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Zuma preaches unity to communists

2010-12-04 08:01

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Friday talked about the importance of unity to a group of communists from around the world attending the 12th international meeting of communist and workers parties (ICWP).

"A majority of communists part ways because once they believe in something they have a culture to believe in it seriously. Unity is crucial," Zuma told delegates representing about 60 countries in Centurion.

Zuma said unity was crucial as it was undermined by one's own ego.

In welcoming delegates, Zuma said their presence in South Africa highlighted a solid defence of progressive movements against any force that sought to undermine it locally and internationally.

He quoted former ANC president Oliver Tambo emphasising a need to defend the national democratic movement.

"Unity should bind the alliance and progressive forces around the world to succeed in implementing a progressive agenda."

He referred to the ANC's tri-partite alliance as being united, saying it would continue to drive transformation in the country by progressive forces.

"It's interesting that ANC leaders articulate about the relationship and see its importance."

The ICWP three-day meeting was the first to be held on the African continent. One question which Zuma said the delegation must answer was why there was still a crisis of jobs even when the economy was recovering.

Over one million jobs were lost in South Africa during the economic downturn.

Comments
  • brentswsa - 2010-12-04 09:13

    "A majority of communists part ways because once they believe in something they have a culture to believe in it seriously. Unity is crucial," - seriously does anyone value what comes out of his mouth, making commies look even worse!

  • Blurp - 2010-12-04 09:34

    When will people learn that communism DOES NOT WORK. It has been proven over and over. Sure it sounds like a great idea on paper but all it does is make the people in charge of the money super rich while taking away the ability of everyone else to get a slice of the pie. It is quite ironic that the ANC can talk so much about EMPOWERMENT while supporting DISEMPOWERMENT.

      Jacets - 2010-12-04 11:04

      Blurp, African autocratic rule and communism are a match made in hell... they fit each other like a latex glove.

      colafantacervezabeer - 2010-12-04 15:50

      "all it does is make the people in charge of the money super rich while taking away the ability of everyone else to get a slice of the pie" - is that why bankers, big business owners and politicians in Capitalist countries are so rich?

  • Arthur Phili - 2010-12-04 10:02

    The ANC is all for equality, they want to improve the lives of everyone. The result of their governance is everyone is equally poor, equally uneducated and in the coming years, equally afflicted by pandemics, equally starving from famine, experiencing equal suffering. However there is hope for you if you are an integral part of the comrade/Anarchy/Neopotism/Corruption movement.

      Jacets - 2010-12-04 11:01

      By de-educating the masses, it is easier to stay in power...it is a classic communist ploy. The masses are never meant to prosper... China is turning into a superpower by using cheap labour, where does that come from...they trample their own to achieve this...

  • Faansie - 2010-12-04 10:05

    Is this drivel really newsworthy

  • Hux - 2010-12-04 10:21

    I challenge Zuma to hold his breath until somebody can name a communist regime that actually works.

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-04 10:43

    Using the words DEMOCRACY and COMMUNISM in the same sentence is a bit of a JOKE, don't you think? Never the twain shall they meet! Communism DIED in 1991, and the few countries that still practice it, is more CAPITALISTIC than the US, take China for example!

      Jacets - 2010-12-04 10:56

      Could not say it any better...

  • lean - 2010-12-04 11:45

    This old Stone Age Africa must just die... This Malema-Zuma-Vavi-(Angry Traditionalists), looking more and more like schizophrenics, they can not let anything go from the past... We need New, Modern, Educated, Smart, Intelligent Blacks Man to lead this country!

  • Mike - 2010-12-04 14:06

    Mr President!!! For goodness sake! You continue to burble on about matters that have little or no consequence . Why don't you stand up for once, and state your opinion on matters of importance to this country. Lets hear you condemn the farm killings. Or are you too afraid to make a statement, for fear of losing a little support? Or, maybe you don't think its important enough to comment on??? Likewise, the way that you allow that idiot leader of the ANC youth league to defiantly burble on, and continue to break the laws of the land and not be brought to book for doing so, shows that you actually support his actions. A bit of a lame duck leader in my view

  • Mundu - 2010-12-04 17:12

    Great! the dinosaur commies are being urged to unite again with the African Neanderthal Congress. South Africa you need to lower your expectations again. More stone age politics coming your way.

  • Totman - 2010-12-07 11:20

    If this will come true, R 1,200 000.00 Mercedes-es are going to be freely available for cheap.[ X government official cars/swop's for Sparks ]ha, ha, ha,......is that possible???????????????????

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