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Presidency shocked at Zille comments

2012-03-22 14:41

Cape Town - The presidency said on Thursday it is "shocked and disappointed" at comments made by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on teachers in the Eastern Cape.

Zille had misled the public by saying President Jacob Zuma had praised the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) even though it was in the middle of a strike in the Eastern Cape, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"We have no idea why Premier Zille has singled out Sadtu and left out other teacher unions," Maharaj said.

"Teachers are an important stakeholder in the education of children."

Zille told a Human Rights Day march in Port Elizabeth that a situation where teachers' rights to strike trumped the rights of pupils to learn, compromising their ability to reach their full potential.

Many schools across the country were being held hostage, and Zille criticised Sadtu for "slamming the door in the faces of our children".

The government was "standing idly" watching it happen, she said. She had witnessed "political expediency in its worst form" when Zuma "flippantly" thanked Sadtu in his State of the Nation address.

Zuma had sold out the potential and future prospects of every South African pupil for a few extra votes in Bloemfontein, where the African National Congress would elect new leaders in December, Zille said.

Maharaj said Zille had misrepresented Zuma's comments. Zuma had been referring to all teacher unions in his address.

"Ms Zille misled the public by saying President Zuma had praised Sadtu, even though they were in the middle of striking in the Eastern Cape. That is simply not true. The president did not mention Sadtu at all in the 2012 State of the Nation speech."

According to Maharaj, Zuma said: "Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success."

He said the Eastern Cape government and Sadtu had signed an agreement on February 8 to "normalise" the situation in the province and "to promote quality learning and teaching".

Comments
  • andrew.kenny01 - 2012-03-22 14:51

    Go Zille!

      Rudie - 2012-03-22 15:20

      GODZILLA

      Bob - 2012-03-22 15:22

      Yes well Presidency, we are all shocked, everyday, by the level of corruption and lack of services provided by the ruling government, I think that is a little more important than something Ms Zille said about what Zuma said or didn't say, is this what the ANC has stooped to, trying to slag off the best party in the country and the one that would improve life in this country for every single citizen, well apart from that mob on the gravy train.

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-22 15:50

      the presidency are always "shocked" when the truth is thrown in their faces!

      Gary - 2012-03-22 17:03

      Amen, it's funny how Godzille can be called any name in the book by the ANC and then she just turns the other cheek, but when she points out the truth, all hell breaks loose.

      Glyn - 2012-03-22 19:49

      Viva Helen! Viva Mazibuko! Viva DA! The ancestors are angry with the anc!

      Art - 2012-03-22 20:16

      How many ANC run provinces' Education Departments are under "CARE" from National Govt???? Don't recall the Western Cape is one of them!!! Go Mrs Zee... you the MAN!!!!

      Tugwana - 2012-03-23 15:24

      It is "shocking & disappointing" that the Presidency is shocked & disappointed at Zille's comments!!!

      Pierre - 2012-03-24 01:11

      Just as I thought the comments on this forum are getting more balanced and more intelligent, there is a thread like this containing only drivel. Sure be critical at all times, but don’t just find fault for the sake of finding fault. The DA and Zille is playing the lie that South Africa is worse off now than under Apartheid; in other words negate the wrongs of, or even justifying, Apartheid. That is such a cruel denouncement of everybody that sacrificed their lives for a democratic South Africa, and one that I cannot accept.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-22 14:53

    Because 'The Madam' says it like it is. Go Helen!!!!

      Glyn - 2012-03-22 19:52

      Helen is the Iron Madam! She tells the anc what to do! Ha! Ha!

  • Ludwig - 2012-03-22 14:54

    Mr Maharaj Zuma words "Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success." mean nothing if you ANC government don't build schools in the Eastern Cape for those teachers and children. Follow the Western Cape's example and build schools.

  • Thokozane - 2012-03-22 14:55

    Blame Zille all you want, some of us are not fooled. Our kids deserve better. One thing I like about Helen is that she is not afraid to show up, and tackle issues head-on, unlike some ANC fat cats with their grandstanding spokespeople. Stop complaining and start delivering, then I will take you seriously.

