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DA congratulates ANC on centenary

2012-01-07 18:17

Johannesburg - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on Saturday congratulated the African National Congress on its centenarary event.

"I extend my sincere congratulations to the African National Congress (ANC) and its leader, President Zuma, on reaching this impressive milestone," Zille said in a statement.

"These 100 years show an extraordinary record, without parallel on the continent of Africa. If the ANC is saying this is much more than a celebration of the 100th birthday of a political party, we agree.

"It represents a history of progress, a quest for human rights and the advent of democracy after a long, arduous struggle that took over 80 years," she added.

She said the values espoused by the father of the new South Africa, Nelson Mandela, still resonated strongly with the people of South Africa and his humane, non-racial vision of equality for all under a democratic system led the country out of the dark days of repression and put it firmly on the path to freedom.

However, the centenary event also called for introspection and reflection as without the values articulated by Nelson Mandela, the ANC also risked becoming a rudderless vessel, Zille warned.

Comments
  • Frank - 2012-01-07 18:29

    All very well but im sure he could have found a better place for his ritual Spear!!

      Beetroot - 2012-01-07 18:51

      like in his left lung!

      Jerhone - 2012-01-07 20:06

      slightly higher

      Piet - 2012-01-07 22:32

      Slightly lower, and more to the centre, on the opposite side.

      Anthony - 2012-01-08 12:02

      head??!!

  • stefano_brasco - 2012-01-07 18:50

    The 1996 Constitution vs the ANC's coruption allegations and its infightings will no doubt be South Africa's biggest challenge for 2012. Can the DA use this tool to sharp shoot the ANC from its complex PROBLEMS?

      Moss - 2012-01-07 19:57

      Is that all what your brain can do???????

      Anthony - 2012-01-08 12:06

      at least stfano has one whats your excuse?

  • rhino - 2012-01-07 18:53

    She is just being nice. GET IT? I too can sometimes be nice to someone I don't like. GET IT? We all can be nice sometimes. GET IT?

      Azande - 2012-01-07 19:44

      keep fooling yourself. Zille unlike other brainless whites see ANC as colleagues. I can assure you that there is no bad blood between DA and ANC leadership, only differences in policies (work). Only the stupid individuals like yourself are left behind. hope u catch the flight to a truly non racial SA.

      Moss - 2012-01-07 19:58

      Thanx Azande!!

      Blip - 2012-01-07 20:45

      They're not colleagues; they're fellow-countrymen.

      Jenny - 2012-01-08 08:56

      Exactly Azande. There is no bad blood between DA and ANC leadership. So can other people on this page stop calling the criticisms of the ANC racist? It is not racist to criticize the ruling party when they are clearly making mistakes. It happens in every other democracy in the world and it is our democratic right as citizens.

  • johan.verwey - 2012-01-07 18:57

    Everybody knows the DA is ANC -light.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-07 19:25

      Everybody now knows you are "light" in the brain department.

      Blip - 2012-01-07 20:47

      At least they're in opposition, unlike the Freedumb Front who are close enough to be serving in the Zuma cabinet! Joiners.

      Roland - 2012-01-08 02:04

      @ Blip, as a history teacher I had to vocalise my appreciation for your Anglo-Boer War "joiner" reference. Ja the VF+.....ek se maar niks....????

  • isaac.baloyi1 - 2012-01-07 19:22

    Thank you Mrs Zille,you message is heartily welcome!I hope that you will not blemish other things which deserves you praise!

  • Azande - 2012-01-07 19:34

    Sensible and reasonable statement from Zille. I admire her for upholding impartiality and truthfulness. I am hopeful that she will do workshops to revolutionize the deformed mindset of some individuals whom are her skin color. VIVA ZILLE VIVA

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-08 08:37

      A good idea Azande, but then the ANC must also have workshops to sort out the deformed mindsets of those with your skin colour? Fair is fair.

      Wall - 2012-01-08 17:03

      Azande, I don't understand all the downvotes on your comment... Surely everyone can recognise that there are still lots and lots of South Africans (black, white, coloured, whatever) that live with a "deformed mindset". Come on leaders, try to address this!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-01-07 19:48

    A fair gesture and respectful comment to make. Courteous at a time when politics aside one can give the ANC credit for the things they have accomplished at a time such as this. A hundred years is a hundred years, even though there are many fingers one can point. However, thanks to the ANC, South Africa is rid of that decease called Apartheid for which all South Africans can thank the ANC for. Their struggle against apartheid was the struggle for the freedom for all South Africans. I for one personally thank the founding members, Mandela and all those who lay down there lives for this, my country with all it's problems gives me more personal freedom than I ever had under apartheid. As for Helen who was also part of that struggle she is giving credit where credit is due and tomorrow she will continue the role of leader of the opposition which will hopefully grow to match the electoral strength of the ANC some day in the future without the need to go to war or lay down lives. So I say Viva ANC Viva....! ......Today... ....but when the party is over it is back to business and myself and other opposition supporters will continue the battle for a balanced democracy under this freedom which you the ANC led the struggle for, and in which all South Africans live today.

