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Mugabe on holiday, won't be at ANC party

2012-01-06 13:29

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe will not attend celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the ANC, state media reported on Friday.

"His excellency the president, who started his annual leave recently, and who is in the Far East, is unable to personally attend these important celebrations, to which he was invited," his spokesperson George Charamba told The Herald daily.

Vice President Joice Mujuru will instead represent Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, he added.

The ANC had on Wednesday confirmed Mugabe's attendance at the weekend celebrations. Mugabe was a key leader of the Front Line States, gathering South Africa's neighbours in opposition to apartheid.

Mugabe normally takes leave in December until the end of January, but cannot travel to Western countries due to a decade-old travel ban imposed over flawed elections.

Over the last year, the 87-year-old has made near monthly trips to Singapore for medical checks, reportedly for prostate cancer.

Meanwhile, the rival Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said its national chairperson Lovemore Moyo will represent the party at the ANC centenary.

"The MDC is appreciative of the neutral role being played by South Africa under the direction of the ANC in its mediation efforts in the Zimbabwean situation," the party said in a statement.

Comments
  • Barry - 2012-01-06 13:33

    Why was this chop even invited?

      Johan - 2012-01-06 13:49

      Thopa, how many blacks were killed during apartheid? Please limit your answer to blacks killed by non-blacks, please. Thanks.

      stefano_brasco - 2012-01-06 13:59

      Under the evil Apartheid Government,between 1948 and 1993,there was an average of 7036 murders per year in South Africa. Under the democratic ANC rule since 1994,its around 18000 murders per year and maybe more. Add insult to injury,the bizarre behaviour of the ANC government in imposing a moratorium on crime statistics has to be questioned. Also the ANC's failure to admit for a long while now that there is a serious problem with crime in South Africa makes our situation even worse.

      Msholozi - 2012-01-06 14:00

      uncle bob is an important figure in africa it will be a honor to have him at the conforence

      Johan - 2012-01-06 14:07

      Thopa, let me help you there buddy: ****************************** Max Coleman’s authoritative book analyses all deaths due to political violence from 1948 to 1994 in South Africa and Namibia. According to the HRC statistics, 21,000 people died in political violence in South Africa during apartheid – of whom 14,000 people died during the six-year transition process from 1990 to 1994. The book lists the number of incidents, dates, and those involved. This includes SA Defence Force actions, for instance the 600 deaths at Kassinga in Angola during the war in 1978. Of those deaths, the vast majority, 92%, have been primarily due to (blacks) Africans killing (blacks) Africans — such as the inter-tribal battles for territory: this book’s detailed analyses of the period June 1990 to July 1993 indicates a total of 8580 (92%) of the 9,325 violent deaths during the period June 1990 to July 1993 were caused by Africans killing Africans, or as the news media often calls it, “Black on Black” violence – hostel killings, Inkatha Freedom Party versus ANC killlings, and taxi and turf war violence. The activities of the Civil Cooperation Bureau as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, were also included in these figures. The security forces caused 518 deaths (5.6%) throughout this period. ****************************** There you have it, Eugene and his mates killed (directly and indirectly), 518 blacks. How many FARMERS ALONE have been killed since? +/- 3797, JUST FARMERS.

      Willie - 2012-01-06 14:08

      On holiday for more than 20 years !!!!! scary

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-06 14:22

      Aaaah the life of a despot. Shopping till you drop, stealing and the odd insane outburst at the very people that put you in office. Life is truly great when you are a dictator in Africa.

      Johan - 2012-01-06 14:46

      Nope, because you are either a white troll, or a black idiot. You can choose.

      Johan - 2012-01-06 15:03

      @Lambeeeert. Read this article, and then come back and tell me how proud you are of your "african heritage". http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/The-Tokoloshe-20111113 Thanks, cheers.

      drishworth - 2012-01-06 15:28

      @Thopa - your post wasn't removed because you are Black but probably because you appear stupid. Shame.

      BoneKollectR - 2012-01-06 15:35

      @Barry, you know I was really starting to believe your crappy Coleman analysis when you decided to refer to the period from 1990 to 1994 as 6 years. Lost all the credibility right there, buddy.

      John - 2012-01-06 17:16

      Robber Mugarbage is the messiah the ANC is holding up to their dumb supporters as the way to scare the whites in SA. He is the idiot that expropriated land without compensation and "stuck" it to the imperialists. The irony though is that his country is in shambles and he is dumb as mud, but due to his dubious credentials, Thabo Mbeki, the so-called intellectual, was lovingly holding hands with this cretin. Zoomer and Lardboy Malema worships the ground this idiot walks on and here he shows his utter disrespect by shafting the ANC and opting to rather spend his time impressing the ladyboys in Singapore! What a vile piece of trash!

