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ANC needs radical shift, Zuma says

2012-06-26 22:34

Johannesburg - The ANC needs to come up with a radical shift in policy to address the problems of poverty, unemployment and inequality, party president Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"You cannot sit in one place and hope things sort themselves out," he told reporters on the first day of the party's four-day policy conference in Midrand.

Referring to a document key to the discussions, "The Second Transition: Building a national democratic society and the balance of forces in 2012", Zuma said it was necessary to address the wrongs of South African society.

After mentioning various violent crimes, Zuma said: "There's something wrong with our society... let us find a radical shift to deal with the challenges."

The documents suggest the ANC must now enter a second era of democracy. The past 18 years was the first transition during which the focus was political emancipation.

The "second transition" must focus on social and economic transformation in the next 30 to 50 years.

Zuma denied that the concept of a second transition had become synonymous with his reported re-election campaign, as it had been put forward by the ANC's national executive committee.

He was just highlighting it because it was so important.

"As president of the ANC I have sharpened the debate on it."

After yawning at the start of the media briefing, Zuma went on with quiet authority to reassure South Africans that the plight of those without land would be addressed - without changing the Constitution.

In the lead-up to the conference, there had been calls for a change to section 25 of the Constitution, which refers to property rights and sets out conditions for the expropriation of land with compensation.

"We know... nobody is going to change the Constitution, we have a country that is running very well. Within that, how do we resolve the problems?"

Zuma said the real economy was still mainly in the hands of white males, and this needed to be addressed soon.

While he was talking to reporters for an hour-and-a-half, the more than 3 000 delegates were behind closed doors in a plenary session to receive input on three of the main policy documents: organisational renewal, the second transition - also known as strategy and tactics, and state intervention in mining.

The national development plan and commission guidelines would also be discussed.

Mixed welcome

Earlier, Zuma received a mixed welcome when he delivered his opening address. Delegates from KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State sang: "We are going with Zuma, we are going with the president."

However, other provinces and delegates sat back.

KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC's biggest province and Zuma's home province, and has 462 delegates at the event.

Speaking in measured tones, Zuma touched on the main points of each of the 13 policy discussion documents to be debated.

His comment that the "willing buyer, willing seller" approach to land reform should be reviewed, as it was not working, received the loudest applause from the packed hall.

This was matched by enthusiastic applause when Zuma said the ANC had to lead the country by example.

"It is very important as part of the renewal of our organisation. We are not doing this for ourselves as ANC members. We are doing it for the country as a whole.

"That understanding must inform our behaviour, the manner in which we carry ourselves as members of the ANC in the eyes of the country."

The rest of his speech, which lasted an hour and 13 minutes, was largely received in silence, with a smattering of applause when he mentioned that a job seekers' grant should be considered, and that the ANC should cleanse itself of "alien tendencies".

These included ill-discipline, patronage, careerism, corruption, abuse of power and a decline in the ideological depth of ANC members.

Zuma said the party had "taken action and will continue to take action against anyone who crosses the line".

Zuma blamed failures in the first 18 years on the fact that the ANC had to make compromises when negotiating the terms of democracy in 1994.

"For example, we had to be cautious about restructuring the economy, in order to maintain economic stability and confidence at the time.

"Thus, the economic power relations of the apartheid era have in the main remained intact." He called for "a thriving, mixed economy, where the State, private capital, co-operatives and other forms of social ownership complement each other in an integrated way to eliminate poverty and foster shared economic growth".

On conclusion of his speech, delegates broke into song, including Zuma's trademark "Awulethu' Mshini Wami" (Bring me my machine gun).

After Zuma's speech, ANC national executive committee member Tokyo Sexwale read through the procedures and told delegates they could not sing derogatory songs.

Zuma later told the media that it was an ANC tradition to sing songs about its leaders.

"The ANC said 'let us not discuss leadership'. It's different from singing about leaders," Zuma said.

"Historically the ANC has never stopped people from singing about leaders."

The ANC will elect new leaders at its Mangaung conference in December. The party's top officials have warned its members not to nominate their preferred leaders before October, or discuss succession before then.

Policy decisions taken at this conference would be officially adopted at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung in December.