      Sechaba - 2012-03-22 15:09

      You are a puppet of the west

      Thokozane - 2012-03-22 15:14

      It doesn't matter what I am, I'm more concerned about the future of the next generation, maybe you should be too.

      Ray - 2012-03-22 15:15

      Sechaba-the apartheid government did its best to sabotage black education,but at least delivered textbooks.The ANC is doing more damage without even trying.Shame on you.

      NrGx - 2012-03-22 15:28

      @sechaba - were you "educated" in the eastern cape?

      Bob - 2012-03-22 15:28

      Sechaba, is that what you call a modern liberal Black African, a puppet, so what must we call someone who supports a corrupt non performing government ?. It's people like Thokozane that will contribute to the success of this wonderful country.

      Bambanani - 2012-03-22 15:44

      @thokazani,zille insulted black kids by calling them refugees in their own country,if i go to western cape for a better education i should not be called by some names,this is an insult,look who real is behind you here,whites who enjoy calling black people by some names,zille could have say something to highlite the poor education in the country and suggest some solutions,but insulting doesnot in anyway help this country move forward,maybe black people should organize a march to cape town for the worse conditions in which people from langa,makhaza,nyanga live.

      Bomb - 2012-03-22 16:04

      Bambanani.....why are you running to the WC for a better education?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-22 16:28

      @Bambi, calling someone a refugee is not insulting, the problem with black people is they will think any name is insulting... issues dude, issues.

      Thokozane - 2012-03-22 17:22

      @Bambanani we can run around Zille's tweets till we are blue in the face. Let us debate the real issue here, the education system in Eastern Cape is in shambles. I agree with her sentiments, I disagree with her wording. At the end of the day, it is the grass that suffers while elephants are fighting, just remember that.

      Glyn - 2012-03-22 19:58

      Only those who want to be insulted are insulted! Seems like the anc want to be insulted so that they can grab the moral high ground. Trouble is they are insulted by their own actions! Ha! Ha!

  • Willie - 2012-03-22 14:55

    The presidency should be shocked about the state of education in the eastern cape.The president himself cannot even call his deployees to order in that region.Fix the state of education in the EC all this nonsense will stop.Mr president DO NOT SHIFT THE BLAME SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP ONCE IN YOUR LIFE

      NrGx - 2012-03-22 15:30

      AMEN! - he is a spineless criminal! I kind of loath myself for calling MY president those names...but if the glove fits!

  • Johannes - 2012-03-22 14:56

    Why be shocked at the truth? Are people who call a spade a spade racists these days?

      Michael - 2012-03-22 15:58

      Johannes - only when you call a spade a spade in American

      Glyn - 2012-03-22 20:00

      Only when you call a hysterectomy a spayed!

  • Marion - 2012-03-22 14:57

    Helen is spot-on when she says SADTU is messing up education for our kids. About a month ago my son came home from school at 12:30 instead of at 2:30. I phoned the school to find out what the reason was. Told me that SADTU had a meeting and most of the teachers had left early to attend it thus leaving insufficient teachers to manage the affected pupils who were then sent home. SADTU teachers regularly go on strike while teachers from other unions keep the schools running as effectively as possible. The ANC is just clutching at straws now by criticizing Helen for everything she said yesterday cos she spoke the truth without fear or favour. Those straws are not going to stop you from drowning ANC.

      Glyn - 2012-03-22 20:03

      Marion - Thanks for the consistent truth that you write! You always hit the nail on the head! So does Helen!

  • Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-03-22 14:57

    WOW I'm impressed atleast they didn't call her a racist again because the race card is all they have left to play

      Johannes - 2012-03-22 15:00

      She has been labelled a racist by the ANC for calling students refugees. Typical reaction!

      Glyn - 2012-03-22 20:04

      @ David - Please do not spell anc in capital letters! That might boost their egos! Spell anc in lower case, always!

  • The-third - 2012-03-22 14:57

    the presidency is in denial.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-03-22 15:04

      even if HZ can proof that zuma said that on camera they will still deny it

      Stephen - 2012-03-22 15:20

      Wish it was in de-amazon!