      Sharon - 2012-01-06 20:30

      He is not coming because he is still sulking about the Nandos ad

      Roland - 2012-01-07 02:28

      Just back from 3 weeks holiday in Malawi - visiting my family and lazing on the lake. Who's heard of "the honourable president Bingu Wa Mutharika"?? It is still to hit mainstream media globally, but this man, who blames Malawi's financial crisis on Satan, has single-handedly created the new Zimbabwe of Africa (no forex, no fuel, no-no-no-nothing). So so sad, for a country which had the fastest growing economy on the continent 3 years ago. The news will be full of Malawi in 2012. Oh ja, and while we're at it, his sister was married to Mugabe and he spent some time with Bob in the far-east discussing serious African issues. There goes another one, just like the other one...

      Peter - 2012-01-07 02:42

      Viva Malema.We like you...Proudly South African.

      Americo - 2012-01-07 12:50

      ZANU PF respectfully apologize for his Excellency's absence due to air fuel shortage and the threat of repossession of the airplane by creditors. But please carry on without him his evil thoughts are with you

  • Kobus - 2012-01-06 13:34

    And on a lighter note and more important than this news report, An old woman is riding in an elevator in a very lavish Sandton building, when a young and beautiful woman gets into the elevator, smelling of expensive perfume. She turns to the old woman and says arrogantly, "Romance" by Ralph Lauren, @ R580. Then another young and beautiful woman gets on the elevator, and also very arrogantly turns to the old woman saying, "Channel No. 5, @ R620." About three floors later, the old woman has reached her destination and is about to get off the elevator. Before she leaves, she looks both beautiful women in the eye, farts, then says .. "Koo Baked beans .. R5.50 .... FoeTSEK

      Alva - 2012-01-06 13:38

      Ha ha ha ha ha!

      Settie Zuweni - 2012-01-06 13:40

      benjaminvanstaden - 2012-01-06 13:42

      LOL - Killer joke!!!!

      Heiku - 2012-01-06 13:46

      lame

      Sky - 2012-01-06 15:24

      Kwaaaaaakwakwakwa.......

  • Alva - 2012-01-06 13:38

    Mugabe will be dining alone?

      Johan - 2012-01-06 13:50

      Yep, Nando's.

      Jean-Louis - 2012-01-06 14:22

      Yes, like he did at Christmas !

      Clutch - 2012-01-06 15:51

      Yep, Grace is with Gomo, you know, wink wink.

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-06 13:38

    Well, that’s minus one corruptor attending.

      John - 2012-01-07 09:49

      Sifiso, I'm sorry he won't be there, I wanted to hear what would come out of Zimgabe's mouth apart from the usual bull$hit. The parties not complete without the jester. Would have been nice though if someone planted some smack in his luggage and the Singaporeans caught him with it. For a change a Zim mule....Hang

      Americo - 2012-01-07 12:51

      ZANU PF respectfully apologize for his Excellency's absence due to air fuel shortage and the threat of repossession of the airplane by creditors. But please carry on without him his evil thoughts are with you

  • Kerry - 2012-01-06 13:40

    He should be invited we house half his nation!

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-06 14:14

      That's true, and they way that ANC is up his ass, one of these days they will be eligible to vote.

      Johan - 2012-01-06 14:44

      DiamondDirk, if I have my sources right, that's whats happening in the USA. Mexicans and illegals might vote in their next elections. Non US citizens. ID document not required. I believe this is being brought about by the Obama government. Clearly the game plan is to get as many people in to vote, hoping they'll vote him as he let them in.

      John - 2012-01-07 09:58

      @Johan, just for YNIFO, it's not only undocumented Mexicans who can vote in the USA there are many states that allow it. I lived in Phoenix Arizona 29 yrs ago and I voted, And I got my Social Security Card after that. Obama is now trying to make it every state. Sorry I know this is off topic, I apologize

  • Vicnesh - 2012-01-06 13:42

    A man of peace the Dalai lama cannot visit South Africa but the momish of the decade is invited to the ANC 100 year celebration no wonder Desmond Tutu wants to pray for the ANC .ZUMA says the ANC will rule till Jesus' returns yet it looks like his playing Chess with the Devil !!!!!

  • Eduard - 2012-01-06 13:44

    can't blame him....

  • Michelle - 2012-01-06 13:44

    Do we really care?! A moron won't be attending an excessive party organised using the tax-payers money?! Tragedy!

      Fenderbender - 2012-01-06 14:32

      I am also disappointed , it would have been a full deck of fools. Its like a Prince concert without Prince

  • Lyzelle - 2012-01-06 13:50

    Thopa - just one question - have no blacks died in Zim? Killed by BLACK people under Mugabe's rule? - no apartheid ( read whites) involved there!

  • Henk - 2012-01-06 13:51

    yes! on holiday in SA on our account!!

  • Russell - 2012-01-06 13:52

    His sun tanning in Salala with his wifey eating fish and ships....

  • Arthur - 2012-01-06 13:52

    Mugabe is what is produced when cousins marry. Or were his parents siblings?

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-06 13:54

    What a catastrophe. His holiday is more important than the ANC. Headline should read. ZANU PF Shuns ANC .

