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Zuma: ANC must improve lives

2012-06-15 22:10

Johannesburg - The ANC must develop policies to improve the lives of the country's people, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"We must emerge with policies that will take South Africa forward," he said, referring to the ANC policy conference to be held at the end of the month.

He was delivering a memorial lecture on former ANC president Alfred Xuma in Johannesburg. He said Xuma laid a foundation for the ANC's policies.

"His directive was provision for all state pensions, and disability grants. He wanted mid-day meals for children at school."

Education was the key component to taking the country forward.

"We talk about education in the Freedom Charter. The door was closed then. Now the doors are open," he said.

"We want every young person in school, we want them in university or FET [further education and training] colleges."

He said the youth needed to play a meaningful role in the country's economy.

"We must give the opportunity to empower the youth to take the country forward."

Education loans had increased to R5.5bn from R3.3bn, and R15bn had been set aside for students to enrol at FET colleges, he said.

Comments
  • gift.rode - 2012-06-15 22:20

    In 100 years you still don't have such policies useless leaders!!

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-15 23:07

      The problem with African leaders in general and the ANC ones in particular is firstly that they are intellectually very slow and secondly they will never learn in a 1000 years that you can not fix your country's problems with talking, policies, promises, etc. at some point you must actually physically start doing something, small things like STOP STEALING!

      Sean - 2012-06-16 00:04

      Who ever believes this sh@t he talks doesn`t have a brain !!

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-16 00:16

      It took them 20 years to figure this out?? Isn't that the point of government, to make peoples lives better? Duh.....

      chris.nel.35 - 2012-06-16 02:19

      I know so many black, hardworking, positive black people and then we have to sit with this goverment and president. It's so sad. Get rid of half your overpaid, sit and do nothing, ministers. Stop stealing. You know so much money has flowed into SA when sanctions was lifted but you and your buddies f$%ed it all up. Shame, Shame, Shame.

      John - 2012-06-16 03:08

      Ol Zipper is electioneering, bull$hit the sheepol for another term of fraud. C'mon sheepol haven't you heard all this before? Zipper, where must they eat their "free mid day meals"? Under the trees, in their non existent school grounds? Vote DA and lets get rid of these fools.

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-16 05:09

      Dear Jacob, did you not get the memo regarding "policies to improve the lives of the country's people" ? Leave the gerls alone please!! Yours Truely, Walta Seezulu

      John - 2012-06-16 06:23

      I like the part about "billions of rands". We moving towards everyone in this country soon to become a millionare. Can someone break a million in change for car wash please?.....

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-06-16 08:34

      I am sure if I searched the archives, I would find a thousand similar promises from the ANC about the same subject, over the last 18 years. When are we going to see action rather than empty promises and speeches ?

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-06-16 08:36

      The ANC has done a magnificent job of improving the lives of their leaders and cronies. Congratulations on one achievement !

      Azande - 2012-06-16 09:45

      @Alicia, that is so true. I feel pain everytime I look athe current leadership which is looting the resources of the nation leaving the masses in dire poverty. It pains to look back and remember the lives that were lost by people who stood for the better of everyone. The current leadership is a disgrace to the hard earned freedom and vision of the a rainbow nation that advocates freedom to all.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-16 12:57

      The only lives that you have improved is that of yourself and you friends

      Denise - 2012-06-16 21:49

      We are now officially ranked as the worst in Africa. No mean achievement I have you know. We should however not rest on our laurels. If we can stop the striking teachers from sending their children to functioning former Model-C schools, we can still aim lower. Let us however not deny these teachers their just deserved praise; without their dedication to cultural pursuits such as strikes and boycotts and the commitment of several education ministers and the ANC to transform to African standards, we would never have reached this great point in our history. However, like all great champions, this title should not be allowed to go to our heads. If we can get rid of the remaining Model-C dinosaurs and the private schools with their haughty teachers and all we can plunge depths never seen before.