      Francois - 2012-03-22 15:47

      You spelt denial wrong in Afrikaans and is it more than Zuma that is taking showers now?

  • Andres - 2012-03-22 14:57

    ANC: Great at taking offence, excellent at claiming the never cause any. Maybe rather than blowing the semantics of one word out of proportion, maybe you should address the cause of the problem?

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-03-22 14:58

    Wahahaha. Outraged by her comments wtf? Anc can say what they want. They ANC turns anything into a racist conversation! They should stop speaking and should start doing something. They are corrupt to the core the president was on trial in a court before he became president what a shame!!

  • Shirley - 2012-03-22 15:02

    The truth hurts!!!!! They are always "SHOCKED" when someone actually has the guts to speak the truth! Rather be shocked at standard of education in Eastern cape!

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-22 15:05

    The Presidency should be shocked about the situation in the Eastern Cape! Reality check anyone!!!?????

  • Mark - 2012-03-22 15:06

    Mac is lying again. How can I be certain? His lips are moving, for a start. How the ANC tolerates this sellout scum is beyond me. He claimed that Ngcuka was an 'apartheid spy'; yet who drew the fat salary from sitting in PW Botha's sham 'House of Delegates'? The arrogance of this man knows no bounds.

      Anthony - 2012-03-22 16:32

      I join you 100%--- the fact that the presidency has big mac ---says it all --they destroy any credibility they may have [almost none] by having this sell out near them -- they should get a court order to keep mac away from politics by 100 kms --he really is a disgrace and we await his jail sentance

  • MSGRule - 2012-03-22 15:06

    Ha ha they dont't like it to get told where they make a mess :-) Boo woo cry babies

  • Blingani - 2012-03-22 15:06

    What's shocking about what she said? The ANC is now trying to divert media attention from their internal issues between them and the their youth league.

  • Tjaart - 2012-03-22 15:08

    That's exactly the response you'd expect from a bunch of miss-fits whith an Eastern Cape basic education! Hauk!! You have to draw pictures Zille before they'll even begin to understand what you're really saying!

      Blingani - 2012-03-22 15:12

      lol... She should take them to elementary class under a tree. Just the way they like it in the Eastern Cape.

  • Piet - 2012-03-22 15:09

    We must ask the pope to declare sainthood on the ANC. They are angels and never do anything wrong!

  • roodbol - 2012-03-22 15:10

    A few years ago NO-ONE striked and NO school was disrupted and ALL teachers were on duty EVERYDAY. No wonder our 'matric' results are so poor. And STILL these 'teachers' get paid with medical and pension benefits? For what?

      Stephan - 2012-03-22 15:37

      A few years ago,teachers got paid,on time,these "teachers" have'nt been paid for three months,you're barking up the wrong tree pal!

      Marion - 2012-03-22 15:50

      @Stephan... I came up with a theory regarding the government. Think they practice money-go-round finances. That's why they only get to pay teachers four times a year.

  • Cameron - 2012-03-22 15:10

    when will the masses wipe the crap from their eyes and see the anc for who they, theiving SOBs, what I would give to see Helen and the DA taking the reins and leading this country forward!!! the only problem is they would have to spend the first 10years of their term CLEANING up after all the crap the ANC has caused for south africa

  • therealunskinny - 2012-03-22 15:14

    Shame. Someone give the presidency a hug. And remember Zoomer... pappa wag.

  • ettienne.hattingh - 2012-03-22 15:14

    Who gives a crap. All the non ANC suporters are "shocked and disapointed" at the corupt goverment and the billions of tax payers money that is disappearing. Cry me a freaking river. Boo flippen hoo.

  • Richard - 2012-03-22 15:15

    The ANC have misled so many people on so many levels. Grow up.

  • Basil - 2012-03-22 15:16

    Hauwu! The truth...she is hetting!

  • Tsholofelo Faith Sekgaile - 2012-03-22 15:16

    I don't c how different is this from what d spoke person of ANC said...after all she is not a God I mean really, of all other mistakes you can choose from, how do you come back and do the same thing u wanted some one killed over?

