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Zuma: Follow Mandela and vote

2011-05-16 18:30

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to follow former president Nelson Mandela's example and use their vote in the local government elections on Wednesday.

"The first president of the free and democratic South Africa has led by example. We must now learn from him as we always do and go out in our millions to vote," Zuma said in a statement on Monday.

Mandela cast an early ballot at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Monday morning.

Independent Elections Commission chairperson Brigalia Bam told the Associated Press that the 92-year-old statesman and Nobel peace laureate voted privately under observation of officials.

She said Mandela looked "healthy and handsome" as he cast his vote.

Zuma congratulated Mandela on casting his vote and urged South Africans to follow in his footsteps and use their democratic right to vote.

Zuma said the IEC had assured him that all systems were in place and that voting stations would be ready on Wednesday morning.


Comments
  • Delarey - 2011-05-16 18:47

    and he voted DA!

      Jelly - 2011-05-16 19:00

      @ANCBlackAngelASSHOLE - Go crawl back into the cave you crawled out from!!!You are such a racist pig!!!!!

      Johncarlos Biza - 2011-05-16 19:01

      @Tshepo, you keep resurrecting in different names every time you 'die'. Maybe the ancestors do not want you as one of them

      Phlegm - 2011-05-16 19:02

      Tshepo you are such a troll, CHOP!

      farmworker - 2011-05-16 19:08

      @Jelly I am sure you are the one who is a bloody Racist because it usually takes one to notice one. @Delarey Well maybe he did after all a Vote is a Voter's secret (Although I am not sure about his). You can also be surprised to see Hellen Celebrating when they announce ANC as the Winner takes all, and you will think did she betray us or what

      Boitshepo - 2011-05-16 19:33

      ANCBLACKSUMTHING you are probably smoking whoonga you need to quit that gamors dude and stop fooling yourself its not too late really just comeon board

      RVQ - 2011-05-16 19:49

      LOL @ANCBlackAngel so the Japanese, Australians... should have voted ANC and all would have been well? Tell me what are the Ancestors doing about all the murdurs, wars , raping, starving children in Africa? From where I'm sitting in seems like the Ancestors like the West more than Africa and the 3rd world...

      Grant - 2011-05-16 20:25

      Hey tshepo, I am really loking forward to the 19/20 to see what you have to say then. I expect to find that you are so depressed that you swallow a gun.

      frederick777 - 2011-05-17 09:30

      OVER FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY I WILL NOT BE VOTING ANC There are over five million reasons why I will not be voting for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections on 18 May 2011: 1. Over one million babies have been killed by abortion in South Africa - officially, legally, often with tax payers' money - since the ANC legalized abortion-on-demand, 1 February 1997. "Deliver those who are drawn toward death. And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11 2. Over 500,000 people have been murdered in South Africa since 1994 - under the ANC government - yet the ANC has steadfastly refused to consider re-instating the death penalty for murder. Nor have they been willing to put the matter to a referendum. "Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." Numbers 35:33 3. Over one million women and children have been raped in the 17 years of ANC rule (and that is just using the reported rape statistics) - while pornography has been legalised. Reportedly, less than 7% of reported rapes result in convictions. "Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough." Ecclesiastes 8:11 4. The ANC is soft on the criminals and hard on the victims of crime. Rather than fight crime effectively, the ANC have worked to disarm the potential victims of crime, denying firearm licenses to tens of thousands of law abiding citizens, and claiming that self-defence is not a legitimate reason for owning a firearm! Rather than support community initiatives to fight crime, the ANC have frustrated communities by demanding that security barriers be removed from crime-afflicted suburbs. "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice." Isaiah 1:16-17 5. The ANC's Ministry of Education has evidenced a generally hostile attitude to Christianity, insensitivity to the concerns of parents and prejudice against the Bible. Kadar Asmal's anti-Christian policies and the unworkable Outcomes Based Education curriculum 2005, dumbed-down education and turned government schools into recruitment centres for radical homosexual groups. "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 6. The ANC's Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment and blind support for Mugabe's racist and tyrannical policies have chased away investors and cost the South African economy millions of jobs. According to the JSE, the net worth of South Africa over the first 10 years of ANC rule shrunk by over 30%. And the Rand under the ANC has plummeted from R2 to the US dollar to R7 to $1. "Do not use dishonest standards...Use honest scales and honest weights...I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:35-36 7. Rates and taxes are higher and government services are lower. Despite increased rates and taxes the filthy, litter strewn, graffiti-vandalised communities testify to the incompetence of government. "You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting..." Daniel 5:27 8. Corruption has flourished under the ANC to such an extent that the ANC is being referred to in the streets as the Abortion, Nepotism and Corruption party. "They claim to know God but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Titus 1:16 9. The endless propaganda and pornographic programmes on state TV - which is supported by compulsory "licences". "Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against evildoers?" Psalm 94:16 10. The arrogance of so many in the ANC and the arbitrary manner in which they ride roughshod over the concerns and freedoms of others - such as the Minister of Health refusing to meet over a thousand concerned doctors; and how their ICASA has attempted to close down many Christian and community radio stations in South Africa. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 The Bible instructs us to "select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials..." Exodus 18:21 Evidently ANC candidates fail to qualify on Biblical grounds. Mobilise Your Congregation to Think Before They Ink! The South African Biblical Issues Voters' Guide aims to inform Christians about the different political parties' track record and policies on pro-life, pro-family, and free enterprise issues.

