Jacob Zuma makes his mark

2011-05-18 13:12

Nkandla - President Jacob Zuma says he voted in Wednesday's local government elections because he wants to see development in Nkandla, in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal.

We want water, electricity and proper roads in this area. We want electricity to cover everybody, Zuma told reporters after casting his vote at Ntolwane Primary School on Wednesday morning.

Zuma hails from Nkandla and has a homestead there.

Ululating residents and Independent Electoral Commission chief Brigalia Bam greeted him at the voting station when he arrived at 10:51. He went to the line of voters and spoke to a few people before making his cross.

I feel very happy because casting your vote is one of the most important things a citizen can feel proud of. I also feel very happy because I voted in my village and voted with my villagers.

Optimistic for ANC

Zuma said he believed his party, the African National Congress (ANC) would do well.

I am very optimistic because we have made serious advances. We will surprise many.

According to the IEC's results for the Ntolwane voting station in the 2009 general elections, of 1 051 votes cast, 846 (80%) went the ANC's way.

The Inkatha Freedom Party, which controlled the ward, got 178 votes, or 16.9%. The United Democratic Movement and African People's Convention got two votes each, to the Democratic Alliance's one.

Zuma said while voting did not put food on the table, it determined who ran the government.

Government must create conditions for people to put food on the table.

Importance of voting

Zuma was happy people understood the importance of voting. He said once the election was over, people should participate in council meetings.

Speaking after Zuma cast his vote, Bam said she was happy with voting throughout the country so far.

There were problems in Ficksburg where the station was burnt, but we have since provided another one.

She would return to the IEC's nerve centre in Pretoria later on Wednesday.

  • Jousa van Dyk - 2011-05-18 13:21

    i voted because i want to see development in South Africa. REAL development.

      Wessel - 2011-05-18 13:34

      you see he only whants nkandla.they promes from 1994 and it is not beter at all.More job loses more people hungry more people without food.they will promes any thing for a vote

      Judgmental - 2011-05-18 14:31

      What a traitor Pres Zuma is, he voted for the DA

      AmbercrestBB - 2011-05-18 14:39

      He must have voted DA if he voted for development!

      Sam - 2011-05-18 19:01

      Zuma voted for the I LOVE IT UP THE BUTT PARTY!!

  • evanknowles - 2011-05-18 13:29

    "We want electricity to cover everybody, Zuma told reporters after casting his vote at Ntolwane Primary School on Wednesday morning." Hold on, that seems kinda dangerous.

      Krolie - 2011-05-18 19:41

      Especially if in the shower!

  • tryanything - 2011-05-18 13:31

    Ja Zuma has electricity. He doesnt need kandlas in nkandla

      Wessel - 2011-05-18 13:38

      he is 4 years the president and up to now it is only his house that look beter.the people around him is worse of than ever before.wake up people it will be to late.

  • Mthetwa - 2011-05-18 13:39

    Voted for the Madam, did you Jacob?

  • Brieuse - 2011-05-18 13:43

    Amazing that such an ugly man gets laid so often

      BlendedFrog - 2011-05-18 14:21

      Power and money (especially if gained in suspect ways) are said to be a strong aphrodisiac. Even ole Arnie the Terminator got hisself a lover...No accounting for taste, I guess.

      Whoosa - 2011-05-18 14:39

      its not consential sex my friend, its called rape!

      BlendedFrog - 2011-05-18 14:49

      Only rape if a machine gun and shower are to hand...

  • JewelZA - 2011-05-18 13:46

    We want, we want. Not even the President can get anyone to DO anything though. He's so busy with all his wives and kids he has no time left to run the country

  • Wow! - 2011-05-18 13:52

    What kind of development is Zuma talking about? More roads to his house? I just want my area to maintaiend right now - it has slid backwards.

  • lance ANCY - 2011-05-18 13:59


      comgensa - 2011-05-18 14:07

      3 words.... Weskoppies Mental institution

      velastardust - 2011-05-18 14:18

      1 word. Lunatic !

