Mazibuko: Zuma has not earned respect

2013-06-17 17:02
Lindiwe Mazibuko (File: Sapa)

Lindiwe Mazibuko (File: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has not earned respect from the citizens of South Africa and political parties, DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Monday.

"To earn our respect, he [Zuma] must deliver on the promise of employment for young people," Mazibuko said on the sidelines of the Democratic Alliance's rally in Alexandra north of Johannesburg.

"He must run a government that is clean, that delivers to the people instead of collecting wealth for itself and must be accountable and transparent."

Mazibuko said respect for democratically elected leaders had to be earned and was not a "given".

She said Zuma had failed to earn respect from opposition parties and the people of South Africa as he built "a palace" for himself in Nkandla and "allowed" a jet chartered by the Gupta family to land at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

"I will always be polite to president Zuma, that is my job as a human being and as a parliamentarian.

"I will never reflect on his personal life, but what I will not do is simply respect, bow, keep my mouth shut when there is so much that he is failing to do to for the people of this country," Mazibuko said.

Zuma had to earn his respect as the president of the country, she said.

"He must earn it [respect] by putting the interest of people of South Africa first and not his own personal interest."

The DA was in Alexandra to commemorate the 17 June 1976 riots.

Mazibuko laid a wreath at the grave of Japie Vilankulu, the first Alexandra youth to die during the riot which was a spill-over from the 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising.

She said Vilankulu and other youth of Alexandra showed the courage of lions when they opposed the apartheid government.

"If we truly cherish the bravery of the youth that died in 1976, we must continue the fight against unemployment, preventable diseases, rape and domestic violence... "

Mazibuko said if the youth of 1976 saw the conditions in which the youth of South Africa lived in today, they would say "government has let them down".

"They would be angry that government cares more about building palaces in Nkandla for the president than it does about delivering the promises of freedom," she said. Mazibuko urged the youth to hold government accountable when it failed to deliver on its promises.

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