      objective1 - 2011-05-17 15:13

      Zuma: Follow Mandela and vote DA

      World Traveler - 2011-05-17 17:25

      @farmworker ... you will always be a farmworker and never a farmer!

  • Jelly - 2011-05-16 18:53

    Can these idiots PLEASE stop riding the Mandela train??? How I hope he voted for the DA as I am sure he is also dissillusioned by the current corrupt bastards raping, looting and destroying our beautiful country!

      Xolani - 2011-05-16 19:01

      Jelly: This is clearly not your country if you think Mandela will vote DA, he is old and a very wise man. You still hav a lot to learn, clearly. It was apartheeid that raped this country and led it astray and because they did not know what they were doing, you are not able to comprehend the legacy of Mandela. Shame on you. Viva ANC Viva. We know what the DA want to do, we are in Government, REMEMBER! PS: We can name call to but we are to civilized to stoop to your level.

      farmworker - 2011-05-16 19:10

      @Xolani I couldn't say it any better, but @Jelly well I guess if it makes you sleep at night.

      Derek - 2011-05-16 19:23

      Well, you'll never know. The ANC have betrayed Mandela and everything he wanted for South Africa. I'm sure he would find the self-enriching, corrupt nature of the new ANC shameful. So couldn't really blame him if he secretly did vote for the DA.

      Jelly - 2011-05-16 19:50

      @farmworker and @ancangel - Politics has nothing to do with our ancestors, rather the people that is here and now! Dont let cheap politicking fool you! The old anc party was a party to be proud of, not the ones that is currently running this country into the ground! And there is nothing racist/coconut about criticising a government that is looting our tax money, failing in terms of service delivery and having crime rampant. surely you cannot be this naive? Replace the current anc leadership and we might be proud of the party again! But please stop blaming APARTHEID!!

      farmworker - 2011-05-16 20:26

      @Jelly Well the ANC Policies are drafted an passed by the NEC President Zuma has been deployed and can be replaced with anyone anytime luthuli house decide to do so. PLEASE IF YOU WANT TO BE DEPLOYED THERE LETS TALK TERMS, YOU WELL COME. YOU TOO CAN BE A PRESIDENT ONE DAY

      CdnMoose - 2011-05-16 21:29

      @farmworker...this response is why the ANC will never understand democracy and be consigned to the rubbish heap. A president is elected by the people and serves at the pleasure of the people, not the party. Only one party or fascist dictatorships insist that the party is supreme above all and always tend to lose their way when it comes to doing the right thing...representing the people....all of the people..you would have fit in well with Communist Russia....ohh wait.....that system is no more...surprise ...surprise....

      gizzy - 2011-05-16 21:33

      farmworker, go and eat sushi off naked women with your friend malema. This forum is for big people.

