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This country is safe: Zuma

2012-04-10 14:21

Pretoria - All people in South Africa are and should feel safe, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

In a brief address at the annual Intelligence Services Day commemoration in Pretoria, Zuma said the safety of all people in the country was assured.

"Just be confident in this country that you are safe. This country is safe," he said.

He said the commemoration was one of the most important beacons on the intelligence community calendar as it served to remember operatives who played a critical role in safeguarding security in the country.

"There is no country which can exist without its intelligence. We give [intelligence] very specific attention because it has a very specific duty," he said.

Zuma laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in honour of departed agents.

Families of the deceased members were present at the ceremony but the rest of the event was closed to the media.

Later, Zuma was scheduled to preside at an awards ceremony which would recognise service excellence within the intelligence community - an event which was also closed to the media.

Comments
  • Janice - 2012-04-10 14:25

    Come on man GET REAL!!!!!

      John - 2012-04-10 14:39

      thats rich from a guy thats got 24hr security

      Kacee - 2012-04-10 14:40

      Maybe for the fat cats with all your body guards, and blue light brigades.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-10 14:42

      O please! Safe from what? Perhaps safely on it's way down the tubes...

      Koos - 2012-04-10 14:56

      I feel like a million $$$ man.

      Nina - 2012-04-10 15:11

      SAFE? REALLY? Sorry, not by ANY stretch of the imagination Mr President. We don't have wars like Iran or those places, but safe? NOPE.

      Justme - 2012-04-10 15:29

      He obviously doesn't read News24

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-04-10 15:30

      Great! Now our president is a comediant as well.

      Jan - 2012-04-10 15:52

      A little late with his April fools joke I see.... lol!

      Smell - 2012-04-10 16:17

      God help us all. Since when has denying a terrible problem become the solution of that problem? What the heck is going on in the mind of a national leader when making such an insane statement?

      Ina - 2012-04-10 16:23

      My thoughts exactly, Janice. This man is really not for real! Crime capital of the world, tops in rapes, murders, fraud, you name it, but we are safe? Well perhaps if we had all the security and guards he has, we would also feel as he does. The mind boggles at this man's effrontery!

      Scebberish - 2012-04-10 16:25

      ...and soon we will have elections, also closed to the media.

      shudusO - 2012-04-10 16:46

      even the president himself when he is driving(not walking) in the streets of Jozi with all his security they ALL feel UNSAFE...so how safe is that?

      Jessica - 2012-04-10 20:58

      what a w@#$%^ http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Gran-killed-after-act-of-kindness-20120410

      NrGx - 2012-04-11 09:20

      REALLY? SA has more murders per day than in a war ridden country like Afghanistan, but we must feel safe. SA has lost more lives on the roads this year than the entire 10 year war campaign in Iraq, but we must feel safe. SA has been placed on "orange" by the genocidal watchdog, but we must feel safe. Tell you what Zuma, lose the security and blue light brigade and come down to the ordinary citizen level and then tell us YOU fell safe!

      Phuti - 2012-04-11 13:23

      Let us give him the respect as a president of the country even though ther is a cloud of corruption hanging over his head.i wonder if ANC don't have decent people who can really lead SA properly.

      Trotse - 2012-04-11 13:55

      Safe For Him but not his people...

      Neville - 2012-04-11 17:24

      whahahahahahaahaha who is this guy? The President of SA?

      adam - 2012-04-12 06:43

      I sit at my desk with a .45 colt next to my coffee mug, 5 boerboels in my yard, and still do not feel safe under anc governance, or rather the lack of it.

      Alf - 2012-04-12 07:16

      It is safe - from foreign investors! Just compare the volume of the Johannesburg Yellow Pages of 2012 with that of 2005. It underwent a slimming process! We should not expect too much from our president. He even makes spelling mistakes when he speaks, like when he says that Africans should be less P E S T I M I S T I C!

      Ansie - 2012-04-12 13:07

      ........and we have to believe this!!!!!!! He has'nt been in an armed robbery in the privacy of his house while having a braai........

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-10 14:26

    Yes Mr Prez, safe for everyone except the white farmers who's lives are in constant danger. How about you put measures in place to protect our country's food supply !!!