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-26 22:40

    ANC needs a radical enema. Only after that can it claim the mantle of 'movement'

      Press - 2012-06-26 23:37

      Would it be radical enough to get rid of Zuma and steer the ANC away from tribal leaders? And by the way the economic stability of 1994 Zuma spoke of has since been thoroughly destroyed - unemployment at 48% (?), mostly thanks to their partners COSATU who are only concerned with expanding entrenched entitlements for those that already have jobs.

      Walter - 2012-06-27 05:43

      Whilst Zuma is delivering the normal political rhetoric driveling out of his mouth, which normally happens at conferences such as this and nothing is achieved, one looks at the party (ANC) itself, my view is mainly a bunch of ignoramuses enclosed in a canvas bag having a big punch up. Every now and again, one of them sticks his head out of the bag and says he's going to do this, that and the other and then goes back punching. SA, Black, White Coloured and Indian, let's use our heads and vote for a party who are going to work for the good of the people AS A WHOLE and create jobs and prosperity. VOTE DA!!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-26 22:40

    Yes, the wrongs of south African society - the fact that the government is greedy, corrupt and inept. Solve that and you will then start to build a nation - instead of trying to fool a nation of uneducated beggars. Also stop waving your fists around - you look like Malema!

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-26 22:47

    YOU MUST BE JOKING, THE ECONOMY IS IN THE HAND OF WHITE MALES. THE ECONOMY IS IN THE HANDS OF YOUR SON, NEPHEW, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ALL GETTING GOVERNMENT TENDERS AT VERY HIGH PRICES.

      Sharon - 2012-06-26 22:59

      Maybe he should back up his statements with facts and figures. It irks me that he can make statements like that and it is just accepted as fact. Similar to his statement that 80% of land is owned by white people could not be confirmed by the deeds office. All he is doing is stirring up already simmering racial tension.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-26 23:00

      The puny 1 in 10 whites have got them really fussed. Even after 18 years. It's time they learned how to behave. If hey want to be a part of the international community, they need to learn to act the part.

      mundu.olewega - 2012-06-27 03:11

      Beware. This is exactly how it went in Zimbabwe. Mugabe was losing popularity so he turned on the few remaining whites that kept his economy going. Zuma is in the same predicament had will turn on the whites of SA like a mad dog to hold onto power. His sheeple will follow blindly until they realize all is destroyed but it will be too late. Keep your powder dry boys, HKGK!

      Richard - 2012-06-27 06:38

      @ Prakash, these are the population group statistics: African 40 206 275 (79.5%); White 4 565 825 (9.0%); Coloured 4 539 790 (9.0%); Indian/Asian 1 274 867 (2.5%) Whites own 42% of property, blacks, indians coloured (27%), government owned property (31%), 83% of JSE stock market value owned by white and foreign ownership, with the debt free portion of JSE black ownership at 1.6%; Whites monthly earnings per capita R16,500p/m; Blacks R4,200 p/m. According to Gordon Institute of Business Science research by Andile Makhunga, levels of bee ownership has declined dramatically, and the levels of BEE deal flow have declined drastically. The era of mega "BEE wealth transfers is gone for good”. Don't get all your research from misguided comments on News24 threads...

      Richard - 2012-06-27 06:43

      @Prakash again: The point is the gap between rich and poor is the LARGEST/BIGGEST in the world as measured by the gini coeffient. Nobody disputes this. The rich, yes, because of Apartheid, are predominantly white, and the poor, are predominantly black, coloured and indian. If we do not address this through government economic intervention and other methods, we will go the Zimbabwe route where no one has anything left - the poor black, coloured and indians will probably ensure that...

      Blue - 2012-06-27 07:45

      And this comes from one of our BEE candidates... what does that tell you...not even the ones who should be on the 'receiving end' are getting what they have been promised for the past 18 years. The DTI / seda / GEP ( all government departments supposedly supposed to be assisting SMME's ) have for the past four years been spending millions 'strategising' about how the governement must help small business...spending thousands on week long getaways...bosberade, meetings after meetings. And every time a new person gets elected..the same dam process starts all over again. Wasted time..talking and talking, strategising, making promises that they never keep, just to dissapoint the masses YET AGAIN!!! Now, 4 years down the line not ONE SINGLE DEPARTMENT IS DOING ANYTHING FOR THE SMME OWNER. The DTI is sitting with BILLIONS to assist but the ongoing damned delays is causing that hundreds of small business who COULD HAVE helped with unemployment are now sitting themselves unemployed. They are useless fronting organisations who make BIG promises that they NEVER KEEP!!! Tax payers are under the impression that small business can just approach the many government subsidaries for assistance...this is not the case. I know...because I was involved in all three these departments, and made the mistake of voicing my concerns to my seniors!!

