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Nzimande hits out at middle class, 'elitist' blacks

2012-09-17 22:37

Johannesburg - SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande took a swipe at the country's middle class on Monday claiming it was trying to discredit the African National Congress government.

Nzimande told delegates at Cosatu's 11th national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg, that there was a "capital crisis" in South Africa and even the middle class was starting to feel the pinch.

But, he said, instead of joining workers in protest like middle classes around the world, South Africa's middle class, especially its white section, turned against the African National Congress government.

"Equally, small and often elitist sections of the black middle class which also feels the economic hardship are working with some of their white counterparts to blame government," Nzimande said.

The white and black middle class blamed it on what they called a lack of leadership in society.

Anti-union offensive

This was a "rightist putsch and ideological fad" aimed at discrediting the ANC, he said.

"It must be treated and dismissed as such."

"Desperation by the elites is also rooted in the fact that since 2007 and the defeat of the 1996 class project, we have an ANC ruling party that... is committed to our tripartite alliance," he said.

"[The] ANC-led government... has abandoned [however unevenly] neo-liberalism, privitisation, anti-communism, and anti-worker positions."

Nzimande said it was because of these positive developments that there was an anti-union offensive in South Africa.

"[This] has been left to opposition parties in Parliament, to renegades expelled from our own ranks, to demagogues and opportunists of all stripes, supported by big money and broadcast through the megaphone of the mainstream media," he said.

Failed the workers

Meanwhile, Nzimande said the platinum boom in the country has done nothing for the work force.

"We failed these workers and their families," he said.

He was referring to mineworkers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana in the North West and other platinum mines in the area where workers were striking.

"We failed to leverage effective social responsibility requirements out of the mining houses," he said.

"We were too focused on using the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Act to enforce BEE shareholding."

Comments
  • bernpm - 2012-09-17 22:43

    Dear mr Nzimande, as long as you keep thinking in "black/white" terms instead of socio-economic issues, you will keep loosing credibility for many.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-17 23:01

      As a matter of interest - the "white" middle class was never for the ANC mr Nzimande.

      Taetjo - 2012-09-17 23:20

      "[The] ANC-led government... has abandoned [however unevenly] neo-liberalism, privitisation, anti-communism, and anti-worker positions." "Nzimande said it was because of these positive developments that there was an anti-union offensive in South Africa." LOL! I really struggle to see how those are positive developments in the country.

      Derek - 2012-09-17 23:26

      Please don't blame the people you have so deliberately disenfranchised!

      John - 2012-09-17 23:35

      It's a matter of the government losing following of people who become more educated and start seeing things for themselves for what they are. The Malema's and Zuma's of this world have more pull with the ignorant.

      Billy - 2012-09-18 01:01

      taetjo, i had to read that part over a view times just to make sure i was understanding it correctly. lol epic fail

      mattewis.kat - 2012-09-18 07:09

      Who turned against whom, BluntEdge? Didn't your Zuma recently say, and I quote: "you have less rights because you're a minority. That's how democracy works"? In what parallel dimension did any self-respecting white ever support the ANC? I have never seen bigger hypocrites than the so-called ANC elite! How is the observation of THE LACK OF LEADERSHIP of a self-serving hypocrite cleptocracy stuffing themselves with wealth at the cost of the country, a "rightest putsch"?

      UNITY - 2012-09-18 07:33

      The tri-partheid alliance won't admit to the failure of the ANC lead government. The cheap politicking of turning Blacks on whites will fail. People should live to unite as a true democracy, have the power to rule over the government. The real majority are all citizens uniting irrespective of color. Its election time, and this is cheap and vulnerable talk!

      vicker.man.3 - 2012-09-18 07:53

      Nzimande is as intelligent (NOT) as they come - alienating the middle class even further. What a chop...

      smellarat.smith - 2012-09-18 07:53

      Nothing wrong with the middle-class - those are your taxpayers that keep society, the economy and the social programs ticking for the less fortunate.

      UNITY - 2012-09-18 07:55

      Blade ! Did u not listen Zuma speaking out on recession at the conference??Black and white middle class are working hard to keep this economy turning, paying our taxes,while the alliance forms a strategic partnership is sharing the spoils of our hard earned money, instead of distributing it to the poor!!! Failure to take charge of the real issues right under yor noses! Leadership! U guys are sleeping on the Top!

