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Zuma pleads for peaceful protests

2011-02-17 16:11

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday urged communities not to resort to violence in protests over living standards and pledged an improvement in the delivery of basic services.

Riot police spent three days this week battling demonstrations in Wesselton, in Ermelo which is blighted by a high rate of unemployment and a lack of basic services.

"Whatever the grievances are, they can only be resolved through engagement with the authorities and not through violence. The police will continue to act against those who break the law," Zuma told Parliament.

The three-day protest in Wesselton had quietened on Thursday ahead of a community meeting on Monday, the Sapa reported.

A local leader said people were unhappy about service delivery, unemployment and the selection of candidates for the forthcoming municipal elections which are expected by end May.

Pledging that services would be improved ahead of the polls, Zuma said officials had signed performance and service delivery agreements and a strategy was also being put in place to tackle backlogs and complaints.

"As we head for local government elections, we are confident that the measures we are putting in place will improve the functioning of local government, as all players know what is expected of them," he said.

Comments
  • kevin - 2011-02-17 16:14

    please do riot, violently as well. Bring the country to it's knees and show the rest of the world what a 'great' country this is.

      Wessel - 2011-02-17 17:32

      WY MUST HE PLEAD FOR PEACEFULL PROTEST.HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA ISNT HE.HE MUST TELL THEM OR HE MUST GET THE POLICE TO DO THERE JOBS.EVRY THING THE RPOTESTERS DO IS CRIMANAL.DUMAGE OF PRIVATE PROPITY.HE IS TO SCEAR TO DO OR SAY ANY THING.hE WILL LOSE SUM VOTES IF HE OPEN HIS MOUTH.

  • Gorilla - 2011-02-17 16:16

    this is becoming a joke. pleading? come on!

      lean - 2011-02-17 17:04

      The herd boy ordered his dogs not to bite anymore, just to bark...I Don't Think It's Going to Work Out…

  • Baboon - 2011-02-17 16:18

    I dont think pleading works so well with savages.

      LUFC - 2011-02-17 16:32

      You're right. Police batons do though.

  • Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-17 16:22

    I agree Mr President, your people will listen and i will also pass the message.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-17 16:36

      ha!ha! halfwit. What makes you think you are important enough for people to take notice of you? The ANC are reaping what they have sowed.

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-02-17 16:45

      Sir Halfwise, your name says it all! Mr. Poepol is talking through his presidential sphincter!

      Stofbolletji - 2011-02-17 16:56

      Nice mess you ANC idiots have created hey???You must be so proud..

      Skottie - 2011-02-17 16:56

      The people have listened for the past 17 years and they now had enough of promises! Yes, break down and do violence as that is the only way YOUR government will listen. It is unacceptable that your government does not listen to your grievances but when you make them listen (by protest) they wake up. They should wake up PRIOR to the violence and serve their people! currently they (government) is just 'servicing' themselves. Is that acceptable to you Mr Sir Halfwise?

      Wessel - 2011-02-17 17:38

      SIR HALFWISE.YOUR PEOPLE ARE STARVING SINSE 1994 AND IS WORSE OF AS WHAT THEY WERE BEFORE 1994.Less of your people got jobs.they must brake in to survive.What did the ANC do for there people.More jobs loses minnes that closed minnes that is bankcrupt,Wake up and smell your coffy if you got.

  • sez2709 - 2011-02-17 16:22

    And if we weren't approaching Government elections, how would the government be responding?

  • Nebs - 2011-02-17 16:23

    Why are so many comments on these pages so racist? What is wrong with you people?

      lldoidge - 2011-02-17 16:37

      Where, what, how are any of these comments racist? I've read no reference to race.

      Nebs - 2011-02-17 16:45

      Right, calling people "savages" isn't racist I suppose?

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-02-17 16:52

      Nebs you win Poepol of the Day Award! Nebs you win Poepol of the Day Award! Nebs you win Poepol of the Day Award! Nebs you win Poepol of the Day Award!

      Nebs - 2011-02-17 16:54

      Congratulations on your well thought out argument Homo-Sapien

      Worldwise - 2011-02-17 17:23

      @Nebs. Since when are savages of a particular race? That construct is in your own mind and you have foisted it on this forum. Look it up in the dictionary and you will see no reference to race. Please accept Homo_Sapien's Poephol of he day award.

      Nebs - 2011-02-17 17:31

      Nice try Worldwise, but the term "savages" has historical context beyond what appears in the dictionary. In the way it was used there and taking into account this context, it is indeed racist.

      otiose - 2011-02-17 17:33

      at least he has one nebs :) I agree with you regarding some other articles, but this one is a bad example. Or are you implying that calling the ANC inefficient is racist?

      jouplesier - 2011-02-17 17:38

      congrats on the award! you deserve it

      Wessel - 2011-02-17 17:43

      NO ONE IS TALKING RACIST WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT THAT DOES NOT DO HIS JOB.IF IT WAS A INDIAN OR WHITE AS PRESIDENT IT WILL COUNT FOR HIM TO.A COUNTRY GOT A PRESIDENT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS LAW AND ORDER.IN OUR COUNTRY THERE ARE NOT SUCH THING AS LAW AND ORDER.THAT YOU CAN SEE ON TV WITH THE STRIKES I DID NOT MAKE IT UP.