  • Tommo - 2012-06-26 22:49

    When will the people let go of abusive and unhelpful rituals related to the apartheid era such as singing bring me my machine gun??? Why can the words not be changed?

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-26 22:56

      They have run out of ideas a LONG time ago @Tommo - time for them to move on.

      geronimo.feather - 2012-06-26 23:05

      To be honest, I view the singing and chanting we see at South African political gatherings these days as rather juvenile and a little idiotic. They seem to get so carried away with the whole thing, I'd much rather politicians were serious in approach, dressed smartly, studiously debating thought provoking policies and solutions rather than signing immature songs whilst scoffing KFC. The 1st world must look upon us with such amusement!

  • dave.kofang - 2012-06-26 22:49

    They must stop stealing our money first.No amount of noise can change the corrution in the govt.Theres no political will to turn the situation around.

      Christelle - 2012-06-26 23:04

      It is like the parents of old......Children, don't do as I do, Do as I tell you:-) Do you have any idea how many houses could have been build for the poor with all the money which have been stolen......which in turn resulted in job creation, which in turn resulted in money being put in the hands of the poor, which meant money being spent buying food, essential services, do I need to carry on?

  • Staalburger - 2012-06-26 22:51

    It is a little hard to address corruption when the whole country knows you have been involved in corruption. It tends to taint your credibility.

  • Scouter - 2012-06-26 22:52

    Excuse me whilst I throw up over this latest piece of Zuma style disingenuity - this one really takes the cake, even by the ANC's incredibly low standards.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 22:56

    Continue as you are doing, without corruption, nepotism, porous borders, with diligence, pro bisiness policies and respect for the law(i.e politicians who do wrong get punished), and you will start seeing the results you want. The attitude and culture within the ANC will lead to failure, whether there's a shift in policies or not

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-26 22:58

    Yada yada yada...talk talk talk ....blah blah......... Zuma, your party has already had 18 years to walk the talk!

  • rodney.green.9406 - 2012-06-26 23:11

    'His comment that the "willing buyer, willing seller" approach to land reform should be reviewed, as it was not working, received the loudest applause from the packed hall.' No no no.The speech writer should please read s.25 of the Constitution.If you have an "unwilling seller" the State can still acquire the land.Ito.s.25 the State can simply expropriate the land and if the buyer and seller fail to agree on a price the court has the power (presumably after receiving advice from expert witnesses,)to fix a price. (The DA in a recent press release mentioned this.)

  • Hugo - 2012-06-26 23:14

    Zuma:. when will you stop with the "bring my machine gun"! and ask for something more productive , in relation with the current needs of our country, and the expectations we all have, like BRING ME BOOKS , TOOLS TO WORK the land, OR ANY OTHER THING THAT WILL SECURE THE COUNTRY WE ALL DESERVE/? Machine guns are for killing, who are to intending to kill?, JUST THINKING....

      andile.tyhaliti - 2012-06-27 00:15

      Singing is running in our genes we can't help it.

      Dee - 2012-06-27 02:10

      Andile - I love the singing - but in line with the 'radical change' needed, wouldn't it be fantastic leadership if Zuma changeg the lyrics of old revolutionary songs to GOVERNANCE VALUES. Please write us / ANC some 'Second Transition' songs as per Hugo's suggestion - about school books, teachers not striking, no looting of tenders, appointing the most competant person for the job, doing honest business dealings, delivering efficient services, valueing tradesman skills and tools, caring for surroundings and environment, living in harmony, embracing our diversity ..... etc etc etc.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-26 23:15

    "You cannot sit in one place and hope things sort themselves out," he told reporters" Well, if we got him and all his mates to sit in another place, like 400 miles south of False bay, it might help a bit.

  • nobelungueunice.kol - 2012-06-26 23:17

    all Zuma's doing is talk,but no action..i mean how many times has he addressed dos issues specifically..all he do best is to 'make fools out of us'

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-06-26 23:20

    Am glad on their policy document they manage to reveal their weakness unlike some who pretend to be strong with weaknesses.