      Willie - 2012-09-18 07:56

      Obviously his social engineering tactics are failing,now his trying to blame black people.Cum laude from University of Robert Mugabe

      nads.delange - 2012-09-18 09:19

      Well he's not scoring points with anyone now. See Blade, when the government has worked so hard at keeping their people uneducated, at breaking down hospitals to the point where the waiting list to have an operation can be 10 years, well, you see, the educated in society are smart enough to realise that the tax money we pay every month is going into the pockets of the gravy train instead of into housing and infrastructure and health and education. And since it's our hard-earned money that you guys are all pocketing, I think it is only fair that we blame you for slowly running this country into the ground while you buy your mansions and BMW's and Range Rovers with our money.

      gordon.trevat - 2012-09-18 09:57

      This is ANC political school 101. The battle is between the fatcats and the workers, so blame someone else. Cosatu is shaken as they now need cover their receipts and actually start doing something for the workers. One item the workers raised against the union was this mandatory R70 funeral policy. Does anyone know if the bishop is getting a cut from the brokers?

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-09-18 10:18

      When you are under siege, go on the offensive ! That is the typical response of a party under pressure. Always blame everyone else, for your own ineptitude !

      alf.pop - 2012-09-18 19:57

      He thinks "Black & White" Whisky.And talking about elitist - who drives a BMW worth well over 1 million and had the taxpayer foot the bill. Blade Nzimande is a commie sellout, who will do anything if the price is right! As a true commie he should drink Russian Vodka!

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-19 13:07

      And this jerk drives a R1.3m BMW 760i... great communist my friend...

      edward.patterson.923 - 2012-09-19 14:09

      ""Desperation by the elites is also rooted in the fact that since 2007 and the defeat of the 1996 class project, we have an ANC ruling party that... is committed to our tripartite alliance," he said. [The] ANC-led government... has abandoned [however unevenly] neo-liberalism, privitisation, anti-communism, and anti-worker positions. The ANC is attacking itself. From the beginning the tripartite alliance was a paradox with the aims of the three parts standing in juxtaposition to one another. You can't have a democracy where communism helps to set that democracies agenda. Hence SA doesn't have a real democracy. The ANC at its NEC sets the slate of candidates that will be elected. There is no viable second party in SA, outside of the Western Cape, hence no democracy. The "ANC led government has abandoned privatization..." One cannot claim to be a democracy without the sanctity of private property and the state doing everything possible to protect private property. Private ownership is being attached in SA by the government. Once again it is the conflicted views of this tripartite government working at cross purposes within itself. Communism has failed in every country that has tried that form of government and economic model. China didn't have it's economic explosion until the loosened their hold on private ownership. The focus should be on making the playing field level, not taking from one group and giving to another. Don't take, create more.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-20 01:14

      Nzimande drives a million Rand BMW 750i... reeks of hypocrisy.

  • joe.moer.14 - 2012-09-17 22:49

    You're doing a great job discrediting yourselve's big boy

      Taetjo - 2012-09-17 23:18

      LOL! Oh my goodness. They are making excuses again. What about the rich ANC members who have looted municipalities?

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-09-18 01:33

      Blade when will you ever see the light

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-18 08:23

      Blade, you are correct..."we failed....."

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-18 08:30

      okay blade two things: 1. Most whites were not FOR the anc. They were for FREEDOM and as such whites gave you freedom to be able to be elected, etc etc..! Being against the anc is a DEMOCRATIC and not a SIN! People against the anc do not meet "that man with the fork" as you guys love putting it... 2. The black Middle Class (the black elites - as you call thme) have something that the working class do not - access to education! The moment there is education, their minds and eyes are open to what you really are... 3. The workers (the masses) and the unemployed - are your puppets, with strings attached! You can control them AS LONG as you keep them in that state and in poverty and in a non-educative environment. That way you can EASILY control what they believe in - such as voting for the da or any oppositions means that you vote for "that man with the fork" or that the whites are racists, or that the opposition will bring back apartheid. ONLY UNEDUCATED and DESPERATE people would clinch to something that would look like hope - you promise them things that you cannot fulfill, and when you don;t you blame the rest except yourselves. So dear blade - how long do you think you will kepe this up before you destroy this country?

      nads.delange - 2012-09-18 09:28

      @mihaip, couldn't have put it better myself!

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-18 10:11

      Mihaip, that's 3, but well said anyway. :)

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-18 10:24

      @Airborne68 - indeed LOL

  • boltonbarry - 2012-09-17 22:49

    The cANCer government does not need middle class help to discredit themselves. They are doing a fine job with that on their own.

      kim.buren - 2012-09-17 23:04

      Blade Nzimande, go FYS.

