Zuma warns 'half-ANC' members

2011-05-03 20:48

Pietermaritzburg - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday warned against "half-ANC" members who supported the party when decisions favoured them.

"Let us not act like these individuals who are half-ANC, who, when told to step aside and give way to others, decide [to] go and shout from the mountain top," said Zuma.

In a visit to Sweetwaters, in Pietermaritzburg, he also urged people to vote in big numbers to speed up service delivery by the government.

Zuma was welcomed to the stadium by the leadership of the Moses Mabhida region.

"When I was making regular trips to court I did not threaten to leave the party, I remained a member," he said.

"If you feel the party has wronged you, go to the appropriate structures and raise them [your grievances], never assume that you are bigger than this organisation."

Zuma said that by abstaining from voting people excluded themselves from any decision-making process.

'Lack of understanding'

"When a person says they will not vote, they show a lack of understanding of how much we fought for such a right."

Zuma urged people with cars to fill their tanks on May 18 so they could help transport people to voting stations.

"That is the greatest national contribution that car-owners will have made, by ensuring that everyone goes to vote," he said.

Zuma dismissed opposition parties, saying none of them had the credentials to match the ANC.

Before visiting Pietermaritzburg, Zuma visited KwaMashu, a township north of Durban. He wrapped up the day’s activities by visiting Richmond.

Zuma said the ANC was going for a clean sweep in municipalities and districts, but added that people should not expect change overnight.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Zweli Mkhize advised party members to put aside their branch grievances.

He said everyone should work towards ensuring an outright victory for the ANC in all councils and district municipalities.

  • Cejewe - 2011-05-03 21:00

    No change overnight? Overnight longer than 17 years?

      edvermaak - 2011-05-03 21:12

      Yep - we haven't seen much daylight since that day we voted for liberation, have we? It has been a long long night.

      wattalotokak - 2011-05-03 21:26

      I feel like a penguin on a sleeping pill overdose...!

      kuruption88 - 2011-05-04 09:51

      Nah, apparently I heard the day is 24 years long..:)

      mm - 2011-05-04 10:04

      How stupid does he think the people are. Again, like always, he makes a promise, but in the same sentence follows it up with an excuse for not delivering. What is new? Come vote for us in masses, but do not expect to see change

      paulf - 2011-05-04 13:58

      "After two decades we will not be able to make an excuse if we do not deliver faster change in the lives of our people," Zuma told director generals and deputy director generals from national and provincial government in Esselen Park, east of Johannesburg. "We will not be able to blame apartheid if villages still have no water, no electricity, no roads. We will not be able to blame anyone else if children still study under trees, if houses and schools are falling apart." Zuma's first term in office would conclude as the country celebrated 20 years of democracy in 2014. The president was faced with months of protests against a lack of service delivery after his inauguration last year. Protests continued into 2010 in various parts of the country, with communities growing increasingly frustrated over the slow pace of delivery of key services.

      Slapper - 2011-05-04 16:05

      African overnight

      Vlooi - 2011-05-04 23:24

      Jacob is also known as Rip van Winkel.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-06 12:43

      Ja, well, no, fine.., has anyone ever bothered to ask the kettle how it felt after the pot called it "BLACK"..? Perhaps it would end up as another hate-speech trial...

  • SaintBruce - 2011-05-03 21:01

    Copied from IOL !! What gives News 24?

      Tim - 2011-05-03 21:18

      this is the clue at the bottom of the page - "SAPA" It's a wire-story, like much of the news that gets published on news sites

  • TamaraSays - 2011-05-03 21:04

    The tide is turning Uncle Jacob... accept it. You can fool some of the people, all of the time, and all of the people, some of the time, but not even you can fool all the people all the time. Viva FREE South Africa, VIVA

      Robnob - 2011-05-03 22:18

      Unfortunately for JZ the people are fighting to get an education, his votes will dwindle if he educates the masses. He needs as many votes as he can get at this moment...sadly he is going on national TV and trying to slate the DA without giving them the opportunity to reply. This morning on Morning Live was despicable, he has absolutely ZERO integrity!

