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SA 'has greater respect for democracy'

2011-05-17 15:00

Pretoria - A decrease in tension and violence ahead of the local government elections on Wednesday showed that there was a greater understanding of democracy among South Africans, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

He was speaking during a visit to the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) results centre in Pretoria.

Zuma said this "deepening of democratic understanding" showed that political parties were free to campaign wherever they wanted to without being intimidated.

Respect

"For almost the first time, no party has complained that there was a part [of the country] they could not go to... there's no longer no-go areas.

"Parties have learnt to respect other parties...," he said, adding that there was an understanding about what elections mean.

Zuma warned against an over-critical attitude towards protest actions, which showed that people now understood how to exercise their rights.

"I think South Africans must be very happy, not critical. There's greater understanding about what voting is all about," he said.

Demands


Zuma said it was a good thing that people were able to make demands during voting time.

People want to know what's in it for them, should they vote.

He said people were no longer voting just for the sake of voting, but because they wanted benefits in return.

Overall, Zuma said he was happy with the IEC's progress and he complimented state-of-the-art technology in use at the results centre.

Comments
  • Vela Stardust - 2011-05-17 15:10

    Mr.President, understanding and respecting democracy means there should always be a strong opposition. Certain elements within the ANC, for example the ANCYL still don't understand this. The ANCYL think that a one party state is democracy. There is also nothing wrong with South Africans being critical, they are paying politician's salaries.

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 15:30

      Comrades, we promised you running water in every household by 2011. VIVA ANC, VIVA !!!!!! This is proof of water supplied by ANC click look pic and vote ANC, if you like the service delivered by the ANC. Description: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/mw/media_stream/mw/1/525997/images/beer400.jpg PS: VOTE DA FOR CHANGE, AND BETTER SERVICE DELIVERY. AND REAL WATER SUPPLY..........................................................................................................................................

      chappy - 2011-05-17 15:38

      100& correct Vela - and telling voters that they will be haunted by their ancestors if they don't vote ANC is hardly democracy either.... There is a very good reason that the ANC has failed so miserably with education in this country - they know that if the masses were educated they would vote for someone else...

      clark - 2011-05-17 15:55

      - Agree with your views - except you addressed the man in a way that is normally reserved for great presidents that are true leaders,high on morals and ethics and are totally committed to serving their people.

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 15:57

      The Tokoloshi will come and haunt every one who voted for the ANC of that i am sure. ANC is a lost case, since 1994 the ANC has put more people out of jobs, made more criminals, provided more poverty than ever before. The ANC is also a proud sponsor of crime and corruption along with SA police force, that was the only servise delivery we ever got from the ANC, crime and corruption. The whole black race in the ANC has a lack of intelligence, you will notice and hear this every time one of them opens their mouths and make a speech. Usually Goes like "So them but now infact especially because the reason for this election is to vote ANC is important so you can go to Heavan". or " So then but now because" and then he will ask " What was the question again and what was the subject anout". Complete retarts. The last summit held I watched Jacob Zuma he did not make any sence and he said the same thing over and over just changed the wording a bit.

      WiseOwl2 - 2011-05-17 16:56

      Respect for democracy YES - Respect for Zuma NO

      mphozania - 2011-05-17 18:02

      ANC forever. Amen. A party i am prepared to die for,rather than having to subject myself to voluntary slavery. This is what will happen if DA win. The return of the K word;the return of the "dom pass"; kicking of the bud while working on their garden.the list of sufferation is endless, so prepare yourself idiot.

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-17 15:10

    I wonder if he will still hold that thought when the ANC lose the elections?

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-17 15:54

      Then all Grillas should be worried in that zoo

      Zanu - 2011-05-17 16:43

      Zanu - 22 minutes ago Report comment You want toll gates? (after the election SURPRISE) You want unemployment to increase? You want corruption? You want nepotism? You want civil war (where Malema is leading us all) You want more factories to close? You want more red tape for business? You want foreign investors to run away from our shores? You want more crime? You want less education? (To keep the population uneducated so they continue to vote the same way) Than vote ANC!! and see this beautiful nation become another statistic on this vast continent. As Obama said, "its Time for Change" Absolute power corrupts absolutely - ANC is absolutely corrupt now! Vote for anyone except for the ANC, our democracy is in need of a strong opposition... any opposition!

  • bill - 2011-05-17 15:10

    Really? With all your and malema's rubbish?You are too stupid to understand democracy you criminal.

