Elections about 'bread and butter' issues - Zuma

2011-05-21 22:23

Pretoria - The 2011 local government elections placed the delivery of basic services under the spotlight, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

"People identified service delivery as an issue... they decided that this election will be about the delivery of basic services," Zuma said at the announcement of the result of the hotly contested polls.

"It came down to bread and butter issues as any municipal election should... It indicates how citizens understand democracy."

Zuma said this election catapulted local government into the "mainstream" and would dispel perceptions that local government was the least important state sphere.

"We are encouraged by the increase in voter turnout which has defied predictions of voter apathy," he said, after the IEC announced a record-breaking 57.6% turnout.

The last two municipal polls saw a 48% turnout.

Zuma urged parties and their councillors to look forward and work together to serve the people.

"Now that the fierce campaigning and competition for votes has ended, its time for the political parties to start working together.

"Parties must put aside their differences and join hands to improve the lives of the people," he said.

He added that national government was ready to work with the provinces and local municipalities to bring about the change called for by the "electorate".

To incoming councillors, he said: "you have to accept that you are a servant of the people. You account to the people that you serve."

Local government had to work better, he added, and councillors had to be supported as they had a lot of work to do.

"Our people have declared their will through the ballot box and ours is to obey and fulfill their wishes."

Zuma wrapped up proceedings at the IEC centre, commending the commission and their ability to deliver a "free and fair election at all times".

  • scipio - 2011-05-21 22:31

    Cool Mr President. Bread and butter included in basic service delivery? Or was it figurative? ... Do the masses understand this type of dribble? Cause I'd be reading this article and quit my job expecting bread and butter on my table by monday. Thanks dude. You rock! Sipho. Shack 243 somewhere in Mamelodi. Just follow the Smell.

      MyPal_Al - 2011-05-21 22:53

      @Scipio, I agree and understand your comment until the very last sentence. Does he need to follow the smell to your open toilet. Is there another open toilet saga building up in Mamelodi now?

      clark - 2011-05-22 00:05

      - But Sushi and Blue label for the Anc elite.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 00:49

      Get a life, South Africa will never be what you hope for. It will be a best country ever, we will beat your srtupid and negative predictions.

      Sam - 2011-05-22 03:00

      There is surely little to smile about when you have a president that is so out of touch with the reality of living in this country!! Doesnt he ever read the newspapers or even watch the SABC news, which despite being pro-ANC, still report about non- service delivery and the resultant strikes and unrest. Surely the president must now but chooses election time to act dumb and startled about how the masses who voted for him live. The sooner the masses wake up to the fact that the ANC is a party with no intention of ever helping the poor, the quicker this country can deal with the real issues!

      Rolie - 2011-05-22 10:30

      @Yellow1 - You are the colour you choose!!

      CyberDog - 2011-05-22 12:13

      @Sam, he is not completely out of touch with reality... He is just living the dream, living the dream... at everyone's expense.. The goal is to be king, not to be a ruler. Once you get there, it is game over, who cares how badly you mess up, there will always be some retard after you that will get the blame for your mess, oh crap, wait, that's why he is there, isn't it ..

      Th1nkbase - 2011-05-22 14:13


      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:24

      HopefulXpat - 2011-05-22 15:29

      Of course it is figurative, scipio - just like 'shoot the boer'. You know how good the poor masses are with understanding metaphors ;-) But yes, Zuma and Malema have dug themselves into a hole where they cannot say a single thing without being torn apart by anyone in possession of an internet connection. It is only their own doing though. Trouble is that they just don't seem to care...

      Koring - 2011-05-23 16:29

      Sounds much to me like Marie Antionette who said "if they don't have bread, then let them eat Cake". History has the horrible tendency to repeat itself ------ well, we all know what happened to Marie Antoinette. It was the lack of basics that led to the French Revoloution.

  • vtowntekkie - 2011-05-21 22:44

    Smoking your socks again jakob???

