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Michelle Obama: You say 'yes, we can'

2011-06-22 11:32

Johannesburg - US First Lady Michelle Obama urged young Africans on Wednesday to fight for women's rights and battle the stigma of Aids, using her husband's "yes, we can" campaign slogan to motivate youth across the continent.

Obama is on her second solo trip abroad as first lady to promote issues such as education, health and wellness.

But her speech at Regina Mundi Church, which played a role in South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, touched on much harder topics: race, discrimination, democracy, and development.

Obama, who is travelling with her mother and two daughters, drew on the leaders of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the civil rights movement in the United States as an example for the younger generation to follow.

Legacy


"It is because of them that we are able to gather here today...It is because of them that I stand before you as First Lady of the United States of America," she said to applause.

"That is the legacy of the independence generation, the freedom generation. And all of you - the young people of this continent - you are the heirs of that blood, sweat, sacrifice, and love."

Obama appeared visibly moved when the audience stood and sang an impromptu serenade as she approached the podium. Placing her hands over her heart, she thanked the crowd and seemed to choke back tears.

She spoke passionately about women's rights, saying the young leaders should ensure that women were no longer "second-class citizens" and that girls were educated in schools.

In this generation

"You can be the generation that stands up and says that violence against women in any form, in any place, including the home - especially the home - that isn't just a women's rights violation. It's a human rights violation," she said.

"You can be the generation that ends HIV/Aids in our time, the generation that fights not just the disease, but the stigma of the disease, the generation that teaches the world that HIV is fully preventable and treatable, and should never be a source of shame," she said to applause.

Obama was introduced by Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela's wife.

Obama and her family met Mandela at his home on Tuesday.

'Yes, we can'

Barack Obama is the first black US president, just as Mandela was the first black president of South Africa.

Mrs Obama used her husband's famous campaign slogan, which helped him win the 2008 presidential election, to urge the audience to follow through on the issues she addressed.

"If anyone ever tells you that you shouldn't or you can't, then I want you to say with one voice - the voice of a generation - you tell them, 'yes, we can'."

Comments
  • Dumba1234 - 2011-06-22 11:40

    ROFLMFAO

      Sista-Thembi - 2011-06-22 12:42

      Neither is she meeting Juliarse and his retarded supporters

      Gorilla - 2011-06-22 14:54

      Also surprising that Zuma the President of the Country is not meeting with her.

      De_La_Rey - 2011-06-23 16:48

      YES WE DID. NOW WE CAN'T

      Henk - 2011-06-23 22:20

      There must be oil in the Karoo!

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-22 11:47

    Reading all the hype over Mrs Obamas visit I am left wondering if she knows (or even cares) that white people also live in SA and have a history too?

      Goose - 2011-06-22 13:13

      @Eric, I respectfully disagree. The US is a useful country to have on ones side. And I believe that having a visit from the 1st Lady at this exact moment in time is both a blessing, and not a coincidence. The US economic interest in South Africa is of sufficient magnitude, that talk of economically foolish practices such as nationalisation of mining assets and conversion of productive farm land to subsistence farm land will not go un-noticed, or un-challenged. South Africa has a very important strategic role to play in the development of Africa, and its relationship to the rest of the world as an extremely valuable source of industrial and mineral wealth. Not to mention the political value we hold in the way of (for now) being a beacon of democracy. Unfortunately people like Mr Melama and his followers are not intelligent enough to understand the power and value they are destroying. I can assure you, Michelle Obama, and in fact all black people who grow up in a civilised and ordered environment are as capable and intelligent as anyone else. It is not being black that leads one to pursue or support suicidal economic policies such as nationalisation of mines and agricultural land grabbing. It is the unfortunate consequence of being ‘African’ that some how leeds to such stupidity. Given the economic value of South Africa internationally, I believe that the 1st Ladies presence in our Country is more than just a courtesy visit.