      Graziella - 2012-01-08 08:49

      WOW..... A thousand recommends for you SIR!

      Garth - 2012-01-08 09:07

      Glen, wake up and smell what you are shovelling. Thank the useless anc for getting rid of apartheid - BS. If PW had not been coerced, correctly, into sending Roelf Meyer on a fishing trip with Cyril Ramaphosa, the anc fat-cats would still be sitting in London bemoaning their fate whilst slurping oysters.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-01-08 14:21

      Yes! Garth while you and the likes of you were being marched of to compulsory military services geared towards the killing and suppression of our own people our National Party Elitist were definitely slurping up oysters, and devouring imported caviar. While you and the likes of you blindly supported a regime that was no better than Ghadaffi, you continue to spue hatred, with your superiority complex. Which today counts for zero. Roelf Meyer under F.W.de Klerk knew that South Africa had no choice but to change the pathetic course on which South Africa was on, and the fact is South Africa is better off for their decision and bravery to charter that course, which was supported by the minority referendum. Lets face it the country was a balls up. South Africa's problem today is a lack of good governance which we have really never being able to enjoy because of the attitudes from the likes of you. Your longing lust of the past and your inability to see that even with the ANC's inability to properly govern South Africa, we are still in a better position than we were pre-1994 and that the only thing required now is for people like you to stop moaning and find active ways to pro-actively change this problem instead of continuously fueling hatred between South African's. So while I might be shoveling I will ensure that it is used as compost, nurturing thought for debate and hopefully adding to the recipe for an even better future for South Africa and all it's citizens.

      Garth - 2012-01-08 15:16

      A few points there Glen: It was under PW in 1983 that RM first made contact with CR. I had just arrived in Angola and they were discussing a peace that was to only be realised in 94. Imagine my resentment - 11 years fighting a war when peace was being discussed in secret. Not resentment at the peace, I might add, resentment at the 11 years. But the peace that they discussed never came about. So who do we blame? Concerned citizens tired of criminality and corruption, of racism and nepotism - we saw enough of that under the nats, why would we want it all over again - or do we blame the purveyors of this pollution in the hope that our voices shall eventually be heard and someone will eventually stop the death of this country? Your proposed rebuttal is also incorrect in that we do not long for the past. We long for a today that delivers on the promise that was there for all to see, but unfortunately remains beyond our grasp. I blame the anc for that and shall continue to oppose them with all that I am.

      Wall - 2012-01-08 17:09

      Garth, I do believe Glen agrees that the opposition should continue with the battle to fix things. In other words, he agrees things aren't right. He's just saying that they (especially mentioning the founding members/early leaders of the ANC) should get some credit for what they accomplished before they started ruling. And I absolutely agree. I definitely prefer living in an apartheid-free SA! Viva Glen! :P

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-01-08 17:13

      Well Garth I have to agree with you on the fact that the opportunity that the ANC had has dwindled into the pathetic government it has become. I am also disgusted at the present situation, and like you will like to see the back end of the ANC government and will definitely do all that I can to hasten that day. The peace we all want is not beyond our grasp, it is there for all to achieve and the only way we can achieve it is to let go of our resentments and continuously engage in as many debates be they heated, because every mustard seed shared is a future tree to be harvested.

  • Blip - 2012-01-07 20:40

    It's merely professional courtesy.

  • Themba Mbuyisa - 2012-01-07 21:17

    smh Zille does lead an ignorant flock. Nice message from her though. Sincere and truthful.

      bernpm - 2012-01-07 23:12

      You seem to discredit the last part of your message by the first part. Pity

      Roland - 2012-01-08 02:14

      She leads the most per capita educated sector of the nation, black, white, coloured and Indian, and if I recall correctly, she garnered (big word) 25% of the electorates' support in 2011. So pray tell me where the ignorance lies???

  • Dudleygbu - 2012-01-07 21:49

    as far as i can see we going back to the dark days of repression just the other way round

      Graziella - 2012-01-08 08:50

      You seriously have no idea what repression is....

      Garth - 2012-01-08 09:28

      Neither do you - you're seventeen or eighteen years old.

      Kasiboy55 - 2012-01-13 23:56

      @Gerth Wow, your intellect amazes me and I love how you think knowledge is limited by age... Very smart man you are!

  • Luthando Toyo - 2012-01-07 23:39

    Very well said Hellen Zille.

  • Alva - 2012-01-07 23:56

    ANC=rudderless vessel.Sums the current ANC up perfectly.

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