      Matewis - 2012-04-10 14:44

      People living down the street from us were awaken the weekend on their farm at 01:30 by 6 young zimbabwean men armed with handguns. Tied up, cars stolen but thankfully not hurt - well apart from been pistol wipped a bit...

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-10 14:53

      Shocking. At least they weren't too badly harmed. What I cannot understand is why these thugs have to murder? Take the stuff and go, they don't have to kill !!!

      Fussed - 2012-04-10 14:58

      And the RINO

      Matewis - 2012-04-10 15:12

      apologies please '...were awakened...','...from being pistol...'

      J-Man - 2012-04-10 16:04

      Sam - your head needs to be checked.

      Smell - 2012-04-10 16:20

      Sam, excaltly what rights do Zimbabweans have to brutalize South Africans farmers? And why are they here? Isn't Zimbabwe now finally "libarated"?

      Blip - 2012-04-11 02:42

      Our food supply is mostly imported.

      Steve - 2012-04-11 08:57

      crim Crime and corruption in this country has become a national pass-time. The midnight affirmative shoppers now work shifts. Safe Zooooooma??? Methinks that your (shower)head is stuck way too deep in the sand.

      Johan - 2012-04-11 08:57

      Yes, Blip, because minus 3000 farmers (the average farmer feeds 1600 people) 4.8 million people's food supplies ran out, so everyone else must pay more to feed the nation with less farmers.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-11 12:30

      Well he's got experience goat herding. Maybe he can make cheese.

  • Kobus - 2012-04-10 14:27

    Can somebody please deliver him some daily news papers?

      Irene - 2012-04-10 14:31

      Kobus ~ It won't help. He can't read.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-10 15:15

      Someone should read for him then!

      Vernon - 2012-04-10 15:39

      damn you guys just ripped me. lol

      Andrew - 2012-04-10 15:57

      Not possible he can't read. Remember he only reached std.2!!!!

      Zing - 2012-04-10 16:05

      made my day :)

      Scebberish - 2012-04-10 16:30

      He is pretty good at rape, corruption and nepatism though.

      Bongani - 2012-04-10 17:05

      No, not deliver, he need to collect that newspaper from my shop in Yeoville. The guys here will steal newspaper and his shoe.

      Frank - 2012-04-10 17:17

      Hahaha good one Kobus

      shudusO - 2012-04-10 17:28

      lol...he only need to read one Daily Sun he will start talking sense

      Anne-Marie - 2012-04-10 18:02

      No point really. The newspapers do not even print all of the things that go on anymore.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-10 14:28

    How many 'safe' murders are committed daily in South Africa Mr Zuma? 45, 50, 55 ??? We need to have PROPER justice for violent crimes. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY !!!

      flysouth - 2012-04-11 18:31

      The number of murders per day as claimed by SAPS is around 50. But this is a lie as is so much that comes from SAPS. The truth was revealed about 3 years ago by the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System (NIMSS) a unit of the SA Medical Research Council. It found that approx 92 people per day died through unnatural violent causes other than accident or manslaughter - i.e. by murder. The survey involved examining corpses in mortuaries to establish causes of death where this was in question. Forensic evidence, unlike the ANC and it's private militia called the SAPS, does not lie! It seems that many deaths by deliberately inflicted violence are totally missed by SAPS, but more likely are wilfully, negligently and criminally disregarded where possible in favour of making the statistics look better. Even with the claimed miniscule reduction in murders as reported last year by the Min. Police, the true figure will still stand at approx 90! Zuma crowing about safety of the person in SA just reveals, once again, the sub-standard intellect of the man and/or his speechwriters! Alternatively it reveals him as a person who is prepared to knowingly mislead the nation on critical issues.

  • Brett - 2012-04-10 14:30

    He forgot to say that if you are an ANC cadre surrounded by bodyguards and a blue light brigade you are safe. If you are a farmer you are not safe. If you are a rhino you are even less safe.

      David - 2012-04-10 14:41

      Very true. This morning in JHB our Sports minister went for a ride on his bicycle - he was surrouded by 3 blue light Beemers. Must have looked really funny while negotiating a hill. Apparently caused chaos with the traffic.