      Mike_L - 2011-06-22 13:22

      No, myancmyfutr... whites in this country desperately want the ANC to manage all of the country's wealth and resources. They've seen the magnificent job that Zuma Jnr. has done with the Aurora mine. They've seen how well ANC cadres have managed Eskom, the SABC and municipalities throughout the country. They've seen once-productive commercial farmland restored to it's proper glory (lying fallow and full of weeds). Whites know that toyi-toying is a driving force behind any successful nation and that smouldering tyres in the streets contribute more to the economy than any number of industrial furnaces. Viva ANC!

      Gorilla - 2011-06-22 13:46

      Looking at the replies... no wonder this country is in such a sad state.

      mamakalami - 2011-06-22 13:50

      Gorilla - believe me she knows that you are here and I know too...and I know all about your history - and she is here to make sure that your history will never repeat itself.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-22 13:55

      @mamakalami. "my history"? Really? You know my history? I doubt that - I doubt that very much.

      Goose - 2011-06-22 14:46

      @myancmyfutur 1/4, Here comes some more masturbated vomit. Your emotional response is precisely the kind of thing that leads African leaders to make the mistakes they make. Decisions and action driven by irrational emotion, in place of logical and rational intelligence. So the primary structure of the ANCYL’s mine nationalisation policy has been made public, and extremely clear, numerous times, via numerous media channels. The ANCYL calls for 60% state ownership of mines, paid back to investors over time, with a portion of revue derived from the 60% state ownership used to subsidise education in order for the state to offer free education to those who can not afford it. So yes, we’ve all seen the ANCYL mine nationalisation proposal, …I’m not sure why you haven’t seen it yet. Never the less, on the surface it seems like a very noble thing to do. Siphon profits from the mining sector to subsidise education for the poor. Nice idea, how ever, and this is where some intelligence is required, so I need you to stay with me here. So the returns to investors, in particular foreign investors, of state owned and managed mines regardless of the country in which these mine are held, are not sufficient to justify the investment, given the more competitive returns offered by privately owned and managed mines in other countries. So very simply, if we nationalise the mines, the investors will just very simply take there money away.

      Samuel - 2011-06-22 14:57

      @Mulondo - And theANC is busy repeating history by oppressing & hate others in the means of AA, BEE, the talks of land grabs & by murdering farmers, raping woman and torturing people in their homes.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-06-22 15:27

      @ Goose, The ANCYL has yet to provide the proposal on mine nationalization, during last week's conference the delegates only agreed on the concept and tasked its NWC to prepare the proposal document for presentation in next year's ANC conference. The reason why there is that tension between the ANCYL and the media is amongst other things the fact that the media is already circulating for debate none-existent ANCYL documents. I see no point or relevance in further making discussions on none issue but am not convienced that you're speaking on behalf of all the investors and I beleive the Chinese will be interested in listerning. Its just unfortunate that the suggestion has come from the mouth of Julius who is the most hated(by white people) black man in SA NB. I see 1 and 3 of your posts

      myancmyfutur - 2011-06-22 15:31

      @ Mike, I'm not sure if you are implying that Zuma Jnr got Aurora in a stable condition..Go check your facts pls. The rest of your statement is just a sweeping statement that warrants no response.

      Goose - 2011-06-22 16:08

      @myancmyfutur, 1/2 and 1/4 have been deleted for one reason or another, not by me. I had included statistics and economic theory relating to the effects of nationalizing mines in different countries. I guess someone didn't like the story told by the data. Never the less, yes, I am biased towards the investors, in particular the foreign investors. The strength and stability of our economy is more important than the poor people in it, or the historical reasons for their poverty. If our economy were to collapse due to the implementation of foolish economic practices pursued in order to serve the entitlement mentality of poor people (regardless of the reason for their poverty), it is ironically the poor people who suffer first, not the middle class (black or white), upper class (black and white), or investors. For all the good intention behind Mr Malema's proposed ideas, he will bring suffering upon the very people he wishes to enrich. And all through a poor understanding of economics. Our country needs to be run like a business, not a welfare organisation as the ANCYL seem to gravitate towards.