      Nebs - 2011-02-17 17:46

      Hello otiose, no I wasn't referring to the article, I was saying that some of the comments made in this comments section were racist. Criticising the government for being inefficient in itself is certainly not racist...

      Chris Martinus - 2011-02-17 18:30

      Isn't poepol a racist jibe?

  • burtfred - 2011-02-17 16:24

    More promises. We've heard this all before. The only way that local government is going to be fixed is through regime change.

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-17 16:25

    Protesters must find their Nkandla.

      ferraris.silvio - 2011-02-17 16:50

      so violence is Nkandla ???

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-02-17 16:54

      Malema will find his Nkandla in the Zoo

      Wessel - 2011-02-17 17:44

      F@#$ NKANDLA

  • Dazza22 - 2011-02-17 16:27

    Ah, now I see how this works. When the world is watching, or will be watching, you plead for the people of south africa to "behave" themselves like you did in the soccer world cup, now you plead for peaceful protests. When are you going to plead for people to stop murdering farmers?? When are you going to plead for people to stop murdering, raping and thieving?? YOU CREATED THIS MESS, NOW DEAL WITH IT

  • Dazza22 - 2011-02-17 16:33

    Now I see how this works. When the world is watching you plead for the people to "behave themselves" (during soccer world cup) and now you plead for peaceful protests. When/why don't you plead for people to stop murdering farmers? How about raping? how about thieving? YOU MADE THIS MESS, NOW DEAL WITH IT!!! Keep striking, for once I support the madness!!!

  • Madelane - 2011-02-17 16:38

    Remember Mr Zuma that you and all your allies instigated this violence many years ago at great cost of lives to many people.....you are merely reaping the whirlwind. Quite aside from the inability to govern.

      Philip - 2011-02-17 17:31

      Madelane very good point. The ANC, in the 1980's, encouraged school children to go on the rampage rather than go to school. Those school kids are now uneducated adults doing the same thing in their residential areas. The ANC's policies of the past have come back and bit them in their bumbs.

  • mike881 - 2011-02-17 16:40

    Same old, same old promises. How many times, year in, year out do we hear the same promises - "we will improve service conditions". The usual story - as soon as the media is gone, or elections past the incumbent councilor does a disapearing act. If I lived under the same conditions and were made the same empty promises over and over again I too would resort to "violent protest". It seems to be the only way to ensure that things get done!

  • ji - 2011-02-17 16:41

    more empty promises from the great brainless one , he who suffers from foot in mouth disease .

  • Mart - 2011-02-17 16:41

    The ANC can only deliver to their own elite. They have proved this time and time again. What is different this time Mr President ? Nothing is the answer. Be afraid Mr President, be very afraid. You can only poke a Mamba with a stick so many times.....and then it is going to retaliate !

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-02-17 16:42

    Authorities dont listen, you bleddy poepol president!! That is why they resort to violence.

  • Stofbolletji - 2011-02-17 16:55

    You get what you vote for people...

  • Bangers - 2011-02-17 16:56

    Off course delivery will be improved "before the polls".. Just before the polls and certainly nothing more. And at least the idiot is living up to his delivering more promises in 2011 than ever before. But only promises nothing else. Lots more promises.. The man is a clown who I think actually believes his drivel.

  • ilsodas - 2011-02-17 16:58

    its not worth what he is saying just give them what they want i am watching for the decent jobs you promised mr. JZ

      Wessel - 2011-02-17 17:51

      I ALSO WHAT TO SEE THESE JOBS BUT DID YOU LISTEN WHAT THEY SAYED ABOUT JOBS IT WILL HAPPEN FROM NOW TO 2020.ONE WILL GUT GRASS OTHER ONE WILL LAY BRICKS AND IF THE HOUSE IS DONE JOB IS KLAAR.

  • Vivian - 2011-02-17 17:07

    See i like what is going on coz I think of this way befor Zuma got rid of Mbeki which i dont know how did he ever think that times like this are still to come and did he ever ask himself wether he would be able to deal with it coz from my understanding i dont get how he expects these people to protest without violence if their demands have not been in the first stage met to atleast try and calm them down...and make peaceful protest for the sake that something had been done...come on Zuma you can do better

  • BigD - 2011-02-17 17:08

    Zuma, it has been 16 yeas of waiting for anc empty promises to be fulfilled. Zuma, you spend more on your family in one year than the total spent on infracture in this Emelo/westville town. Just admit that the anc are unable to rule this complex country. You dont have the skills or will to improve the lives of so many improvished people in SA.