      Sharon - 2012-06-17 16:31

      the answer to this is quiet simple,the anc must resign and make way for intelligent,caring people to run this country.as long as the anc stay in power we will have nothing but misery for the vast majority of people in south africa.their future is in their own hands and if they dont do anything about it next election then they must stop complaining and accept their lot

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-15 22:25

    "Education was the key component to taking the country forward" So why then have you and your Government failed so dismally on this issue since taking power? Why was it not prioritised before?

      Juan - 2012-06-16 03:46

      I read somewhere that we spend the most on education of all the BRICS partners but our education system is by far of the lowest standard of the partners. Clearly forming policies and spending money can take you only that far mr president, something else is broken.

      John - 2012-06-16 07:00

      Antony from Africa.... I’m looking for my credit about striking youth in KZN where demands were about disbanding “pass” and “fail” in exams. Is that part of the 50 year Non-education program or the new era of “Anyway Education?” My moral of the story was edited. Thanks Mr.Editor! Please keep this comment at least.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-16 10:01

      Juan and John, Sorry, my comments were deleted by News24 They are not interested in a debate, the ONLY thing they are interested in ,is comments that will increase their readership. It is not va news agency, it is a ruthless money making machine. These editors are nothing less than a bunch of useless a.sshol

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-16 14:41

      WHAT a booooooring site, EVERYBODY agrees with each other !!!!!!!!!!!

  • mthokozisi.mbele - 2012-06-15 22:29

    Waaaa...

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-15 22:29

    The ANC have already developed policies that will eventually improve the lives of the countries' people. These policies should eventually lead to their downfall and hopefully we will then get another party in charge who will know exactly how to improve people lives. Indirectly they are doing a great job.

      Denise - 2012-06-16 21:59

      If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! You know, like the national education policy for the last five years: do the same thing every year and hope for exponentially improving results, and when those don’t happen, do the same thing again!

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-06-15 22:29

    SA youth needs QUALITY education - Free education is good and well...but it needs to be of high standard. You, the ANC, are lowering the standards.

      Parys - 2012-06-16 09:35

      Nothing is free. Someone might get it free, but someone else always pays and that is where the evil lies.

      Patsy - 2012-06-16 12:38

      I know I wouldn't want to travel on a bridge built by an 'engineer' with a 30% pass mark, or whatever low figure it is at now.

      Denise - 2012-06-17 10:55

      Almost a million children who started school in the year 2000 dropped out before matric. We must ask President Zuma what the democratic government has done with a million of our children. We have lost these pupils under ANC rule so no need to blame apartheid. Only about 40% of those who started school in 2000 wrote matric last year. So the real pass rate is a shocking 21%. The pass rate could be as low as 10 percent if we discount those who got 30% and 40% in certain subjects. Yet our democratic government says if our children do not know 60 to 70% of a subject they have passed... Incredible!

  • sikhulile.nkwelo - 2012-06-15 22:39

    Too late!

  • ferero.roche.96 - 2012-06-15 22:40

    is this a selective group or everybody?

  • TheVern69 - 2012-06-15 22:48

    Yet again empty promises before Mangaung...ofcourse he will make these statements now! Hopefully the blind will start seeing

      Cuteandbronzed - 2012-06-16 02:14

      I know the campaining as started

  • Alf - 2012-06-15 22:55

    You already have AA-Affirmative Action, BEE-Black Economic Empowerment, BBBEE-either a very big bee or a stuttering bee! All this was meant to improve peoples' lives. It did and does indeed do that, but nevergets beyond a selcet group and always the same people benefit from it! Too many sticky fingers in the cookie jar! The solution: Resign, take your cronies with you and go whale watching in Hermanus!

      vic.hammond.75 - 2012-06-16 08:55

      And the illiterate masses are brainwashed into believing Zuma!

      Parys - 2012-06-16 09:36

      Hermanus? Nope, jail. stealing or misuse of 30% + of the budget warrents jail.

      Denise - 2012-06-16 22:42

      Apparently the Wilderness is a great place for yesterday’s men with bankrupt ideas to hide out.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-15 23:09

    Putting politics aside now, mr president we the youth are striving for the goals and means to attain them. But that cannot happend if there is not much support for everyone yet we hear about youth funds that never reach to the young people in need.

      Patsy - 2012-06-16 12:47

      You can't expect funds, my friend, when the people who are supposed to help the disadvantaged keep them for themselves.