      Goose - 2011-06-23 11:57

      @myancmyfutur, And on this topic, you may be interested in the following article on fin24.com "SA snubbed by Bric investors", Jun 23 201

      York Hunt - 2011-06-24 07:52

      @Goose. Excellent sentiment you have, however I am afraid you are "casting pearl to swine" when trying to convince the ANC loyalists in these comment threads. And if you start making too much sense, comments just like disappear and stuff...

      Virginia - 2011-06-24 09:51

      No Gorilla, I dont think she realises their are whites in this country,because all she reads in the media is 'Black" killing 'Black". The only thing I did not hear her say was that the youth of today should be under 40 years of age, enjoy their schooling, love life, have repect for their parents and work hard at demanding respect for themselves.

  • barson7 - 2011-06-22 11:49

    WTF? I suppose she's getting in touch with her "Mama Africa". Best she whisks her kids out of the country before some layabout decides to claim his tribal rights from them or use them to rid himself of aids as the trusty sangoma has prescribed!!!

      nvl - 2011-06-22 14:17

      ALERT !! Anc youth league member!!!!

      barson7 - 2011-06-22 14:20

      @nvl ... ?

      nvl - 2011-06-22 14:38

      I think this page has been hijacked by the ANCYL and you fell for it, by spitting out such drivel... sucker!!!

  • ShakaN - 2011-06-22 11:50

    YES WE CAN steal more form the people YES WE CAN be more corrupt, YES WE CAN murder, YES WE CAN rape, YES WE CAN do what ever urges take us.

      Clive25 - 2011-06-22 14:52

      and yes we can steal land.

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:16

      YAY BURN IT!!!!!!

      Christiaan Smit - 2011-06-23 07:50

      Well said @ShkaN

      Candidapax - 2011-06-24 13:04

      There are more racists on news24 than there ever was during the heydays of apartheid. sies!

  • simon - 2011-06-22 11:51

    This worn-out message is hardly inspirational. Surely there is a better message than this 2-year-old nonsense that has done nothing for the US ?

  • Eric West - 2011-06-22 11:53

    Umm ... actually ... "No, you can't!"

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-22 11:55

    SHARK SUPPORTERS - YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN !!!

  • Eric West - 2011-06-22 11:56

    Hey, Michelle, how's that "hope" and "change" working out for the American people? Yup. That's what I thought.

  • theprodigy - 2011-06-22 11:58

    Michelle, Nelson Mandela is not leading the country, you have rose coloured glasses on, we are not dealing with people that can reason. Why not have a meeting with Malema & see what we have to deal with, you have no idea! This is not civilised America.

  • pugwash - 2011-06-22 12:07

    Oh, so now we need Ma Obama to tell the government how to run our country! Do you honestly think any of this will make one tiny bit of a difference? I think not . . .

      dylan stuart botha - 2011-06-22 12:31

      not really, she could be going it for her own conscience.

  • Liberated - 2011-06-22 12:10

    Yes we can take the farms with no compensation, oooh yes we can nationalise mines.... watch this space

      DeonL - 2011-06-22 16:18

      Some people need to practice first, I am sure there are a few empty farms and mines left in Zimbabwe and take the Aurora directors with you.

  • Psalm - 2011-06-22 12:17

    I agreed with First Lady, Michelle. We are AfriCANs. We CAN and we will build a first rate country - despite racist claims to the contrary. Ke nako ma Afrika! Let us excel!

      lakhan7 - 2011-06-22 12:31

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_World Thats the definition of "first world" ...Many people dont know this. many! Our Research and facilities are as good as, or even better then most countries around the world.