  • Philip - 2011-02-17 17:13

    Mr. President in this country words are meaningless and fall on deaf ears. Strong action needs to be taken and examples made of those who go on the riot to show that their behaviour is unacceptable and that there are consequences for their unacceptable behaviour. Mr. President I have noticed that yr Union buddies Vavi and Cronin who are always flapping their jaws over labour brokers are deathly silent on the behaviour of these residents. There silence on this could be interpreted to mean that they agree and support this unacceptable behaviour on the part of the residents. After all a large number of these residents no doubt belong to one of their unions.

  • Just sauying - 2011-02-17 17:24

    In the end the majority of the people will still vote for the ANC due to historic reasons - poor service delivery will not make any difference to the outcome of the elections. That is also sadly the reason why these communities will always have to cope with bad living conditions and poor services. When it comes down to it they just don`t care about the poor in this country...sadly it is just these people that they do not care a great deal about that keeps the ANC in government. Riots will not help what we need in this country is a REAL black opposition party - if the ANC has competition at the polls they will HAVE to keep their promises to the people.

  • Just sauying - 2011-02-17 17:26

    In the end the majority of the people will still vote for the ANC due to historic reasons - poor service delivery will not make any difference to the outcome of the elections. That is also sadly the reason why these communities will always have to cope with bad living conditions and poor services. When it comes down to it they just don`t care about the poor in this country...sadly it is just these people that they do not care a great deal about that keeps the ANC in government. Riots will not help what we need in this country is a REAL black opposition party - if the ANC has competition at the polls they will HAVE to keep their promises to the people.

  • Logs01 - 2011-02-17 17:36

    He,he, watch this space!! JZ & Co are really having their hands full to "plug all the holes". But more and more holes appear. Not so easy anymore to plug the holes just with BS.

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-17 17:42

    Nebs didn't you know -once a savage always a savage'. That is how all our locals behave just watch any strike or any dispute and you will see why people pass these comments.

  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-17 17:45

    Let them eat SUSHI!!!!!!

      Madelane - 2011-02-17 18:43

      Quite Mxhuma....history repeating itself with different arrogant politicians doing the same old same old!!!!

  • grottobay1 - 2011-02-17 17:46

    You cannot run a country on promises.The people are getting gatvol.The ANC has been a "revolutionary" organisation for years.....Mr Malema and Co confirms it all the time in their speeches.So surely seeing that they brought the Nats to their knees with their "revolutionary" tactic, they can handle a bit of ruff and tumble in the "townships".....or is it far enough from Waterkloof and Sandton not to worry to much ?Sort out these protesters once and for all.....you ARE now the Government.

  • Joryha@24.com - 2011-02-17 17:53

    JZ your pleading is aimed at the wrong group. You should be pleading with the ANC councillors who are not doing what they are required to do. Why plead now in Wesselton. You did not plead with those ANC members who ran amock in Khayelitsha and Sentinel in the WC. Why? Could it be do discredit the DA? These pleas come at a time when political parties are trying to find favour with voters. Know that there is greater awareness amongst voters whoare starting to realise their votes have value.

  • The People - 2011-02-17 18:09

    PEOPLE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT SERVICE DELIVERY,CORRUPT POLITICIANS,UNEMPLOYMENT,ETC.ETC WHAT HAPPENED IN EGYPT SHOULD HAPPEN IN SA,WHATEVER'S HAPPENING IN TUNISIA SHOULD HAPPEN IN SA....MAKE/FORCE THEM TO STEP DOWN,BUT DO IT PEACEFULLY...THE GOVERMENT OF THE DAY HAS ALWAYS PLAYED EVERYTHING DOWN, NOW THE PEOPLE CAN SEE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO ENFORCE THEIR WILL-AFTER ALL, THE PEOPLE RULE,THEY'VE VOTED THESE PUPPETS INTO POWER, AND THEY CAN VOTE THEM OUT.I AM BUT ONE INDIVIDUAL...IMAGINE ALL 23MILLION SOUTH AFRICANS DECIDE TODAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-17 18:14

    Note : This utterance comes from one who pledged to "make the country ungovernable" not so long ago. We have cleared the first hurdle (Apartheid). Now that we face the next hurdle (Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption) why should the people change their tactics?

  • Sir Richard - 2011-02-17 18:32

    Egypt, mr Prez

  • Whistleblower - 2011-02-17 18:34

    “A hungry man is an angry man” – Bob Marley

  • Jeremy - 2011-02-17 18:57

    this is the FIRST time I have EVER heard Zuma come out and ask for a peaceful protest, and assures that service delivery will improve....??? This is a blatant election lie, hopefully the protesters dont fall for this bull...

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