      Consolata - 2012-04-10 14:44

      Not to mention that if you're am ordinary south african you're not safe. I actually feel REALLY insulted by what if has said. I got robbed 5 times in a 7 month period. I AM NOT SAFE. I have to carry pepperspray, and a knife in my bag, COS I'M NOT SAFE. Voetsak zuma!

      Sharon - 2012-04-10 16:43

      And criminals are safe - safe from prosecution!

  • Irene - 2012-04-10 14:30

    OMG but this clown gets thicker and more ignorant by the day!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-10 14:33

      You can't get any thicker. Have you heard him try speak without a speech in front of him ??? OMW, he's clueless.

      Balan - 2012-04-10 14:44

      yes Irene, his head, bank acc, his wives, children, anc cronies are all very thick.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-10 15:18

      He can only speak Zulu without a written speech! I am not saying he can read a speech by the way, even with the 44 point font!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-10 14:30

    Yes we are safe from terrorist bombings, and global threats, but, I assure you, it had nothing to do with our intelligence agencies. We just aren't part of any specific target group.

      Colin - 2012-04-10 14:57

      the "terorists" would probably get mugged/raped/murderd and that could be why they dont enter our country.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 16:19

      @Colin. Good one.

  • charlvdb - 2012-04-10 14:31

    I'll feel safe when the death penalty gets brought back!

      Johnnie - 2012-04-10 14:50

      That will ever happen, not as long as the ANC is here. Bringing the Death Penalty back would wipe the BLUE - Eyed boys out, and a whole culture might disappear.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-10 14:54

      It wouldn't be the 'blue-eyed' population who would be at risk then Johnnie. That's probably why the ANC don't want it back ...

  • Hermann - 2012-04-10 14:32

    Safe? Everybody safe? I guess when you have blue light equipped body guards you are safe.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-10 14:34

    I think that is largely unproven speculation Mr Prez! If our defence forece functions anywhere near the way the police do we are up the creek without a paddle! If memory serves correct-an airforce pilot stole a jet and crossed the border for a visit!!!!! Thats 1 of the examples made public-how many others are there? When sandf members went on strike they were as violent as common thugs!

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-04-10 14:36

    Ummm...maybe for those who can afford armed response, patrols etc. The rest can be victims anytime, anywhere

  • kswanepoel - 2012-04-10 14:36

    LMAO, sorry Mr President you missed 1st April for your April Fool"s Joke of the Day!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 14:41

      LOL

  • Rob - 2012-04-10 14:39

    Now I feel much bettter, thanks showerhead. Especially after reading the press More especially after listening to just about everyone I know who...some have experienced multiple situations threatening their safety And most especially following my own harrowing experience. Sure....now I feel much better!!!!And I trust you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • drishworth - 2012-04-10 14:41

    I'm sure the Intelligence Service has done a marvelous job when providing information that has kept us safe from external threats to our safety - what our esteemed President deliberately left out of his speech is the fact that Soouth Africans are not safe from themselves.......... look at the stats and then feel scared to drive your car, leave your doors and windows open on a hot summer night, have a braai in your garden, eat out at a restaurant, leave the bank after making a cash withdrawal, take a stroll home after a night out at a tavern and be very afarid if you are a farmer.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-10 14:41

    More political rhetoric to make us feel better. Tell that to the farmers.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 14:50

      Eish, tell to farmers indeed. This should be a very irritating article to them.

      Brett - 2012-04-10 15:01

      @Duncan so that you can have food to stuff down that hole in your face.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 15:08

      @duncan, you missing the point. Every citizen should equally be and feel safe. There is no making of farmers a priority here, the fact is farmers are currently the most endangered citizens and that needs to be addressed. I suggest you put aside partiality, be sensible and objective.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-10 15:27

      @Bret - Remember guys like Thabiso think milk comes from a Super market, meat from a butchery, etc. They frankly have no clue what the role of farmers is. We must educate them and take them on farm tours and show the the food value chain, or let the farmers immigrate to Mozambique and the DRC then we will buy all our food from there! Sies Duncan you are an embarrassment!