      Jelly - 2011-05-17 15:17

      Sooooo true Bill! How is it democracy when you literally threaten people with heaven and their ancestors if they don't vote for you??? Define democracy for us you uneducated baffoon of a prez?

      Frank - 2011-05-17 15:41

      That is right, how can one have ‘RESPECT FOR DEMOCRACY’ when the voters are being subjected to ‘EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL’, by putting fear into them when referring to ancestors, going to heaven, the use of Mandela’s name, and worst of all, the fear of reverting back to ‘apartheid’ etc.

  • Albo - 2011-05-17 15:12

    "Parties have learnt to respect other parties" - HAHAHAHAHAHA. Do the phrases - "the DA is a white party only" and "vote for ANC to get into heaven" show much respect??

  • anthro45@24.com - 2011-05-17 15:12

    Again Zuma, please stop talking kak.

      Ryan77 - 2011-05-17 15:22

      Well said! That is all he and his fatty boy can do.

  • Kevin - 2011-05-17 15:15

    South Africa has zero understanding of good democracy. If they knew how to make a vote count for the good of all there would be zero votes for the ruling party. Vote for a transparent honest party with zero corruption. Vote DA

  • Ano Nymous - 2011-05-17 15:15

    The reason for a decrease in tension is that most government officials have gone home early to go and drink

  • objective1 - 2011-05-17 15:16

    Zuma: Follow Mandela and vote DA. We need a stronger democracy

      chappy - 2011-05-17 15:40

      Hahahaha, love your work! I bet he did too...

  • Maki - 2011-05-17 15:16

    Sorry to interrupt the showerhead article. We have analysed all of the comments from various blog sites where we were involved and here are some of the prelim results People who think South Africa is a true Democracy - 11 % People who think the ANC is doing a good job - 3 % Sadly the ANC will still win a majority tomorrow even though its position is indefensable. On our comments pertaining to the Arab world we got hardly any interest in South Africa, but we set CNN and Al Jazeera alight with that Avatar. Africa is essentially a mess and the politicians are making it worse. Please see spin where it exists and never stop challenging them. Geoff

      Psalm - 2011-05-17 15:30

      @ Maki (Geoff) An interesting read, but in all honesty, democracy is not defined by polls on blogs, it is a form of government that meets certain, defined criteria. Is America a democracy? I have read opinions arguing it isn't, but is rather a two party monolopy/cartel with some independents. We require more than blog polls when ascertaining whether there is democracy.

      Maki - 2011-05-17 15:35

      It will take about three months to trawl the data we have obtained mate, Maki was one of a few avatars we have been running for months, trying to get a feel for how to Justify South African, Zimbabwean and lately middle Eastern Sentiment/Policy. We are all ex SA living in the US looking at SA with horror trying to understand what went wrong? JP is flying there soon to get better first hand stuff.We are simply trying to understand the roots of the ANC/Zanu PF/Gaddaffi/insert tyrants name here support! - K

      Cuba12 - 2011-05-17 15:45

      "It will take about three months to trawl the data we have obtained mate" Will you be releasing a report of the data you've accumulated? Could make for an interesting read especially if you include a thorough analysis with commentary from various academics

      Maki - 2011-05-17 16:03

      Sadly, you are nearly correct. When George Bush messed up badly , democracy kicked in and the republicans took a hammering at the polls. We are seeing , lying ,stealing and cheating on a scale that is deplorable in South Africa, yet we see no real change come voting day? Either democracy is not working or the ANC is doing a terrific job? Seeing as the latter cannot be entirely true we had to analyse the first bit. Of course, this is not the entire thesis, but more of a chapter in it. The question of course is whether people with internet are a good aggregate for a population where most people (the voters) has no access? At face value it appears as if at least the educated people of South Africa have a good idea of what is not working. This raises the next question - why are the rest oblivious? Tyrant is a word we kinda throw around here, and is just a personal opinion. We have to date no categoric benchmark for what makes a tyrant (Our Al Jazeera Avatar has 41k rants stating Obama is a Tyrant !) Its way to early to decide. We hope to reduce the commentry to numbers and then let the "facts" reveal themselves as best we can.

