Jacob Zuma receives award from Cuba

2010-12-07 08:23

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Monday received Cuba's highest award, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

"I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of the people of South Africa whose ties to Cuba remain unbreakable because it was forged in the long and bitter struggle against apartheid," Zuma said in his address.

The award, bearing the name of Cuba's national hero Jose Marti, was presented to him by its President Raul Castro Ruz.

Marti devoted his life to ending colonial rule in Cuba and his writings inspired many movements fighting for national liberation.


Zuma said it also inspired the African National Congress.

"Mart may never have lived to see an independent Cuba but his greatest accomplishment was the way he managed to unite Cuban freedom fighters in exile and on the island," said Zuma.

Marti continued to be an inspiration ensuring that relations between Cuba and South Africa grow deeper, he said.

"It is that friendship and solidarity that drives our relations to this day".

Zuma noted that South Africa and Cuba shared similar socio-economic interests and had a long-standing co-operation.

"Cuba occupies a prominent place in the history of the struggle for, and the achievement of, freedom on the African continent.

"Cuba also continues to play an exemplary role in promoting international solidarity as well as progress in the areas of education, health and other scientific areas.

"Thank you again Mr President for the invitation to visit Cuba and for honouring me and the people of South Africa with this award," said Zuma.

  • Krush - 2010-12-07 08:57

    Q: How do you know if your president is corrupt? A: If he receives an award from Cuba.

      Oryx_ZA - 2010-12-07 09:34


      Yzee - 2010-12-07 09:58

      Yzee I think Krush's comments is full of hatred of our President, to say when someone receives an award from Cuba means that our President is corrupt is baseless and very misleading, after all Krush's comment is aimed at embarassing the President with this baseless insinuation, with this, I think this comment should not have been published, I wonder how did the editors let it go through.

      ligte - 2010-12-07 10:51

      @Yzee flat head zuma embarrasses himself we dont have to do it for him

      lean - 2010-12-07 19:23

      A drunk man is at one of Havana's main street corners shouting: "Castro, sonofabitch!," "Castro, murderer!," "Castro, because of you I'm dying of hunger!," "Castro, you are a curse to the Cuban people!" A policewoman arrives to the scene and beats the hell out of him. The drunk guy retorts: "Why are you beating me? There are many people in Cuba named Castro!" The policewoman responds: "Yes, but with those characteristics there is only one!"

      lean - 2010-12-07 19:32

      1-a cuban is going fishing and returns home. he proudly shows to his wife a big fish. husband: let's have it for dinner tonight. we'll fry it. wife: oh, I'm sorry, we have no more oil for the pan. husband: no problem, we will cook it. wife: darling, I fear we cannot cook it, we ran also out of gas. husband: so let's preserve it with salt wife: no salt, they told me it won't arrive before next wednesday. husband: I understand, I bring the fish back to the sea. the fish: Long live Fidel Castro !

      lean - 2010-12-07 19:35

      If Fidel and Raul are driving separate cars and they crash in a frontal impact, who survives ? Answer: the Cuban people!!! If Zooma and Malema are driving separate cars and they crash in a frontal impact, who survives ? Answer: South African people!!!

      Kyle_logan - 2010-12-09 08:02

      Yzee... freedom of speech.... suck on that... BTW agree with Krush 100% We know our president is corrupt, we knew that before he got the award.... this is just becuase Zuma is letting them off of 1 billion rand debt. ANC has allways allied it'self with countries whith horrific humanity records, just look at the list, east germany, USSR, china.... Cuba

      allie - 2010-12-10 20:11

      If you like your pres so much ,you must be like hime.Shame

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-12 15:08

      aaaay yzee - why ze like ze presidente sooooooo mucho - me thinks ze wants es own tender....................

  • Zolani - 2010-12-07 08:58

    The people of cuba are also hungry, and the leaders are also wealthy, very simalar to SA

      Hendrik - 2010-12-07 09:14

      now youre talking out of your ASS! the leasders aint wealthy! they are a communist country, but a true communist country, not like russia where the leaders lived like kings and the people died in the streets! why do you think they could keep being a communist country for so long? it is because they do it the right way! our leaders can learn something there! no one drives flashy cars, go on million rand tours around the world and buy ridiculous expensive houses! I am not a communist, but if i see whats going on here in SA, i think we would be better off if we were like cuba! over 95% literacy, and schools plus medicals services are for free! no country can say that, not even Norway!