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:24

  • Yoda - 2011-05-21 22:45

    ANC strategic advisors clearly missed that one..."service delivery" was a key topic so a NO BRAINER realy...nice one JZ, not a very clever post elections comment

      Maltrupa - 2011-05-23 09:21

      Come on now lets get a bit serious. Everyone has been going on about service delivery and when your president shows that he has been listening you still complain about it. I bet if he'd never mentioned it you would've found something to say still. I'm starting to think that we're all choosing to be unreasonable and unhappy for the sake of it. Let's look on the bright side and do something. The results are out and there is nothing that we can do about it but to make sure that we let those in charge know that we mean business when we say we want service delivery, what kind of service it is that we need and how we want it. Lets play our part. It's starting to get a bit hard to take all the complaining seriously.

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-21 22:48

    Can I stay in your back-yard, then we can ad our two government sponcered paychecks together, and can marry 20 wifes each... The land is free, it's everyone's land. My ancestors was there before too.

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-21 22:53

    Lets ride on the backs of tax-payers, then our decendants can also claim we invented something.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-21 23:19

      Your ancestors were smoking something!

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-21 23:02

    The delivery of bread and butter? For the more intelligent it put the ANC corruption and incompetence under the spotlight. They voted DA.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-21 23:15

    Damn Apple computer, keys are too close together. Same as an anc voter's eyes. Too close together.

  • witboy - 2011-05-21 23:16

    Sir if you think for one moment you are doing well you are mistaken. You should hang your head in shame for the trouble we are in nearly 15 million people unemployed and you say its bread and butter issues. Any other country would have shown you the door long ago. Dont be upset with what I am saying because you know I am correct. Stop running around looking for more wives and start creating jobs. Start small see if you can make ten jobs for people this next week and we will praise you but I will bet that you cannot even do that.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 00:51

      Witboy doesn't make any sense, but maybe whiteboy doesm

      Krolie - 2011-05-22 05:47

      @Yellow1. My word. Wherever I go you without fail ALWAYS make this kind of comment. You are an ABSOLUTE RACIST! Carry on. Us whiteys, whiteboys, whitegirls or whatever white... you want to call us, are PROUD TO BE WHITE! Unlike YOU that have an obviously ISSUE with YOUR colour!

      BigD - 2011-05-22 07:03

      @Witboy. I think you mean any country other than countries in Africa.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:25

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-21 23:17

    Zuma ... YOU are a public servant! Yes Boy YOU! Now do as you are told!!! Deliver!!!

      Tebza - 2011-05-21 23:28

      WT- JZ is also your President. Offcourse only intelligent people accept democracy. we should insult people like Voter Basson and those guys who burried black people alive.

      Marcell - 2011-05-21 23:59

      Respect is EARNED. Can you grasp the concept? What has jacob zuma done to deserve respect? One point will do.

      POLLENYS - 2011-05-22 00:22

      @Tebza Oh, you poor misinformed creature! No court, not even ones with ANC judges, had anything on him. He didn't even necklace anybody.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 00:53

      Get it over your stubborn heads, its President Jacoc Zuma, your president and if you don't like like leave the country.

      Krolie - 2011-05-22 03:27

      @Yellow1. I like people that are honest and hold up to their promises because THAT IS WHAT I DO. What I do NOT like, is people that lie to me, say they are going to do something and don't. What is worse is when someone continues to lie and continues to break promises, and not just to me, BUT TO THE WHOLE COUNTRY! Do YOU lie to people as a rule on a daily basis? Do you break your promises to people on a daily basis? It seems to me that you do, ELSE YOU WOULD ALSO BE UNHAPPY!!!! Did the plain English help to make you understand the BASIC gist of how the people in South Africa have been feeling these last 17 years, and that is not even touching on the serious subjects such as corruption? If not, I will break it down a bit more for you.