      TGIL - 2011-06-22 12:50

      @lakhan7 - and a hole in the ground is still a toilet

      simon - 2011-06-22 17:43

      Yo Psalm -- such a pity that you can-not even enclose the additional and extra toilets provided to you at ratepayer's cost. Now you talk about 'we CAN'. Ha Ha

      Psalm - 2011-06-22 17:52

      @ Simon Such pity that a plague like you is still contaminating this country. Please leave. Oh, Btw, I have never been involved in any open toilet saga. Go talk to the DA and ANC.

      simon - 2011-06-23 15:20

      I think you are the open toilet, not the saga.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-22 12:20

    If you live long enough, you will hear these kind of messages repeated over and over, and the reasons for these messages remaining the same. Nothing changes, because of politicians.

  • dylan stuart botha - 2011-06-22 12:24

    she should watch out, she might just get a xenophobic beating.

  • Fatima Ebrahim - 2011-06-22 12:29

    The youth is attempting on making a difference however if they dont get support from the older generation or the goverment then their efforts will go unnoticed & they will loose hope in succeeding. http://www.facebook.com/notes/marius-gaybba/we-need-your-support-for-the-cape-flats-/10150223708062262 the youth of Hanover Park need support as the ticket sales is very poor. Fatima Ebrahim 0761572986

  • Fairland - 2011-06-22 12:32

    Mrs Obama's message is clear it is up to youth, as it has been in the past to change the present South Africa into a viable future. Why do comments generally seem to devolve into race based slurs, white and black? Is this not revealing of what our fears are and should we not be presenting our comments in a more positive manner without resorting to the low level that seems to be prevalent. Slanging matches will do nothing to improve our country. A united front against graft, nepotism, crime and all the other ills that beset our country will make the change.

  • Helen-Malema-Zille - 2011-06-22 12:32

    Clearly News24 only acknowledges racist comments from White people only, when a black person hits back they delete their comments. "interesting#

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:19

      Yar we want more racist comments! thats all we want!

      York Hunt - 2011-06-24 08:09

      @Helen-Malema-Zille. No. Sorry. Nothing you say is actually interesting.

  • Matt - 2011-06-22 12:32

    Just a question, is she perhaps staying at the Radisson in Sandton? I only ask because I drive past it every day and since yesterday it's crawling with pigs and guys in dark suits and shades, loads of diplomat cars and moerse SUVs - or is Juju perhaps staying there, lol

  • willieman - 2011-06-22 12:34

    @TheTROLL are you gonna take my challenge

  • WhoGivesAshi - 2011-06-22 12:39

    Yawn

  • willieman - 2011-06-22 12:41

    @jaWat i think with the likes like you surely we can make a difference instead of throwing one another with insulting comments on this blog

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:21

      no no insults get people to join in and show that they really care, but we dont.

  • clive.paterson - 2011-06-22 12:48

    this Obama women is disrupting traffic and costing a fortune. Put her on a plane to Iraq asap.

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:22

      carbon tax her!

  • Tarfara - 2011-06-22 12:57

    Mrs Obama Weeeeeeeeeee, Here in SA, Yes we can b educated... and sit at home for 3yrs with no job, yes we can

  • SexyTshepo - 2011-06-22 12:58

    Ou van go to hell... you are over exagerating crime in this country.... our crime levels are pretty much acceptable i'd say due to our population size..... think of it as population control,

      WC Republic - 2011-06-22 13:58

      Yes tsepo, you know Aids is also a good population control thing. Aids prevalence rate amongst blacks 13.6% amongst whites 0.3%. Let me guess it must be the white man's fault?

      DeonL - 2011-06-22 16:20

      Or maybe it just get reported more? (Mbeki's take on crime) Crime levels are not acceptable, even for Africa.

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:23

      Hey u know I agree, lets continue to rape and pillage everything, who cares?

      Anonymus - 2011-06-22 21:30

      @SexyTsepho - tell me this then. roughly 18000 people are murdered in south africa each year. the US Military has lost around 4500 service men in iraq during their 8 years of occupation and that was a war!!! please use your revolutionary mind and tell me!!

      rsjdelange - 2011-06-23 06:54

      Uit die blou van onse hemel, uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee, Deur ons vér verlate vlaktes met die kreun van ossewa — Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika. Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra: Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe, ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika.