  • Frans - 2012-04-10 14:42

    Mr. Pres, excuse my french but where the f#ck do you stay. Surely not in South Africa.

  • Judith - 2012-04-10 14:42

    Since we are very unlikely to be at war with anyone - yes we are safe. However given the extreme psychopathic attitude of most people involve in intelligence services, can we trust them to be telling the truth? We also have a high murder rate, women and children are not safe from attacks. Only politicians are truly safe with their bodyguards and blue light brigades - all of which should be withdrawn so that they live in the real world with the rest of us

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 14:47

      Eish, if your wish (withdraw bodyguards) could be granted, politicians would stop living in fantasy country claimed by the president in this article.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 16:24

      I wonder why the police minister built a R200000.00 round his house,because he felt safe????????

  • Liana Burgers - 2012-04-10 14:47

    ag please!! please come sit in with our shrink after 'n gun was held to my head, my 5 month old son and while my husband was beat up and our money stolen! go lie somewhere els!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-10 14:52

      You are a minority, therefore your issue is a minor problem. Really though, sorry you had to deal with that.

      Elize - 2012-04-10 15:28

      @Liana my husband and son was also held in our home a gun point by four armed men for 40 minutes, my son started crying and my husband was told that unless he shuts him up they will shoot him, thank GOD they left without harming anybody and i am so glad that nothing happened to your husband and son. @Tony you have NO idea what it feels like to be in that situation, my son is almost 5 and still talks about the badies!! Needless to say that the next year he got the most wonderful black nursery school teacher but we had to move him to another class as he got hysterical everytime she told him to do something. Eventually we moved from Gauteng as the bad memories and risk of being a victim again just became too much. See what effect crime has on our children??

      Jacqui - 2012-04-11 12:36

      Liana and Elize. I feel so sorry for you that you had to go through this trauma. Our country is becoming a tradegy and innocent people have to suffer. One wonders if there ever will be an end to it. I hope you have all recovered as best as you could.

  • Kekeletso.nax - 2012-04-10 14:47

    Then I'm guessing you don't need all those bodyguards you have and you certainly don't need a blue light escort seeing as we're in a safe country and all. #eyes rolling.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 15:27

      I guess as much

  • jcistheman - 2012-04-10 14:49

    Aside from leading the way in most forms of crime South Africa has the highest incidence of rape in the entire world!! Was Zuma addressing only men?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-10 14:56

      http://worldnews.about.com/od/crime/tp/Top-Murder-Rates-In-The-World.htm Read the first line of number 8 - South Africa

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-10 14:57

      It's known ALL OVER the world. Shocking stat !!!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-04-10 14:49

    Eish Mr President, you intelligence eez nought so intelligent!!

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-04-10 14:50

    WTF? Which country do you live in, dude? We might be safe from external threat but our danger comes from within our borders. The highest murders and crime stats, farm murders, no food sercurity and he calls it safe. Ha ha ha!

  • Heimirich van der Merwe - 2012-04-10 14:54

    LMFAO!!! In the last 5 days only, all I have been reading about was how people have been murdered, raped robbed etc etc. clearly our president is not reading or being informed by his entrusted security advisors...

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-10 15:31

      He can't read !

      Zing - 2012-04-10 16:12

      He's "honouring departed agents". How did they depart? Old age? I don't think so.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-04-10 14:54

    Excuse me - does he live in the same country as I do? What about every day murders, the highest rape rate in the world, farm killings, hijackings and the shootings by untrained SAPS staff - we are safe???? This guy is more off the chart each day...!

  • desertratbkf - 2012-04-10 14:55

    WTF!!!! On which planet are you? Certainly not Earth, and MOST certainly NOT South Africa!

  • Fussed - 2012-04-10 14:56

    God man is there no end to the sh@#t you talk

  • Piston - 2012-04-10 14:56

    What a retard!

      Allan - 2012-04-10 15:44

      @cheech, please refrain from using the term retard when referring to the president, rather use the term f^%*ing fool Neanderthal :-)

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 16:28

      OK,

      Saamprater - 2012-04-12 06:48

      Dinosaur comes to mind. And just like them they will be extinct one of these days. Surely this is enough now. Even the most basic of uneducated must see that the cANcer have nothing more to offer us as citizens

  • Frans - 2012-04-10 14:56

    Jacob, come to my neighborhood one weekend. You can sleep in my wendy-house(no burglarbars/alarm). Only one condition - leave your bodyguards at home. Oh one other thing- you must go to the local shopping centre on your own.

