Stronger democracy needed - Zuma

2011-05-15 18:20

Johannesburg - The ANC involved communities in the selection of its candidates because democracy needed to be strengthened, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"The accountability of our public representatives needs to be improved. The transparency of our processes needs to be enhanced," he told thousands on ANC supporters at the party's final election rally at the FNB stadium.

"As a result, the selection of ANC candidates has been greatly improved. The people have put forward candidates with integrity, who are capable and committed to building better communities."

Zuma acknowledged that there were problems in some areas and said these would be addressed.

"We have worked hard to address these problems, and to ensure that the people who serve in our local, district and metropolitan municipalities are truly those who have been chosen with the participation of the communities."

He reiterated that an ANC task team would investigate problems relating to fraudulent candidates after the election on Wednesday.

"We will remove people who found their way onto our lists through dubious means," he said.

Zuma highlighted the gains made by the ANC since 1994 and admitted that more needed to be done.

He said the ANC was the best placed party to rectify the inequalities which still plagued the country in terms of housing and poverty.

After his address, Zuma returned to the stage to sing his trademark song Mshini Wam.

ANCYL president Julius Malema danced next to Zuma.

Malema earlier dubbed Zuma the "undisputed president" of the ANC. This, after a negative turn in their relationship.

  • Taurusaurus - 2011-05-15 18:38

    Nothing but garbage; the ANC is full of it.

      Protest - 2011-05-15 19:46

      You are right. Garbage. I wonder if Zuma reads the speeches before he delivers it to the target audience. Must be his speech writers that think out such drivel. I cannot imagine that one person could come up with such large amounts of hot air rubbish in a lifetime.

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-05-15 19:46

      Stronger democracy needed - Zuma , How do we do that ? We vote for opposition parties to weaken the ruling party and force a stronger democracy !

      Hardtail - 2011-05-16 09:35

      Stronger one party state is what zuma means.

  • vicj - 2011-05-15 18:41

    I agree. Vote DA

  • clark - 2011-05-15 18:49

    - The Anc pay only lip service to the principles of democracy - Tyranny would replace democracy if their dominance should ever be challenged. Zuma's use of the word's accountability and transparency are laughable,considering the 17 years they have been totally absent. They are merely catchy phrases he uses around election time. And use of the word 'fraudelent' is rich coming from someone who is the biggest thief of them all.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-15 18:50

    He said the ANC was the best placed party to rectify the inequalities which still plagued the country in terms of housing and poverty. ------- Pity so many new houses fall apart after a few months. Pity more than 500,000 jobs were lost, mainly through bad labour policies. Pity he does not address the worst factor: the education system turning out matrics that DON'T know 70% of the curricullum. And the untold corruption.

  • vicj - 2011-05-15 18:55

    ANC sucks

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-15 18:57

    Eish, i would say we need stronger leadership to have a stronger democracy. And that leader certainly is not you Mr Zuma............

  • Wow! - 2011-05-15 19:00

    Sick and tired of ANC LIES. It never stops - this moron is beginning to irritate the hell out of me. They do not have the slightest intention of respecting democratic ideals, hence all types of laws being passed to limit expousre of themselvs. Ignorant idiots.

      Dave - 2011-05-15 19:57

      I think the1 thing you can be sure of is when the ANC says 1 thing, it will do and mean the exact opposite. Its scary to see FNB full of people who believe what they say

  • Joryha - 2011-05-15 19:02

    Tese guys have no idea what they talikng about. JZ talks of involving communities but the irony is that the ANC is the only party that saw communities lash out against dubious ANC candidates lists. Stronger democracy means being tolerant of all political parties and respecting all races.

  • scotty scotty - 2011-05-15 19:03

    Democracy entails also having a strong opposition, it because of the ANC overwhelming majority that they believe they can do as they please.

      gksa - 2011-05-15 19:43

      Exactly. If Zuma actually cared one iota about strengthening democracy, he would let people vote for the ANC on its merits, instead of threatening them with angry ancestors, and put a stop to any mention of voting to enhance Mandela's health, and losing social grants if you vote for someone else. Zuma and his inner circle are the enemies of democracy.