      Showahed - 2011-05-18 14:23

      You, my friend, needs serious help! I know we all have a day off, but what did you smoke? A Klippies and Coke doesn't rattle the grey matter so much... It's back to work tomorrow, remember?

      BlendedFrog - 2011-05-18 14:30

      Oh Lordy! First the ANC apologists blame Apartheid, then it's whites owning the economy, then it's something else, ad nauseam. So now it's the turn of Freemasons and Third Force conspirators plotting away in the White House and the Pentagon. At the end of the day who gives a bugger - just give us the people with the skills and merits (not the political connections) to do the job.

      SP - 2011-05-18 14:43

      Erm...if you want to start debating about freemasons, illuminati, globalists etc. look no further than the ANC.

      neo_acheron - 2011-05-18 14:46

      You are such a retard that it hurts to spend the energy on writing this comment...

      Krolie - 2011-05-18 19:46

      Oe tj tj tj. Someone read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. It's fiction bru!

  • velastardust - 2011-05-18 14:01

    Government must create conditions for people to put food on the table ? No kidding ? After 17 years no action. What will change now ? Sorry, only vote for Zuma's government is one of no confidence.

  • comgensa - 2011-05-18 14:06

    If even the head of the ANC wants to see change (after 15yrs) then you know somethings wrong. I bet he voted for the ANC for real change cos the ANC hasnt delivered and he wants to see change...

  • KOEKOES - 2011-05-18 14:08

    The only importance about voting at this stage is getting rid of this Zuma and all the other idiots in power. Just a pity that the majority of South Africans are uneducated and still believe that these fools care about their wellbeing. I honestly hope that the DA make some progress in certain areas. This Zuma and his friends are destroying our country and I am concerned about the future of our children if they stay in power "until Jesus comes".

      Koos - 2011-05-18 15:02

      KKK you Nazi scum,its pity that all white are so educated but they still wanna remain in Africa ,if you all so educated why you still here, i'm sure your education can get you jobs anywhere in the world, i wonder why those poor whites are so poor cos every whites in south africa have atleast UNI Degree some have even more and every white i see have PHD

      Digit - 2011-05-18 17:52

      Koos ..... your ignorence is surpassed only by your btupidity .... or is it because of it ???? doesn't matter ..... your generalisattion is just so far off the mark that is you show your knowledge for what it is, NOTHING !! But be assured of one thing ..... those who do have degrees and PhD's, they got them based on real work, real research and hard learning. Unlike many degrees dished out in SA today after toyi-toyi-ing crowds demand simplified exams because of language issues or some equally lame excuse. You would do well to temper your tongue as well when naming anyone KKK or Nazi Scum because your beloved JM is nothing short of a Musolini in the making and JZ just another version of IDI AMIN cross Goering character who does little to foster national unity and reconciliation.

  • Showahed - 2011-05-18 14:21

    "Jacob Zuma makes his mark"....let's hope it was a skidmark!

  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-18 14:34

    'Independent Electoral Commission chief Brigalia Bam greeted him at the voting station when he arrived at 10:51.' How can one have any faith in the impartiality of the IEC if their head openly shows her political leanings towards the ANC on voting day ??? Bet she didn't go and greet Helen Zille in a similar manner at her polling station when she went to vote. Unfortunately far too many individuals in positions of power / influence / nationality responsibility say more with their actions than with their words. Nationwide shame on you Bam !!!!

      BlendedFrog - 2011-05-18 15:01

      Was that the dame who was all over Mandela like a rash yesterday? Don't worry ANC; if it looks like you're gonna get a whupping the IEC will be there to fix things up for you. 20 million voters; 19.85 million votes for the ANC - LANDSLIDE! Where are the international observers for these elections? (Not that I have too much faith in them but, hell, we might get lucky).

