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Stop talking our country down, says Zuma

2012-10-19 14:42

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has called for opinion-makers and opposition parties to stop talking the country down.

"We urge those who have access to the media from all sectors, including opposition politicians, to stop talking our country and economy down.

"No country should be made to withstand such negativity and total disregard of progress being made or any positive attribute. We wish to encourage public opinion-makers to also reflect the strides that have been made in all 18 years," he told the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference on Friday at the Sandton Convention Centre.

"Nothing could be more inspiring than working together collectively to build our country. We have to promote our country and boost confidence in the economy so that it can grow and create jobs," he said.

Freezing of salaries


Zuma complained about the media coverage of the freezing of salary hikes and bonuses of high income earners.

He said there was too much focus on the freezing of salaries and disregard for other matters agreed to in the meeting between him, business, unions and community representatives this week.

"I convened a high level dialogue with the leadership of business, labour and the community sector at the Union Buildings.

"We agreed on measures that will help restore normality in the economy, especially mining, while also dealing with the social inequalities and income disparities that cause frustrations among our people.

"We’ve released a full package, agreed to publicly, and it definitely goes beyond salaries and bonuses," Zuma said.

Give hope


"We have to give our people hope as indeed a lot is being done to create a better life, even though things may not be moving as fast as we all want them to, given the frustrations and the legacy of the past," he said.

On Friday Zuma told delegates from business, government, labour and community organisations that government would be spending R4 trillion on infrastructure projects in the next 15 years.

A total of R844bn would be spent on infrastructure projects in the next three years. Funding would be sourced from both the public and private sectors.

Comments
  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-10-19 14:46

    Here's a solution: You resign, and we will stop. In other words...... You are the problem!

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-10-19 14:49

      Damn you beat me to it. my thoughts exactly. Zuma is one of the main reasons this country is so down.

      ant.duke - 2012-10-19 14:56

      Where do I sign...?

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-19 14:59

      If he stopped running it into the ground-there would be no need to talk!

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-19 15:09

      Stop running our country into the ground Mr President ..

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-19 15:09

      "Let us sing a new song, not with our lips, but with our lives." - Saint Augustine Yup....he is the problem. Where we as negative with Mbeki?

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-19 15:14

      thumbs up to the above, i think he should practice what he's preaching

      klasie.kitshoff - 2012-10-19 15:18

      Keep in mind; the prez did not vote himself into that position. Possibly the voters will replace him with someone worse. What then?

      lsfreak - 2012-10-19 15:20

      Mr Zuma must understand that we the lil people are the country. He needs to also get that he is in Government and has to work in that framework, it is not the cANCer that runs the country but the Government and as such both sides have to agree to disagree and make things work. If we all tell him it's wrong we must be right... Just saying :/

      celtis.africana - 2012-10-19 15:25

      Isn’t it funny how we never hear from him, not even when striking miners are shot? And then he opens his trap and tells us what to say so his bad job looks good.

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-10-19 15:26

      Deliver quality education. Deliver quality health care. Deliver quality police services. Deliver honest and efficient governance. Hey presto - no more criticism. Promise.

      jamie.stockley - 2012-10-19 15:28

      WRONG HEADLINE : "I CAN'T STOP TAKING THIS COUNTRY DOWN" SAYS ZUMA

      camp.j - 2012-10-19 15:33

      @ Clifford Sithole, All the whites? Dude have you been living in a cave the past 12 month. Do yourself a favour and go to www.sowetan.co.za, read a few articles and then come back and say it's "all the whites"

      daniel.jacobs.3766 - 2012-10-19 15:35

      If you stop TAKING the country down, we'll stop talking about it!