      Shirley - 2012-03-22 16:07

      ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-22 16:30

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh my goodness, that has to be the post of the century!!

  • jordaanjean - 2012-03-22 15:18

    Hey 'Presidency' in stead of being shocked. Rather do something about the quality of education in the Eastern Cape then Helen will not have to make statements like this ( which is by the way a truthful statement). She was stating the obvious and truth. Are you going to censor her now so that she is not allowed to point out the flaws in the government. Seems like freedom of speech is soon to be a thing of the past. :( Why not just come out and publicly change the law to state " Freedom of speech is only allowed if you do not make the ANC sun government look bad"

  • Adam - 2012-03-22 15:19

    They are yet to be shocked and upset by malemas utterances against whites. Does mac maharaj still not know the anc do not like indians? Does trevor not know the anc do not like coloureds?? Are all the squatters shocked and upset they havent got houses?? They should be shocked and upset, the government is too busy counting their money.African mentality.

  • MduXman - 2012-03-22 15:19

    its all political points scoring from the ANC and they doing their best to avoid addressing the real issue. They are incompetent and things are falling apart in that province. Play the ball not the man

  • christian.helberg - 2012-03-22 15:19

    Mr Zuma, you should rather be shocked at the state of affairs in gauteng, everything is falling apart, police stations, that have no electricity, healthcare suppliers not being paid, the education system, actually every aspect of your government is in shambles, the list goes on, and on. Everyday the citizens of this country are "shocked and disappointed" when we hear of how the anc are driving this country into the ground. The Western Cape is the only part of the country that has it's act together.

  • wealth - 2012-03-22 15:20

    zille an idiot so is her followers.

      kardollie - 2012-03-22 15:30

      go tell that to your mother your momparra

      Bigrp - 2012-03-22 15:31

      No wealth; the idiots are the people like you who keep on voting for the useless ANC!

      Bob - 2012-03-22 15:32

      What does that make Zuma and his followers, brain dead ?

      Adam - 2012-03-22 15:33

      @wealth Arnold,you had to ask how to become an artisan, which really shows who the idiot is. Dumba##.

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 15:57

      I open my my and?????? Who knows hey Wealth? could be good could be bad but always funny.

      Colin - 2012-03-22 16:04

      Can see you are one of those that were denied education.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-22 15:20

    you know, i wish the DA would stop benchmarking its success on cape town, the oldest city in south africa. How about they go for the really underdeveloped towns in the eastern cape, turn them around and then prove their success.

      John - 2012-03-22 15:24

      Give them a chance then

      Bob - 2012-03-22 15:32

      You just need to vote them in and it will be done.

      Adam - 2012-03-22 15:36

      They will.

      Reynold - 2012-03-22 15:41

      what a great challenge. i agree.

      Francois - 2012-03-22 15:55

      Pixie86, if the pepal of the EC want to vote for an ineffective goverment that buys their votes with food hampers, then they are choosing an alternative to the DA and thus one has something to compare it with. If you want small towns on the list, just take a look at those the DA won in the previous municipal election in the NC, WC and Gauteng - Midvaal is not too bad comparing it to Joburg, in the former you actually get a correct utilities bill. May I thus suggest that you campaing for the DA in the EC in the next election and if you are successful we can have a comparison there as well. Pity Lekota want the personal glory and did not put the people first. If he did, PE could have baan another example, but what did you expect from someone who sat on Racist Mbekkie's (who started the decline) lap and turned the best army in Africa to one that can only throw banana (republics) at Bob? Go DA, Pixie!

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 15:59

      I am sure they would love to. However that requires people in the EC understanding democracy. Vote for the one you think CAN do the job. If they can't, vote them out.

      clivegoss - 2012-03-22 17:12

      Can do Pixi86 can do >See you at the polls ! !

      berni.venter - 2012-03-22 20:07

      Erm Pixie86, we are actually a democracy and if the 'really underdeveloped towns' voted a DA councillor in they would get the benefits of the DA ethics... until then unfortunately they will stay 'really underdeveloped' while the municipality chalks up a R150 000 monthly KFC account ; )

      Glyn - 2012-03-22 20:16

      They will as soon as they win the seats in the EC. So give them some help and you will see your wish come true!