  • Benny66 - 2011-05-18 14:52

    You Bet he made his mark! Polarisation of the nation; Inability to "manage" his largely corrupt and inept ministers; etc etc. This is what he will be remembered for

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-05-18 15:02

    Please God put in place a party that does not lie,steal and fail all colours of this Rainbow Nation!!!

  • Blackgold - 2011-05-18 15:14

    Until whites can accept that YOU have and still continue to benefit from Apartheid, South Africa will not move forward. Just start by accepting and take responsibility for the role you and your parents have played. YOU are the real reason why it's taking so long to undo what whites have done to Blacks in South Africa. Don't you ever ask yourselves why there are no white petrol attendant or maids?? When we talk about the legacy of apartheid, we are talking about Blacks queuing for taxi's from 4am, Blacks cleaning up after whites at home and at work....No party can undo the legacy that you and your parents have heaped upon Black people- certainly not in 17 years. After-all, it took your Apartheid government 300 years achieve it.

      ElJorge - 2011-05-18 15:49

      Wow that speech was immature and uninformed. Hey! are you in the ANCYL by any chance?

      Rijger - 2011-05-18 15:50

      Blackgold, maybe you should ask for a refund on your tuition fees, your education , specifically your arithmatic lets you down horribly. The Nats took over the goverment in 1948,not 1711. In any case , if you want to live in the past your whole life and never accept responsibility for your future, suit yourself.

      Denise - 2011-05-18 17:25

      Blackgold I am white but certainly not to blame for apartheid! And yes, I do have a black domestic worker but since I am her only means of putting food on her table I am not going to feel bad about it! Or should I fire her and hire a white woman?? The ANC has done NOTHING to save my domestic worker from having to queue for a taxi at 4am and NOTHING to create a job for an uneducated black 50 year+ woman to have any choice but to clean my house! Shame on them! I dont need her but I keep her on because she needs me! I think that after 17 years it is sad that people like you are still so wrapped up in racial issues you can't think about the future! I did not vote DA because they are a 'white' party - I voted DA because they proved they can deliver services in the WC and because of the rampant corruption in the ANC. If they ANC were doing a good job and making progress instead of blaming apartheid for their failure then I would be happy for them to stay in power. I notice even Mandela did not endorse them during this campaign!

      Nobody - 2011-05-18 17:54

      Crying over spilt milk are we? Do you really think that human nature is to regret ones past transgressions? No. Wake up. I am sorry but I don't feel sorry for what my grandfather has done. So it isn't my transgressions. The suffering of your grand-parents isn't your suffering. You lazy bastard. I look forward and all those that look back do not pass go and certainly do not get a get out of jail free card. You simple historian.

      Monica - 2011-05-18 18:09

      I see people standing all over for taxis. I have redommend a communtiy hall for all peole; waiting for taxis; waiting for jobs in every town; at the same time they can grow vegetables there; in the centre of every town and people that need empoyment of any kind can collect workers. They can register when they have skills. It will take the beggars off the streets and it should be a law that no one can beg on the street. Fine people that throw down papers in the streets. Taxis cannot stop anywhere they like; they have to take people to the community hall and employers gave to pick them up there! It can be so easy if we stand togehter. Does not matter what party you vote for!

