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Zuma: ANC wants to up the ante

2011-02-27 16:11

Rustenburg - The daily experience of South Africans was behind their negative attitude towards local government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"It's the frustration of going to a municipal office to outline one's frustrations only to find clerks to are too busy to care," he said at the ANCs election manifesto launch at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

"It's the frustration of calling the municipal hotline and not finding assistance.

"It's the frustration of not finding one's councillor to report difficulties or make suggestions," he said.

Unreasonably high water and electricity bills after being incorrectly billed, or having power cut for no reason were also problems people faced with local government.

"While we have achieved a lot, clearly more needs to be done," said Zuma.

He said the ANC "heard" the concerns of the people and was working on addressing them.

"The ANC government... will ensure all councillors serve those they represent and are accountable to them," he said.

He said the party would find councillors who would be "accountable, efficient and competent".

"We are committed to ensure that every councillor will report back to communities on plans."

There has been an outcry in Gauteng over the lack of consultation about the implementation of a pricey tolling system.

Zuma said the ANC would ensure a more "active", "clean" local government.

On corruption Zuma said: "We will review the tendering system to deal with corruption systematically."

Zuma spoke at length about the ANC's accomplishments before detailing its manifesto.

A date for the local government polls has yet to be announced.

He said the ANC was committed to building integrated, non-racial communities.

"We need to move away from simply building houses for the poor and work towards building more united, non-racial and integrated communities across our cities and towns," he said.

He said work was ongoing to ensure that new settlements were more non-racial and involved the creation of mixed income.

Zuma said only the ruling party was capable of transforming the lives of the people.

"We have kept the economy developing, reduced poverty and expanded basic services to unprecedented levels."

He said the ANC had achieved this because the people had consistently responded to the call to work together.

Comments
  • Nam - 2011-02-27 16:39

    The people are in particular frustrated in those local governments ruled by the ANC. But Zuma, don't blame the councillors and clerks of the local governments - they just follow the example of their colleaques in the Central Government where laziness, corruption and bad service are common.

      Ponkie - 2011-02-28 18:39

      My eyesight is failing: What did Zuma say? "The ANC wants to pull up the panty?"

      Ponkie - 2011-02-28 19:03

      My eyesight is failing: What did Zuma say? "The ANC wants to pull up the panty?"

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-28 21:55

      More promises to shape up. Once the elections are over it is back to business as usual I'm afraid. I could be wrong off course, but after 16 years of deteriorating services, increased corruption, nepotism, incompetence, power abuse etc. etc. it is getting a bit hard to believe anything these guys say anymore. Their staunchest supporters will still keep the faith, but the ones who think for themselves my well decide to opt for a different party and see how they would do. Off course it doesn't help that in the WC the DA turned first Cape Town around and now the entire province in a year. So now people say: why did it take 16 years and STILL not get it right? Sorry mr President, I am not buying what you are selling.

      John - 2011-03-01 01:47

      Strange that he did not care about upping the ante 2 months ago? Guess he WILL have the same attitude after the elections.

      Flinger - 2011-03-01 09:12

      @ Ponkie...Pull down the pante. So long as theres a shower close by

  • Maleo - 2011-02-27 16:47

    Promises, promises, promises... And in the land of the blind the one-eye is king!

      Sedick - 2011-02-27 17:13

      Zuma is ruled by his one eye.........therefore so is SA

      schmerz - 2011-02-28 15:17

      Ya the one-eye is king after you overlook all the people who can actually make a difference for the better

      ant177@24.com - 2011-03-01 12:20

      One eyed fool is king

  • spine111 - 2011-02-27 16:57

    In Edenvale, the bins have not been collected for two weeks. There are piles of black bags in the streets. It is starting to smell bad. I will not be voting ANC.

      Nico - 2011-02-27 18:13

      You shouldn't have in the first place.

      Christopher - 2011-02-27 18:46

      You will fall on your back when you see the CLEAN streets in Cape Town

      Smindlo - 2011-02-28 10:42

      I live in Eastleigh and the streets are full of piles and piles of uncollected rubbish bags. screw the ANC and screww Zooma.

      Barry - 2011-02-28 11:58

      It's the same in Witbank. Complaints fall on deaf ears

      schmerz - 2011-02-28 15:22

      All this can be fixed with proper distribution of funds, but they would rather put it into their own pockets. They see it as a competitive JOB, not an opportunity to help south africa. They are just as corrupt and insensitive as international corporations, wonder how they would feel if the tables were turned

      Jimmy - 2011-02-28 16:46

      Have you guys been through Pomona (Kempton Park) lately - litter in the street is EVERYWHERE - the stink goes into the car through closed windows !

