in real life, ill grab u by the throat and make ur life flash by ur eyes... we dont want ur nwo bs .. so please, take ur stuff n leave..

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-08 18:45

    If people come to u with a message Mr Zuma . Don't beat them up, they put you where you are today . Be humble and considerate, Gadaffi tactics are a thing of the past. After look where they got him .

  • RA - 2011-12-08 18:48

    and we the people know the news is also controled by the same people(nwo) . so delete all u want.. i dont give a sh*t, people are waking up by the second.. no use trying to stop it, one thing on the other hand that is gonna stop is, the nwo itself, and the global warming scam and this COP b*s, im seriously laughing my @ss off, coz what u seeking is right infront of ur eyes.. bye bye nwo

  • Marius Koen - 2011-12-08 19:00

    Mr Zuma, with all respect: you are ruling our country into a bottomless pit of corruption and poverty. Respectfully I hereby inform you that you are incompetent as a leader and that it Is my democratic right to tell you that.

  • Hunter - 2011-12-08 19:09

    "What we saw today happens where there is no democracy. It is important that if you have a different view, you raise it with respect." - At last a hint of admission that they are succesfully destroying democracy in SA.

  • Mike - 2011-12-08 19:12

    Amazing!!!!!!! He condemns the demonstrators immediately against climate change and yet have to open his mouth on basic services to the poor demonstrating since 1994? Then a group claims:"Zuma stands for the poor." Yip, the ozone gap at least will cook their food I suppose!?! At least he blamed it on a lack of democracy this time and not apartheid!!

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-08 19:15

    Why are these douchbags picking on the USA again. They do much more to mitigate climate change than SA does.

      Lara - 2011-12-08 19:19

      I got distracted from the topic seeing one of your favourite movies is 'The party'. Saw that about 3 times.

  • Andries - 2011-12-08 19:16

    "What we saw today happens where there is no democracy". Of course. Socialism and democracy are opposing concepts. SA is a socialist state, not a democratic state. And the two socialist groups have formed a tripartite government with the SA Communist Party, which is the reason for the attacks on the judicial system by Zuma himself and the infamous "Info Bill".

      Roelof - 2011-12-08 21:23

      Socialism is an economic system not political – don’t confuse it with communism. Many European countries are Socialist democracies. Democracy means the people vote for who they want to rule them – chosen by the people.

      Sarah - 2011-12-09 08:48

      Andries - COSATU has come out AGAINST the Bill, please try to see past your own ideology

  • Sean - 2011-12-08 19:17

    "What we saw today happens where there is no democracy. It is important that if you have a different view, you raise it with respect." So what you saying is that there's no democracy in South Africa?

  • akaRags - 2011-12-08 19:32

    Mr Zuma, while you are in Durban take a quick drive up to Pietermaritzburg, come to this littered & dirty city & have a look at how the Msunduzi Municipality seem unable to clean up "The City Of Choice", a Municipality who appear not to know about "reducing one's carbon footprint". Stormwater drains act as rubbish bins for litter & recyclable objects like glass bottles, soft drink cans, cardboard, & pamphlets etc, people think nothing of dumping loads of rubbish anywhere & everywhere there is a patch of empty land. The Duzi river has litter adorning it's riverbanks. Are you Mr Zuma, and the ANC unable to teach people about recycling, cleaning up after themselves & to have pride in their surroundings and environment? While South Africa may point fingers at America & China for being the worlds biggest polluters/energy users, South Africa is Africa's biggest polluter & energy user. Mr Zuma & The ANC would do well to remember that.

  • Sean - 2011-12-08 19:40

    As much as I am concerned with Climate change, I think it's time we start questioning why there are always these Climate talks and never any concrete solutions from it. Are these world leaders heads so far up their a**** that they can't agree on anything? The way I see it, it's an excuse to spend taxpayers money.

      mundu.olewega - 2011-12-08 19:54

      Because China, the worst offender, refuses to come to the party and want to be treated like an "emerging economy" and therefore excluded from onerous provisions. Meanwhile they manufacture 90% of the crap we buy these days.

      Sean - 2011-12-08 20:20

      @mundu.olewega I totally agree with your point, however don't you think then that South Africa and it's government should be joining the protest against China's carbon track record and not be seen strengthening economy ties with them and giving into their demands (Dala Lama saga jumps to mind). South Africa are currently viewed as a two-face in the matter. How can they host a climate conference one week and the next be signing economic treaties with the very country that is the biggest contributor in destroying the climate. And to make matters worse Mr Zuma treats his own people who want to protest like rubbish. Hey man! Com'on, this is not cricket.

      mundu.olewega - 2011-12-09 18:08

      SA want's it's cake and to eat it as well. They are so beholden to the Chinks that they have to cowtow to everything China wants. Soon Mother Nature will deal with China on a massive scale. Paybacks a bitch.

  • Deepchund - 2011-12-08 20:07

    Zuma just waffles,he cannot make a commitment on climate change,ie reduce GH gas emissions. It's time for him to learn from the environmentalists, although they were carrying placards, they need to be heard.

  • robals - 2011-12-09 06:19

    Cop 17 delegates preach save the planet, be frugal with energy usage, waffle along and then get one self opinionated turd in the car and be escorted by twenty other vehicles to their duct ed air conditioned 5 star suites a whole lot of km`s away, as for zuma he gets flown around the country in 3 oryx helicopters, support cop17 my a?se. Opulance is all they know, bunch of wankers the whole lot !!!!

  • dhuysamen1 - 2011-12-09 06:44

    Shame old showerhead, referring to South Africa as having a democracy. About the only thing you blacks have learned about democracy is to spell it. You cannot even pronounce the word properly for 90% of the time.

  • Vince.York - 2011-12-09 08:23

    "Some" of the forked tongues of a multi headed beast showing through the thin veneer again? Display dissent BUT NOT IN "MY" FACE OR LANDS!

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