  • B.b. - 2012-06-26 23:52

    Good people, are you afraid of Mr. President Zuma? If you are not afraid of him why don't you put behind bars? Because you are claiming that he's involved into corruption,,,I think your comments are too much of childish,,,let us talk about facts,,,,hear-says,,,grapevine doesn't work,,,Let me give you an advice: the more you yawn about your opponent, the more they become famous and loved by so many people,,,when the ANC is discussing its policy, they don't mention any political party's name, because they don't want to defeat them, but bring transformation to this country,,,Viva Maqabane Viva!

  • B.b. - 2012-06-26 23:53

    Good people, are you afraid of Mr. President Zuma? If you are not afraid of him why don't you put behind bars? Because you are claiming that he's involved into corruption,,,I think your comments are too much of childish,,,let us talk about facts,,,,hear-says,,,grapevine doesn't work,,,Let me give you an advice: the more you yawn about your opponent, the more they become famous and loved by so many people,,,when the ANC is discussing its policy, they don't mention any political party's name, because they don't want to defeat them, but bring transformation to this country,,,Viva Maqabane Viva!

      anneck.cranke - 2012-06-27 00:00

      I will put Jacob Zuma behind bars! And shoot Malema, Lemola, and destroy the ANC youth league! How does that sound my friend?

      Staalburger - 2012-06-27 03:20

      B.b, allow me to enlighten you, judge Hillary Squires found Shabir Shaik to be in an overall corrupt relationship with Zuma. Corruption is a two way street. He did not work on hear say, but FACTS. Somehow, the powers that be arranged that Zuma never be formally prosecuted, because then he WOULD have been behind bars. You can't find the one being in a corrupt relationship with the other, when the other person is as straight as an arrow. Our Commander in Chief lined his pockets, so why wouldn't the rest of the government and those in high positions. At least some of them are being held accountable, but only after they took a healthy bite of the cherry. And please don't call me a racist, because in the original sense of the word, I am not, I will gladly follow any person of any colour or race that is honorable, and who also have my interests at heart, and that is not hearsay, but a FACT!

  • cyberdog.breath - 2012-06-27 00:03

    Correct, a radical change, starting with getting rid of the useless president, and his cronies placed in the government hierarchy ....

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-27 00:15

    Just in time for elections hey.. Watch how I spew crap out my mouth, watch you morons(voters) lap it up as you make your cross next to my name on your duplicated ballot paper! Wow.. And this will happen but I have a feeling things will go another way.. God have mercy on us!!

  • johnny.barties.5 - 2012-06-27 00:16

    Radikale veranderinge is regtig nodig daarom is n tweede demokrasie oorgang n moet want besluite wat geneem word raak nie net lede van die ANC nie maar die land in geheel.\r\nA radical shift.

      Hadebe - 2012-06-27 07:23

      Awzizwa ukhuluma ngani, so shove it where it is warm.

  • Biiza M Herbert - 2012-06-27 00:29

    leavc zuma alone.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-27 01:42

      Why..? Or can't you HEAR..

      simphiwelucas.chauke - 2012-06-27 04:25

      Tell him to leave us alone fight, the country will be good without him as a president and he must not 4get his gun since he is also a criminal.

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-06-27 00:48

    Zuma utterances sounds just like an intern attempting to get first time appointment. Zuma hamba suka, we need another leader you have succesfully failed the beautiful fresh country.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-27 01:21

    Blah blah blah !! As k*kpraat masjienerie was het Zuma met 'n slinger in sy hol rondgeloop (met 'n stort oppie kop en 'n spies as klein kop) !!

      Hadebe - 2012-06-27 07:15

      Its small talks such as this which set your forefathers fleeing zimbabwe with nthng on their name but the color that they thought to be the key to all superiority.

      jacques.vermaak.50 - 2012-06-27 07:46

      @Hadebe ja and look at zimbabwe!!!! your cANCer has done nothing but enriching themselfs. what have you got from all of this? a house? nothing you know why they, the cANCer dont care about you!!! you brainwashed.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-06-27 01:47

    Yes I fully agree with a radical shift.. The ANC needs to Shift Zuma OUT and install a credible President minus a machine gun and corruption and please throw IN some school books for starters... We're sinking like the Titanic with this so called captain at the helm..

  • Pat - 2012-06-27 01:49

    YES it does, U NEED TO LEAVE!!!!