      Cornix - 2011-05-22 04:23

      @Yellow1 - As you said, it is President JaCOC Zuma. Hahahaha!

      Boerseun - 2011-05-22 14:12

      Amper beskyt ek my...

      Th1nkbase - 2011-05-22 14:12


      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:26

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-21 23:22

    Do you realize that all those migrants in the Western Province have rights to land in the Eastern Cape? Where NO EUROPEAN CAN OWN LAND! So they are double land-owners, asking for more land!

      Th1nkbase - 2011-05-22 14:11

      Yehlisani imimoya bo!

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:26

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-21 23:23

    Get used to the abbreviation ANC, if you don't want pack your belongings, to the sea and swim to where your grand grand fathers were born.

      Joe_Dirt - 2011-05-21 23:36

      thobsion.ANC...get used to the abbreviation DA...because it will kick your ass...take your belongings and walk to where your grand fathers come from....

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-21 23:36

      Funny you should bring that up... I am in the process of immigrating to Aus. Perth to be exact, but I first have some post-grad studies I need to complete before I leave... All in good time and faith, patience is a virtue says the Bible ... Be a bit more patient, I am almost done.

      witboy - 2011-05-21 23:37

      we would if they wanted us . maybe you should go back to where you came from. I fight for jobs for all races this is the crux of the problem and I am staying here on the beach chilling enjoying our country and waiting for the day when people wake up and understand things should be better and can be better and want to do something about it. There are millions of people like me so try your best to get the message

      RVQ - 2011-05-22 00:29

      @thobsion.ANC, Cradle of Humankind is down by Jozie side, guess what everyone in the world is from SA :)

      lacisnesnon - 2011-05-22 00:31

      Enjoy the dilapidation of your local munic, if you moan or protest you should be shot or thrown in jail. You voted ANC, now reap the "rewards" P.S. you have NO right to protest or moan.

      Boerseun - 2011-05-22 14:13

      Get used to seeing millions of your race staying poor for a very long time.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:27

      Yoda - 2011-05-22 18:55

      Abbreviation of ANC "Association Of Noise Consultants" - as found on the internet. The ANC was established in 1973 to represent the interests of noise consultants ... Depends how you want to interperate the abbreviation: a simple test - all those who see this as the abbreviation click thumbs up.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-21 23:34

    "People identified service delivery as an issue... they decided that this election will be about the delivery of basic services" With the African National Circus winning, clearly the people do not worry about basic service delivery!!!!!!!!!!!

      BigD - 2011-05-22 07:10

      @ Macho. Looking at the voting results, only 24% of the people said no to bad service delivery. The 62% that voted anc must be happy with the non service delivey, crime, corruption etc. To me it does not make and sence.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:27

  • nz.mnyandu - 2011-05-21 23:37

    wonder why white people on these blogs are always so bitter...

      witboy - 2011-05-21 23:42

      You are wrong we are not bitter we are sad our whole country or just about everyone voted for the ANC they have the money and the power to fix the problem but for some reason cannot get it right

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-21 23:43

      I promise you, I am not bitter, Some might be, but not all - Don't make assumptions based on the (mirror) image you have of yourself.

      RVQ - 2011-05-22 00:31

      @nz.mnyandu, speak to Malema, although... he may not have a clue...

      AJ - 2011-05-22 03:52

      @nz.mnyandu - I think it is because they want to see value for money and accountability for those who fail at their jobs. When that does not happen it upsets them (and others in fact). A more appropriate thing to wonder though, is probably why this does not make you bitter and upset.

      Boerseun - 2011-05-22 14:14

      Bitter..mmm never, we just like the truth and hate bad decisions who also cause us problems.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:28

  • witboy - 2011-05-21 23:45

    In the Durban metro 28500 spoilt votes how sad

      POLLENYS - 2011-05-22 00:26

      Jip, they may as well voted DA after standing in the queue for hours. Cutting noses to spoil faces. Maybe next time they will have the guts to vote for a non-corrupt party where the guilty are quickly sorted out.