      paulf - 2011-05-04 11:51

      Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed wide-ranging criticisms of President Jacob Zuma and his administration. Delivering the annual Desmond Tutu Ecumenical Lecture at the University of the Western Cape, the former cleric, who turns 80 later this year, strayed far in his speech from the strict definition of ecumenical. "I am very fond of President Zuma. He is affable and warm. But I do believe it would have been better for him to have been pronounced innocent by a court of law weighing the evidence, rather than through a dubious administrative act," Tutu told his audience. He then turned his attention to South Africa's controversial arms deal. "And, if indeed there is nothing to hide, the government surely has nothing to fear from a judicial commission of inquiry into the arms deal. It is an unnecessary albatross to carry the huge doubts." On corruption, he warned the country was being dragged backwards. "Our country with such tremendous potential is going to be dragged backwards and downwards by corruption, which, in some instances, is quite blatant." Tutu criticised Zuma's relationship with Schabir Shaik and the Gupta family. "It may be that there is nothing to worry about with the parole of [Schabir] Shaik, but it must raise eyebrows when someone who was said to be at death's door is shown playing golf. It is worrying when his close relationship to the president is put in juxtaposition. "Perhaps the Gupta family would make all those lucrative deals and it is merely coincidental that the president's son is a beneficiary." He described these relationships as worrisome. "It may all be above board, but it is worrisome. I am sure it is all in order, but it is disturbing that there are these seeming coincidences." Tutu called for a return to a constituency based electoral system. "I think the party lists for selecting our representatives have served their very important purpose of ensuringrepresentation for every conceivable grouping in the transition years. "But we really do not want kow-towing sycophantic voting figures who are always ready to change their principles in order to stay on those party lists. "We must revert to the well-tried constituency system," Tutu said.

  • David Edwards - 2011-05-03 21:07

    "...he also urged people to vote in big numbers to speed up service delivery by the government." You are already in power you idiot - what will change by remaining in power? NADA

      edvermaak - 2011-05-03 21:34

      The last time they voted (in big numbers), it slowed delivery down. If they vote in any bigger numbers delivery will come to a dead standstill.

  • edvermaak - 2011-05-03 21:11

    We all should be warned against "full-ANC" members who are looting the country.

  • Slapper - 2011-05-03 21:13

    As they are following a party with a maximum of Half a Brain between the and a No Brainer for a leader, they would at least be confused. I would imagine that they will try to think it out, but any logical conclusion would include the word Futsak.

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-05-03 21:20

    No change overnight? Of course there will be change overnight... from bad to worse.

  • jock van wyk - 2011-05-03 21:22

    your anc members cant have more than half a brain anyway

  • BrokenLink - 2011-05-03 21:43

    Zuma dismissed opposition parties, saying none of them had the credentials to match the ANC. Thats true.....the rest all actually have credentials. Since sharing a name with the people who fought for freedom is not a credential.

      Sedick - 2011-05-04 00:24

      He meant that none of the opposition parties have the inherent ability for corruption, nepotism, fraud, lying, ability to waste tax money, self serving, and be totally unconcerned about the plight of the masses.......

  • Deon - 2011-05-03 21:56

    All ANC members are half-(brained/wits). Nothing you can do about it now Mr. Zeeeeeeeeee.

  • za101 - 2011-05-03 21:59

    the irony in zuma statement is that he is saying that if people vote in large numbers that will speed up service delivery. quite to the contratry if the anc support drops....the anc will do a better job of running the country. anc needs competition for sa to do well.

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  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-03 22:22

    You underestimate the opposition at your peril, mr zuma.

  • madmom1 - 2011-05-03 22:33

    i'm not from SA, born and bred in NAM (aka SWA), I am not a racist, i am a humanist...bla bla bla...i could go on, but point of the matter is...wait for it...its coming...1. ANC is lying, 2. The police force is causing more havoc than people themselves 3. People are being killed for no apparent reason 4. Madiba may have been a terrorist in his time, but he wanted to change things, he wanted a change in south africa, that is ignored now...

  • Ogre - 2011-05-03 22:40

    I saw a speech on SABC News tonight that Zuma made at one of the election rallies. The headline was that Zuma brings romance to politics. In this speech he likened the elections to a woman that needs to choose between five men as to whom would be the best person to marry, the one that would take care of her the best and stay faithful to her. She( the voter) must make her decision and then marry that person( in this case, the ANC). The normal would then follow, i.e. that they should care for each other, etc. This was actually ironic, because for me this describes best what is happening in Zuma’s life as well as that of the ANC. The voter chooses the candidate, the marriage is consummated, and the rest of the vows are down the tubes, the husband spends all the money on new cars, booze, parties and other women. Very soon the wife/voter finds out that the husband/ANC/ Zuma is having and affair, but for the sake of not being publicly humiliated and proven that the choice was wrong, the infidelity is ignored until she/the voter gets used to it. Then the mistress is paraded in public and also marries the husband. Soon both wives get given the shaft in lieu of another mistress, but the husband, in this case Zuma and the ANC never get taken to task as it seems to be TRADITION. It has become a tradition for the voter to get shafted and it is time that good sense overcomes blind loyalty. Zuma also stated that voting for the ANC makes you a REAL MAN. Like smoking Camel also makes you a real man but kills you in the end, ne. What defines a real man in politics in most people’s book is honesty, integrity, courage to admit your failings, loyalty to all the people of South Africa, respect for yourself and others, and lastly humility, as the president of this country would be nothing without the people that voted for him.