  • Cre8tivedave - 2012-06-15 23:17

    Bla Bla Bla

  • Skoees - 2012-06-15 23:22

    Seems Zuma is actually admitting that up to now the ANC has not developed policies to improve the\r\n lives of the country's people!

  • ronald.jeffs - 2012-06-15 23:38

    All talk and no action for the past 20 years? what have the ANC achieved in the last 20 years to make peoples lives any better? The poor are poorer and the ANC are richer, that is the only achievement I can think of! Once the ANC actually get off there fat lazy asses and do something worth credit will I give credit. Look at what the DA has done for the Western Cape, it is like a different country down there... The ANC is a hot air balloon hopefully it drifts off into the distance one day, never to be seen again.

      mzansi.afrika - 2012-06-16 06:48

      Correct, the ANC has not does much to correct the lives of ordinary SA people. The DA has not performed any better for the masses. Observe the Coloured and black townships in the Western Cape - getting worse by the day. Now, if the DA will fail the masses in a single province, how do they ope to run the entire country for all that live in it.

      kobus.jansenvanvuuren - 2012-06-16 07:47

      Dear Mzansi, why DOES you think Western Cape are overflowing. DOES you not think its cause the DA DOES run it?

      Denise - 2012-06-16 22:25

      Education and security must take priority in government policies and non-performing ANC appointees should be kicked out forthwith. Don’t expect Jacob Zuma to fix South Africa. At best, Zuma represents a continuation of the problems that have plagued ANC rule, if not their intensification. The reality is that, once the nation suffers the intensified trouble under such corrupt and crippled leadership, the chances for real recuperation are virtually nil.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-15 23:50

    You know Mr President, what would really impress your people? Sell your expensive jet aircraft and vehicles and get rid of your blue light motorcades. Make worthwhile promises and keep them. You are only a man, not a god.

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-06-16 00:46

    It would be nice to have a president whom I can be proud of...

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-06-16 01:28

    Electioneering! You'll be hearing the same rhetoric until they win again.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-16 01:58

    Zuma why do you speak with a forked tongue? why is education in such a mess? why are teachers treated so badly and paid so little? why does the education department fail to achieve even the basics? Why are the workbookS in schools filled with so much political propoganda and promote racial hatred towards anyone who is not black? Why do you teach such a scewed version of our history? You say People must be educated, but Your actions Show the opposite? DON'T ALLOW YOURSELVES TO BE FOOLED S.A THE ANC DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU! ONLY ABOUT POWER AND THEIR OWN BACK POCKETS!

      Cuteandbronzed - 2012-06-16 02:23

      What propaganda in school books? wow, if there doing this the UN needs to step in, seriously.

      Sagin - 2012-06-16 02:26

      Page through the workbooks, speak to the teachers. see for yourself!

      Sagin - 2012-06-16 02:38

      It would do every south african of every colour a great service to remove their own racial blinkers and research south africas history for themselves, not propogandist history the real stories. We have ALL done wrong, we have ALL done right, we all belong here, white as much as black! This is our country, the slaves from the Amistad, the whites who became free burgers, the indians and malays who were imported as slaves, and those wonderfull blends of the best of both, our coloured communities. this is our country! not the anc'. are we going to fight with ourselves while the country falls? or are we going to work together to build something we can all be proud of?

  • John - 2012-06-16 02:02

    You and your cronies steal too much money. How can the mayor of Pretoria earn R 3 million per month it is absurd. In the Eastern Cape in the last 10 years R 100 billion was stolen. You and the ANC cronies will never uplift the people, you are moving the same way as Zimbabwe. You have taken the whites out and replaced them too fast with people that do not know how to govern the country, provinces, local authorities and now you want to nationalize and take the land the same old African story a losing story. Only a few rich the rest poor and so it will be until Africa is colonized again by the whites or Chinese or aliens from outer space

  • Cuteandbronzed - 2012-06-16 02:12

    "We want every young person in school, we want them in university or FET [further education and training] colleges." BUILD THE SCHOOLS FIRST! thats a start

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-16 02:18

      @Blackyoungandangry.. You are 100% correct! Build the schools 1st AND supply text books for ALL!!! Its already mid June and some schools are STILL waiting for books.. Eish!