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-19 15:38

      Showerhead and his cohorts are the ONLY reason the country is sinking while the rest of Africa (excluding Zim of course) is doing pretty well thanks

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-19 15:46

      Well done zuma & anc, you have single-handedly destroyed SA. No one could have have this better than you, you are an inspiration to all criminals. Your failed policies, and unconstitutional ramblings are at the fault of law. How dare the law and constitution dictate what you and ministers must do. how dare the opposition parties tell the truth and expose all of the anc's corruption. I for one zuma, stand behind you on this one... ... hoping there is a cliff in front of you. Better?

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-19 15:47

      clifford.sithole.5, How can you and your fascist regime constructively (viz by law) exclude a section of the population from the economy of the country of their birth and then expect them to be positive..? It is not only white South Africans that are negative about SA - every single global financial body of repute is negative about SA, WHEN WILL THE PENNY DROP..? Nothing will happen regarding "...social inequalities and income disparities..." if there is not a dramatic improvement in South Africa's labor productivity. It is this productivity that is at the very core of SA's wage disparities - until it has vastly improved, you can do what you like, things will just get worse. Eg look at Zim - the top salary for a mine worker = R 1750/month, yet they have to import experts from Western countries who are being paid even more than the same expertise in SA, iow the disparity in income has worsened, with the same policies now being pursued by the ANC. Zuma talks in riddles and keeps presenting red-herrings; he talks about the trillions to be spent on infrastructure projects - how much of it will be stooped in corruption and incompetence, how much of it will actually reach its intended targets/outcome..? This is what your king is too dense to grasp, the amounts that will be spent is immaterial, if 3/4s of it is lost through incompetence and corruption.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-19 15:48

      Strange how 20mil people are wrong and only you are right????

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-10-19 15:56

      Can you beleive it...it's all our fuilt that the countrys a mess...struth..!!!

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-10-19 15:57

      Maybe if you didnt take the country down, we wouldnt talk the country down?? makes sense Mr President?

      johny.stront - 2012-10-19 16:02

      THULI !!!!!! Please probe this creature Big head!!!! Thuli For President By the Way!!!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-19 16:18

      "We have to give our people "hope"........... given the "frustrations" and the legacy of the "past," he said. Msholozi I trust you are referring to the past as the last 20 years. Our black "brothers" and "sisters" (yes , there are many whiteys that feel this way)are hungry and live in a shack -- just living on hope alone since 1990. A large percentage of your followers don't have access to the media ..... "Hopefully" come 2014 they have run out of patience and vote for a different Political Party. We have a new generation of voters in the making .......

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-19 16:42

      clifford.sithole.5, This corrupt crook is your president not mine, and Claudia well said. It's because of these low IQ idiots like clifford.sithole.5, that vote these ring gears into power that I'm so negitive about this hell hole SA. Everything they touch turns to Sh.t and now this idiot ask me not to "Talk this country down" get real

      long.tom.509 - 2012-10-19 16:45

      normal reaction from weak leadership-kneejerk

      gert.barnard12 - 2012-10-19 17:26

      I needed to say something along the very same lines. Only just got here, and realised there are some pretty clued up people out there. My sentiments exactly!!!! Thanks, guys, Zuma and his ANC followers are idiots and need to be dethroned!! DA, you are NOT doing the job, people, step up!! You are our ONLY hope....

      burlin.russouw - 2012-10-19 17:47

      lol +1

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-19 18:07

      "Legacy of the past". Holy crap, this record has been on repeat for 18 years! When does it stop? When do you actually acknowledge that you have tried and failed because of your party's shortcomings, ineptitude and corruption. Apartheid CANNOT remain the excuse forever. At some point you end your racist policies, give the job to the best person available irrespective of race and then see how this country finally moves forward.

      niel.phillips.7 - 2012-10-19 18:08

      Stand up and take a bow.....eish I wanted to say it first!!!

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-19 18:27

      Frack Offfffff Stop your AA/EE/BBBEE cr@p and allow me to work again......... Oh.... And Compliments to your speechwriter. No mention of Verwoerd this time...........