      Psalm - 2011-05-17 16:04

      @ Maki I am well aware of your project. However, you guys should know that democracy is not defined by "sentiment", neither is the "rule of law". I also do not know where you guys get your information from, but no credible international legal and/or political organisation would label the ANC as "tyrants" or even seek to place them in the same category as Gadaffi, like you have implied. Furthermore, the question is not whether one has obtained data. The question is whether your method of gathering data is accurate and credible and whether your research methodology is academically sound. If neither is sound, your conclusions will not be worth the paper they will be written on. A prima facie analysis of your comments implies failure on both accounts, unless you have been misunderstood. I have, for example, considered EU reports on sentiments regarding democracy in EU states. No matter how great the disenchantment by Europeans, no credible expert would claims that to be evidence of lack of democracy. Democracy is defined by specific criteria - not sentiments from blogs. If citizens in a communist state shown in a poll that the majority feel they have a democracy, would that make their country democratic? Ofcourse not. The reverse is also true.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-17 16:08

      @ Maki, I would like you to conduct the same survey to media accessories that are accessed by black people. surely news 24 will give you a white feel of things as many blacks listern to the radios. Its amazing that many people who are complaining about service delivery on this blogg do not realy have an understanding as to what happens in t/ships or villages, they only get the angry portion. The fact that Eastern Cape, Limpopo, North West, KZN & Mpumalanga had no electrified village in 94 but now nearly 90% is and black people still have confidence in them. Soweto being 100% tarred means we know the govt is trying. However I respect the PR done by DA every project they do is rushed to the news and their data is well kept. I've been in Polokwane for past 3months and realised that the Municipality has built nearly 30 000 houses in past 5yrs and built 6 libraries in villages but that never captures news and people know what changes have been brougt but this is not the perfect platform to get all the views of the people. Try doing the survey through DAILY SUN OR SOWETAN YOU WILL GET A DIFFERENT FEEL. Cheers guys you did ruffle feathers. I hope you'll vote ANC

      RVQ - 2011-05-17 16:10

      I would also be interested in reading the report. Will it be made public?

      Psalm - 2011-05-17 16:17

      @ Maki We hope to see your report soon :-) @ myancmyfutur You raise a point that Professor Adam Habib raised, namely: perceptions regarding service delivery are based on eahc voter's current experience, relative to their previous experience (for example under Apartheid). You are also 100% correct on the take that News24 polls generally reflect white sentiments/views.

      Maki - 2011-05-17 16:21

      My ANC, It is very difficult for us to get to the places you speak of. One would have hoped that after nearly 20 years there would be better access to media and internet! Unfortunately we had to work with what we have. I put this question to you - perhaps you know the Answer. What does Cape town, Harare , Bulawayo and Tshwane have in common? A : All are urban centres with a higher proportion of educated voters - Where the Majority party (ANC /Zanu PF) has the hardest time attracting voters ! Do we simply assume the more educated people get- the further they will leave the ANC behind? From the commentry we have , at face value appears so. Thus begs the next question - If the ANC were not giving grants and houses, but rather free tertiary education - would that not result in a smarter "Non ANC" type person? The answer is complex, but we will try to answer it.

      Maki - 2011-05-17 16:28

      Oh My ANC we have six month copies of most of the major black newspapers for the last six months. The Sowetan By the way appears to be one of Governments biggest critics (Even if it is subtle). We have captured the articles and ranked them according to title and sentiment. They are Heavily against Corruption and Nepotism - shouldnt you be too?

      Maki - 2011-05-17 16:35

      Oh and remeber, Maki's only role was to defend the ANC, at any cost! It was a very hard thing to do! as soon as we sent a comment we were hit with 50 back pointing out our stupidity! Believe you me , we tried every trick we could dream of to defend the ANC and get liked ! We were successful on a hand full of occasions, but failed dismally most of the time!

      Matt - 2011-05-17 16:37

      I'd ask if democracy is actually a good regime. You look at USA, which is supposedly the model for a good democracy - you have Republicans, who are supported by the Bible Belt (amen to them having a Bible belt), the rednecks and hillbillies (if you thought "whites in SA" were bad, try Alabama, they're crazy!) - and the Democrats, popular in New England and metropolitan areas. Basically, each party has 35-40% of the vote guaranteed; the change comes from a few "swing" states. No chance in hell of any other party getting a vote. In the UK, we have 3 main parties, but besides the odd coalition it's been the same 2 parties in almost 100 years. In Germany it's only 3 main parties - CDU, SDP and Green Party. In Holland there are many parties, but often it ends up in coalition so nothing gets achieved. Plus, any regime where "majority rules" is destined to fail - just look at SA. Majority vote becomes right - right for them but not necessarily "right". Plus, voting in a democracy is an issue - either voters are apathetic and don't vote (UK, SA) so the will of the remaining few decide the fate of the masses - or you're forced to vote (Australia) so your democratic right to abstain is infringed. Any other suggestions? Communism never works, Capitalism leaves people poor, Feudalism leads to oppression... personally I'd go back to God telling us what to do, but hey :-)