      Juan - 2012-06-16 03:50

      No perhaps they must first let the schools we already have get text books, and competent teachers and willing leaners. Kinda hard for any learning to happen if you don't have those

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-16 10:01

      @Juan, yes in order of priority! Text books now for ALL, competent Teachers and Principals regardless and built more school for our children so that they may have a better learning environment and at least one square meal a day included. Considering all the moneys wasted on lining pockets, luxury cars, homes, holidays, paying large salaries to absentee school principals and teacher

      Patsy - 2012-06-16 12:53

      And when that is done, where will they get employment? Not here in S. A. that's for sure...

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-06-16 02:37

    get a plan to work on. so please make a plan. thank you jz

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-06-16 02:59

    The saddest part is our country has very bright young highly intellectual minds that are currently going to waste and this generation will be lost for the lack of proper education.. A basic human right for all learners for a better future for themselves and the generations to follow! We talking of future business leaders, who in turn will create jobs for 100s and 1000s! When will priorities be truly placed in the correct order and corruption stamped out for the good of the our country and the poor masses that go to sleep on an empty stomach..

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-06-16 04:05

    The ANC have been singing the same BS tune since they came into power. You are just stringing the people along. You speak of education like you have done a good job. Limpopo and Eastern Cape's education system has collapsed completely. ANC are fuz/ing delusional man.

      kagisoamatt - 2012-06-16 08:36

      its not just zuma the whole anc is the same...come electns you will hear then say *apartheit regime* .geez its the 21century for God sake. Go DA go

  • thapsta - 2012-06-16 04:06

    bla bla bla just cos elections are around the corner.... we havent forgotten abt yo etolling rip off to impoverish us its clear you don't care about improving our lifes.

      Mduduzi Tshabalala - 2012-06-16 06:01

      lol...

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-06-16 04:14

    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.

      petrofect - 2012-06-16 06:30

      no1 is forcin ur stay in mzansi

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-16 07:31

      Truth hurts hey Petrofect..

      Michael Varikas - 2012-06-16 08:01

      @peteofect it's my country as much as its yours it's people like you and your fu,?ing useless government that we can't stand in this country and i can assure you that all South Africans that can muster a little logic together and can see what a fucxing disaster the ANC want you out for good. You share there same mentality as well as @lerato and your government will hang you as they are hanging themselves. The people has has enough. Oh by the way that article was written by the London times so if you have a problem or feel need to e defensive because it hit a nerve because of the truth then give them a call.

      Sagin - 2012-06-16 11:59

      @perfeto It would do you and the country well tostop this black tendancy of telling the whites to leave. We belong here, this is our country. You will cry if we leave. you will die if we leave.

  • wendy.thoms.5 - 2012-06-16 04:36

    Yes zuma, build schools to improve education just so that YOUR followers (youth) can burn it all down again,at a cost to the tax payers (all races) that actually work their buds off to achieve something in live. Thanks to \bad\ management this country that we ALL were fighting for are going for a ball dung...maybe you should first educate your cabinet before you try and educate the masses.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-16 06:07

    Zuma. You are trying to bite off more than you can chew. Just like you did before you were elected. You will get more respect by completing one goal at a time, rather than promising services that you can't deliver. Catch a wake up. Its not about your image.

  • talita.vandermerwe - 2012-06-16 06:15

    Wow! Wonder how much his suit cost.

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-16 06:23

      $10000 suites mate! His the godfather and if you dont have a criminal record you cannot join the ANC hahahahah poepsak latest news

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-06-16 06:17

    Big voice, little hands!

  • khotso.letsie - 2012-06-16 06:28

    Boy do these guys like to talk about policies... how can they speak of new policies when they fail to even implement the ones they have now? What a bunch buffoons!!!