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-19 18:43

      I will stop when you have your day in court, make the tapes available as per the Court Ruling. Show us you are serious about RULE OF LAW!!!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-19 18:47

      Hey Zoomer - I'll bet you loved it if we all LIED and said everything was "peachy". Fact is, you've been one of the biggest single causes of angst in this country in the last few years. Fraudulent little self serving liar.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2012-10-19 18:48

      I don't know whats worse, his face or his name.

      alf.pop - 2012-10-19 20:42

      Actions speak louder than words. Zipper should have a good look at himself and how he "represents" S.A.! Who turns the country into a laughing stock for the international community? Do the right thing and step aside! But don't foget to take all your cronies with you! We don't need them!

      KennySven - 2012-10-20 12:57

      HOW ABOUT PAYING BACK THE MONEY YOU GOT FROM SHAIK,IT WAS PROVEN IN COURT?

      greggail.garnie - 2012-10-20 13:27

      This is a positive statement from the president, showing the sort of leadership that has been sorely lacking during his tenure. A case of better late than never. There is also a great deal of bitterness and not a little hypocracy that one picks up from the comments to this article. A case of the pot calling the kettle black. Whether normative (negative) comments and actions come from Government, public or private spheres, they are all counter-productive to SA getting on and getting ahead. Again, the racial card is always played by the various groups to score points at the expense of the country. So whether you are white, black, coloured, indian or chinese, it is your right to agree to disagree, but spare a thought for the fall-out when that right is exercised in the extreme, with total disregard for the common good.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-20 14:36

      You are doing a wonderfull job of that ALL BY YOURSELF

      boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-10-21 12:55

      Problem is..anc is full of zumas.

  • david.smith.127648 - 2012-10-19 14:46

    Shut it!! FATBOY!

      colin.langley - 2012-10-19 15:31

      Ag clifford...just shut up you bloody agent! You are insulting your race by just typing!

      david.smith.127648 - 2012-10-19 15:32

      He is NOT my President, I had the Brains NOT to vote for this Fool! He is The Architect of Your Own Downfall, Not mine!

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 15:35

      @Cliff, you don't have to bring race into it you disgruntled spaz, this is about all of us, unless you are also a corrupt ANC thief!

      camp.j - 2012-10-19 15:39

      @Clifford, please refer to my earlier response. Now go and sit in the corner

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-19 15:41

      What 'good work'? There isn't any, and coupled with his thieving ANC party, of course we're going to voice our opinion.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-10-19 16:18

      Clifford, they have a special on tissues at Dischem at the moment. You should take advantage!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-19 16:19

      Ok Clifford, let us focus instead on the good things the ANC has done post-apartheid. You start....because I cannot think of one.

      long.tom.509 - 2012-10-19 16:54

      Yes clifford Sithole shutting up the media is not going to help,the ANC has already tried that one,please list the good that has been done,should not take you to long about one sentence!the country you live in is called a de-mock-racy,one of the thing's involved is free press,so it's good that people are allowed to comment,in all normal countries this is seen as good robust democracy,so what is it that you want ? the opposite is called communism ,where people get imprisoned or worse for talking out against there leaders,if you do not like this democracy go back to where you came from !

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-19 16:59

      I agree we must be positive and complaining all the time is not good, we must find the source of these complaints and eradicate it, I vote for the strong woman.

      acm.munro - 2012-10-19 17:15

      Clifford its not just the whites running him down , check all the comments, and its not a question of 'running him down' ...not counting any name calling, most people are just mentioning the truth, and it seems the truth is hurting some people.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-19 18:21

      Clifford u are the reason why S.A. is on a downfall. U r the reason why anc is the way it is. And Zuma the only strides u have done is the johnny walker strides with faaaklema.

      acm.munro - 2012-10-19 18:45

      Until I started reading the comments on News24, I never realised how blind and how deaf politics can make people!+

      nathan.g.moss - 2012-10-19 22:07

      clifford you are the reason why they should not allow prisoners to have internet access.