  • Pen - 2012-04-10 15:00

    An idiot that has lost touch with reality

  • Julie - 2012-04-10 15:04

    Safe, says Zuma? then how would he explain this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fzRSE_p1Ys&feature=related

      Simon - 2012-04-10 17:12

      I just watched this clip, and would like to know if the subtitles really represent the words being sung. Will someone please clarify this for me.

  • Elize - 2012-04-10 15:04

    Ja right, does this guy ever read the newspaper??

  • Robin - 2012-04-10 15:09

    Somebody been smoking in the shower again! Come on Mr Zuma, anyone with even a single active brain cell can't be fooled by this idiotic claim.

  • Lerato - 2012-04-10 15:10

    The way people disrespect their country and President in SA is absurd, the way poeple are always attacking using emotions and NO facts is really sad. SA is a free country if its as bad as some of you suggests, its better you move to safer countries elsewhere. Why can't you be proud and make a positive change to your country. Come on, all you negative people must just LEAVE !!!! You won't be missed trust me, and when you get to Australia you will be cramped in a 2bed flat if you are lucky no gardner no maid - wow!! And you will be free from AA and crime !!! Any takers ???

      nokuthandwa - 2012-04-10 15:17

      Lerato, you wouldn't be saying this if you had just buried your 28 year old cousin who was murdered for his money. You have no idea what a great loss my family has experienced then to be told that SA is a safe country? Clearly you are not affected by the rising crime rate! I wish I were you!

      Den - 2012-04-10 15:26

      STOP BEING STUPID

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 15:33

      @lerato, u totally missed the point people are making about the false assertion and disingenuous behaviour of Mr President. Fact is, he is blatantly lying. Please take off your sunglasses, its dusk now. @Nokuthandwa, sorry for your loss.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-10 15:37

      Be proud of what Lerato ? This guy is lying, he drives around with an army of bodyguards, making sure he feels safe, should we therefore believe that we are safe just because he is safe?? Give us a break, we are not yes man, and you have no right to tell us to leave our country, you leave as you cannot stand a debate based on facts!

      Lerato - 2012-04-10 15:44

      Duh, which president doesn't drive around with \an army\ of security. He is the president of SA and he deserves that much protection !!!

      Elize - 2012-04-10 15:45

      @Lerato first of all it is very easy to make a comment like that if you haven't yet been effected by a violent crime. Second of all my husband is not South African so I can leave this country whenever I will and believe me I would rather be cramped into a two bedroom flat in Belgium than live in a mansion behind a 8 feet wall with security cameras, electric fencing ect.. We haven't move yet because if we do we will have to put our 70 workers out of work and that effects 70 families. Read nokuthandwa's story and think about it very carefully. And bye the way why should we as citizen's make positive changes to our country, don't we pay OUR coverment enough money in taxes already to keep us save??

      Lerato - 2012-04-10 15:54

      @Elize how sweet of you!!! So you are stuck in SA because you care about your 70 workers, how sweet! I got news for you, market dynamics will make sure that your employees will be swallowed by your competition, so please don't let that hold you down. But am more worried about your destination - Belgium OMG !!!!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 15:56

      @Lerato, "deserves protection"... protection from what? I guess from water that could come down his shower cap. lol. You embarssing yourself Lerato, sit down, keep quiet and listen to those that can think before they talk.

      nokuthandwa - 2012-04-10 16:03

      thank you so much for your condolences. My cousin was buried 2 weeks after he passed away. The first statement from an eye witness was taken by police 2 weeks after the funeral making it 4 WEEKS AFTER HIS MURDER!! How can we feel safe!!!

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 16:34

      You are only the second person to agree with the "shower head". You chop. I give my dog more respect, at least she does not BS people.