  • Jamie - 2012-01-06 14:03

    They probably couldn't "get him off the perch" - he's nailed there (ala Monty Python)

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-06 14:04

    "Mugabe was a key leader of the Front Line States, gathering South Africa's neighbours in opposition to apartheid". Does this include the cubans as well? @ Thopa: Obviously you are way to young to understand exactly what happened in those years. So your alternative is to believe the BS that they spread on the tv and radio stations, which means that you follow like a sheep, singing the same song over and over and form an opinion, which you are entitled to. Just remember that assumptions (specially if you do not know the real thruth) is the mother of ALL F UP'S.

  • Barry - 2012-01-06 14:05

    @Msholozi - Wake up from your dream world, He is destroying a country and you praise him! WTF is wrong with you? But then again you support the ANC so that kind of explains it!

  • Thoka - 2012-01-06 14:06

    eish uncle Bob you should have asked me to govern Zim while you enjoy far East B**ches

  • jacques.vermaak - 2012-01-06 14:07

    mag sy pretestante klier sy voetspore doodsleep

  • Jean-Louis - 2012-01-06 14:14

    The ANC is a "Democracy" - according to the ANC of course Why invite dictators then ?

  • Gavin - 2012-01-06 14:21

    Ah hell no, I was so looking forward to his royal uselessness coming to SA to rub shoulders with the another national crisis members. I read somewhere that the celebration clashes with his proctological exam - they're trying to pull his head out of his ass...

  • Peter - 2012-01-06 14:22

    How does he get a visa and the Dalai Lama not?

  • ifundi - 2012-01-06 14:23

    Oh NO what a HUGE loss to our country. How will we survive without "his excellency?"

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-06 14:35

    He is too scared he will be locked out of the house when he returns!!!!

  • masiela.Rudluv - 2012-01-06 15:09

    87yrs old and still going strong,doesn't even look that old ,thats how cold he is

  • Chaapo - 2012-01-06 15:09

    More like fear that the Air Zimbabwe plane will be confiscated and he will not have any wings to get back home.

  • Albert - 2012-01-06 15:13

    His absence does not change anything. Someone else will represent his corrupt administration.

  • davieoosie - 2012-01-06 15:17

    Not even Mugabe wants to come to the party!!

  • Frank - 2012-01-06 15:37

    What a pity we are really going to miss the Bastard

  • Frank - 2012-01-06 15:38

    What a pity we are really going to miss the Bastard

  • Clutch - 2012-01-06 15:48

    Joyce Mujuru, she claimed 100% disability benefits after the war. Dang, she must have been speaking to Shakie Shakie !

  • BoneKollectR - 2012-01-06 15:57

    Apologies @Barry. Comment above directed at @Johan.

      Johan - 2012-01-06 20:04

      Why the hardcore name, Olefile Marco-Antonio Mogomotsi? Be that as it may, insisting on ignoring the information due to one mistake is rather childish wouldn't you say?

  • John - 2012-01-06 15:59

    I bet they send him a take-away bag!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-06 16:11

    Sponge Bob goes on holiday while his countrymen starve!!!!No surprise that he was invited-South Africa is turning into Zim so Zuma getting first hand tips!

  • magomarele - 2012-01-06 16:42

    Why did ANC invite that moron in the first place? Mugabe has a brain of a cockroach. We don't need dunderheads like him here.

  • Marius Koen - 2012-01-06 16:53

    Over the last year, the 87-year-old has made near monthly trips to Singapore for medical checks, reportedly for prostate cancer. Must cost a small fortune. And still the masses stay blind.

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-06 17:52

    He is on holiday getting life saving chemotherapy and Rhino horn and jingjang grass up his ring for the blessed cancer he is dying from!!

  • superkruger - 2012-01-06 17:58

    "opposition to apartheid" apparently means kicking out those who don't agree with your point of view...

  • crismoyo - 2012-01-06 19:54

    I thnk Mugabe is fearing to come to South Africa bcoz hs plane might be impounded over unpaid debts.

  • keketso.polisa1 - 2012-01-06 20:18

    Thank God.....

  • Syd - 2012-01-06 20:55

    Lambert - Mugabe broke apartheid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have been smoking your socks again troll. We wants that creep in our country anyway?

  • Donald - 2012-01-07 09:05

    Haahahahahahahhahaha, "in the far east" hahahahaha, do all Zimbabweans speak like this.

  • Jason - 2012-01-07 10:31

    Bob doesnt need free T-shirts and Streetwise 2's for lunch!!

  • Micki - 2012-01-07 12:02

    On holiday in the Far East AGAIN!!!! This is about his 9th trip that we know of in as many months. Such a shame he put his leave before the ANC milestone. Just proves how important the ANC is to him..... not!!!!

  • Americo - 2012-01-07 12:49

    ZANU PF respectfully apologize for his Excellency's absence due to air fuel shortage and the threat of repossession of the airplane by creditors. But please carry on without him his evil thoughts are with you

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