  • PappaBear - 2011-05-15 19:06

    It's not whether you can's all about how you can dance and prance around like a monkey screaming about a non-existent machine gun!!

  • proudlyza - 2011-05-15 19:09

    Why don't they just stop and let the people vote and then they can continue with their lies and deceptions and stealing. I do believe the previous gov was just as corupt, I think even more cause they had more money to play with. PAYE was at high's etc etc and they catered mostly for a minority in this country. Which means they had more money going around to STEAL. I know they stole, I know they also contracted family members to do gov jobs. But it was only hidden because they only had insight into these things. So I do not think the ANC is stealing more, I just think things are more transparent and open. What I want to see happening is the ANC sacking those who stole, and is still stealing, those who contracted family members do do their gov contracts, those who are stopping justice system in this country from doing what it is suppose to do. Only then will I believe they in the game for US ALL. I say again what I hv said in the nor so distant past. I am looking for a SA that can stand tall, with it's citizens going abraod with smiles on their faces and if asked how is SA..They can say with pride...We are growing, we are doing a fine job...I look from afar and see dark clouds, for when children are being used for political gains, I start to worry. .Look at Africa, look at North Africa right now..Look at central Africa...Children are used to fight stupid wars. There is major corruption in the justice system and I can prove it. This is why cases are going on for years on end..

      clark - 2011-05-15 19:38

      - I will, without hesitation give you odds of a million to one, that this Anc lot have in 23 years of rule stolen, missappropriated and wasted more than double that of the Nat's , in their 42 years of rule.

      René Müller - 2011-05-15 20:01

      If you refer to the National Party, maybe there were nepotism! I dont know! However the DA in the WCape was audited and nothing unethical issues were recorded which means the allocated budgeted funds were used in accordance with the set categories! So unfortunately, the ANC people in government are a bunch of thieves! But worse, the poor suffers the most as a result

  • jkoorts - 2011-05-15 19:10

    you sing Mshini Wam, I'll sing bring my whip.

  • dannym - 2011-05-15 19:36

    How dare you talk about Democracy when you belong to one of the laziest tribes in South Africa, (only are the xhosa's are worse than you)! Tribalism has nothing to do with Democracy. You tell the chiefs & indunas to instruct the rural people who to vote for!!

  • Copperfield - 2011-05-15 19:37

    The only way to strengthen democracy is to eliminate communism.

  • slg - 2011-05-15 19:47

    But then Jacob, how can you try and manipulate and control people with the fear and guilt that their ancestors will disown them if they don't vote for the ANC?

  • Meister - 2011-05-15 19:48

    Does this monkey even know what is democracy?

  • Pravda - 2011-05-15 19:57

    "Stronger democracy is needed" they said as they planned to limit our access to the truth and the media.. Is it just me or is ANC short for "contradictions said to make one seem like he is trying to do something profound"

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-15 20:13

    To Zuma, democracy is only the ANC. You can vote for who you want to steal your money.

  • marisa.cronje - 2011-05-15 20:29

    We will remove people who found their way onto our lists through dubious means," he said. oh good, so you'll be resigning then?

  • tommy 2 - 2011-05-15 20:31


  • christoph - 2011-05-15 20:40

    Every time I hear one of Zuma's speeches I think of how Trevor Noah describes his speech patterns.. Always gives me a laugh :)

  • Fred - 2011-05-15 20:55

    Sadly voting for the ANC will ensure the eventual death of democracy is SA. Once they have their 2/3rds majority watch the constitution change beyond recognition. This may only be a local government election, but make no mistake the very future of our democracy is at stake. Think very carefully if you are planning to vote for the ANC they might be liberation movement, but they're a rubbish government.

  • Fred - 2011-05-15 21:01

    I don't believe Zuma could even give an explanation of what a democracy is supposed to be. "Vote for the ANC, or else..." I think is what he said. What a bunch of greedy, fat, invested swine.