      Marlene - 2012-04-10 16:37

      People please leave Lerato alone she is not speaking about us she is speaking about POEPLE! (she cant spell)

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 17:46

      No facts? Really Lerato, where on earth do you live? But you are correct - people have misread the context of what Zuma was saying, he was referring to safety from foreign invasion etc - the speech was about intel. I think even Zuma knows crime is way beyond out of control, something you strangely don't seem to know or have experienced.

      Vasa - 2012-04-10 17:56

      There is only one word that describes this attitude...RACISM! I know its a word they hate but read their comments and you dont have to be a rock scientist to know its hatred that drives it. They would rather there was a de Klerk or similar name at Union Buildings. Has there been an external attack to this country....NO! Civil War?... NO...ThreaT TO PROPERTY RIGHTS....NO! THeir definition of safety is different from mine I can tell you!

      Elton - 2012-04-10 18:21

      Lerato, SA is a GREAT country, just we have a complete idiot as a president.

      Cosmic - 2012-04-11 10:41

      Maybe Lerato is in line to be his next wife...

      Carry - 2012-04-12 06:52

      LERATO - RESPECT IS EARNED AND NOT DEMANDED. ZOOMA THE FOOL MUST FIRST GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO LEARN WHAT RESPECT IS AND HOW TO SPELL IT. THIS MAN DOES NOT HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS OR EXPERIENCE TO WORK IN THE CORNER SPAZA SHOP .................. AND THIS FOOL IS RUNNING A COUNTRY - AT THIS RATE HE WILL RUN IT INTO THE GROUND.

  • Scouter - 2012-04-10 15:11

    We give [intelligence] very specific attention because it has a very specific duty," How else are we going to silence our critics put down dissent if I don't have the Mdluli's of the world at my beck and call? Plus the Infamous Bill of course - now there's a good string to my bow........ Also, didn't know Zuma was capable of delivering a "brief address".

  • Nosiphom - 2012-04-10 15:12

    Not if you live where I live without a 24 hour police guard paid for by the taxpayer!

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-10 23:45

      are there terrorists where you live?I definately feel safe from both domestic and foreign enemies of the state like the fellas at C-max,whats their name again,Boore something

      Cosmic - 2012-04-11 14:28

      @ HugoMabasa You are full of crap, We have nothing to offer the world that's why the foreign enemies don't bother to come here, besides it is to dangerous for them, we have too many domistic terrorists running around at night already.

  • Jenipher - 2012-04-10 15:13

    His comment doesnt make me sleep any better at night. He (president) may be saying we are safe from external influences (i.e terrorists etc outside RSA) but what about the internal chaos of SA's own criminals attacking civilians on a daily basis and feeding off our pain and suffering experienced as a result!!!! And what about the mafia and terrorists we are probably harbouring anyway!!!!

  • Buhle - 2012-04-10 15:14

    Hayi no Zuma Is it also safe from corruption?

  • Eva - 2012-04-10 15:15

    Tell that to a farmer and his family ... in person. Look them in the eye and tell them they are safe. Then go to the families of the farmers who were SLAUGHTERED and tell them the same thing. F**k you and your whole regime!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-10 18:44

      I can't wait for us to have more Black Farmers. Perhaps the President will bother listening if it wasn't mostly a minority race being killed.

  • drprinsloo - 2012-04-10 15:19

    Which country is Zuma referring to? Certainly not South Africa, the rape capitol of the world, the murder capitol of the world, where a woman is raped every 17 seconds and farming is the most dangerous profession of any profession anywhere in the world. Who is he trying to foold? Does he not realise that even the embassies are suffering armed robberies weekly? The whole world knows that SA is busy collapsing in anarchy and on the brink of civil war. Perhaps if he was in the country more often he would actually know what is happening in this country.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-10 23:46

      I think he was referring to SA but let me read the article again.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-10 15:21

    I feel about as safe as a toasted beacon cheese and egg sandwich would feel,, sitting in front of Zuma on his plate.

      Joanita - 2012-04-11 08:58

      LMFAO!!!! That is the best description on how safe we are, I've read in a long time! Safe as a toasted bacon, cheese and egg, on the table infront of Zuma....HAHAHAHA! Made my day

  • Wayne - 2012-04-10 15:22

    LOL!!!!