      Jelly - 2011-05-16 22:00

      @farmworker - Nxa! Isidingidwane esiphukuzekileyo.... The current ANC government doesn't have enough brains to elect an educated president that will focus on building a nation and promoting unity! No, lets just loot and steal and f@ck up where we can, that is Zuma and Juju"s motto!

      World Traveler - 2011-05-17 17:30

      Mandela voted DA! My ancestors told me!

  • Boitshepo - 2011-05-16 19:01

    Yes SA for once lets all listen to our stupid shower-man himself zuma lets all follow OUR HERO THE LEGEND MADIBA lets all go and vote make that cross next to DA please beautiful people of Mzansi its upto us, lets all make that wise decision go and vote for DA just like Madiba did yes he voted for DA

      Boitshepo - 2011-05-16 19:58

      Farmworker hahahaha your such a joke really i pity you to be honest clearly you also lack manners just like your mentor malema well you can insult me all you like i mean that's all your good for anyways you have IQ of a keyboard afterall what do i expect no wonder no one likes you, you're so intolerable you need to start working on your personality you useless piece of s#it so listen here you butt face out of my space i dont entertain crap just had my dinner and am about to throw-up because of you

      farmworker - 2011-05-16 20:11

      @Boitshepo go kiss a WHITE Man's ASS. I guess is good for your Children as well

      Derek - 2011-05-16 21:05

      @farmworker. Why would Boitshepo want to kiss my ass? Please take off those glasses. Clearly all you are seeing is black and white.

  • Dave - 2011-05-16 19:01

    '''''news flash'''' MANDELA VOTES FOR DA............ READ ALL ABOUT IT IN THE SOWETON TOMORROW MORNING, Madiba smiling broadly ..............

      farmworker - 2011-05-16 19:14

      @Dave So who do you think is wise between you and Madiba

      Boitshepo - 2011-05-16 19:42

      Farmworker you're such an irritation really sis and yes Madiba voted DA you fool so guess who is more intelligent btwn you and malema

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-16 19:02

    Preisident Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans...blah,blah, f*cking blah.

      BigMoose - 2011-05-16 19:03

      Yes, I can spell president. Can he?

  • Johncarlos Biza - 2011-05-16 19:02

    It's always funny when current ANC thieves think Mandela supports the way they do things

  • False Belief - 2011-05-16 19:29

    @ANCBlackan@l the colored community if being over manufactured in cape town, life boy soap it the new AIDS treatment. Apart from the ANC's racial profiling and extreme pharmaceutical practices, oh yes.... EDUCATION (or lack thereof).....as this proves, you are still dumb enough to vote for them. As the ANC government evolves, they will be back in the caves where their ancestors came from. The earthquakes are from instability on ground my special friend due to lack of infrastructure... i think you are getting the wrong message from your ancestors... they cant spell ANC yet...

  • SP - 2011-05-16 19:34

    The anc sure likes using Mandela as a puppet to endorse their corrupt ways. The point is that the anc is no longer the organisation Mandela led back in 1994. Good for them that their supporters are too blind and ignorant to realise this. Let's not mention that they all fear their ancestors *read demons*, and base a choice that's meant to be rational on superstitions and misplaced beliefs. Voting DA is the only logical choice, since they've been proven to be the most effective political party (by third party organisations!) I actually don't care if anc supporters keep voting anc. I am most certainly not going to donate a single cent when their supporters' children die of disease or starvation all because they voted for a bunch of self-serving scum. Sorry if that's heartless, but it's true

  • Dave - 2011-05-16 19:42

    @ Farmworker, I would love to have half his brains, skills and charm, but, who knows who he voted for? makes you think hey!!!! he is no fool don't forget that

      farmworker - 2011-05-16 20:46

      Good and like I said it is supposed to be secret. And I guess with all those qualities we can build a better nation or if it push to push fight for the freedom of the people

      gizzy - 2011-05-16 21:36

      farmworker go to bed, you are talking in your sleep.

  • Noname - 2011-05-16 19:44

    Good time for Mandela to show, if he is supporting corrupted ANC or democracy.

      gizzy - 2011-05-16 21:38

      No, poor 92 year old Mandela is being used by the ANC again. They will stoop to any level to garner votes.