  • Hansie - 2011-06-22 13:14

    Ok

  • daaivark - 2011-06-22 13:19

    So many of these ridiculous but vitriolic comments make me ashamed of my countrymen who happen to share my lack of colour. Please note that this is ALL we have in common. I do not embrace the hate-agendas filling the airwaves here. You people should consider reason sometime. It's a handy tool.

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 13:52

      EN so beleefd. Ma sou trots wees op jou.

      WC Republic - 2011-06-22 14:04

      @daaivark wow you're quite the liberal, aren't you?

      TheTROLL - 2011-06-22 14:09

      O sy is regtig trots op my, jy weet dit. Dit is hoekom ek so ver kom in die lewe. Ek sien reg vir reg, en verkeerd vir verkeerd.

      nvl - 2011-06-22 14:11

      Dont worry, I think most of them are trolls probably Malema's youth commenting on here, fuelling the fire. I comment here on a regular basis and I don't recognize any of these bloggers that write these racist comments. News24 stop these bogus accounts please!!

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 14:16

      @WC Republic. I try. Not always successful, but it's something to strive for. Better than harbouring dogmatised hatred and knee-jerk nastiness.

      WC Republic - 2011-06-22 14:21

      @daaivark that's true. I'm not always successful either or perhaps I don't strive for it quite as hard as you, but you're a good chap

  • El Cid - 2011-06-22 13:24

    Firstly, Obummer is not black, but coloured. Secondly they are all half-wits. Thirdly michelle obummer is an a$$wipe spender. They are here with oprahhhhhhh the toad.

      bevaneil - 2011-06-22 15:34

      @El Cid who are half-wits?

      DeonL - 2011-06-22 16:23

      In America they have only black or white, we are the only country in the world that uses the word coloured.

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:25

      Yay, race talk! yay want we all want, I love Julius soo much!

  • Kevin - 2011-06-22 13:34

    Welcome Michelle. Have you got Fat boy's permission to be here. His imbecile league has said South Africa must be anti West and must align itself with African leaders. So Michelle all the wonderful tens of million syour country gives South Africa for aids, all the missionary work and all the houses you guys built is not needed as Malemma will get this all from his buddies Mugabe and Gadaffi. He will ask them for a cheque.Our Youth league is the tail that wags the dog in this country. Does your husband also get bullied by the youth or is he a strong leader.

  • WeCanAfriCan - 2011-06-22 13:35

    Yes we can kill Libyans, Sudanese and Somalis ... whose next?

  • Cobus - 2011-06-22 13:37

    Reading through these comments realy makes me wonder, how much S.A has changed over the past 17 years... NOT MUCH!!!

      Tolerant - 2011-06-22 13:51

      Yes, the more things change the more it stays the same.

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:28

      even with constructive crit, who cares, its just another opinion, if News 24 got better articles for the main news in this country - then the comments would change. Because being or not being a racist is freaking boring when every ones comment goes to race, who cares, rather discuss something else.

  • WC Republic - 2011-06-22 13:39

    @troll as ek kyk na jou kommentaar is dit maklik om te sien wie aanbit vir saatang. Jy En daai clips is gemors

  • Braam - 2011-06-22 13:44

    Reading through many of the comments above, as a white Afrikaner, I am embarrassed and horrified to be, by implication, associated with most of the comments above, particularly those from TheTROLL

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 13:53

      HOOR HOOR. EK skaam my dat die mense my kleur en taal deel.

      nvl - 2011-06-22 15:43

      No need to be ashamed Braam and Daaivark...We all know that these comments are bogus made by trolls, they are trying to discredit us!!! We as Afrikaners have come a long way aswell! Focus on our positive achievements, and be proud of who you are :)

      nvl - 2011-06-22 16:36

      BTW .... being proud doesn't mean you have to be an extremist thug.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2011-06-22 13:44

    Obama Black?? OMW I always thought his mamma was White???