      Taetjo - 2012-09-18 00:19

      Give the critics less to criticize and there will be little to no criticism. No one will criticize a working government.

      jacques.stander - 2012-09-18 07:26

      Hear hear !!

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-18 09:48

      kim - I think he did, that is why he looks the way he does

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-17 22:49

    Middle class people don't buy the communist nonsense you sell and by the way, they haven't got time to dance in the streets they work to provide for their families.

      gary.bloom.967 - 2012-09-18 09:00

      As long as there are idiots like this in our country *leading* us, then there will be division. Why should I take a few days off work to go and protest for a cause that I think is total garbage in the first place?

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-17 22:50

    What's wrong with him? He is the epitome of the enjoyer of the privileges he now accuses others of having. Are we now all mad or is he? Can't be both.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-18 07:26

      @ lownabester (below) And not very sharp

  • lownabester - 2012-09-17 22:53

    Blade, you not very bright, are you??? The Black middle class and the billionares know that only hard work will get you anywhere.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-17 22:57

      True. But we do of course also recall some allegations against Nzimande and for which he and his accuser will never undergo a public lie detector test. His accuser will agree to such test. Black bags come to mind.

      lownabester - 2012-09-18 00:40

      Keith, have you ever heard anything bad about Patrice Motsepe??? No you have not, he is what I was referring too. A good man. not worrying about dirty tricks. Hats off to him. Seems you have a problem with rich black people, I dont. Give credit where its due. And I am as white as snow.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-17 22:55

    Citizens keep taking govt to court, following the very processes and procedures laid down. That is middle-class protest. So far, govt has refused to not only do their jobs but also to act on the court orders. Marching about and striking will not help middle-class people. When we're fired for desertion or dereliction of duty, which is the employer's right under the law after you don't show up after 5 consecutive days, we have zero recourse to CCMA (unprotected strike) plus the banks will summarily take all our property away and aren't in the least bit interested that we did this all for ideological reasons. So again, your wish is that we all reduce ourselves to the lowest common denominator. Just to prove a point.

  • brett.michielin - 2012-09-17 22:56

    Sorry blade as middle income working class we have no time to protest. We too busy working and paying taxes for your salary.

      rontheogre - 2012-09-18 10:17

      They are also the people that keep the economy alive as they provide the largest portion of the taxes. The middle class are starting to show that they are gatvol with the present government and their cronies. Instead of looking at and correcting the mistakes the ANC have made, it is easier and more profitable to blame those that think for themselves, as the ANC seem to be incapable of generating a thought not connected to self-enrichment.

  • Tebogo Thape - 2012-09-17 22:56

    why does the government somehow has to put the blame on whites...unity amongst us (Blacks and Whites) can only save us.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-17 23:17

      Tebogo, what is happening is very interesting. The ANC and their alliance partners are waking up to the fact that they are in serious trouble indeed! They have lost control, firstly of the labour force, who they count on for their votes, and secondly the emerging black middle class. They are in full panic mode, trying to shift attention away from their ineptitude, by blaming everyone but the man in the moon for the painfully obvious wrongs in South Africa (which they full know they created). But in the end, all we can say to them is that we see right through them and their futile attempts at hiding the truth! Note to ANC alliance: WE ARE NOT AS STUPID AS YOU THINK WE ARE!

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-18 04:38

      Unity is happening, as the Middle Class realises that colour is not an issue...These are the taxpayers and employers, and he's ranting against them because he realises that they are, by and large, no fans of the ANC/SACP/COSATU Dinosaurs - all this little speech does is alienate them further... Fool that he is (apologies to MR "T"! :D)

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-18 07:49

      Sharon - they don't even realize their own stupidity.

      rontheogre - 2012-09-18 10:32

      What they are really scared of is that the middle class will start acting as a united front by denying them that which they covet the most, MONEY and taxes. With this they can buy (ridiculously cheap at that) the loyalty of the unemployed and unemployable, and those that do not contribute financially to the country. Together they make up the majority that we(the 4 million out of 50 million) have to support. But according to Zuma's take on democracy, the minority have less rights than the majority, never mind that this will lead the country to bankruptcy and starvation. The examples north of us do not seem to make an impact on them, just the bank account balances that they will end up with as individuals. It is time that those that provide the financial tools for the ANC to run rampant to stand together and rebel. The miners and union members can do so, why can't we? We might have hardship for a month or two while denying our labour and taxes, but the results will be worth it. Perhaps the non tax paying public and the ANC will appreciate our value more and realise that we are equal to them in our rights.