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-17 17:04

      @ Maki, i agree with you on the Sowetan, they are very critical of govt but I think they're fair and not everything that they report is negative they also pick up on the positives. However their readership also goes to the villages and there you will find a lot of satisfied people. On the cities, the people living in the Cities are striving for economic freedom and very few are still looking for water and toilets and that is the area that govt is still lacking behind. I agree with you partty on the housing issue as some of the recipients have sold their houses and went back to join the que and houses being sold to foreigners by corrupt councillors but we cannot ignore the fact that there are the needy(Child headed households, Elderly and those who cant provide for themselves such as the disabled) Zille ssaid last week on SAFM that "we have 5million tax payers with 15 grant recipients and that is likely to drain the state resources". One of the main chalenges however is that most black people in Cities belive that tenderpreunership is the only option of attaining economic freedom. every second person has a Cc and govt perfomance is weighed by issuing supply orders or tenders and when the senior people in ANC are found to be getting tenders then people in the Cities bemoan lack of service delivery as this is the delivery they anticipate from govt.

      clark - 2011-05-17 17:26

      - I'm a little confused - was this just some experiment ? And if so , other than Maki, who else was involved ? Are the Kolobe's,Anc12th - and his various re-incarnations also involved, or are they genuine trolls for the Anc ?

  • Dini325 - 2011-05-17 15:18

    I wish MR. President that you, your family and friends can respect the tax payer by stop stealing their money and enriching yourselves.

      Tsotsoma - 2011-05-17 15:37

      If you really know that they are stealing the money, why are not reporting that to the authorities.

      Richard - 2011-05-17 16:37

      Tsotsoma, The last time someone did that, the only autonomous investigative unit in the country was disbanded in order to do away with the charges... So... what "authority" do you suggest one reports it too?

      JM - 2011-05-17 19:59

      Lets see, Zuma had over 200 cases of "stealing" against him, that was dropped by these "Authorities" because he was getting ready to be president, so we try, but then he worms free... What else do you want us to do or try?

  • Kitkat24 - 2011-05-17 15:18

    u morons are just jealouse of Mr President... go grow a corn field in yalls toilets and feed your stupid Seribrums...

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-17 15:21

      OK, what ever you say. Please find a quicker route to join your ancestors, you are using up too much air.

      Matt - 2011-05-17 16:39

      Those growing corn are feeding you... if you don't want that to happen, give your name and address to the farmers and they can make sure you starve

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:15

      We will gladly do it while you are educating yourself. Eish!

  • slg - 2011-05-17 15:20

    Except that you don't Jacob. Democracy doesn't mean trying to manipulate voters by telling their their ancestors will disown them if they don't vote for your party.

  • BakkieB - 2011-05-17 15:20

    Sorry Mr President but you are clueless sir. "He said people were no longer voting just for the sake of voting, but because they wanted benefits in return" Tell that to the trolls on this site who are blind loyal. Also tell that to the yellow t-shirt brigade you keep bullshitting with promises of a better life. No Mr President this country is far from understanding the importance of their vote.

      Tsotsoma - 2011-05-17 15:36

      BakkieB, Zuma is not clueless, he is correct. If you compare the violence that happened in the previous elections and this one. you will notice that truly our democracy is maturing.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:17

      He is clueless. In real democracies people get to choose their president. We had the showerhead imposed on us by 4000 ANC cadres, many of whom were owed favours by him.

  • TheWasp - 2011-05-17 15:21

    How can anybody take Alfred E Neuman's cousin seriously, Zuma and the ANC have to brainwash their supporters daily like promises to heavan, do it for Madiba, empty promises to make them feel they have to vote for ANC. Hard to believe that his voters see through his parties constant lies and deceit. As for white members of the ANC who are now recently 'Criminals' - they should all resign immediately..

  • The Goose - 2011-05-17 15:24

    Thanks JZ.You just bought some face by me and also stated some facts.Will still not vote for you though.