  • matt.jarvis.77312477 - 2012-10-19 14:47

    Stop what Zuma you fool?You the clown that's taking the country down not the Media.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-19 16:00

      @polio: by doing what. are they using tax payers money? you sound pretty desperate man. come up with some sense.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-19 16:39

      bibi.vanzyl... Please don't expect this Polio sickness to give you a straight answer. Just like his coward ANC buddies (that he votes for), he can only criticise. It's not in his intellectual capacity to make any positive suggestions. PolioSickness: Read the following article: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Top-10-signs-that-you-are-an-unquestioning-ANC-supporter-20121015 ...it's guaranteed to make you all warm & fuzzy inside.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-19 16:47

      madala.sebata... that is exactly why I sold all my properties & invested the cash oversees. Do you honestly think I'm as thick as you average ANC voter????????????

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 14:48

    Well start fixing it then!

      camp.j - 2012-10-19 14:51

      Bro' this reject is not capable of fixing a puncture let alone fixing our country

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-10-19 20:29

      Morama, your thinking is the reason why EE BEE and AA are not working! These policies are in place to address the inequalities of the past, but as future generational playing fields are levelled out, these policies must be eradicated. It is a long term strategy, not an indefinate one. Pretty short sighted comment, indicating the sheer lack of knowledge and vision.

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-10-20 02:27

      Zuma should go do the job he's qualified for - a goat/cattle/sheep herder.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-10-19 14:50

    We should keep our traps shut and merely look on as you and your YL f..k up the country?

      camp.j - 2012-10-19 15:50

      Lindiwe, i'll put that comment down to Friday madness :) When in the "good old days" did we have to import grain? I'm guessing you're p1ssed off with the farmers cos they fed ur fatass?

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 16:03

      @Lindiwe - if you don't have something constructive to say then get back to work you plaas meisie. You obviously have something against the farming community, maybe because no-one liked you there either.

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 16:13

      @Lindiwe, hey I have a free desktop image for you: http://pinterest.com/pin/122160208613746272/

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-19 16:23

      Lindiwe - sadly, no... the truth is that in 1994 there was something in the order of 35 000 commercial farmers and we were exporting food everywhere. Currently the number stands at close to 9000 and we are importing food... nothing to do with global warming or climate change, my dear...

      sxp - 2012-10-19 17:17

      Lindiwe, we Boere were nothing because of the English and look what we built...the best economy in Africa. Are you blind or stupid...please do not tell be you are both.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-19 22:22

      seriously, Lindiwe? you are insulting my intelligence and asking me if I understand global warming? Eish... I think working for Incredible connection must have given you an elevated sense of your own intelligence. I do understand global warming - do you? you do realise that we are not experiencing droughts? That our population growth has far outstripped our ability to produce food? That the obsession with redistribution of farms have resulted in the government sitting with huge tracts of once productive farmland either lying fallow or being utilised as no more than subsistence farming? Go and do some research - you will find that for example 32% of the arable land in KZN belongs to the Zulu trust, administered by the Zulu king - and entirely used for subsistence farming - or building pink palaces for Zuma...

      BulletProof. - 2012-10-19 22:26

      @ lindiwe.phiri.92 Ask yourself why millions from North of South Africa want to come to live here, legal or illegal, why they couldn't be successful on their own countries with all the richness of Africa, why those countries never developed. Please ask yourself. Let me tell you South Africa is going the same way down the drain. BE REAL or maybe you don’t agree because you are part of the gravy train and steal from your brothers.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-20 08:19

      Sorry, Lindiwe... I see the words, i read the sentences, but the incoherent drivel makes no sense. You obviously do not want to be confused with facts. so tell me sunshine - answer the following questions - do you agree that spending 250 million on a private residence for the prez is unacceptable? do you agree that taking 10 months to deliver text books to school children is unacceptable? Do you agree that fraud and corruption is unacceptable? are you happy with the rampant crime and corruption? Anyway, i am not going to convince you -ihad the opportunity to leave SA, but have stayed because i love this country. I hate seeing it run down into yet another african disaster. Tell me, have you ever travelled in Africa? Go visit some paragons of African democracy - DRC, Angola, Zimbabwe.... beautiful countries, but absolute disaster zones...I don't want this country run down to something that resembles a posy-apocalyptic war zone...

      asdhasgd - 2012-10-20 08:45

      i think lindiwe is bordering on retardation. how are you allowed to use a keyboard??