  • mzansi.afrika - 2012-06-16 06:34

    Policy my foot. Pre-election hog wash. After re-electing Zuma, SA will continue being the Banana republic it has become.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-16 11:59

      As I've mentioned before and will do again: Unfortunately it all goes about money and the pilfering of our hard earned taxes that is wasted and stolen. Do you think for one second this so called dubious leader cares one hoot for the poor and still uneducated masses in dire need of basic human rights eg proper education, technical skills training for young and not so young, entrepreneurial training skills which in turn spells job creation. We have a mass of un found talent wasting away and many of our youngsters yet to reach their full potential.. If he gets re-elected the same cesspool of incompetence will bring our beloved country to its knees irrespective of which party! We as South Africans of all colour, after 18 years NEED a strong ethical leader at the helm of this sinking ship to turn this country around at break neck speed!

  • rhyno.vermaak - 2012-06-16 06:49

    Is anyone else as bored as me when this guy opens his mouth?

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-16 06:53

    A rich country made poor by greed, waste, corruption and crime. The history books will tell of a wonderful opportunity wasted by the selfish leaders. ANC loves Mugabe, Gadaffi, Castro = dictatorships. Rise DA and give the people what they deserve. If we stopped wasting millions on egos - jets, renovations, corruption etc there would be more than enough for all. The R15 million Malema owes SARS will buy 500 RDP houses. Etc etc etc. Waste waste waste. STOP!

      lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-06-16 08:56

      DA loves Busha, Blair etc- war criminals how different is DA to ANC?

      Sharon - 2012-06-17 19:34

      iwazi - as different as i am to you

  • johanaltamari - 2012-06-16 06:55

    its almos election time, the ANC are making promises they will not keep and the majority will again vote for them in the hope of getting the house they where promised 18 years ago. But they fail to see that there are never any money for housing projects for the poor or money to build schools or pay teachers. But when an establishment (sanral ANC cronnies who want to line there pockets) are way in debt suddenly there are funds available to take care of there friends at the cost of the tax payer? Tell me how must 10% sustain 80% trough taxes?

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-16 07:04

    I think he meant:ANC must improve LIES

  • daniel.kahn.50 - 2012-06-16 07:11

    Do they have a memorial lecture for every past memner of the ANC? Imagine the jacob zuma memorial lecture one day?

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-06-16 07:13

    MALEMA~ how can u march for a spear since when a spear became a priority.

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-16 07:16

    @fannie. Giving the private sector more incentives to grow their businesses will create jobs, and help fighting poverty. You cannot kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, and then expect to lift poverty in the process. Create a society where wealthy people wants to invest their money. With investments comes jobs. With jobs comes wealth creation. I have worked hard to build up a business, but current tax laws and labour laws makes it impossible to stay profitable. I am not going to continue losing money to pay others their jobs. It is better to close a business, lay everyone off, and put that capital away in an investment or bank account.

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-06-16 07:30

    Just sing another song Mr President, sing another song that one sounds familiar you've been singing it ever since you came to power. Each time you sing it people will be re trenched, the poorest of the poor becomes more poor and on the other hand Khulubuses become stinking rich. Sing another song Mr President

  • braamc - 2012-06-16 07:36

    Yes we must we must we must, we demand we demand we demand, we want we want we want - see the pattern here Zoomer?

  • joseph.hayes.1466 - 2012-06-16 07:39

    Ja don't cry for me Argentina. If you stop bbeee and let all people get a fair chamce the whites can give ideas, election with no voters will be a crap one.

  • Mboneni - 2012-06-16 07:46

    PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA DO NOT KNOW THAT THE ANC DOES HAVE POLICIES TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE COUNTRYS PEOPLES,THE POLICIES ARE IGNORED OR DELIBERATELY NOT IMPLEMENTED.IT IS A DISGRACE THAT PUPILS IN LIMPOPO GO TO SCHOOL FOR SIX MONTH WITHOUT SCHOOL BOOKS,PATIENTS GOES TO CLINICS AND HOSPITALS WITHOUT MEDICATION .OUR PRESIDENT IS SO ILLITERATE THAT THE SPEECHES HE READ DO NOT REFLECT THE STATE OF THE ANC ITSELF AND LIVING CONDITION IN SOUTH AFRICA,SO HE IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY.ACCORDING TO JACOB ZUMA 2011 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE YEAR OF JOBS AND NOTHING MATERIALISEDS IN THAT REGARG.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-16 07:51