      Jimmy - 2011-02-28 16:50

      Come to think of it - has anyone been in Knights (Germiston) during at least the past 3 years ? The squatter camp and a main street (Stanley ?) are a national disgrace. Rain water and decaying litter. I fail to understand why disease is not RAMPANT there.

      BOY30 - 2011-03-01 10:48

      Mr president you forgot to mention that all tenders will be give to your immediete family. people like Khulubuse and Duduzani Zuma will be the only one to get this tenders. ANC is not failing us but you are failing us. About litter in our streets we should also take responsibility. You find people throwing litter and cigarettes buds windows of their vehicles. These are not illiterate people. They are professionals who wear expensive clothes but they do things like this. I sometimes wonder if they do the same in their houses. It beggings with me and you.

      ant177@24.com - 2011-03-01 12:33

      Table view is ok, streets clean. CAPE Vote DA

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-02-27 16:58

    I watched on TV and watched in absolute disgust today, I cannot believe this so called statesmen still dancing like a clown chanting repeatedly amshimiwam or whatever....Cry thy beloved country. We dont want any part in this clowns circus !!!

  • Des - 2011-02-27 17:03

    Talk is Cheap !!!!!!!!!!!

  • rossouwl - 2011-02-27 17:04

    "While we have achieved a lot, clearly more needs to be done," said Zuma. Bull man. The only thing you have achieved is breaking down what was built up. And when there is nothing left to destroy, what then.

  • Smk - 2011-02-27 17:04

    Mr Zuma, we have had enough of your lies. I work in the townships around Durban and on a daily basis I see South Africans suffering because of the ANC's incompetence and total disregard for the man on the street. Yes htere are new roads in 1 or 2 of these townships, but how does that improve the lives of the poor aside from them not having a rough ride to their jobs every day. It doesn't.

      DW - 2011-02-27 17:34

      Its because the city manager (Mike Sutcliffe) thinks it is more important to name streets after people like Ghadaffi and fight court cases with ratepayers money, than to spend it where it should be spent. Vote these idiots out so that his contract will not be renewed when it comes to an end in July. He has done more damage to Durban on his own than any other single person

  • BigD - 2011-02-27 17:07

    Paying lip service every election from the ANC promising better is what keeps my vote away from anc. They have done little curbing crime. the have done almost nothing curbing fraud and tender irrigularities. These bad decisions affect my daily life.

  • TheNewSA - 2011-02-27 17:07

    What a joke. I have no idea what else to say to these 'promises' of Zuma.

      stiffler - 2011-02-27 17:12

      Talk is cheap, he can make promises till it comes out his ears... SA knows thats its all crap!

      phillie - 2011-02-28 22:42

      Actually you are very kind and moderate in your comment I would say What a load of crap emanating from his articulating organs!!!!!!

  • ellard - 2011-02-27 17:09

    ZUMA, Watch out, you and your bunch of idiots might be the next regime booted

  • stiffler - 2011-02-27 17:15

    Wow, does he honestly expect us to just start believing in him and his govt again?? Sure he can make promises and sure he'll regain a few fools(followers), but my opinion is ... too little too late dear Mr Zuma!

  • Monica - 2011-02-27 17:23

    Remove affirmative action Mr. JZ; then you will get educated people doing their job!

  • GetitRight - 2011-02-27 17:24

    If ZUMA is serious about wanting to up the ante....then I suggest he start with one JIMMY MANYI....and FIRE THE RACIST BASTARD.

  • Kosmos4 - 2011-02-27 17:25

    So, now the ANC is worried about service delivery in North West, conveniently close to the local govt election. Where have they been for the past four years when we have had no water or filthy green water full of worms, or sewerage running down our roads, or nobody working at Brits Licensing depart when you want to book for a new license or renew an old one. Only the DA bothers to do any work in our area, their Counsellor is knee deep in dirty Harties water helping at 6am in the mornings to get our pumps fixed as there is nobody capable in the ANC led Madibeng Municipality. I pray that North West goes to the DA. Please can we have a working province?

      DW - 2011-02-27 17:36

      The ANC councillors will all have rallies and tell the people what they will do for them once they get voted back in (and then they will disappear again). You will never see an ANC councillor get his hands dirty doing actual work.

      Bonzo - 2011-02-27 17:43

      Right on, Kosmos4. And top marks to the DA councillor. Spread the word, canvas, get the North West out of the clutches of the incompetent and lazy ANC.