  • valkyriaza - 2012-04-10 15:22

    I want to know in Which South Africe does Pres. Zuma live. I want to go there

  • Mirrorman - 2012-04-10 15:23

    Joke of the day????

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-10 23:46

      no.

  • Ryan - 2012-04-10 15:23

    Dear President Zuma Please find below our suggestion for fixing South Africa's economy. Instead of giving billions of rands to the government that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan: There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them R1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations: 1) They MUST retire. Ten million job openings - unemployment fixed 2) They MUST buy a new car. Ten million cars ordered - Car Industry fixed 3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed 4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university - Crime rate fixed 5) They MUST buy R100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week..... And there's your money back in duty/tax It can't get any easier than that!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 15:39

      @Ryan, step on the right direction. if we could all criticise and put forward suggestions, this country would be a better place.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-10 23:47

      very simplistic.Good thing you do not hold any public office.

      George - 2012-04-12 01:14

      You're making the completely unwarranted assumption that they WANT to fix it. They quite obviously DON'T. Great suggestion though. Our public protector, the NCC don't have money to operate (tens of millions) but we blow R100 million on a kilometer of resurfaced highway. C'mon.

  • Frans - 2012-04-10 15:23

    Duncan, what do you call a white english speaking person who was born in South Africa.

      Frans - 2012-04-10 15:44

      Good answer Duncan and I'm sure you believe yourself.

      Jacqueline - 2012-04-10 15:45

      @Duncan: What about those that were raised in a fully bi- if not tri-lingual home?? What are those? I'm sorry your perception of the people is so skewed. Someone must have really done something bad to you to make you such a hate filled person towards others.

  • Smell - 2012-04-10 15:23

    OK everyone, sell your burglar alarms and dismantle your burglar bars. Go and walk in park, even after dark. Go for a sightseeing drive in the townships. Let us celebrate that our government has finally made our country safe. I am usually not to hard on Mr. Zuma, but this statement is absolutely unbelievable hogwash. Violent crime remains the number 1 reason why RSA is continuing to bleed wealth and job creating skills to safe countries.

      Joanita - 2012-04-11 09:00

      Smell - April 10, 2012 at 15:23 Report comment "OK everyone, sell your burglar alarms and dismantle your burglar bars. Go and walk in park, even after dark. Go for a sightseeing drive in the townships. Let us celebrate that our government has finally made our country safe". HAHAHAHAHAH!!!

  • Philela - 2012-04-10 15:24

    How can u say we r safe only f u knw the living \r\nConditons tht we hav to face each and every day \r\nIf we were safe you wouldn't hav body guard then \r\nWe are safe , so please mr president dnt tell uwe r safe \r\nCoz we r not, children are being sexauly abused \r\nEach and everyday nd we r robbed everyday, and how can we\r\nBe safe when we dnt even have jobs plz dnt make fool \r\nOf tha citezens plz

  • Werner - 2012-04-10 15:28

    We have one of the most extensive crime rates in the world, both our last two police commissioners are either in jail or waiting to be binned, our army is considered a world joke, and the 'turtle' thinks everyone is safe because he lives 35 000 feet above the rest. The only truth he knows is how he will trample this country into the dirt that is the ground. Ape !

  • Herman - 2012-04-10 15:28

    SAFE se gat!!! You are living in a dream world. Its only safe for corupt officials!!! Youve lost touch woth reality - TIME FOR YOU TO GO!!!

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-04-10 15:31

    oh come on people, what are you complaining about? this country IS safe. Just look at the numbers of rapes and murders, hijackings, robberies! How can you not feel safe! Lets just forget about the number of people murdered in townships, suburbs, villages and lets forget about the farm murders. Babies are being raped. YET WE ARE SAFE. Women are being raped. YET WE ARE SAFE. OH lets not forget the Men who die protecting their families. BUT.....WE ARE SAFE!!! Lets all push aside the fear we have when we walk down our own streets and see someone behind you. WE ARE SAFE! Lets forget how many times we check our doors and windows because WE ARE SAFE!!!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-10 15:45

      Enough said.

      Jacqueline - 2012-04-10 15:50

      Sing it sister!! I agree.