  • andile.thoba - 2012-06-27 01:54

    Well done cde.president real it prove that everybody saw the need for a change after the first transitional period which left us as ordinary citizen with a political freedom as oppose to political freedom stroke economical freedom the demise of nursing the outside business have left us wanting we need taggeble change not the one in dreams inequality povert and fast growing figuers of unemployment rate have hard stricken the ordinary masses of our people those that are antichange are members of the minority in our country who owns the means of production let them talk.to say the president is securing anather term of office that is really the show of ignorance difinitely Mangaung will decide its fate at the congress,Anc members will decide then whom they want as their president.but now we want change we are not yet uhuru not yet free and we want to breath freedom we want touch freedom and we support change on chapter 25 of the contitution as agitated by our youth.phambili nge second transition as the skeleton moving to the secoond bite at Mangaung Phambili bo!!!

      digger.dighead - 2012-06-27 02:54

      Andile, So you as a black SA have your freedom and not only that your people run the country. You have free education, preference and first choice to university even if you marks are below a white’s, you have voted in laws to enforce businesses to employ you, you have lowered the failing rate for schools to ensure more blacks pass because too many couldn’t hack it. You want to take over farms that were just bush before and give it to the people, you want to take away jobs from whites to give it to blacks because they can’t do it by themselves……shame on you all. I find it embarrassing to think there must be laws in place because I am so useless I can’t do it for myself. What’s next, making a law that all white men must work then give 50% of their pay to a black person? I tell you one thing you are looking for blame in the wrong place, you getting rid of your best soccer players in the team because they are white. So go ahead and see what happens when you push people away that are trying to holding the country together, just to replace them with corrupt, incompetent idiots. At the end of the day there will be about 1.5 million whites suffering (the ones that can’t immigrate) and about 30 million blacks suffering like they have never imagined….unless they have traveled through Africa before that is! You want economic freedom….get off your ass and work for it!!!

  • tobydt - 2012-06-27 04:17

    "ANC needs radical shift, Zuma says" They do indeed. A shift away from corruption and incompetence.

  • simphiwelucas.chauke - 2012-06-27 04:18

    The ANC must focus on this policies that is to create jobs, educate the children, bring service delivery, fight nepotism, stop ZEE and leave the mines

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-27 04:51

    The president seems to have all the answers for the society but the society do not need any answer to their problems and and needs no. The society need solutions and a way forward with their needs mr president and the ANC goverment is holding our country still and we are never going forward if they are not going to make a 'radical shift' on that point.

  • ignatius.ntwampe - 2012-06-27 04:57

    Leave our president alone, Zuma is the president and he is still going to be, people are preoccupied with shifting everything they c. Whoever would be president, same words are gonna be used. Good people be patient to your fellow man.

      B.b. - 2012-06-27 07:03

      Don't worry Ignatius, all these people who are commenting here are driven by their political agendas. They are angry. I think if we can join them in their anger, that will be nice,,,mayb they start laughing and want ANC to govern this country even for many years,,,The problem is that, the 'Kafirs' (we-the blacks) took this country in a more polite manner, so, they think we are cowards,,,let them ask their grandfathers and mothers, \y did they allow democracy to take control over this country?\, they'll tell them, \The gun was coming to this country, so very wisely, we've decided that we give this country to them in a peaceful manner so that we were not gonna lose our farms and all the wealth of this country as we are still of and so on,,,,,\

      jacques.vermaak.50 - 2012-06-27 07:51

      @B.b we not angry, we just want a president that knows what he is doing. a person that is not corrupt etc. etc. have you read the article INEPTOCRACY by David Hill? what has the cANCer done the last 18 years????? here is a link http://www.thehubsa.co.za/forum/topic/116757-ineptocracy-by-david-hill/

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-06-27 04:59

    The secret to not being held accountable? Roll out a 30 to 50 year plan. Bwahahahahahaha.... This is on par with "vote for me because your forefathers will be angry if you don't" and "you will go to heaven if you vote for the ANC". Actually now that I think about it, it is more sad than funny.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-06-27 05:02

    So it begins, Whites are the enemies of the government, the people. So he says willing buyer and seller does not work... What will, scary to think of what these corrupt politicians will come up with.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-06-27 05:10

    The ANC needs a radical shift of culture and leadership. Milantant revolutionary marxists do not make good government. We need to get rid of the upper echelons who have created the mess we are in. The leaders are far too old school and still live in the last century. So JZ is right we need to cleanse the party of hasbeens cadres or we will have the next 20 years as the last 20 years. Corruption and blaming every one but themselves for the mess. WHO HAS BEEN IN CHARGE OF THE COUNTRY WITH TOTAL POLITICAL CONTROL FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS????????????????????