    STOP TALKING ALREADY AND DO IT!!!!! WE'VE ALL HAD ENOUGH OF ANC SAYING "WE MUST STRIVE TOWARDS GREATNESS FOR ALL OUR PEOPLE" "WE MUST PROVIDE GOOD LIVING STANDARDS ETC" EITHER DO WHAT YOU'RE PROMISING OR STFU >:(

  • Gavin - 2012-06-16 07:52

    We support the Zuma and the ANC

  • lebogang.molomonyana - 2012-06-16 07:59

    ANC hv been preachin this 4 years now. Showerman wnts 2 b re-elected nd da stupid ppl wil vote 4 him nd his mnkeys again. Ek sal nie vir HULLE STEM NIE,like they say\MY ANC,FOR BETTER FUTURE\. They r the only ones benefitin. Screw u mr showerman,nxa

      Gavin - 2012-06-16 08:25

      Fool

      poni.monyetshwale - 2012-06-16 08:26

      U'r also stupid,go nd vote 4white people nd c wat de'll do,do u thnk dey r going 2d much beta dan ANC is doing nw? thnk again 'm nt a racist bt 'm jst pointing FACTS

      Gavin - 2012-06-16 08:31

      lebogang is probably a white guy using a black name as an alias but if not then he is really a fool

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-16 10:04

      The ANC is doing what the NP government did during Apartheid, keeping the majority uneducated. The uneducated mind will not think twice about voting ANC next election 'cause they won't question the BS that Zuma will feed them. Freedom of the mind is more important than economic freedom.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-16 11:41

      Lebogang, don't mud sling and think straight! As I've mentioned before:\r\nUnfortunately it all goes about money and the pilfering of our hard earned taxes that is wasted and stolen. Do you think for one second this so called dubious leader cares one hoot for the poor and still uneducated masses in dire need of basic human rights eg proper education, technical skills training for young and not so young, entrepreneurial training skills which in turn spells job creation. We have a mass of un found talent wasting away and many of our youngsters yet to reach their full potential.. \\r\\nIf he gets re-elected the same cesspool of incompetence will bring our beloved country to its knees irrespective of which party! We as South Africans of all colour, after 18 years NEED a strong ethical leader at the helm of this sinking ship to turn this country around at break neck speed!

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-06-16 08:02

    Anc won't survive:citizens can read/count/and see nothing gets done

      Andre Van Zyl - 2012-06-16 08:09

      Only educated and informed citizens can read count and see nothing gets done. They are a tiny minority mainly in the cities. The great majority of people who will vote for the ANC in the next election are oblivious to all of this.

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-06-16 08:05

    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.

      vinolia.h.mokoena.1 - 2012-06-16 08:26

      You seem to forget that the majority was oppressed by that 9 percent you're defending.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-16 08:26

      @Michael Varkies, sometimes when u read any literature u need to be critical and apply your own mind, then u will find a lot of hypocrisy in every political literature. First statement, Affirmative Action is used all over the world to bridge the gap between previously advantaged groups and the previously disadvantaged. In all countries except South Africa, majority were advantaged, minority disadvantaged. In our country, idiot, the majority were disadvantaged, that is why the majority are now beneficiaries of AA. I don't know how on earth someone will miss such common sense. 'The least capable to lead', question is, who in your willy brains is heroic leader, and who is capable of producing? South Africa has more minerals than every country in the first world. Your favorite leader ruled this country for 4 centuries, yet South Africa is not a super power, in fact before 1994, it was still classed as underdeveloped. So Mr Varkies, next time before you quote literatures, apply your uneducated mind, it helps.

      tshandazenzile - 2012-06-16 08:44

      Michael it is only fair to balance the scale a bit, remember that the majority of this country were disadvantaged for centuries. My only concern aa benefits certain disadvantaged individuals.

