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Give help to poor, not cronies - Lekota

2011-02-15 20:55

Cape Town - Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota warned on Tuesday that job creation initiatives announced by President Jacob Zuma would be a waste if the money found its way to "tenderpreneurs".

The president said in his state of the nation address that a new jobs fund would disburse R9bn over the next three years, while the manufacturing industry would get R20bn in tax breaks.

Lekota said in the debate on the president's speech: "They (jobs) will not be created if they money the government has set aside goes to people in positions of power."

He said the administration had a duty to use its power to help the poor and not to line the pockets of the well-connected.

"Let's exercise it in the interests of the majority, not the interests of the Johnny-come-latelies who shout but do not know what they speak about."

Comments
  • Ysterman - 2011-02-16 07:18

    ??? isn't this known, he is just making this statement because he has to get a word in somewhere.

  • alex - 2011-02-16 07:36

    Probably hear about new billionaires in South Africa soon, with rental agreements for SAP Buildings. The same as all the Eskom loans.... Any power station being built that justifies the loan and increases. Where is that job creation, and the poor can hardly afford power anymore

  • Lionel - 2011-02-16 07:55

    Just on another issue I was watching a bit of the performing clowns in the Circus on ETV News last night and the esteemed clown Blade Nzimande was referring to the government as a bunch of 'Darkies', when relating to the martic results. Strange how when an objection was raised by an opposition party member to the term 'Darkies', the Speaker could not make a ruling on the matter. Had the term 'Darkies' been used by a white opposition party member, I am sure she would have had no problem in making a ruling right then, stating that the term is racist and offensive and the member must withdraw the term an apolise to the house.

      bill - 2011-02-16 08:40

      The deputy speaker was mafeketu - she who once ruled Cape Town amidst chaos , corruption and incompetence. Oh , and she's thick as a plank .No wonder she attracted Zuma's attention.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-16 09:29

      oh come on, you know that's how it works! Only a black person may refer to another as a niggah, etc. Also brutha vs brother. South Africa is no different. check it out - urbandictionary.com: Term of racist abuse for a black person. Originates from the United States, a country where it is perfectly acceptable to be racist if you are black, but not if you are white. White person speaking - "Nigger." This is racist in the US. Black person speaking - "Cracker." This is not racist in the US, bizarrely.

  • onetickie - 2011-02-16 08:11

    Cope was originally part of ANC. THEN it was give US. Now its election time and so tryint to tout for votes Cope saying give to the "poor". Do they really think we're all that dumb? Cronies within Cronies!

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-02-16 09:20

    There is suppose to be a shortage of good, qualified teachers but I know someone who spent 8 years unemployed because she didn't have 'friends' in the education department. And she's black. If you don't have 'connections' you can't get a job. They are only for friends and family and qualifications or experience are not important.

  • Tereblanche - 2011-02-16 09:21

    This keetle wwants to pronounce pot as black, whooh, very interesting Terror.

  • ava24 - 2011-02-16 09:25

    Well said Lekota, but have you not realised that they (ANC cronies) only care about themselves. They have suffered, they are the victims, they deserve it... even at the cost of the country and it's people. Do you really think the ANC fought for civil freedom... or just maybe just for their egotistical and financial freedom (big house, 5 cars)??

      Vonnies2 - 2011-02-16 11:24

      Yep, you all got it right - at last - Cronies - Does that spell ANC Top Brass or any Brass for that matter or does it spell Corruption. Bearing in mind most of them can't spell, let us come up with a word like THIEVES, ROBBERS, LIARS, HOODLUMS, AND THE BEST ONE IS........... RATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(Always taking from others)

  • Francois - 2011-02-16 18:24

    Hey Terror, the pot is calling the kettle black? (No pun intended!) After the arms deal went through and you were the Minister of Defence - did you stop the transaction to build schools and hospitals? When Racist Mbeki said that HIV does not cause Aids, did you help to correct him and look after the poor, no you saw to it that everyone of YOUR cronies lined their pockets!

  • Dave - 2011-05-11 18:29

    what a load of cr$#%&^* we know where the money is going to go, where is the ''govt'' gonna get da moneeeeee? from me and you the tax payer no doubt, or some unsuspecting foreign as@#$#@ who will then................ oh #@$%#^&^ it's so sick

  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-11 19:19

    Is time for elections and Lekota I do not think he will make it with his party in the next coming 10 years as the party will by then be daed, like the likes of National party and others. He may sound saying sense but what made him while he was in the ruling party not to look at poor people? he was a minister of defence which is the department having more poor people and he did nothing to let soldiers out of poverty so what can he do now? nothing he is just talking for just to get votes, even if he can be voted in power there is nothing he will do he will be just the same as he was when he was a defence minister doing nothing for the people.

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