  • lhenama - 2012-03-22 15:22

    Its shocking how she puts blinkers and interprets things to her own advantage jst so she can have ppl join the DA. Just a mere example when she paid people Cape Town to say they got electricity legally when they actually did not. She's an opportunist plain out.

      Skuiter - 2012-03-22 15:28

      So the EC education system is working 100%? stop smoking your ancestors remains you fool

      S - 2012-03-22 15:45

      Ms (H)Enema, your name is appropriate, but they stuck the tube in at the wrong end. All the $hi+ is coming out of your mouth.

      Marion - 2012-03-22 15:57

      @Ihenama - There is no 'interpretation' required when it comes to SADTU. Anyone with kids in government schools knows exactly what the effect of SADTU is on our children's education. She's as much an opportunist as the ranting ANC were when they complained about Cape Town's toilet saga only to have it come out that ANC governed areas had even more 'loo's with a view'. Wakey wakey... time to smell the coffee.

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 16:02

      But nothing like you and your Cancer Party. I pity you for your trust in such an obviously dishonest organisation. I pity you for the education they gave you. I bet you still believe communism works? Have you ever been anywhere else outside of your cadre world?

      Alison Ling - 2012-03-22 16:02

      Haha your funny, where you getting your information... from the Mad Magazine???

      Shirley - 2012-03-22 16:09

      I see you were also educated in the Eastern Cape-and still dont have a clue!

  • Buskien - 2012-03-22 15:23

    Once again, why do u critisize instead of helping to correct the situation. Zille!! u are also campaigning by so doing and youre critisms are not constructive.

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 16:06

      The whole point of democracy is to point out weaknesses in policy and actions so that they CAN be corrected. CanCer try reaaly hard to find something to critisize Zille and the DA about. But amazingly are blind the obvious catastrophe the CancER party are bringing down on this land. I am sure that CancER would love to destroy Western Cape standard if only to stop the DA making them look soo bad. You see it can be done properly. You either don't want it, or are on the gravy train

  • Skuiter - 2012-03-22 15:24

    "He said the Eastern Cape government and Sadtu had signed an agreement on February 8 to "normalise" the situation in the province and "to promote quality learning and teaching". - well sell your bs to your idiot followers. TO PROMOTE QUALITY LEARNING?? - how about, fire the inbred strike happy lazy fat arsed teachers and get proper non unionised teachers who actually want to teach in there. MORON

  • Eduard - 2012-03-22 15:25

    No matter what Maharaj and Zuma says, the education in the Eastern Cape leave a LOT to be desired for. Most of the rural teachers in the EC are utterly useless. No amount of waffling and plans are going to change that, sorry to disappoint you.

      TawwaTienie - 2012-03-22 20:13

      NOW who is responsible for Education, not the DA, but the Government, Mr Fransman is not capable to do his work.

  • AnthonyZA - 2012-03-22 15:26

    Storm in a tea cup. Politics: Babies with power tools.

  • tristan.kilian - 2012-03-22 15:27

    Please stop picking Zille apart. Actions speak louder than words - and the Western Cape is the only province currently run properly. The water is drinkable, the teachers are in schools. Travel anywhere outside the Western Cape and you have to worry about diseases in the drinking water - my doctor just confirmed this. I have been battling with bad diarrhea for 2 weeks after a trip to Limpopo. She immediately asked, have you travelled outside the Western Cape recently? Because you have a "something-unpronouncable" infection - which you get from badly treated drinking water... that says it all people. Zille for President!

      Pulverturm - 2012-03-22 16:26

      The water in Joburg is just fine!

      TawwaTienie - 2012-03-22 20:14

      Government is responsible for schools and education, not any political party. Fransman must do his work and so the ANC. They can not manage this country.