  • jwarha.balakisa - 2012-06-27 05:25

    We truly do need Radical shift, but we must implement those polices on government. No use passing them in the conference only for them to be keep out of government polices. The ANC is in government and must not be apologetic of the way they a governing this country. All those who don't agree with us can vote for other parties, when thy are in power can implement their own polices.

  • roland.gemmell - 2012-06-27 05:28

    std3 needs to implement 3 simple things: reduce politicians slaries by a minimum of 40% - they don't earn it eliminate corruption and wasteful expenditure ask "his" voters to stop putting their hands out & "work" for their living

  • Kevin - 2012-06-27 05:36

    The ANC should look at why a country with so much resources is not making a difference to its citizens - the theft, corruption and waste should be the theme at this policy conference. If these resources are used properly and wisely by people with capacity there is more than enough for all.

  • Emmanuel - 2012-06-27 05:42

    Topic changer: Why isn't news24 reporting on the farm murders that took place this week as BEELD is doing?

      Hadebe - 2012-06-27 06:50

      And a whole family was murdered in my village on saturday n news24 is deafeningly silent about it, pls news24 you should report every killing in sa, u should stop reporting important news, actually i think u should deploy reporters at every mortuary in sa to do the reporting on all the killed individuals in there.

      jajabutters - 2012-06-27 07:09

      @hadebe. Lol

      jajabutters - 2012-06-27 07:14

      @emmanuel. Maybe because beeld is a different newspaper. If all newspapers wrote the same stuff then there wouldn't be a need for different newspapers. Condolences to the family.

      Hadebe - 2012-06-27 07:46

      Or better still, u should set up your own platform, with all the resources at your disposal. Killings25 will be a suitable name.

  • Michael Savage - 2012-06-27 05:49

    I'm speechless, does anyone actually buy this rubbish. So the 21st century adaptation of communist planning is the 50 year plan. South Africa's average lifespan is just over 50 years, is this what they are counting on?

      Hadebe - 2012-06-27 07:03

      For once i agree with u michael, 50 years? They are fooling us, atleast a three year plan will not be bad. We talking abt radical changes here. In 30 years the grand dictator knws very well he will be long gone.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-27 05:52

    Blah (pause) blah blah (pause) blah blah (pause pause) blah (pause) . . . .

  • Andre Van Zyl - 2012-06-27 05:52

    Interesting.... Now that Mac is on-board our president no longer needs Ju Ju to threaten people in order for him to drive his agenda. Now He has an experienced arms deal veteran to cook up plans for him. Is the "thinker" stock photo of JZ that we suddenly see in all news clips part of the campaign to get us to see him as an intellectual rather than a ....... (choose a word)

      sabelo.mcondobi - 2012-06-27 07:06

      Most of the commentantators in the news24 are angry and bittter people who have no respect for democracy and transformation. For u guyz to insult the President is disgusting and out of line. It's the fact so much land was stolen by whites in this country and majority of blacks made slaves in their own land. And when we use the democratic approach of willing buyer willing seller u inflate the price so that no one is able to buy land. Well the propoed radical approach to land reform is the only alternative when minority whites like it or not...is gonna happen. Period

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-27 06:02

    The radical shift that is needed is for the ANC et al cadres to STOP STEALING STOP CORRUPTION STOP TENDER FRAUD STOP NEPOTISM and START DELIVERING !!

      Boysie Radebe - 2012-06-27 07:05

      you combrate forget one thing the masters of corruption and fraud is your fathers who stole this land from us it is not the ANC we african people have been quite for so long and now we must stop compromising and deal with facts

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-27 06:31

    Stop promoting and encouraging inter racial hatred. Use the 1000's of hectares of land already taken from whites before taking any more. Put effort into governing the country, instead of just cheap politics. Just a few idea's ANC, please think about it.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-27 06:34

    I don't think we are very far from a civil war situation. I have never in my life experienced such anger in my heart as now - and I get the bad vibes from most I come accross. The ANC is on the brink of completely breaking this country, what a disgusting revolting bunch they have turned out to be.