  • The Wonderer - 2011-05-16 21:14

    Yes, have a look at this, then you'll know why Madiba voted DA :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFDfYJdRZfM

  • gizzy - 2011-05-16 21:29

    Zuma and Mandela! Those two names can't be put together the one is an educated peace maker the other an uneducated peace breaker! One wanted a country for all who live in it, the other wants a country of rcial division, one wanted reconcilliation, the other wants his bullets. One deploys thieving cadres, the other let the law take it's course and allowed corrupt cadres to be jailed. I could go on ................

  • Africa53 - 2011-05-16 22:43

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Friday that he intended to eliminate 4,100 teaching jobs through layoffs, and about 2,000 through attrition, the first significant layoffs of teachers since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s. The job cuts are part of Mr. Bloomberg’s effort to slice an additional $400 million from various city agencies. He needs to plug a multibillion-dollar deficit in his $65.6 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That budget is about the same size as the current one. Readers' Comments "During a fiscal crisis layoff teachers, but when the city is flush with money spend it to help build baseball stadiums. Nice move Mr. Mayor."Sam Cimino, Chocowinity NC. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/nyregion/bloomberg-budget-will-seek-400-million-more-in-cuts.html Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, criticized the mayor’s lack of transparency in releasing his budget. “This document is political,” he said. “This is not the way we should be running the city.” NELSON MANELA SAID RECONCILIATION IS THE KEY! LOVE YOU NEIGHBOR LIKE U LOVE YOURSELF BUT DONT FORGET THAT AN INGERY TO ONE IS AN INGERY TO ALL WHO SUFFERED UNDER THE PRIMITIVE APARTHEID SYSTEM. GOD BLESS THE ANC! Professor Nghoshi ya Mbulunganga Shikoko

  • Mdavu-zn - 2011-05-17 08:48

    IF OUR WELL KNOWN HERO "BABA NELSON RHOLIHLALA MANDELA" WAS LIVING IN NOWER DAYS I'M SURE HE WOULDN'T BE STILL SAYING THIS "AMANDLA" THING. HE DOEN'T KNOW IF HOW HEART BROKEN WE ARE HERE ON THE FLOOR BY THE SO CALLED LEADERS OF THE RULLING PARTY *ANNOYED*

  • frederick777 - 2011-05-17 09:30

    OVER FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY I WILL NOT BE VOTING ANC There are over five million reasons why I will not be voting for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections on 18 May 2011: 1. Over one million babies have been killed by abortion in South Africa - officially, legally, often with tax payers' money - since the ANC legalized abortion-on-demand, 1 February 1997. "Deliver those who are drawn toward death. And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11 2. Over 500,000 people have been murdered in South Africa since 1994 - under the ANC government - yet the ANC has steadfastly refused to consider re-instating the death penalty for murder. Nor have they been willing to put the matter to a referendum. "Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." Numbers 35:33 3. Over one million women and children have been raped in the 17 years of ANC rule (and that is just using the reported rape statistics) - while pornography has been legalised. Reportedly, less than 7% of reported rapes result in convictions. "Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough." Ecclesiastes 8:11 4. The ANC is soft on the criminals and hard on the victims of crime. Rather than fight crime effectively, the ANC have worked to disarm the potential victims of crime, denying firearm licenses to tens of thousands of law abiding citizens, and claiming that self-defence is not a legitimate reason for owning a firearm! Rather than support community initiatives to fight crime, the ANC have frustrated communities by demanding that security barriers be removed from crime-afflicted suburbs. "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice." Isaiah 1:16-17 5. The ANC's Ministry of Education has evidenced a generally hostile attitude to Christianity, insensitivity to the concerns of parents and prejudice against the Bible. Kadar Asmal's anti-Christian policies and the unworkable Outcomes Based Education curriculum 2005, dumbed-down education and turned government schools into recruitment centres for radical homosexual groups. "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 6. The ANC's Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment and blind support for Mugabe's racist and tyrannical policies have chased away investors and cost the South African economy millions of jobs. According to the JSE, the net worth of South Africa over the first 10 years of ANC rule shrunk by over 30%. And the Rand under the ANC has plummeted from R2 to the US dollar to R7 to $1. "Do not use dishonest standards...Use honest scales and honest weights...I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:35-36 7. Rates and taxes are higher and government services are lower. Despite increased rates and taxes the filthy, litter strewn, graffiti-vandalised communities testify to the incompetence of government. "You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting..." Daniel 5:27 8. Corruption has flourished under the ANC to such an extent that the ANC is being referred to in the streets as the Abortion, Nepotism and Corruption party. "They claim to know God but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Titus 1:16 9. The endless propaganda and pornographic programmes on state TV - which is supported by compulsory "licences". "Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against evildoers?" Psalm 94:16 10. The arrogance of so many in the ANC and the arbitrary manner in which they ride roughshod over the concerns and freedoms of others - such as the Minister of Health refusing to meet over a thousand concerned doctors; and how their ICASA has attempted to close down many Christian and community radio stations in South Africa. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 The Bible instructs us to "select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials..." Exodus 18:21 Evidently ANC candidates fail to qualify on Biblical grounds. Mobilise Your Congregation to Think Before They Ink! The South African Biblical Issues Voters' Guide aims to inform Christians about the different political parties' track record and policies on pro-life, pro-family, and free enterprise issues.