      Mugabe - 2011-06-22 14:01

      In America you are either Black or White...no coloureds...so yeah Obama is black

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 14:17

      OK then, Chris. Pale black. Better?

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:32

      if your decedents where supposedly engwish, and your great great great great grandmother was rapped by Persians, Turks, Spanish oes, how white are you? what if one of them was a Red Indian? What if another descendant was Egyptian?

  • nvl - 2011-06-22 13:52

    We all have history in this country, both races have done wrong in the past, black and white, no need to treat anyone like "second hand" citizens ever again... Ignore troll cause that's just what he is... a troll. Let's focus on the positive people!!

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 14:18

      SPOT ON.

  • Mugabe - 2011-06-22 13:53

    Cumun, every African country had a 1st black President....why do you mention Mandela as if he was the 1st to achieve that. Even Graca machel ex-Hubby was the 1st black President in mozambique, Mugabe in Zimbabwe and many others

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-06-22 13:55

    My president is Black My maybach too +& i`ll be goddamn if my diamonds aint bLue my money dark green +& my porshe is light gray im headin for DC anyybody feeL me My president is Black My maybach too +& i`ll be goddamn if my diamonds aint bLue my money dark green +& my porshe is light gray im headin for DC anyybody feeL me

      bob - 2011-06-22 17:33

      uh no

  • SLIPBACK - 2011-06-22 13:56

    With all due respect MRS OBAMA go play in trafic

      rsjdelange - 2011-06-22 14:01

      So that I a truck can HIT YOU

      nvl - 2011-06-22 16:30

      Slipblack thats ANCYL mentality!!!!

  • smahlaba - 2011-06-22 13:57

    South Africa is not free yet. We still have a long way to go.

      rsjdelange - 2011-06-22 14:03

      South africa will never be free The league further expected Shabangu to be the first to explain "to our people why we are nationalising", Malema said during an interview on SAfm. "She should prepare the mining sector psychologically, otherwise the mining sector will be in for a shock... ."

      ANCockup - 2011-06-22 14:05

      Yes we have a long way to go before AIDS sets you all free hahahahahaha!!!!!!!

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 14:19

      Freedom is a state of mind, and yes, I agree, we Souoth Africans have a very long way to go, as so many of these disgusting comments clearly demonstrate.

      rsjdelange - 2011-06-22 14:33

      daaivark gaan kyk in die spieel dan sien jy "disgusting"

  • Koos - 2011-06-22 14:00

    Just another black trying to find her roots it seems. Way too many of them if you ask me. Fortunately I know where I came from, why I ended up in this sh@thole country and why I need to thank the French Roman Catholic Church every day for bestowing that honour on me.

      ANCockup - 2011-06-22 14:07

      She is as African as I am American hahahaha!, the stupid cow should be dropped off in the middle of Soweto by herself on a Friday night...she will soon find her roots then!

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 14:21

      So bugger off then, Koos.

      ANCockup - 2011-06-22 15:36

      @daaivark you are displaying your ignorance by continuously telling people to leave the country. Are you not aware that countries like Aus and NZ do not just allow people to arrive on their doorstep? White South Africans cannot apply for refugee status yet and the majority of us cannot qualify for permanent residence in these countries. Just because you are happy her (obviously you like the black ladies) doesnt mean we all are.

  • james4usa - 2011-06-22 14:32

    Obama is not black,he is not white, halfbreed comes to mind. And yes a $360,000-pa no show job you got at a Chicago hospital as Sen BO's wife does not exist anymore. Corrupt you are. And your dumb blank stare out of his depth Community organiser Marxist husband is destroying the US. Absolutely you can.Except when you remove the Teleprompter.

      bevaneil - 2011-06-22 15:43

      @james4usa American wanabee come to my house and my halfbreed husband will show you his corrupt white side....shame you are angry because you have been dethroned you shall bow down to Obama (COLOURED POWER)!!...shame verkrampde boer.