  • croix.mactee - 2012-09-17 22:57

    Pretty she ain't! ........

  • Desilusionada - 2012-09-17 22:58

    trying to discredit the African National Congress government? Well pardon me you idiot, but that is what your president is doing! white section, turned against the African National Congress government? Oh really, so what the hell is Mr Juju KFC Champion doing? But then again, play the old cards: (multiple question here) 1) Blame the Whites 2) Blame Apartheid 3) Blame Verwoerd 4) All of the above.......

      stanton.clarke - 2012-09-17 23:41

      All of the above.

      jacques.stander - 2012-09-18 07:28

      Brilliant !!

      rontheogre - 2012-09-18 10:38

      4) All of the above plus a few you missed! The ANC is still at Step 1 of the Alcohol Anonymous Rehab program( and you can hear that because Nzimande sounds gesuip), and that is denial. Until that is overcome they will achieve nothing in future. Once they accept their failings, rectify them or pass the reigns, then we can move forward.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-18 15:00

      We have new groups to blame, The British & British media.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-09-17 22:58

    Why must anybody stand up for the government when they are biased and corrupt. Absolute useless at everything they do. Proof is in the pudding. Look how SA has deteriated.

  • PeteWalshZAR - 2012-09-17 22:59

    Right Blade Nzimande, of course its always everyone else that is out of step.

  • Amatambo - 2012-09-17 23:02

    Nzimande, the cANCer government needs no discreditation by the people - it is discrediting itself!

  • will.cronje.7 - 2012-09-17 23:06

    So sorry a$$wipe , the middle class have to feed the entire nation. We have no time to protest.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-17 23:07

    Blade u enjoy fat Salary in the first class, leave us alone in the middle class. The time will come for us to Vote come 2014.

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-17 23:07

    Nope we, the middle class, are not doing anything - except standing way back from the social bomb you created that will blow you lot, the anc/cosatu/sacp tripartite, appart. Oh yes Blade - we do not have time for this nonsense, we realize that hard work, and only hard work will get you anywhere possitive in life.

  • juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-17 23:09

    Ag cummon Blade you cannot seriously expect us to associate ourselves with such savage behaviour like we have seen in Lonmin.

  • ambauli - 2012-09-17 23:12

    Methinks Blade should look up the word hypocrisy some time.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-09-17 23:12

    What an absolute toss...!

  • asdhasgd - 2012-09-17 23:14

    When all else fails blame the white people. So much easier than acually doing something constructive... >:(

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-09-17 23:16

    The odd thing is it's the educated middle class that seem be opposed to the uneducated ANC leadership. The Anc can only count on the ignorant masses for votes.

  • bryan.culross - 2012-09-17 23:18

    And tell me Mr. Nzimande who went and bought the R700k luxury motor car when the opportunity presented itself? Now let me think? Uhmmmmmm? F ing idiot.

  • thabiso.mokhosoa - 2012-09-17 23:18

    Absolute nonsense man...I mean really now. What happened to accepting criticism, especially when it is very much deserved and well placed.

  • herman.coetser - 2012-09-17 23:18

    I thought the minority has no say in our "democracy" so why are you trying to get our support? We would rather invest on the people who come into contact with us making a realistic change and positive impact in some lives. I can't support or back a organization that goes against every honest and steadfast foundation I'm my live. I can't support corruption, greed, mismanagement, gluttony, murder and lies.

      herman.coetser - 2012-09-17 23:29

      Just for giggles, while he sits at home doing nothing. I'm actually busy designing a shopping center and in the process teaching my "middle class black" employee how to design and analyze a steel structure. Ha-ha people willing to make a change and willing to learn will always find a way to better themselves. Most people unfortunately lacks the backbone to stand up for anything that's right. They give up because its difficult...... That will be the downfall of any man or woman. Laziness and just being "sleg" is what Mr. Blade and his cronies are feeding instead of fighting.

  • oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-09-17 23:20

    Rich, coming from Mr R1.6million BMW, typical of the swine that feed from SA Gravy trough, duly paid for by the very middle class, both black and white, that he now denigrates...YOU MR NDZIMANDE! ARE A HYPOCRITE AND THE VERY REASON SA IS HEADING FOR A CRISIS.

  • clarence.esau - 2012-09-17 23:28

    no comment, sir... Commenting would be crediting your comments as worthy of same...