      FeebleGastro - 2012-10-20 13:50

      Lindiwe, you should have been Tswana. You're surname would have suited you exactly. The gibberish you talk sounds just like the crazy sounds they make.

  • camp.j - 2012-10-19 14:50

    Stop TAKING our country down Zuma!

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-10-19 14:50

    The cause of problem is right under your nose

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-19 14:53

      I think you misspelled "attached to" wrong.

  • siliziwem - 2012-10-19 14:50

    You are the one taking this country down. You got a salary increase 3 months ago

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 14:50

    and spending 4 trillion on personal living space or stadiums does not fix it!

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 15:06

      Start making fireproof buildings

  • hendrik.v.heerden - 2012-10-19 14:50

    If your Ministers and people in Government did not make the same mistakes all the time maybe we could be positive and report positive. However currently it is Government and the Leadership who are not adequate in the job they do that causes the negative outlook. Show the way in the correct manner stop enriching yourselves and maybe just maybe we all could be proud of the Country.

  • bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-10-19 14:51

    He just doesn't want to decrease his salary or forfeit his bonuses annually. Get rid of Malema and put a capable person in charge of the country. An industrial revolution will not improve anything. We read the news every day and find something else that is going wrong. Don't ruin the best country in the world.

  • annalene.nel - 2012-10-19 14:51

    How can you spend on creating infrastructure if you cannot even maintain the already good infrastructure we have. You are such a clown, say one thing and do exactly the opposite.

  • Willie - 2012-10-19 14:51

    Step down after one term and stick to what you said,then we will talk good about our country not the present administration

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-19 14:51

    Taking the country down?. With him at the helm we don't have to say anything, as we are already nearing the bottom of the pit.

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-10-19 14:52

    "We have to give our people hope as indeed a lot is being done to create a better life, even though things may not be moving as fast as we all want them to, given the frustrations and the legacy of the past," he said. sure the upgrade of your private home is moving very fast at our expense. We would be less negative if you mr pres would do your job and lead this country properly. Stop the corruption, tenderpreneurs, thieves and we all will be happy and positive. As long as you don't lead by example and do something positive don't expect us to do it for you. I am so sick and tired of all the crap from this cANCer

  • moafrika.walenyora - 2012-10-19 14:52

    Look whose talking, a man that cannnot read five words in a minute. Reduce your salary and we will talk the country up

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-19 15:20

      Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-19 14:53

    'income disparities' my @ss. Look at you, 250mil upgrade to private property, 5 bil worth of eating and drinking. I say you have a bit of a cheek. Do the right thing and withdraw and let the people vote for a new prez, this is a democracy after all. Right?

  • bullardx - 2012-10-19 14:53

    lokl eish Jacob Jacob...

  • lulu.shezi - 2012-10-19 14:53

    look I'm all for positive thinkin and speaking positive words. But how are we NOT going to speak negatively with a president like Zuma. Nothing they have done for us so far has been in our favour. Etolls,POIB,Zuma renovating his home,condoms at schools..like WTF do they want us to do? Tell fairytales of a magical wonderland?

      ant.duke - 2012-10-19 15:00

      Yeah! Beauty (SA) and the Beast (u know who)

      bullardx - 2012-10-19 15:06

      "Lulu and African Beast (Jacob)"..lol,

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-19 15:48

      No - I will not be patriotic and thus show support for a criminal government. How can you honestly ask people with integrity to be patriotic to this shower of twits while they rape the country.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-19 17:05

      Patriot: "One who loves and defends his or her country" Traitor: "Someone who betrays his country by committing treason" I will love and defend my country to the death - but why should we defend a President who is treating the people of this country with utter disdain......for the poor, the constitution, the Judiciary, HE is the one who not acting like a Patriot!