      Totman - 2010-12-07 11:10

      Interesting thoughts, Hendrik. The people definitely have a different mindset there than the people here. You take from the rich to benefit some and not the real sufferers. On the other hand. Cuba do not have the same resources.[minerals etc.] Wonder how it would have been if it was?.....maybe they would have been part Of USA? Do you people still remember the photo of Idi Amin where some-one doctored it and all the medals was cool drink caps???

      wartybushhog - 2010-12-07 12:36

      Allegations of wealth A KGB officer, Alexei Novikov, stated that Castro's personal life, like the lives of the rest of the Communist elite, is "shrouded under an impenetrable veil of secrecy". Among other things, he asserted that Castro has a personal guard of more than 9,700 men and three luxurious yachts.[192] In 2005, American business and financial magazine Forbes listed Castro among the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $550 million. The estimates, which the magazine admitted were "more art than science",[194] claimed that the Cuban leader's personal wealth was nearly double that of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, despite anecdotal evidence from diplomats and businessmen that the Cuban leader's personal life was notably austere.[193] This assessment was drawn by making economic estimates of the net worth of Cuba's state-owned companies, and used the assumption that Castro had personal economic control.[195] Forbes Magazine later increased the estimates to $900 million, adding rumors of large cash stashes in Switzerland.[193] The magazine offered no proof of this information,[194] and according to CBS news, Castro's entry on the rich list was notably brief compared to the amount of information provided on other figures.[194] Castro, who had considered suing the magazine, responded that the claims were "lies and slander", and that they were part of a US campaign to discredit him.[193] He declared: "If they can prove that I have a bank account abroad, with $900m, with $1m, $500,000, $100,000 or $1 in it, I will resign."[193] President of Cuba's Central Bank, Francisco SoberĂ³n, called the claims a "grotesque slander", asserting that money made from various state owned companies is pumped back into the island's economy, "in sectors including health, education, science, internal security, national defense and solidarity projects with other countries."

      AJ - 2010-12-08 08:24

      @Hendrik - Castro has hundreds of millions of dollars - it's not exactly a secret.

      Kyle_logan - 2010-12-09 08:04

      wow Hendrik, spoke person for Castro are you???? you should be in his PR campaigne... how much is he paying you to say that rubish????

      allie - 2010-12-10 20:16

      95% literacy?Different mindset?I think they get different exampapers.

  • AJ - 2010-12-07 08:59

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  • Makwassie - 2010-12-07 09:00

    Soort soek soort

      Swartvel - 2010-12-07 11:33

      @YZEE, it just shows you ones again that you cannot live without the whiteman, watch how zuma kruip gat, useless!!! You must be an ashole youth league supporter!!

  • Mo_Afrika - 2010-12-07 09:04

    I salute Cuban president Mr Ruz, he did not let the negative things cloud his judgement...Its funny that its people miles away that see the development progress for the needy in SA. But what can I say, ignorance will lead you nowhere big up mr president...well done

      Paul - 2010-12-07 09:45

      I think Mo is a 4 line VB app. Rogramming rusty but : Dim x as String Do until end of time x = "Salute " & rnd(idiotsname) loop

      bob.spaps.1 - 2012-12-11 17:53

      hy man give me some of that weed you pass be smoking

  • pop101 - 2010-12-07 09:05

    Comrades forever.

  • Jack Kukard - 2010-12-07 09:05

    Award for what, Bribery , fraud , jobs / money for cronies

  • bill - 2010-12-07 09:05

    Old flat head can stick the award where the sun don't shine.This shining example of freedom and democracy, Cuba ,is the only country that would honour him , with perhaps North Korea, Venezueala and Iran.

  • savage182 - 2010-12-07 09:10

    er, what did he receive the award for?

      ligte - 2010-12-07 09:27

      Ask Mo-africa he seems to know

      Paul - 2010-12-07 09:31

      Probably had something to do with Penis size. Doubt he has much else to offer the world.

      Pete - 2010-12-07 12:13

      Village idiot? Although Malema has got that award already.

      AJ - 2010-12-08 08:27

      @savage182 - having a shiny plane I think?

      Kyle_logan - 2010-12-09 08:07

      for letting Cuba's 1 billion rand debt slide under the table... I'll bet the award isnt all he got from them... hope they locked up their women while Zuma was on the loose.

  • semaj - 2010-12-07 09:14

    More window dressing. Hopefully Zuma will not have strength to wear all the ironmongery all at one time.

  • pop101 - 2010-12-07 09:20

    An award from a country where the civilians are so desperate they are willing to risk their life and clime into a small little bout to cross the Gulf of Mexico to reach the USA, doesn't mean much.

      pop101 - 2010-12-07 09:21


      Sailor - 2010-12-07 14:28

      same like you going over to crime free Aus,moron

      Kyle_logan - 2010-12-09 08:08

      Sailor.... Aus murder rate 300 a year.... SA murder rate 300 a day.... note the difference?

  • cptnews.10 - 2010-12-07 09:21

    What did he get ???> a new SHOWER HEAD ????????????

