News24

Presidency denies Youth Day rumours

2012-06-18 10:42

Johannesburg - Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj has denied reports that President Jacob Zuma went to Mexico to avoid being heckled at a Youth Day event he was scheduled to address at the weekend.

"The president is attending the G20 summit. That is the only purpose of coming here. Everything else is rumour," Maharaj said from Mexico on Monday.

"The [Youth Day] event was organised by the ANC and the NYDA [National Youth Development Agency]. Collins Chabane, in his capacity as minister in the presidency represented President Zuma."

He said Zuma's programme was "adjusted" so that he could attend the event. Zuma would also travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the United Nations conference on Sustainable Development.

Zuma was scheduled to address a Youth Day event in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. On Friday it was announced that he would not be attending the event, and Chabane would speak in his place.

The Sunday Times reported that Zuma "dodged" the event because he expected to be booed and ridiculed by supporters of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

He was reportedly "inundated with pleas from his political inner circle" not to attend the event because he would be embarrassed.

It reported that "detractors" in the league believed the late announcement was a ploy to ensure that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe could not speak.

Motlanthe was reportedly favoured by the ANC Youth League to replace Zuma at the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

The Mail&Guardian reported on Friday that Eastern Cape ANC leaders were told not to provide the platform at the event for any of Zuma’s potential presidential challengers.

Comments
  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-18 10:48

    ANC favorite holiday, a cruise on DA Nile

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-18 12:24

      BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Most useless corrupted president Ever!!!

      mzukisi.mahamba - 2012-06-19 13:40

      akwaba wayeye ngokwakhe e bhayi,this is a disgrace this Polokwana thing is collapsing now.

  • koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-06-18 10:54

    The G20 meeting only starts on the 18th.

      Keith - 2012-06-18 11:23

      It'll take him till then to read the agenda.

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-06-18 12:30

      No Keith, it will take him to then to listen to someone that is reading the agenda. Remember Mac and the Pres confirmed that the Pres is uneducated and we all say: IT SHOWS!

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-18 15:45

      But we had to go on a shopping trip to satisfy his dicknity and the hole contingent.

  • leoa.martins - 2012-06-18 10:56

    So the fact remains that Zuma chose an overseas event over one of the supposed most important days in his own country. Shame on you Zuma. Where are your priorities and where exactly does your loyalty lie??

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-18 15:46

      But we had to go on a shopping trip to satisfy his dicknity and the hole contingent.

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-18 11:07

    BlahBlahBlah...blah..blaah...YawnYawnYawn...ywan...ZZZzzzzzzzzzz {Dream...dream:'The Struggle of the Spear & the Zipper.' Nightmare!!!Another dream:"Life without Mac Maharaj". Pleasant thoughts. Ah! But life is so good!....} Wakey, wakey! WTF, he's still at it!! Don't believe it! BlahBlahBlah...blah...b-l-a-h-hhhhhh hhh h h h h

  • marc.schnehage - 2012-06-18 11:08

    His inner circle pleaded with him not to attend becasue "he would be embarrassed". Hell, he's going to be even more embarrassed when he opens his mouth at the G20 summit and the UN conference, beacuse the world will, again, see this man for the buffoon that he really is! The only "sustainable development" he is familiar with is to develop his bank balance to sustain hisharem of wives and children!

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 11:27

      Marc, at the G20 summit, Zuma waits in the wings and waits and waits. Diplomacy is an old tart. So even he will get his three minutes. Better than being booed at home by his own youth league.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-18 15:47

      But we had to go on a shopping trip to satisfy his dicknity and the hole contingent.

  • Stephen - 2012-06-18 11:15

    Bullsh.t!!!!!!! Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.

  • sikhulile.nkwelo - 2012-06-18 11:18

    ANC WILL SINK IN MY LIFE TIME... 8 years time it will b opposition party

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-18 11:45

      I think so too, because their highest priority is lining their own pockets. They don't care about the average person

      sikhulile.nkwelo - 2012-06-18 12:04

      let alone pocketing as much as they, its quite disturbing if Cele and Mduli wants to challenge thier expellsion and suspension it just show how embeded culture of corruptiom within ANC, all we ever hear about for position and nxt president... We tired of ths ANC now

      sikhulile.nkwelo - 2012-06-18 12:04

      let alone pocketing as much as they, its quite disturbing if Cele and Mduli wants to challenge thier expellsion and suspension it just show how embeded culture of corruptiom within ANC, all we ever hear about for position and nxt president... We tired of ths ANC now

      sikhulile.nkwelo - 2012-06-18 12:04

      let alone pocketing as much as they, its quite disturbing if Cele and Mduli wants to challenge thier expellsion and suspension it just show how embeded culture of corruptiom within ANC, all we ever hear about for position and nxt president... We tired of ths ANC now

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-18 12:20

      People must vote for someone that will do what they say they will do, and actually delivers. Race has nothing to do with it. Be it DA, COPE or whoever, as long as they do a better job than these morons. There are only a few ANC people that do their job well. The rest are useless.

      Darra - 2012-06-18 14:02

      Hopeful thinking, my man! Do you believe they'll (the anc) allow it if they were beaten fair and square? Like in France , or in Britain, or in America? You know those Imperialist so 'n so's. They're fools for giving up their positions. Lets do the Zim route, they'll say.

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-18 17:17

      For the sake of S.A. and all S.Africans I hope so my friend, I really do.

      leoa.martins - 2012-06-19 10:20

      Problem is the ANC cannot handle opposition....hence they want to incorporate MidVaal into the Greater Gauteng....Midvaal being the ONLY well run municipality in Gauteng...go figure

  • Revelgen - 2012-06-18 11:21

    All one has to know that if Mac Maharaj (himself a dodgy character of note) denies something, you know for sure it is true. Normal ANC mode of operation.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-18 11:29

      Revelgen, Maharaj has been brought out of the mothballs because he likes telling stories.

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-18 11:24

    The Presidency is good in denying. It's all they are good for. Trouble is no one believes them.

  • Gavin - 2012-06-18 11:35

    run rabbit run !

  • mncedisi.solani - 2012-06-19 21:19

    ANC IS INFILTRATED BY A MEMBER OF INKATHA,NZIMANDE MUST GO BACK TO HIS ORGANIZATION,INKATHA AND STOP THINKING ANC IS INKATHA

      jacowium - 2012-06-20 10:48

      What on earth does Nzimande have to do with this article? And please push that Caps Lock key on your computer. Just once.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-20 10:48

    This guy should be removed from office and replaced.He does not respect the sacrafice the youth offered during the uprising and now they in power and the idiots can bark like little dogs while he transfers 2 billion USD to IMF.Waw he is a smart guy hey !!!! The Gods must be crazy

  • pages:
  • 1