  • freedom.nation.5 - 2012-10-19 14:53

    screw that i am not going to let my SALARY to be frozen. I worked to hard to get where i am. secondly without my tax money the poor will not have any funding.. grants

  • briana.scott - 2012-10-19 14:54

    I can only wonder how much of the R844 billion will actually make it past the corrupt handshakes and actually be used for some/any form of infrastructure, at this point anything will do, instead, it will fill the pockets of these criminals in government. Stupid Mr President! How about some good decisions get made for the nation, not you, greedy Mr President, then maybe there will be something good to talk about. The country is not being talked down it is actually being taken down. Idiot.

      johny.stront - 2012-10-19 15:15

      Thanks!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-19 14:54

    High level dialogue?. Who? Him?.

      ant.duke - 2012-10-19 15:10

      High level diarrhoea he's good at...

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-19 14:55

    Another pre-election "speech". Show me just 1 department in the whole of SA which is working properly. Just one. Agian empty lies. Conveniently blaming the frustrations and the legacy of the past which the anc and ancyl developed in the first place. One only has to look at the many strikes up to date in one years time to know where it comes from.

      Brad - 2012-10-20 15:31

      SARS

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-19 14:57

    The solution?? Get rid of the ANC!!! We wouldn't be so negative if our president wasn't useless and criminal with very dodgy background. And we would be less negative if you could put an end to Malema once and for all! But you can't even do that because you are so useless!

  • Themba Hillsong - 2012-10-19 14:58

    "given the frustration and legacy of the past", am tired of our leaders blaming the old regime for the new ish they do, how does being a bad leader has something to do with Jan Smuts?

  • bullardx - 2012-10-19 14:58

    lokl jacob.how can you expect more positive remarks of the country wen everything we feared in da past to go wrong has exploded ,especially this year, under your presidency...but you make me laugh, dat i gotta give to ya.. otherwise screw you:p

  • louwv - 2012-10-19 14:59

    Mr. President all you can do is talk. You have never lead by example and do not have the characteristics to do so in future. Even your deputy agrees and that being the reason he is going to oppose you. All that you do, is to blame is the legacy of the past while the country is bleeding under your leadership. Apart from blaming, your time is consumed trying to cover your dirty tracks and plan your self-enrichment schemes. You will not consider stepping down, as you will cling to power as long as possible because without power you are really nothing.

      ctomose - 2012-10-19 15:10

      You hv said it all..He neva stand 4 critics and complains,bt he knws hw to blame instead of finding solutions mayb he thnks we r all 4rm Nkandla.

  • jail4bail - 2012-10-19 14:59

    Dear, Mr. Zuma the ANC, ANCYL, Government, Provincial Government (Excluding the Western Cape), local Government and Government Officials leads by example providing the evidence to the media on how criminal, corrupt, fraud ridden you personally, Ministers, Cabinet, Government Officials etc. Enjoy your retirement in your renovated home after the next elections.

  • marc.roos.56 - 2012-10-19 15:00

    A govenrment with no leaders.A country without hope.Leaders who set an example of avarice,dishonesty and theft.A government sector run by thieving idiots.Get your house in order and then maybe we can talk.In the meantime i'm on my way to civilzation.Australia here we come.

  • motleleng - 2012-10-19 15:01

    JZ wake up and take a shower, you did this. If you can't stand the negativity of the country quite and go back to Zumaville...

  • peter.kelly.921025 - 2012-10-19 15:02

    Mr Corrupt himself !

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-19 15:03

    Its called freedom of expression.