      Hadebe - 2012-06-27 06:56

      Then u should voluntarily loosen up the vise grap by which u have on the land.

      mpho.mashego.35 - 2012-06-27 07:03

      The truth hurts

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-06-27 06:50

    indeed a radical shift is needed. 1- dismiss, prosecute (and lock up) all the thieves. (you too JZ) 2- remove all the inept cadres that are stuffing up everything and replace them with people appointed based on merit and competence. 3- make all those that have been caught return all the money stolen, with interest. 4- stop wasting money. (R400 MILLION on a celebration??) 5- do away with blue light convoys. 6- do away with racist policies. and that's just the start, once you get these points right you'll be closer to being a respectable party.

      Hadebe - 2012-06-27 06:53

      Lock up all the thieves, including the maggots who stole the land.

      tobydt - 2012-06-27 06:59

      Hadebe, they are all long dead. Remaining is people who legally paid for the land. But lock up the thieves, yes. Dont think there will be a government left though.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-27 07:12

      no one is gonna take anything from you guys,this is music played for our less fortunate fellow brothers to earn their votes,we never hear racial talks unless prior to elections,relax,we all are South Africans here,we were all born here. Just dont resort to hate speech,it stupid to do that.

  • motsusi - 2012-06-27 06:56

    Yah ne... money making party. Now they just thought of poor people. I guess thier rich enough now. Is about time we give other parties chance, SA is no longer about struggle, i mean that's why those struggle people are getting rich because they fought for us. I mean why we go into strikes every time to vote for the same people again(We are not democratically matured yet). SA is still about honor against ANC because they liberated us, yes in 1994 it gave sense but now it does not.

      Khumo Mashifane - 2012-06-27 07:37

      which party have you got in mind to be democratically mature and you are certain will get the country right the first day?

  • Pieter - 2012-06-27 07:02

    No Radical shift needed. DO the logical thing. Stop corruption, nepotism and all that stuff and see how the country change.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-27 07:05

    @Hadebe all my neighbors including my house was robbed they didn't even rapport it in the local newspaper and do you know who is charge of my ward the DA

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-27 07:07

    Get rid of BEE so we can equal job opportunities and the ANCYL they want this country to go to the dogs

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-27 07:08

    Anc needed a radical shift the day they had the idiotic idea of governing a country! But please, do the next best thing...do a radical shift ou the door!

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-27 07:16

      Raaf,you are just a racist,Mbeki and Mandela never made such statements,they were strict about such things,but you wouldnt know coz each black stands for the entire population to you,well i grew up with a boer as a friend,and i know not all are like you.

      gee.raaf - 2012-06-27 08:02

      Fair enough. So please show me any african country run by africans that is a success? That's why the anc put a few billion in the IMF piggybank. Sooner or later you'll see some or other world air organization dropping of food in SA.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-27 07:10

    As I've mentioned it before, nothing scares the pants out of the minority than the planned economical redistribution so that it gets to benefit the entire population instead of it being centralised around a few. This would deprive them of the \godly\ status they are currently enjoying over the majorityam

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-27 09:26

      Being threatened is not fun by the way.. Sure it wouldn't make you comfortable. Do you plan an exit strategy EVERY NIGHT in case you are attacked in your own home? I do. It's happened before and it's not pleasant!! It's ok for you to say $hit like that because you are looking forward to taking everything I've worked so Fu@|

  • Andre - 2012-06-27 07:11

    If you wrest the economic power from whites and hand it over to the blacks you will have country similar to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and the rest of Africa. Corruption will increase boundless and so will poverty and hunger. And if you disagree you are living on a different planet and in an illusion!

      luvo.luvos - 2012-06-27 07:57

      Andre your comment is a load of bulldust. Yours is a typical excuse from a white population who want to cling to power at all costs and who want to retain the status quo intact. This economy's days are numbered.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-27 09:34

      You're right the days are numbered - if we don't do anything to get it back to how it was BEFORE money hungry, power mongering thieves took charge!! We will end up like that! I don't mean it must anybody specifics hands but be in the care of somebody who wants to make a difference and not have it just tonprove a point!! In 18 years even the people, not the government could've thought for themselves how to sustain things and grow crops etc. you don't need government for that. Instead you sit around and wait for somebody to do it for you because you can't do it yourself?? If its what you wanted, why in 18 years have you not worked to make a difference for yourself??