  • pieter.pohl.3 - 2012-09-17 23:30

    Wait what? Am I supposed to go protest with them? Since when nogal? If anything I want them to go back to work and stop protesting as they are the ones wasting the governments and countries time! And why does he make it sound as if there isn't a leadership problem in this country? I don't mearly blame this \crisis\ on leadership; I feverently believe the ANC govenrnment has no leadership skills! But hey, that's just my male, white, middle-class opinion.

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-09-17 23:34

    There is lack of leadership in society, True. Accept your failures and correct them. You are running a system you do not believe in. You n your peers are living while we are just surviving in SA.

  • tobias.moretti.75 - 2012-09-17 23:37

    Blade's trying to shore up support from the masses by focusing on a common enemy. For further evidence look north.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-17 23:51

    Um, Blade, the whole idea behind bringing down the Apartheid government was to create a Black middle class. Remember? That's not elitist. The reason you see it this way is because you're holding victims beliefs. Let them go and the whole world will change.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-18 00:05

      It's easier to pit a gargantuan lower/under-class against the middle class. Just another tactic in the never-ending blame-game to keep people believing their leaders care. Suffering is the most easy of society's woes to exploit

  • bjanks - 2012-09-18 00:18

    Well this tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth! I was in Singapore airport and happen to pick up a Singapore newspaper and guess what was the highlighter story in 2009"South Africa prepare yourself fro the Zuma Adminastration" The article said things like "Investment pull outs and possible job loses" This is coming from a Nation where 70% pass rate is almost a fail... The problem is the ANC and yes you Blade cannot fool the educated South Africans which includes Black and White. Even the outside world says so! Like they say if you point a finger there are always three fingers pointing back at you... The ANC and parties like blade will ride on the back of the uneducated cause they don't understand the economic impact of a incompetent governance ruled by criminals!

      joe.spirit - 2012-09-18 07:02

      Well said bjanks! I hope the previous NP govt that was led by THIEVES was better?

      bjanks - 2012-09-19 02:03

      Thanks Joe, I'm trying to find the part where I said anything about NP? Oh yeah that right I forgot the famous "Apartheid Card" the ANC keeps blaming all there stuff up right there like a joker in a pack of cards. Well played Joe, you wanna pull the race card on me as well while your at it? Please... Doesn't Magabe still play that card with the British? Is it the Brit's fault that it is cheaper to wipe ones ass with Zim Dollars than it is to use toilet paper? Go and play your cards somewhere else...

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-18 00:20

    One wonders whether reality could be driven home through that cranium via a pick axe handle or if it would simply take being dropped down a minseshaft to make the necessary dent of realization? Get with it - THE ANC became the ANC-PF and HAS FAILED THE ENTIRE NATION AS YOU ALL SCOFF BACK YOUR LUXURY RACIST LIVES on ill begotten proceeds that belong to the people, THE CITIZENS who deserve a life of quality regardless of race creed or color o' heathen ELITIST commie!!!!!!

  • an.saint.5 - 2012-09-18 00:28

    "Equally, small and often elitist sections of the black middle class which also feels the economic hardship are working with some of their white counterparts to blame government," Perhaps this is due to that fact that this "black middle class" is actually educated... The corrupt, "top class",BEE enriched members of the ANC will never admit how they and the ANC's existence thrives upon the "black lower class'" absolute idiocy. However it seems as if the tides are starting to turn, since it could only be inevitable for masses become enraged if you keep on telling them that their ignorance is worth more than R12 000 a month but they're only ever seeing a third of it. Will this then become the "legacy of BEE"?

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-18 00:30

    Blade , you never know which side of the fence you sit on ! Mainly because the fence was removed in 1994. You continue with the old out dated "Communistic Revolutionary" rhetoric that is so outdated you cant think of anything new to parrot on about. Why don't you retire on the countries avariciously plundered "pension scheme" for cadres and give us all a break from your bull s*it!

      thomas.fourie.7 - 2012-09-18 03:51

      The end time for the anc has come,they are trying hold tide but no grib.you are killing the poor.

  • bjanks - 2012-09-18 00:37

    We will win this war with a pen as a weapon and not a sword like the ANC would have it!

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-09-18 00:38

    I will never be associated with these ppl again. I will never vote anc again. Its clear, they want to keep us down. they don't want economic free citizens, they want dumb voters.

      angela.monaghansandells - 2012-09-18 05:16

      Makes me wonder who's behind the dumped text books.

  • lums.zindela - 2012-09-18 00:48

    Unfortunately it's true that anc has failed South Africans especially the current administration, 'clueless'. You don't need to blame white South Africans for it, but yourselves. There is nothing racial about seeing a dysfunctional government. I'm seeing it now while am black and no white influence. It only takes a person with a common sense to see it.