  • Bambanani - 2012-03-22 15:28

    @pythagorus,you just dot get it,we will never go back to those years you are dreaming about 18yrs ago,the sooner that sink to your racist mentality the better.and a white government will never in your lifetime come back,you can continue making insult,be racist,this government will not arrest you,like what your 18yrs back government did to blact people when they differ with them.

      tristan.kilian - 2012-03-22 15:35

      You have to take racism out of it completely and move on. People are now suffering worse than during apartheid. The government has not been able to deliver on it's promises. Having a white politician in charge does not mean it will bring back apartheid. What it means is you will receive a good education, clean drinking water, housing, free roads (and not toll-roads) and much more - look at the Western Cape. And remember, Zille was a huge anti-apartheid protester during apartheid. She helped in bringing about change. So trust her. Forget she's white.

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 16:10

      Hi Bambam, still flexing your brain? Must have a headache by now? LONDON TIMES - QUOTE OF THE WEEK Interesting point of view Affirmative Action South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others. Finally, a word recently coined to describe South Africa's current political situation. Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

      Shirley - 2012-03-22 16:11

      No they dont arrest you,they slowly kill them off,farm by farm.

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 16:16

      The CancER party doing soooooo much for you. Uneducated, unemployed, no facebook friends and clearly no understanding of how to better your life. No one is asking us to go back to apartheid. Well only the ANC, but that would suit you coz then it could not be racist for blacks to hate whites.

      freda.coetzee - 2012-03-22 17:37

      Pleaseeeee the past is in the past .....the racist people are all in Australia living a good life ....we white South Africans that stayed are Not your enemy. We are insulted and abused....If everyone took their investments back that has been put into this country we will all go back to living in caves.

  • Dries - 2012-03-22 15:30

    Why are they shocked. IT IS THE TRUTH!!!!!!

      Peter - 2012-03-22 15:33

      Maybe they really are unaware how bad Sadtu is? Could that be possible - you never know, after all, it is the ANC we are talking about?

  • Peter - 2012-03-22 15:31

    I'm shocked the ANC gladly accepts the damage Sadtu is causing to the future of mainly black children. I thought the ANC had the interests of black people at heart?

      Vusi - 2012-03-22 16:28

      No Peter they are interested who vote them back, to remain in power for another 100 yrs.How can someone say "I'm poor" but driving Range Rover Super charge and has 3 mansions. Who is fooling who? Ha Ha Ha.

      Francois - 2012-03-22 16:41

      No Peter and Vusi, the ANC leadership has only themselves at heart, but they are very clever. They need SADTU to support Cosatu to support the ANC otherwise they will loose elections as the trade unions are the best organised structures. They however cannot allow children to be educated as educated people will be able to see through this farce and educated people can usually fend for themselves. This is actually a very clever double whammy for the ANC, pay incompetent teachers, get their and their families and their families friends' votes. Keep the rest of the rural people uneducated (by means of incompetent teachers) so that you can buy the rest of the votes with a food hamper. Then on the sideline, they pay themselves enough to go and live next to the ex NP ministers in France and Switzerland the moment the hit fits the shan. They don't care as long as the villas have showers.

      TawwaTienie - 2012-03-22 20:15

      Government must do their work, not the political parties in the country. Fransman is in charge of education, not DA or COPE or IFP.

      Grootrot - 2012-03-22 22:51

      TawweTienie, Angie Mothshekga is. Fransman is deputy minister of international relations - he was in the WC, because of his skin color, the ANC played the race card in him addressing the media.

  • Jason - 2012-03-22 15:32

    Its more than just having someone teaching and saying a few words about teachers in class, on time and teach... schools are in terrible conditions, unless you have money or your kid has a special sporting talent they can't get that education in the poor area's. So maybe they blowing some steam maybe its time for some action. Prove them wrong by proving them wrong and not just political promises and using the race card.

  • Arthur - 2012-03-22 15:34

    Maharaj, you yourself are discredited, how do you expect anyone to believe anything you say, especially if it is on behalf of a bumbling president?