  • Kaizo - 2011-02-27 17:28

    "It's the frustration of going to a municipal office to outline one's frustrations only to find clerks to are too busy to care," Too busy? they just don't care period. They don't even do any work, they a bunch of lazy bastards

      phillie - 2011-02-28 22:45

      They are busy!!!!!! Busy drinking coffee, eating pap,discussing last night sex or binges,sleepung on their desks. YES they are extremely busy

  • zigo72 - 2011-02-27 17:29

    Blah blah blah blah...........

  • Selwyn - 2011-02-27 17:30

    "it's the frustration of going to a municipal office to outline one's frustrations only to find clerks to are too busy to care,"--They are not too busy---they are too bloody useless to care!!! The whole governmental and municipal setup is useless and corrupt! Made of lazy, corrupt and useless clowns!!! This whole speech thing is only a pre-election brainwashing farce!!

  • Law Abiding - 2011-02-27 17:33

    Is Suma now saying there are 2 ANC's? One for local government and one for Central Government? Or is he actually admitting to the failure of the ANC in general? The headline for this article should have read " ANC admits total failure at local government level."

  • frikdt - 2011-02-27 17:53

    "The daily experience of South Africans was behind their negative attitude towards local government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday." Wow - thanks for the newsflash Brainiac!!

  • Worldwise - 2011-02-27 18:07

    "While we have achieved a lot, clearly more needs to be done," said Zuma. You have achieved nothing! It was all working before you took over.

  • Skottie - 2011-02-27 18:22

    Dream on. We have heard this before and before and before.

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-02-27 18:28

    SIXTEEN years down the line, and now he promises to fix it it all in SIXTEEN weeks........failure at every turn.....and then they are still voted in - they say a country gets the Government it deserves - but surely we don't deserve one THIS bad?

      Mucaine - 2011-03-01 09:19

      well, he started fixing his house for R200m. in his mind, that's a start...

  • Raymond - 2011-02-27 18:30

    'We have achieved a lot' Such as??? a lot of what??? Building houses for the poor.If you are refering to the RDP homes,the people are already laughing about 'REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS AND PROMISES' It's all about being laid back and no sense of urgency.I have nothing to do and all day to do it.

  • alltainted - 2011-02-27 18:36

    "We will blah blah blah blah." Play it again, Jake.

  • panda559 - 2011-02-27 18:48

    Zuma and his cronies are turning South Africa into Zimbabwe, the brain drain is great for them because smart people don't buy sweeties.

  • Madelane - 2011-02-27 19:02

    "It's the frustration of going to a municipal office to outline one's frustrations only to find clerks to are too busy to care," That should read 'to indifferent to even be bothered to be civil.' The fish rots from the head....old Chinese proverb.

  • Richard - 2011-02-27 19:42

    This sounds like the manifesto of an opposition party hoping to be voted into power for the first time. But this comes from the corrupt and incompetent party which has been in power for nearly 17 yrs!! How stupid are we?? Did we not notice? Up the revolution!!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-02-27 19:43

    Mr Zuma, these municipalty clerks take their lead from their line managers, who then take their leads from their line managers etc etc. Hau, and it carries on up the line until you get to the chief boss sitting at the top of the tree. And that chief clown is you Mr Zuma.

  • Thouca - 2011-02-27 19:55

    If u don't like what u see and hear, each of you have a duty and a responsibility not only to have an opinion and comment but to ensure u take your entire families and all your friends to register and VOTE in the upcoming elections.....if you don't, are you not just re-inforcing the status quo?? 100% single party opposition turnout will trump a less than 50% current majority party apathetic turnout....IT CAN HAPPEN.....GO OUT AND VOTE!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-27 20:23

    There is only one way to get local governments working properly: Remove any ANC involvement. The same goes for provincial and national government.

  • burtfred - 2011-02-27 22:51

    He said the party would find councillors who would be "accountable, efficient and competent". So why don't you just appoint the DA to run the municipalities then, Jake?

      BigD - 2011-02-28 06:53

      you cant find the councilers as they are always in meetings

  • AJ - 2011-02-28 06:32

    They are not too busy to care. That's only half correct. In fact they are not busy and they dont care.

  • ahpretorius - 2011-02-28 06:33

    Vote ANC for a "Better life for all"... my children who's surname is Zuma... thanks to "mutually beneficial arrangements" with my well heeled Indian friends.

  • Vrijheid - 2011-02-28 07:32

    Zuma will make empty promises till Jesus comes.

      phillie - 2011-02-28 22:47

      No not until Jesus comes !!! UNTIL he goes to heven with his anc card

      advurt - 2011-03-01 07:08

      No man - ZUMA is Jesus - did you not know? Oh yes - wasn't Jesus that guy that got nailed to a cross . . .