  • brendon.baxter.52 - 2012-10-19 15:03

    If the current government did the jobs they were employed to do we would not be in this situation at all...too many jobs for buddies.

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-19 15:03

    Zuma, you want the country to work together, but BEE excludes an important part of the equasion. You made your bed...lie in it!!

  • brendon.baxter.52 - 2012-10-19 15:04

    If the government did the jobs they were employed to do we would not be in this situation...no more jobs for buddies.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-10-19 15:04

    With you steering this sinking ship, sorry no can do, you caused it, you sort it out, you failed this country and its people, you and your governments overwhelming corrupt focus is the problem, not the people reporting on it, what do you expect....

  • butch.poulter - 2012-10-19 15:05

    we could spend 16bn on infructure projects in we took Zumaville out of hte picture. We the public/media are not talking the country down you doing it all by yourself.

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-19 15:06

    And you and your thieving cronies are actually bringing the country down

  • billyboy6 - 2012-10-19 15:07

    So Mr Zuma, what are you doing to: 1) Cut crime, corruption, incompetent cadre deployment, filling key vacant posts 2) Encourage and assist job creation, particularly in small businesses 3) Fix the mass incompetency in education and health departments 4) Cut government gravy train spending Do just those things and you will find your detractors will have little to shout about. They are not critical of the country, rather your governing of it. The only positive of your being re-elected is that it will end the ANC's dominant rule of the country that much faster

      croix.mactee - 2012-10-20 00:08

      Has there ever been a leader ANYWHERE who had a thicker skin than this rotten chop? If you want our support and positive input, then STOP STEALING !!!!!

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-10-19 15:08

    Then Stop TAKING our country down

  • zaaristotle - 2012-10-19 15:08

    What, so we should rather be like a typical grade 4, no worries, mom and dad (someone else) will provide, I don't have to have any repsonsibility? His schooling shows.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-10-19 15:08

    BE REMINDED \ YOU BIG HEADED THING!! WE HAVE A FREEDOM OF SPEECH. GO TELL NKANDLA VILLAGE PEOPLE ND ZULUS WHAT TO SAY ND NOT WHAT TO SAY\\ GOD SAVE US FROM DIS DICTATOR.

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-10-19 15:09

    Mr President i agree with you HOWEVER this must start with you - you being the leader of our country, set the example and stop racailsing everything and margalizing sections of the population based on colour. Denounce what is wrong in the country, like the incompetence, the education, the crime and corruptipon, denounce it...! Your leadership is needed here ...!

  • mtlhavanirecksons - 2012-10-19 15:09

    Hou jou bek!!

      mullerier - 2012-10-20 15:19

      If only the gentleman could keep that and a few other body parts to himself....

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-10-19 15:11

    I agree, but don't tell people what they should not do. Tell them what they can talk about to inspire pride. Lets talk about Employment growth, our great strides in Education, our low Crime rate, Growing Industry like mines and agriculture, fantastic Honest Selfless politicians etc. You've given us so much to be proud of. Aaaaah, these socks I'm smoking are great. Ah Well, at least we've got great weather.

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 15:28

      you will make great profits as a drug dealer - everyone wants a hit!

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-10-19 15:11

    i'll stop if you stop

  • xigagagah - 2012-10-19 15:11

    Working together we can do more.

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 16:05

      That is 100% true!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-19 16:42

      True. But with a government dividing us we can't.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-19 15:12

    sure, no problem mr. prezzy dent. how about you give back the billion rand spent on your upgrade, the money stolen by your party (now there's a pun if ever I've seen one) and stop employing stooges in positions of importance etc. etc. etc. to infinity

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-10-19 15:12

    Stop stealing our country to the brink of collapse!!! cANCer...!!

  • maria.ferreira1234 - 2012-10-19 15:13

    Practice what you preach, and stop hiding from the PEOPLE when things go wrong. It's all about your wives, your children and now your mansion..... And we must fit the bill to keep our country running. CRAP.....