  • rsjdelange - 2011-06-22 14:44

    Michelle Obama Yes you can be an IDIOT

      rsjdelange - 2011-06-23 06:39

      Uit die blou van onse hemel, uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee, Deur ons vér verlate vlaktes met die kreun van ossewa — Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika. Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra: Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe, ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika.

  • Ross - 2011-06-22 14:48

    She is visiting the remnants of the previous South Africa. They never visit Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Congo, Niger etc.etc...... and that is afterall where her forefathers come from.

      ANCockup - 2011-06-22 15:38

      I think every nigger should visit Niger.

  • Douglas - 2011-06-22 15:03

    Sad, sad, sad. The quality of most comments on this page is...ugh...beyond shocking. So much hatred, racism, intolerance. Still, there are a few sane voices among them. As was stated before...we're all in this together, let's try to get along, and maybe we can achieve something that has some lasting worth. To those who remain ever so cynical, either go to NZ or put a smile on your face and try to make things work. We are one humanity, whether black, white or crimson. We have so much in common, our differences make the world more interesting, and hey - you get the good, the bad and the ugly in every crew! So lighten up, for the love of all that is holy!

      WeCanAfriCan - 2011-06-22 15:48

      Don't worry Douglas. This is the 'freedom' that the press so virulently defends! Cool, hey?

      Doublepost - 2011-06-22 17:49

      Yeah, I mean, why bother when a 2 year old girl is shot execution style through the head after being stabbed? Her father tortured and stabbed 151 times. Why bother when another father rapes his 14 year old daughter. Why bother when over 3000 farmers are tortured and killed since 1994, while the "youth leader" gets up on a podium singing about killing them to the applause of those that support him. Why bother, eh? Just smile, or move to New Zealand as South Africa is obviously no place for people who value life. You ask all your questions, think you are right and have all the correct answers to all the problems. Yet when people disagree with you, you shout them down, call them names like "racist" or "bigot" to make yourself feel superior. Tell me, what makes you so different from those bigots hey? You, like them, well destroy a person's life because they disagree with you. So, what makes you superior to them? Well that's the thing. Nothing! The "racists" and the "bigots" that you despise so much have just as much right to their opinions, opportunities and the right to choose to separate themselves from those they see as a danger. So, sorry for you but the "racism" in this country is growing and growing, nothing to do about that now but chose a side. The fireworks are going to be grand. And since South Africa is the test bed for the rest of the world, expect them to follow suit. Tis going to be one HELL OF A RIDE!

      rsjdelange - 2011-06-23 06:47

      Uit die blou van onse hemel, uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee, Deur ons vér verlate vlaktes met die kreun van ossewa — Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika. Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra: Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe, ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika.

  • WeCanAfriCan - 2011-06-22 15:22

    You negative guys better watch out = http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/06/22/52234379.html

  • Hugh - 2011-06-22 15:33

    Ms. Obama, Now while you have the opportunity pick up a few SA newspapers and do some reading.

  • frederick777 - 2011-06-22 15:47

    Yes we can???? what??? Murder, rape, destruct, steal, discriminate ect ect ect. We are the only country in the wordl where the majority enjoys EE and BEE. Shows they can't feed themself.

      rsjdelange - 2011-06-23 06:44

      Uit die blou van onse hemel, uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee, Deur ons vér verlate vlaktes met die kreun van ossewa — Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika. Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra: Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe, ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika.

  • crocodile - 2011-06-22 16:20

    Every one knows that if the first lady meets our president; she will be pregnant. i think her husband warned her to stay away and have here mother accompanying her

  • bob - 2011-06-22 17:12

    uh huh, what does this mean (absolutely F*CK all!), this was a personal visit to meet Mandela for USA promotions, nothing for us here.

  • bob - 2011-06-22 17:14

    hey people remember - this is Zululand - not Disneyland, what the F*ck does she know about us?

  • Bheki - 2011-06-22 18:27

    she must visti our great leaders julius and jacob and see how the whites are stealing mines, land from us and deepriving us of african soil and a future