  • Mduduzi - 2012-03-22 15:35

    please point me to the part of the speech where Zuma singled out Sadtu and praised them. Perhaps i missed it!

      tristan.kilian - 2012-03-22 15:40

      He said: "We thank the teacher unions for supporting this campaign." Which was a direct reference to SADTU without mentioning them... http://www.info.gov.za/speech/DynamicAction?pageid=461&sid=24980&tid=55960

  • mickster87 - 2012-03-22 15:38

    @Sechaba, you would, totally deaf to hearing anything against the ANC and you will just merrily carry on believing that they are delivering when it is absolutely clear that they are failing the education system, as well as the country at a spectacular level. We will lose another generation to stupid politicians at this rate and I include the last bunch who completely failed all of us, especially the black people, they should be ashamed of themselves! Dignity, my Foot!!

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-22 15:38

    According to Maharaj, Zuma said: "Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success." Would this not be the norm for any teacher throughout the world, why in South Africa must we re-iterate standard requirements to our so say professionals. He forgot to remind them that school days are from Monday to Friday.

  • NrGx - 2012-03-22 15:39

    @ihenema - HUH????? seems the latter part of your avatar is a more encumbering reality to your plight than the inculcation/enlightenment, of the self or your offspring1

  • Monti - 2012-03-22 15:39

    I am shocked by the corruption

  • LekkePerd - 2012-03-22 15:39

    Eish Maharaj / Zuma both names previously coupled to lies, corruption . Cant beleave a word they say. Go Zille go! Nou Zille Nou! Gee hulle gas.

  • Hugo - 2012-03-22 15:40

    Hellen Zille lied about what Zuma said and you have the entire table mountain contigent jumping up and down celebrating yet another'victory'.I can bet that the Canadian dept of home affairs will be inundated with asylum applications from certain sections of our society because the DA fragile credibility in the black community is going under with this ugly woman ' s verbal diarrhoea and general tactlessness come 2014. My Future,Ka Moka Retla Kona

      Tommy - 2012-03-22 15:52

      And hakuna matata to you too.

      celeste.rsa - 2012-03-22 15:54

      Why don't Hugo back to sleep and dream on, hmmm?

      Shirley - 2012-03-22 16:13

      Your government has been lying to you for the past 18 years!

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 16:23

      Hi AK hugs n things. I cannot believe you were educated at UCT. Maybe that's why you are so bitter now that you are back in Tswane. Not good there I here. The CancER party have pretty much screwed it up. LONDON TIMES - QUOTE OF THE WEEK Interesting point of view Affirmative Action South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others. Finally, a word recently coined to describe South Africa's current political situation. Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

      Hugo - 2012-03-22 16:55

      Jeremy actually I am in CT :)

      TawwaTienie - 2012-03-22 20:17

      ANC government is responsible for schools and education in this country. No political party. They can take all the ARMS deals and other corruption money and build enough schools for all provinces and create jobs for 20 million people.

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 21:53

      Your current facebook profile has you in Pretoria North bru. Educated at UCT. I guess u just like the CancER party. Tell them what you think they need to know.

      Colin - 2012-03-23 16:28

      The cANCer has got to your brain, my friend. You need DA docter urgently

  • Jeremy - 2012-03-22 15:40

    Oh Mac how can we believe a word you say. You lie so easily in that CancER way that you have all learned in your little communist cadre playgroups, Pretending to be liberating hero's and expecting to fill your coffers with tax payer money. How about telling Juju boy the truth and admit that kids will not get economic freedom from the Cancer Party because the education system is just not up to providing the knowledge and skills required to be an innovator or entrepreneur. (Or even hold down an unskilled job as a result of the unachievable expectations your band of thieves has promulgated. Your party has done extremely little in the past 18 years. You know that you are lucky to have loyalty from the people you shaft so easily. But recognise that this HAS to come to an end. Your manifesto is a lie. Your NDC (African agenda is the real unpublished goal) Why not try being politically honest, politically progressive, politically motivated to bring together as you say, stop stealing, stop corruption. let Zuma go to court and prove his innocence. He is after all the FIRST CITIZEN and as such should be above suspicion. Even American presidents have been impeached.