  • bjanks - 2012-09-18 00:50

    If I recall the DA went to march in Jo'burg and were met by Casatu and were stoned by Casatu! Both black and white were there... What story does this tell...! Reverse Apartheid... You may as well put Robert magabe in charge!

  • KReddy - 2012-09-18 00:57

    You know what Mr Blade \Mmmm Demander\, you're ugly, face it. Very very VERY ugly. And now they say ugly ppl make up with personalities, but damn EVERY word out of your ugly face and thick bottom lip is so verbose and f'd up. Its so simple, why would anyone want to discrediy something if that something does what its supposed to? The ANC is imploding (maybe smash your face to respectable proportions so please stand somewhere neat that collapsing wall of Luthuli House), not that black people are questioning the anc its a conspiracy? Please u ugly man, get a life and realise thatall black ppl don't blindly believe everyword out of ur ugly hole and from the anc for that matter. Damn you're ugly.

  • bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-09-18 00:58

    With these kind of accusations he will drive the middle class that was still having some sympathy for this alliance, straight into the oppositions' arms. astonishing that a veteran in these politic games does not grasp that, or maybe he does?? Maybe they want to become opposition to see how others will do? I cannot imagine any other reason, only perhaps complete deaf and blindness to reality.

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-09-19 09:00

      Yay!!!! All the more for the DA.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-09-18 01:01

    Ugly nzimande.What goverment are you talking about.?Do something about your face..It's a mess.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-09-18 01:09

    JZ own words this week: 'You have more rights because you're a majority; you have less rights because you're a minority. That's how democracy works' Blade is echoing like a polly! The only 'protesting' we should consider is withholding our hard earned middle class 'elite' taxes irrespective of skin colour.. That's where it would hurt the MOST .. Poof goes their luxuries and lined deep pockets! Then I would imagine an immediate turn-about and polly will be singing a different tune. FFS, we worked our butts off for every cent, many of us started with NOTHING.. Eish!

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-09-18 01:15

    Why are you so ugly Nzimande?Do you look like your father or do you look like your mother.Not even a facelift can help you.Keep yourself away from any cam.Your voters go running.

  • philip.buys.1 - 2012-09-18 01:25

    Black racist idiot!

  • Bruce - 2012-09-18 01:53

    Timer o o buwa masepa!!! Criticising government is anyone's choice..where does this fool leave? The signs are plenty that many members of society from all walks of life are getting fed up with the ANC led corrupt government. eg, service delivery protests all over the country everyday, the rejection of the ANC aligned NUM by the workers in the mining, even black business leaders have criticised government openly as well. I personally, have had it with this thing of blaming whites for everything that does wrong in S.A.. Whites are Whites they can't help but enjoy seeing blacks suffering, its their favourite pastime activity but even so Government has a responsibly to unite all sections of the population, instead of bashing those who criticise it. This tit for tat does nothing to alleviating poverty after all.

      emile.marais - 2012-09-18 04:58

      When people refuse to take responsibility for their actions empathy soon changes to apathy. Start taking responsibility!

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-09-18 11:09

      Favorite past-time Bruce? Maybe for you.. Wtf?? Nobody in their right mind likes to see anybody suffer, regardless of skin color!! I've done NOTHING to anybody! I knowing if I don't work I don't eat. It's the government not doing their job properly, not us whites. D@€$

      Bok.tjop - 2012-09-19 15:45

      Speak for yourself...

  • margaret.brand.12 - 2012-09-18 01:54

    Blade Nzimande you have given us the wrong story here. The ANC let us down. They still use racial terms, still have BEE and AA. have imcompetant people running departments all over the country, and as a result those different departments no longer function as they should. There are also those who have had a great time enriching themselves. You have forgotten about the poor. All these thing have lead up to us not been able to trust you. So stop looking for scapegoats and look at the real causes.

  • bjanks - 2012-09-18 02:04

    My last bit of 50 cents for the day! this is how the outside world see's it. Follow link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1165473/He-wives-faced-783-corruption-charges-PETER-HITCHENS-South-Africas-president.html

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-18 02:16

    BEE IS FOR BLACK ELITES not the POOR.

  • leigh.legonidec - 2012-09-18 02:22

    If the ANC are doing such a good job, why are there the protests to which you are referring???? Maybe cos your not doing such a good job and thats why you are being criticised. The middle class don't protest...they criticise!