      Michael Varikas - 2012-06-16 08:50

      @ratsaka I have no problem with AA. Just one question for you! Who has it benefited??? The people or the fat cats or what do they call them these days tendertreupenuars!!!

      shades.wanza - 2012-06-16 10:46

      u had the previously disadvantaged people. Now we have the priviledged whites and priviledged ANC . You a.so still have the same previous disadvantaged. Their own fault. You will never get a good government if it's elected by supporters and not voted for citizens. A N C supporters think they supporting a football club and not a friggin political party of thieves

  • Andrew - 2012-06-16 08:14

    What a stupid statement from a stupid leader. He is stating what is obvious to a five year old.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-06-16 08:16

    Always amazes me how they develop these concerns for the people when they need votes but for the rest do not care. How long did it take him to realise this?

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-16 11:29

      Unfortunately Richard it all goes about money and the pilfering of our hard earned taxes that is wasted and stolen. Do you think for one second this so called dubious leader cares one hoot for the poor and still uneducated masses in dire need of basic human rights eg proper education, technical skills training for young and not so young, entrepreneurial training skills which in turn spells job creation. We have a mass of un found talent wasting away and many of our youngsters yet to reach their full potential.. \r\nIf he gets re-elected the same cesspool of incompetence will bring our beloved country to its knees!

  • Gavin - 2012-06-16 08:19

    Yes lebogang. Vote the white man back into power again so that they can bring apartheid back. And whip you and your loved ones. Don't forget where you came from if it wasn't for the ANC, you wouldn't be here typing these silly messages. And today of all days, june 16.sure you don't know what this day is anyway. You should have respect for the ANC and your leaders. Viva ANC viva

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-16 08:50

      @Gavin, it's not 90% my man, it's 97%. 90% can't help but show how racist they are. The other 7% are like poisonous snakes in the grass.

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-06-16 09:03

      Yes I agree with you Gavin they can bring back the apartheid, but that must not be an excuse for the president and his ministers to keep us starving, uneducated, unemployed, homeless when we are voting for them.

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-16 09:17

      Economically apartheid won't work, and white people know it. If apartheid is brought back international sanctions will cripple SA's economy. There is no other choice but to work together, wether whites or blacks rule the country. Lastly there are just as many black people that hate whites, clean your own house before you point fingers.

      Charnelle - 2012-06-16 09:20

      @Gavin, I thought you hate us white people so much that you would welcome apartheid?? Im confused?

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-16 10:48

      @Muffin_man_can?\r\n100% spot on, as you mention economically apartheid won't work! That's moving backwards and one can not un ring a bell and like you say, if apartheid is brought back international sanctions will cripple SA's economy more than the pilfering of government coffers. \r\nHere IS an opportunity for ALL races to work and stand together to aid our country in taking a leap forward! We need ethical leadership standing at the helm of our country, regardless of which party and instead of all this hatred amongst the races, utilise that wasted energy and use it for a better SA. After all we are technically on the same ship.. Let it NOT sink! What's wrong with guiding one another? Just a thought..

      ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-06-16 13:59

      @ Gavin do you really believe that ANC will ever change your life? I feel sorry for you Gavin. Yes they fought for liberation in this country but today's ANC is nothing compared to the ANC veterans, all they want is to fill up their pockets before they even think about you. Remember this is suppose to be a free country, one should be free to express his or her views without any interference. Do you know that ANC is aware that there are people like you who do not mind that they are not delivering. Throughout Africa we are blessed with greedy leaders, that's why Zimbabians, Nigerians,Zambians... etc are here, is that what you want? You are so single minded you think that apartheid will come back yes it will come back if there are still people like you

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-06-16 15:04

      Well done to the ANC for brain washing u with that bs. So do us a favor and stop complaining that things are not working in this country because its people like you who are keeping the ANC in power.

      Patsy - 2012-06-17 10:58

      You poor sucker!!! You actually believe their empty promises don't you? Maybe by the time the next election comes around you will have realised what a bunch of liars and crooks they are... Shame!

      Sharon - 2012-06-17 19:36

      there are none so blind as those who will not see

  • tshandazenzile - 2012-06-16 08:24

    Dear mr president, can you please take a train trip to limpopo and find out why there is a school under a tree, and please fire who ever is responsible for the text books arriving this time of the year. I thank you.