      YasButIDunno - 2011-05-22 07:33

      Probably the products of "outcomes based education", they don't even know how to make an X.

  • Mark - 2011-05-22 00:41

    eat shit!

  • Mark - 2011-05-22 00:41

    eat shit

  • Mark - 2011-05-22 00:42

    eat shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Mark - 2011-05-22 00:43

    eat shit....retARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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      witboy - 2011-05-22 01:01

      relax he has already done that you must keep cool his time will come he has more problems than you think

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 08:15

      @Mark ,you don't like showerhead very much do you? Luckily the DA won where I live

  • Teekm - 2011-05-22 00:59

    U can make noise all u want bt de fact remains ANC is in power n u'll all slowly migrate to ur 2nd SA dt is Australia n eventually de'll b less of u pricks...just a little reminder 4 ya'll ;)

      Sean - 2011-05-22 02:28

      Listen here you toss, you forget one thing, whites in this country are the ONLY glue holding it together, if we all left your ENTIRE nation would cripple under it's own weight of greed. If you can please name one thing your nation "and yes I'm referring to your species of black people" have invented, that has benefited entire economies, then feel free.. And screw you for demanding we leave, I was born here, and i WILL not leave. And if the day arrives of "Uhuru" if it's true, then I will take GREAT pride in tearing your nation apart while you try your luck on the eradication of whites..

      AJ - 2011-05-22 03:54

      @Teekm - tks 4 da SMS.

      Ho - 2011-05-22 06:41

      Leebara shun BEE four air ju kashun!!

      BigD - 2011-05-22 07:13

      @teekm. Where is the government going to get money to pay your salary when most of the productive people leave SA as you suggest.

      sc? - 2011-05-22 09:04

      F... u! Stop the lies to the voters and teach them how to vote and what voting is really about and you will not be in power.

      Krolie - 2011-05-22 09:18

      @Teekm. Have you considered going back to your first country=Zimbabwe? Your racist beliefs fit in perfectly with Mugabe and cronies, and I'm sure they miss the likes of you. Now don't worry about us, we can manage perfectly without you. Have done so anyway for a very long time. ANC might be "in power" now, but not for long. Those that have been "asleep" have woken and cast their votes wednesday. Soon the rest will follow. The current "leaders" in the ANC certainly don't have the knowledge, the integrity or the balls to run this beautiful country of ours the way it should be for ALL South African citizens. This is not noise, but MUSIC!

      Spoofed - 2011-05-22 11:45

      @Teekm one day you are going to swallow your words my friend... The day when everybody actually does immigrate to other countries and leaves you here to squat in your own shit.. don't think for one second that other countries will come bail you out. The rest of the world see's what the ANC is doing and there is no chance in hell that hey will allow you lot in their countries... be very careful of what you wish for... coz it might very well come true and bite you in your ass!!!

      Boerseun - 2011-05-22 14:15

      MM and every whitey that leaves will ensure that RSA is a bit poorer.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:29

      whatashame - 2011-05-22 16:00

      @Teekm. Nobody gives a damn whether they ANC rules till Jesus comes. As long as they serve the people and not themselves. Give us clean audits. Stop the mass influx of foreigners when we can't feed our own people. Abide by the ANC ideals and policies, provide what you promised, sort out corruptions, govern instead of rule(rule is a 'baas ' mentality) and I promise you nobody will complain and everyone will be very happy. You are an insult to the people that laid the groundwork for your liberation. We will not see our country burn again. You and the current ANC have no respect for the Mandela you all claim to love. You trample on his ideals and disrespect his vision. Life is what you make it. Get over yourself. Nobody wants to leave the land of their birth and whites have as much right to be here as us. We all built this country in one way or another. What was your contribution?????