  • Zadoc - 2011-05-17 09:59

    POLL: Who will win South Africa? ANC or DA? Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/r/418510

  • Hardtalk - 2011-05-17 10:04

    Zuma and his ANC Live on the back of Mandela, but what they stand for today is completely different to Mandela’s dream. They live on Mandela like a flea on a dogs back sucking all the blood, they are a disgrace to all those that fought and died for freedom. They are corrupt – liars – uneducated – poor excuse of a leading party to rule this wonderful nation. Before you vote think carefully about what is going on. Millions of rands missing that is your money wasted. When you see them campaigning in your area, they come in million rand cars with bodyguards and fancy cloths. They make promises and laugh at you when they drive away back to their 20 million rand houses all paid for by you. When you’re sitting in your shack with no electricity no water no toilet and have no job, think about their promises for the last 17 years – in another 17 years you will still be in your shack and they will still be living like kings. Open your eyes and save South Africa before they destroy everything.

  • Nawe - 2011-05-17 10:20

    Long live ANC, long Live!

      Hardtalk - 2011-05-17 11:03

      Long live poverty – long live racism – long live rapes every 26 seconds of every day. Long live 51 murders every day – long live poor schools and healthcare. Long live the corruption and lies, with leaders living like kings at your expense. Long live another 17 years living in a shack with no future and no hope. Long live the destruction of a once great country. Long live the rubber bullets fired at protestors. Long live the sewerage running down the unmade roads. Long live the filth and bad health caused by it. ADD YOUR BIT Nawe before you cast your vote for the wonderful ANC.

  • greentomato - 2011-05-17 11:20

    I believe the ANC will win these elections if not by a land slide then by a sizable margin, the demographic dictates this. But of a few things i am certain, if they do not keep their promises this time around they will be kicked out come the next elections. Also the days of quiet protest are over, the people are " gatvol " and they will rise up and take things into their own hands. So my message to the ANC is you better get it right this time around because this is your last chance and you know it!

      Hardtalk - 2011-05-17 11:49

      Grentomato – I agree 100% with what you say; I don’t like it but you are right, but a leopard never changes its spots. You cannot change culture and greed at the top; you cannot have a party full of uneducated representatives. It is a shame that the ANC do not have the right people to run a country and with their track record will never educate anyone enough to really lead. I am not South African but have lived here for a while; I pay a lot of tax and employ many people. I just wish my money went to those that really need it. With crime and corruption getting out of hand; I think my time is almost up, I will be sorry to close a business and leave even more people with no hope. All the comments I have ever put on news24 are my honest thoughts and worries, I am not racist and love my fellow man, but cry inside to see the suffering and poverty in a country with great wealth and resources (only a few enjoy) I think the ANC and its leader should be ashamed of itself living the high life and leaver millions to suffer, funny how quick people forget what they are voted for.

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  • Tania Hodgson - 2011-05-17 16:59

    Wonder who Madiba voted for .... the new ANC .... I doubt that very much!

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-17 17:23

    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!

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