  • clark - 2011-05-17 15:24

    - ' Parties have learnt to respect other parties ' Nonsense Zuma - you and your little youth leader , have been sledging and slandering the DA, non- stop for years now. A sure sign they are a big threat to the Anc.

  • DeonL - 2011-05-17 15:26

    It is time to rather talk about our new cricket coach or Rugby and wish that Anc forget about Sport for a while.

      BakkieB - 2011-05-17 15:32

      From Thursday DeonL.....lol

  • Michi2 - 2011-05-17 15:29

    He doesn't deserve the title "Mr President" at all!

  • Sarcastic - 2011-05-17 15:31

    SA 'has greater respect for democracy' A blatant contradiction. ANC says if electorate do not vote for them , they, the electorate will not go to heaven. Its almost like Zuma has the right to deter-mine who goes to heaven and who does not. How is that a respect for democracy?

  • Tsotsoma - 2011-05-17 15:34

    Thank you Mr President

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:19

      For what? Tell us what he has done to deserve your thanks. Or are you on the way to heaven?

  • 7thFloor - 2011-05-17 15:34

    Most South Africans have respect for democracy, pity you don't.

  • willieman - 2011-05-17 15:40

    Mr President only if you can stop your silly tricks of playing racial card when you canvass for votes.YOU ARE GUILTY OF POLIRISING SOUTH AFRICA

  • Craig44 - 2011-05-17 15:44

    Thanks to cANCer scheming and lies... It's very nearly a majority rule scenario. That's not a Democracy.... It a "Dick"tatorship. With the chief Dick in charge... Mr Shower head

  • The_Realist - 2011-05-17 15:46

    Brothers & sisters, after the municipal elections tomorrow, BRACE yourselves for the forced implementation of the tolls in gauteng, load shedding/power failures (these have been kept miraculously to a minimum)before elections, this is the fundamental basics of the ayencee's 'greater respect for democracy'!!!

      willieman - 2011-05-17 16:05

      No, we do power cuts and load shedding tomorrow

  • freddy - 2011-05-17 15:49

    The recent hatred and increased racial devide with the encouragement to kill our produce farmers has certainly not contributed to "decrease in tension and violence". I have never experienced more fear and hatred. Thanks ANC.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:21

      And specifically Zuma and Malema (dumb and dumber)!

  • Kitkat24 - 2011-05-17 15:50

    Vote ANC!!! amandla

      7thFloor - 2011-05-17 15:53

      No thank you, it's my democratic right never to vote for ANC. Viva DA Viva!!

      The_Realist - 2011-05-17 15:56

      kitkat, we will see if you shout amandla when you use the 'candla' instead of having lectricti!

      Mthetwa - 2011-05-17 17:06

      What the hell ....... I am having a great ride at your expense on the gravy train. I will vote ANC

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:22

      My dog would be a better candidate! He has more intelligence in his paw than zuma and malema put together!

  • jjaver39 - 2011-05-17 15:57

    I wonder if the president can say this about the people in our country? Maybe they have learned that complaining does not help especially if you are not ANC.

  • schmerz - 2011-05-17 15:58

    WHAT A JOKE

  • jjaver39 - 2011-05-17 15:58

    I wonder if the president can say this about the people in our country? Maybe they have learned that complaining does not help especially if you are not ANC.

  • MWF - 2011-05-17 16:00

    I think Zuma is high a kite on tuk! DECREASED tension and violence??? Since when!?!? Him and his mini-me have ensured the exact opposite has been happening!

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  • Kaz - 2011-05-17 16:03

    Because of the ANC and their complete lack of control over JM and their members their will never be a rainbow nation in SA. Since the ANC has taken over nothing in SA has improved if anything it is worse than ever. The sheep in this country will continue to vote ANC because they are intimidated and now the ancestors will be angry if your vote is not ANC, how pathetic that a so called emerging government resorts to that kind of intimidation just to ensure that they get the votes, and then turns around and tries to make it look like a rose garden. Dont worry Zuma you dont have take a shower this time just wash your stinking mouth out with soap and dont forget to use the toilet brush your mouths full of S%#T.

  • Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-17 16:03

    And f-all respect for you Zumatello

  • Black Thought - 2011-05-17 16:24

    We need to do away with this joke called multi party government or parliament, adopt a two party or candidate type system used in more affluent countries like the UK or USA. i think it would be very effective as we would have a powerful opposition than we have now and it would challenge the rulling party to perform. we need a strong opposition for democrasy to be effective. Lets face it, the reason ANC keeps winning election is because majority of the voting population are using emotions and past injustice to decide who to vote for thus they remain loyal to the ANC and this will continue for the next decade unless the so called diverse parties like the DA convinces the majority of our people that their agenda is purely a south african one. i ask myself the same question everyday what's the DA's agenda please people im not implying that the DA is a party for a certain racial group its just its proving to be the opposition to the ANC at the moment.

      Blikskottel - 2011-05-17 16:31

      Nothing will work in RSA except when each nation is given it's freedom in an own country. We are devided, have always been and will always be, so make it permanent and get on with normal international relations and trade. The alternative is civil war and nothing will stop it. DA and AC policies are the same and will lead to this, the one might just let it come a bit later.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:25

      The ANC have instilled in people's heads that the DA is a white party. Black Thought, it would be easy for you to find out what they stood for if you did some of your own research. There's a lot of material out there. But you need an open mind for that!!!!

  • Matt - 2011-05-17 16:26

    WE understand and respect democracy. The ANC... does not.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-05-17 16:27

    Zuma has no clue what he is on about. It is clear that his pary and himself has no understanding of democracy. They understand one man one vote, entrenched by racism. This is what they have always wanted and this is wha their campaign basis has always been. may the people really get what they vote for.

  • Gido - 2011-05-17 16:41

    Don't think Mr. president understand the meaning of a true democracy.. it's a democracy where people vote without fear.. fear of going to hell, making Mandela ill or being cursed by the ancestors.. and where nobody is above the law.. truly hope the people of SA experience it.. God knows.. they deserve it..

  • greentomato - 2011-05-17 16:46

    The only thing standing between chaos and democracy in South Africa is the constitutional court. And the ANC, if they win an outright majority will quickly put an end to that.

  • semaj - 2011-05-17 16:54

    Dream on Zuma. Some time in the future your past WILL catch up with you and see if then your ancestors will protect you, reject you, or fade into the background. My ancestors are beyond caring what I do, because, they are dead, and do not come back to haunt me; they have been, in the fairly recent past, part of my life, when they were still alive. Now I live on with the true belief that they are satisfied, if they are "up there", with what I have made of my life thanks to the upbringing. The ancestry of the ANC seems to be hell-bent upon wreaking havoc according to you.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-17 16:55

    President Zuma meets with the Queen of England He asks her, "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?" "Well," says the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people." Zuma frowns. "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?" The Queen takes a sip of tea. "Oh, that's easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligence riddle." The Queen pushes a button on her intercom. "Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?" Tony Blair walks into the room "Yes, my Queen?" The Queen smiles. "Answer me this, please, Tony. Your mother and Father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?" Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answers, "That would be me." "Yes! Very good," says the Queen. Back in Cape town , President Zuma asks to speak with Julius Malema. "Answer this for me. Your mother and your Father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?" "I'm not sure," says Julius. "Let me get back to you on that one." Julius goes to his advisors and asks everyone, but none can give him an answer. Finally, he ends up at the V&A Waterfront and bumps into Mark Lottering. Julius looks around to see if anyone can overhear them, and he whispers, "Mark! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?" Mark whispers back, "That's easy. It's me!" Julius smiles and says "Thanks!" Julius goes back to Parliament to speak with Pres Zuma. "Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It's Mark Lottering." Zuma gets up, stomps over to Julius, and angrily yells into his face, "No, you idiot! It's Tony Blair!

  • Mthetwa - 2011-05-17 17:00

    Vote DA for a meaningful opposition

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-05-17 17:06

    God please save this Democracy from this racist regime

  • Slapper - 2011-05-17 17:08

    He is a card carrying member of the Communist Party and he says he believes in Democracy?? It goes to show that the Reverend, Afrikaans, Farmer loving chameleon Clown we call president could not be trusted in anything he says

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-05-17 17:18

    Why no positive comments for JZ on this site ?????

  • Kobus - 2011-05-17 17:20

    Mr. President, you are indeed living in la-la land.

  • epherb - 2011-05-17 17:33

    The powers that be i.e. the ANC think they have the franchise on Power, and deals with all issues as if South Africa is a One Party State....Thats why they dont tolerate criticism!

  • Copperfield - 2011-05-17 19:31

    The majority of the SA population don't even know what democracy is.... they percieve it to be a free for all without strict infrastructure. The rest of them think it is something you can eat.

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