      Blackgold - 2011-05-18 18:44

      Did you even READ a word I wrote or were you so offended that I called the issues as they stand? Lemme break it down slowly; It took a very long time (300+ years) for us to end up in the situation we stand today. Apartheid was more than a political system; it was also a social system. It was a system where 90% of the economic pie was given to 10% of the population. This meant that 90% of the population shared 10% of the pie. The 90% therefore did not have access to the same services as the 10%. They did not have roads, school, houses and were denied the opportunity to participate in the economy (unless it was in the context as consumers). Because of this social and political system, it meant that the 10% (let's call them white) moved further and further ahead financially, educationally and economically. The 90% (let's call them Blacks), got left further and further behind. This system was unofficially enforced by the dutch, the British, and was later formally established as Apartheid (hence the reference to 300 years). The reality is that in 2011, the ruling party has had limited resources to overcome the legacy of Apartheid. (now read the next sentence very slowly). THERE IS NOT ENOUGH MONEY GENERATED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY TO OVERCOME THE LEGACY OF APARTHEID!!!!! In the last 17 yearsSix million households have gained access to clean water since 1994. General access to clean drinking water increased from only sixty two percent in 1994 to ninety three percent of households to date. The ANC led the economy through the longest period of sustained growth in South African history in the last 10 years.Six million households have gained access to clean water since 1994. General access to clean drinking water increased from only sixty two percent in 1994 to ninety three percent of households to date. The ANC led the economy through the longest period of sustained growth in South African history in the last 10 years.

      Blackgold - 2011-05-18 18:47

      No, I'm not done yet: The number of rural households with electricity has risen from 12 percent in 1994 to 52 percent in 2005. To achieve this, the assessment states that “a connection had to be made every 30 seconds for five years. A pole had to be placed in the correct position every 10 seconds and 200m of cable had to be strung and attached every minute.”

      Blackgold - 2011-05-18 18:50

      London’s Financial Times has mentioned that electrification in urban areas in South Africa has risen from 36 percent in 1994 to 90 percent at present. Now I'm done. Feel free to ask questions if you did not grasp the gist of what I was saying- I'll take the time to explain it with pictures for you.

  • mal.emmer - 2011-05-18 16:30

    Zooming the pictures I see that Mandela voted DA. Quite a surprise.

      mal.emmer - 2011-05-18 16:36

      I thought that I could be wrong about Mandela's voting DA but I see that I have received an email from a colleague and he could see the same thing. Anyone know whether the photo's published of Mandela voting are real or photoshopped by the press on their sites, I see that ones of him holding his half folded ballot have been removed. There could have been some interference.

  • Bernard Herbert - 2011-05-18 17:26

    What a waste of time, being a Rhodesian by birth, I have absolute knowledge, that the ANC will be in office 4EVA (note... not "power", as servants should have responsibilty to, & not power over, those they serve). Even if the ballot boxes at the bottom of oceans & rivers say different, the ANC wil hold office 4EVA, unless we get them out the only real way to do it (how? read on and you should get what I am getting at). I also am sick of the cliche "If you don't vote, you do not have the right to complain". Voting is easy, putting your life on the line for your country is the most nationalistic thing anyone can do for their country. Never mind who was wrong & who was right, I have put my life on the line for SA in the old SADF, and have not only the right, but infact the OBLIGATION, to complain when the party in office, is on a thicker gravy train, than the aparthied government ever were. It is time for ACTUAL change, where each and every living soul in SA has a proper house, and access to all basic services & rights. Politicians will never do it as long as they continue with their current life styles. Look at the late great Ian Douglas Smith, who lived in a modest house, drove a modest car, lived a modest lifestyle of service. This country needs the likes of him i.e. STATESMEN & WOMEN, not politicians, ONLY THEN WILL WE SEE PROGRESS!!! The question is how do we get a party out, who rigs the results? Julius Malema has used the word, it begins with an "R", and ends with an "N".

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  • Monica - 2011-05-18 17:59

    Whith all your wifes and children; you have put layed out an extagavent table of food for the government; not for the poor; only for the people that is close to you and make yourself richer

  • Ho - 2011-05-18 18:39

    I assume that he voted by giving his thumbprint..?

  • Krolie - 2011-05-18 19:40

    ZOOOMA= "We want water, electricity and proper roads in this area. We want electricity to cover everybody, Zuma told reporters after casting his vote at Ntolwane Primary School on Wednesday morning" HALLOOOO! Then PLEASE explain why you haven't done that already. You had 17 years already to do that! Your own socalled village?! I seriously wonder if you even know how to make a darn X on the ballot paper, or did you have to practice the last few months for the big day?

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