  • thetruth - 2011-05-22 01:12

    MARK how sad that we have ppl like u in this country---curse,swear,immoral comments,racist---atleast put some responsible,INTELLIGENT comments up...u seem as if ur the type easily brainwashed...u have no valid argument , so u curse and spit hatred...we dont need ppl like u in a true democracy...the ppl have spoken , so respect the eventual winners whoever they might be...THATS A TRUE DEMOCRACY...

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:29

  • Karooseun - 2011-05-22 03:54

    Bread and butter issues.????ha ha ha.or did he have the french revolution in mind.if there is no bread,let them eat cake

  • Karooseun - 2011-05-22 04:02

    Bread and butter issues..???Where is the bread Zuma,and the butter Zuma not even available to your black braimwashed brothers and sisters,who are still less better off than they were under apartheid,at least the black servant could take a plate of good food home with her those days.Some if not most black Africans are still finding ity hard or difficult even to buy mealie meal to cook porridge.So jy praat kak Zuma

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:30

  • ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 04:15

    Good speech MR. President. Hopefully the ANC will take to heart what the people had to say, and turn a new leaf. Viva Democracy!!

  • Unskinny Bob - 2011-05-22 04:26

    I don't recall bread and butter debates pre-election. I suspect the elections were more about "stupid people afraid of going to hell or upsetting the elders" and black people afraid of the "great WHITE gevaar, aka DA & Zille" as widely prophesied by Zumatello and monkeyboy. Anyone concerned with bread&butter, for example unemployment would perhaps look back over the last year and a bit and see that more jobs were lost than the jobs promised by Zumatello as part of his fabled "job creation" plan. Yes - Zumatello and his band of thieves know only too well that the ANC's past performance at municipal level is irrefutable proof of gross incompetence and failure. Resorting to the supernatural and the creation of greater racial division amongst South Africans is the only way the ANC can hold on to power.

      Karl-Heinz Feldmann - 2011-05-22 06:10

      BRavo mate, you hit de nail right on de head ok. Read my comment also.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:30

  • Karl-Heinz Feldmann - 2011-05-22 06:07

    Bloody CLOWNS! Got to wake up, all of them, except Zille ok.

  • Ho - 2011-05-22 06:37

    Brilliant!! What an astute observation!! Now we understand why this man is in charge of the country...academically gifted...of sound mind...and with an ability to crystalise a complex situation in one phrase...

  • Wayne - 2011-05-22 06:45

    Bread and butter...which he won't deliver on as per the other promises from past speeches. As long as fatty has his KFC he's as happy as a Malema in a pigsty.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:31

  • Brieuse - 2011-05-22 07:14

    "Delivery of Basic Services" was only one of the many issues people went out to vote.

  • Susceptor.Angelus - 2011-05-22 07:15

    Great, after 17 years they realise that basic service delivery forms part of governing. People judge by what they can see, like the emergency room of a hospital, if the ER is dirty, broken tiles on the floor, incompetent staff and so forth, the conclusion is that the rest of the hospital would be the same. Likewise with government. It is evident that the public raised its opinion, the ANC lost voter-percentage and the opposition gained. Traditional and cultural believes are the only elements keeping the ANC in power and as education evolves and the masses become more "intelligent", the votes will too.

  • WillieWragtag - 2011-05-22 07:33

    Why not make WC a country on its own? We have rich farmland, parliament buildings, see ports and industry? If you think about it, we have everything in place to be self-sufficient. How difficult can it be? Eradicate taxi's and illegal immigrants. Our Own Police force and justice system! Man o man, now there is something I will vote for!