  • Ozman - 2010-12-07 09:28

    Who's holding the lead know, blind leading the blind

  • Paul - 2010-12-07 09:30

    South Africa aspires to be like Cuba, dirt poor, f****d up and internationally outcast. Ive been to Cuba and the only thing its got going for it is its awesome 1940's feel. Zuma plans one better, he and Malema are going to take us way, way back to King Shakas time, to a land without fire and wheels. Actually I blame the previous government. We had every opportunity to destroy Cuba in Angola. The world pays now for Afrikaaner lack of commitment. We should have gone Israel and America on them.

      Hendrik - 2010-12-07 10:54

      @ Paulwhat a sad old man

      Sailor - 2010-12-07 14:31

      Paul, if u have been to Cuba, it is most likely in your ignorant and scant imagination. it is people like you who make Malema a champion of the people!

      Mundu - 2010-12-07 18:25

      Yep...but we still gave Cuba a damn good hiding in Angola.

      pop101 - 2010-12-09 14:16

      Mundu, shuuuuut. According to some (*cough, cough*) the Cuban kicked some SADF butt. ;)

  • Harry - 2010-12-07 09:42

    You are known by the company you keep........

  • Juliaas - 2010-12-07 09:49

    Cuba's highest award,but 2 out of ten from the DA. He is humbled and honored. Goodness grief Zuma wake up. Aisch. As jy dom is is jy dom.

      bob.spaps.1 - 2012-12-11 17:54

      yip there are no pill for stupidaty

  • Johannatan - 2010-12-07 10:15

    Thank to Jose Marti I feel more Spaniards than my ancestors.I was born in Cuba and now I am in Miami with american papers.If one day this becomes like Cuba,I am going to be first on getting my ass out.

  • Elkita - 2010-12-07 11:51

    The reward must be for all the white people that gets murdered here.

  • Elkita - 2010-12-07 11:54

    A reward for all the white murders.It is going to double when the turtle head gets back in SA.

  • Elkita - 2010-12-07 11:57

    Yzee,he can't be embarresed.He is to dumb for that.

  • Johnny - 2010-12-07 15:49

    ...and Julius Malema receives award from Zimbabwe..!!! ...Ha ha ha ha ha ..!!!

  • Wonderboy - 2010-12-08 10:33

    So now we know the answer: He bought it for R1bn.

  • Sadness - 2010-12-08 11:42

    Must be the mos expensive medal yet, R1.1 billion!!!

  • Mr.Glum - 2010-12-09 06:43

    Bwahaha... Cuban woodwork awards. Viva comrade presidente!

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-21 12:38

    He did not receive that award on my behalf.

  • Theo - 2011-05-21 12:40

    And in return...?

  • ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-21 13:01

    Showerhead should stay in Cuba and not return. He can that Castro commie can enjoy warm showers together. Our boys fought those commie bastards in Angola. Those very same commies trained Imkonto we Sizwe to bomb our woman and children, but hey, in the new SA we should now consider the Cubans as being our heroes. Uuuhhhhgggg the idea makes me gag

      bob.spaps.1 - 2012-12-11 17:57

      get on with life that is the past, but its a good thing the ANC got their training from the Cubans, it shows

  • disturbedmikey - 2011-05-21 14:18

    mmm debt gets written off i don't think we can afford to do that our economy is at a lowest state ever and he gets a reward for that my god. what has this world come to Obama receives a peace prize yet he follows the footsteps of bush looks like the more corrupt you are the noble prizes you get

  • yaseen.carelse - 2012-07-21 15:27

    The irony of receiving awards from non-democratic states. How much is the President paying for these awards, just in time for the Mangaung Congress.

  • bob.spaps.1 - 2012-12-11 17:48

    now that is the best joke this year Good old Zuma, suppose fat boy JUB JUB will be next

  • 75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-11 18:12

    azothinike amabhunu this time?

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-11 18:45

    In the end SA is going to be a Communist country as I predicted from an early age. My ma'am is Siener Robzz. Get out that country right NOW hoer julle my!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin Adendorff - 2013-04-27 23:36

    This award is just to say "the two "loans" of billions the ANC gave us with the tax payers money,we cannot service the interest on the first or the second one so please just write them off as you have with the billions you have donated to Zimbabwe and Swaziland".That while we do not have money to pay tenderpreneurs for services delivered to hospitals ,schools etc.But the ANC will get creative with finding new ways to tax the population. What a sick government. Then Cuba sends all their shockingly poorly trained "doctors" here .What a joke

  • Kenny Grass - 2013-04-28 07:53

    For purchasing Cuban cigars with our money?Someone should explain to him that Castro(L) is not something you put in your cars engine.

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