  • Buntu - 2011-05-15 22:25

    ANC politicians haven’t got a clue what everyday South Africans go through, despite all their talk that their goal is to improve the lives of regular South Africans.How could they possibly know how it feels? These people live in a world of their making that insulate them from the hassles of everyday life. they have healthcare that works. they have pensions that cannot ever suddenly dissolve into nothing. they travel without the hassles of long lines and cheap bags of peanuts. and they never have to worry about not getting a raise every year, wether they deserve it or not. No, these politicians don’t feel the pain of the South africa people. They’d have to first be exposed to the source of the pain before they can feel it.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-16 02:34

    We can not blame the ANC for what is happening. When the 'leadership' were at Uncle Rob's Retreat they had 3 meals per day, enclosed toilets, water on tap. They never thought where it was coming from. It was just.....there! Eish, the white man was a magician and now he does not want to be the magician anymore, eish!

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-16 06:33

    A stronger democracy can only be achieved by the concourt disqualifying non performing parties from taking part in elections. Clearly the ANC is not capapble of doing right by the population and the courts are just silent, in effect traitors to freedom.

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-16 07:28

    Take the ANC out of government... now that's democracy!

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  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-16 08:42

    Strong democracy President can only be achieved if only certain things within government and the ruling party and other parties that may one day be in power can respect citizens by giving them services,fighting corruption and stop it totally,fraud in government institutions,use of government institutions by certain high profile members within government to fight themselves settling their politics fights. Again then all institutions supporting democracy in the country be respected whereby they be left independent away from influence of certain politicians, like judiciary,public protectors office,independent complaint directorate and others,then if that can be that way then democracy will be a proper democracy and not democracy by mouth.

  • Dumisani P - 2011-05-16 08:43

    WHy zuma, why do we need a stronger democracy? The ANC has been in charge since the democracy started .... What have the ANC done to make it weak Zuma... You know very well but will you admit it???

  • Flasheart - 2011-05-16 09:05

    ANC did not fight for freedom. They fought for POWER.

  • Paul - 2011-05-16 09:06

    Then resign and remove the ANC from the elections that is the only way our democracy will gte stronger. You party is rotten right from the top down.All big talk and no action.

  • jwill - 2011-05-16 09:10

    Be careful what you wish for Mr. might just get it (remember Mbeki?) Stronger democracy means that voters aren't committed to blind loyatly

  • will294 - 2011-05-16 09:13

    Zuma is quite selective as to which pieces of democracy he would like to up hold !

  • Podgette - 2011-05-16 09:27

    Not on the ANC's watch Mr Zuma! This will never happen: too much thievery, thuggery and buggery going on!

  • - 2011-05-16 10:06

    Zuma, please, please, please f@ckoff. That's a good boy.

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  • Craig44 - 2011-05-17 15:19

    Mr Shower head strikes again..... You need strong opposition parties to create a democracy... Chop!

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  • greentomato - 2011-05-17 16:25

    Bring me my machine gun, shoot the Boer and we need a stronger democracy all in one sentence. South Africa needs a stronger opposition!

  • Arleen - 2011-05-18 13:24

    Voters must be VERY careful what they vote for today. The ANC, as usual, is campaigning a ticket to heaven, stronger democracy (although they do not know the true meaning of the word), and a life that sounds like a fairytale, serving the poor, blah blah blah! They remind me of a modern day Robin Hood, except they steal from ALL to serve themselves. Just remember, today you vote for them, tomorrow you open your eyes in the depth of hell and suffering - no sign of any development, as they do not intend to keep any of the promises that they made. Have they ever??? All they are going to do, is to line their pockets even thicker with OUR hard earned money, cause even worse racial division and incur even more ridiculous "laws" to oppress the masses even more. Think about it.

  • Arleen - 2011-05-18 13:33

    Voters must think carefully what they are voting for today. The ANC is campaigning, as usual, all kind of promises, upliftment and rescuing the poor. Vote ANC, and open your eyes in hell tomorrow, gone are the promises, the money and all the windowdressing. In 17 years they vould not keep one single promise, why on earth would they do it now??

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