  • Free RSA - 2011-05-22 07:42

    Yes , Bread and butter for the ANC fat cats.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:31

  • Proudly Eish - 2011-05-22 08:04

    Indeed Mr President it is. A new group of ANC deployed cadres setting themselves up for stealing bread from the poor so that they can have their butter (and jam, for those who are ruthless in their theft of resources). Proudly Eish

  • Opinionted M - 2011-05-22 08:29

    Voting is not about black or white or pink for that matter but about who is the best person for the job and in Mpumalanga the city where I live they DO NOT FIT THE BILL but alas they have been voted to bugger-up for the next 4 water and/or dirty water, electricity problems - could be Eskom - no refuse removal in my street for up to 3 weeks at a time - resulting in my pavement which is the collection point seeming to be the local rubish dump, streets with so many potholes and then the mines and local businesses having to fix, and all of this after we diligently pay our taxes for these issues to be sorted.........and then still people believe that they should be voted to run a municipality. Millions of debts being written off just to put up service delivery charges to be able to run the essential services which is not happening anyway....this is not an issue of black and white

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:32

  • Jorene - 2011-05-22 08:33

    @yellow1 - Zuma is not my president, I did not select him and until such time all South Africans have the right of selecting a president of their choice then keep your comments to yourself.

  • Proudly Eish - 2011-05-22 08:45

    Agree absolutely - stealing bread from the poor so that the Zumanostra can have even more butter !

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  • scotty scotty - 2011-05-22 11:17

    You're so right about service delivery Zuma, which is why apart from KZN support for your party fell in every province. If the ruling party’s KZN results are omitted from the equation, the percentage of municipalities where the ANC shed votes goes up to 79%. Appears that your strategy campaign using threats such as ancestoral haunts and racism to disguise the ANC's dismal service delivery and corruption did not work out so well.

  • PikeLee - 2011-05-22 11:52

    it is actually a reflection just how incompetent these people are, that it took elections for then to realize that the people want delivery of basic services. What did he think they wanted? Did he think that he came into power to enrich himself and all his cronies?

  • JewelZA - 2011-05-22 13:33

    This from the man who did not know until a few days before the elections what people were protesting about! Too busy with his wives to run the country. It's not bread & butter, Mr President. Those are all symptoms of an inability to maintain & develop infrastructure, grow industry and FDI, produce students that are remotely eligible for the market to absorb, whilst 47% of the country's revenue goes on salaries and benefits and the remaining 53% is grossly mismanaged.

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-22 14:11

    Bread an butter, mayb efor a few of the poor, but the rest will have pap and tik and a chappie now and then. In the mean time the Zuma's will get fatter and richer. That is what has been happening and there is no reason the believe it will change.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:32

  • - 2011-05-23 07:10

    Yes, bread and butter that you and your cadres have been stealing from your own people since you came into power, you lying thieve.

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    @ Everyone, with the elections behind us and the results on ours minds, why not comment on your thoughts more comprehensively submit an article to, we always enjoy hearing what’s on your mind. Otherwise visit our site and tell us what you think.

  • Valkyrie - 2011-05-23 08:08

    The smell coming off this article reeks of an open toilet! Oh, so now Zuma wants to wake up and do something about service delivery? What about delivering on the promises first made when the ANC was voted into power, let's start there. They are not capable of delivering anything, apart from the crap that spews out of their mouths. (Sorry, I have toilet humour today). The voter turnout was encouraging, he says? Add up the numbers, Mr President, and you'll see that they do not count in your favour. Support for the DA grew enormously, which means that a lot of people got off their butts purely to put an X in the DA's box. And a lot of those were people of colour who've never voted DA before. What does that tell you? Now is not the time to suddenly start addressing the needs of your country. But I suspect you realise just how fast the support for the ANC is waning. People are seeing through your empty promises. Sit back and watch the DA show us how it's done.

      Maltrupa - 2011-05-23 09:38

      "Now is not the time to suddenly start addressing the needs of your country". I don't understand. So you mean you don't want him to do anything about the needs of this country? This is scary stuff..

  • AllHoliday - 2011-05-23 10:24

    Talk is cheap, put your money where your mouth is!!

  • changeisGood - 2011-05-23 11:11

    I think 63% of the population are satisfied with the delivery so far. now that is majority right?

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