  • GV - 2011-02-28 08:44

    DON'T YOU REALIZE THAT THE PROBLEM IS ACTUALLY WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING IN THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS. IF THEIR ATTITUDE WAS BETTER, AND THEY UNDERSTOOD THEIR JOBS PROPERLY, THE WORK WOULD GET DONE FASTER AND CORRECTLY THE FIRST TIME. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING WHEN YOU GO INTO ANY GOVT / MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENT AND THE STAFF STAND AROUND CHATTING AMONGST THEMSELVES RATHER THAN DOING THE ACTUAL WORK THEY ARE PAID TO DO.

      Felix - 2011-02-28 12:53

      That's what happens when you implement affirmative action before affirmative education...

  • Hardtalk - 2011-02-28 09:04

    Zuma – you are wasting your time and ours with this ballshit, your time is up and so it is for the ANC. When you get around to giving a date for the elections you votes will be missing big time.

  • citizen36M1 - 2011-02-28 09:05

    Can someone tell me why JZ had to have a ring of police armed with automatic weapons including the usual soccer team of bodyguards at an ANC Manifesto Rally in the heart of JM country??? Remember Obama and his wife walking back to the White House from his inauguration down an avenue lined with people many rows deep??? What is our "President" scared of???

  • herman.muller - 2011-02-28 10:05

    "The daily experience of South Africans was behind their negative attitude towards local government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday" ----- It takes a real rocket scientist to figure this one out. That's just confirming what everybody is saying. WOW, clever.

  • Other Justin - 2011-02-28 11:00

    Yet more promises and lies fed to the ANC faithful. Shame, they are just going to get screwed over again and again and again and again and again and again and again.............

  • Smindlo - 2011-02-28 12:06

    does a shower cure AIDS Zooma zoom?

  • boepensmanvangraan - 2011-02-28 12:18

    When in doubt, dance

  • EchoTango - 2011-02-28 12:30

    I don't see any point in commenting on the bulk of what Zuma said because he is obviously just spewing pre-election platitudes. There was however one part that caught my attention. ("We need to move away from simply building houses for the poor and work towards building more united, non-racial and integrated communities across our cities and towns," he said. He said work was ongoing to ensure that new settlements were more non-racial and involved the creation of mixed income.) So Zuma wants people from different racial and social economic backgrounds to all live happily together? Where in the world do you naturally find such a situation? People from different social economic backgrounds don't even like to live together. It was only during the time of walled in cites that you would find rich and poor living together because they had no choice. And even then the rich stayed on the top levels of the buildings and the poor on the lower ones. This is nothing but social engineering based on some BS Utopian communist ideology. The irony is that they don't even practice it themselves as they prefer to stay in places like Sandton.

  • Stan - 2011-02-28 12:35

    Stan To hell with the anc!!They`re to scared that when the DA takes over our lives will improve,unlike now.And there will be no affimative action only educated people working for the government.So Zuma prepare the papers for your 100 children`s all pay grant, and while u`re ad it send malema back to school to be educated.

  • WD - 2011-02-28 12:53

    On corruption Zuma said: "We will review the tendering system to deal with corruption systematically." What really says: "We need to line OUR pockets first.."

  • Freakfloyd - 2011-02-28 13:42

    Fortunately I do not venture out of WCape. Where do I find potholes? Our refuse is collected on time every week, our water spply is ample and of good quality, I am more than satisfied with my local govt, thanks!

  • Baboon - 2011-02-28 14:37

    A - ANC voter I - Internal D - Destruction S - System

      aidhinwiyat - 2011-02-28 16:47

      Thats insensitive you should be ashamed

  • n s - 2011-02-28 15:02

    lol kept the economy developing: into what? higher fuel and food prices, more taxes and levies? reduced poverty: yes the gap between rich and poor is even bigger with corruption and crime paying for the sit arounds and stand arounds? expanded basic services: into a big mess. Very nicely worded though for the voters :)

  • schmerz - 2011-02-28 15:13

    No this is all just crap, stfu. STOP YOUR CORRUPTION, SPEND OUR TAX MONEY WISELY AND STOP TRYING TO UNDERMINE US. Then we will RESPECT you

  • schmerz - 2011-02-28 15:30

    ANC is talking themselves into a corner, the time is coming for them to step down

  • Jimmy - 2011-02-28 16:55

    Zuma - now that it's election time you keep on promising you will fix EVERYTHING (corruption, employment, etc. What have you been doing for the past 17 or so years ?). Same old garbage ? Forget promises ANC, fix things with your hands, not with words. THEN people with a brain may vote for you.

      panda559 - 2011-02-28 16:58

      Jimmy it's a joke, Zuma does even know what a blog is.