      paulf - 2011-05-04 13:21

      The ANC uses Affirmative Action (reverse racism) to maintain control of all government departments and institutions. It is a legal way to install ANC cadres in jobs that are well paid as a reward for supporting the ANC and also guaranteed future support. Although Affirmative Actions was suppose to help blacks to improve their backlog in the economy, it is in reality used to promote the ANC's power over every aspect of public life in South Africa. Whites were removed from positions in government and institutions and replaced by ANC members with no experience, qualifications or ethics. The result is massive corruption, a huge drop in government services, explosion in crime, ext. And the best of all is that the very people, the poor oppressed black masses are now even worse-off than during Apartheid. People dying a violent death has risen three fold, Crime has increased 1000%, government service has just about collapsed, government corruption steals about 10% of the tax income, our schools are rated 130 th out of 139 countries, we are slipping on every international scale related to governance. So the only way the ANC can stay in power democratically is through racism. Elections based on race politics guarantees victory.

  • phillie - 2011-05-04 00:00

    "When I was making regular trips to court I did not threaten to leave the party, I remained a member," he said. What a blithering bloody idiot and charlatan to boot! When he was making trips to court the last thing on his mind was anc the only thing occupying his shriveled little mind was staying out of jail Oh yes AND sex with a new wife perhaps!!!!

      DW - 2011-05-04 08:51

      Of course he remained loyal. They were paying for the trial. If he walked away the millions which had to be paid to the lawyers would have had to come out of his own pocket.

      mm - 2011-05-04 10:10

      Because his buddies in the ANC ensured him that they would get the charges thrown out, without him having to face consequences. I promise you if ANY other party could give him that assurance he'd have switched parties in a heartbeat.

  • clark - 2011-05-04 00:53

    -' never assume you are bigger than this organisation' You and your cronies have already done that Zuma - no chance of any ordinary citizen ,without connections ever achieving that. Jeeez ,sounds like this man and his party are getting a bit edgy - Apart from their normal hollow promises, it almost sounds like they are pleading with voters.

  • paulf - 2011-05-04 06:17

    As we celebrate our 17th year of freedom, one can’t help but wonder if this is the South Africa that so many of us wanted and voted for? To those who were not part of the struggle for freedom, you might not understand the painful joy that filled South Africans on 27 April 1994. Freedom Day is a day when all South Africans are reminded of the pain, struggle and anguish that occurred as a result of colonialism and oppression. It is a day when we were set free from the historical ties of domination by the “white man”. Almost 20 million South Africans queued to take part in the country’s first free and democratic elections on that day in 1994. It was the first non-racial election to take place in South Africa, finally setting its citizens free from colonialism. On Freedom Day we commemorate the heroes and heroines who shed blood and lost lives making South Africa a country for all, where we all live in harmony irrespective of our race, nationality, sex, creed or sexual orientation. Freedom Day is meant to remind us that South Africans are “one people with one destiny.” But is this true? Are we as South Africans all free when people still live each day in fear of being violated, where citizens live in poverty and without jobs, where women fight to be heard and represented and where gays and lesbians are raped and murdered? Is this a South Africa we voted for? We have come a long way in a short time but freedom should mean much more. Freedom should mean emancipation from poverty, unemployment, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. Freedom should mean a better life for all. Abahlali baseMjondolo, an intellectual movement formed in 2005 in Durban, reminds us that “there are many South Africans who feel like the freedom they are meant to have is a cruel joke which attempts to gloss over the true social concerns of citizens. “This day actually reminds us how un-free we are. All South Africans may be officially free to vote in government elections, but why vote for a system that ignores your human need?” The Gini index ranks global inequalities of wealth and has consistently ranked South Africa as one of the most unequal nations on the planet. The gap between rich and poor is not shrinking. And through all the successes that South Africa has witnessed and continues to celebrate, gender inequality remains a major problem. Women and men do not receive the same treatment and acknowledgement in the corporate world and in the societies they belong to. There is a gap that still needs to be filled in order for women to say “we are free from oppression and discrimination”. South Africa is at the top of the list of countries where violence against women is the most extreme and common. Recent Gender Links research in Gauteng found that three quarters of men have admitted to perpetrating violence against women in their lifetime – many of them have raped women more than once. When can we celebrate a day where we will be freed from this violence and celebrate equal rights for all? How will true liberty ever reach our soil? My father used to recite a poem by Charles Osgood that was a bit silly but also thought-provoking. “There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. But Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.” Change begins with you. It is time we stop putting responsibility on others and instead begin trying to make a difference within our societies. There are some inspiring examples of this. Women and men are fighting for change today, all across the Middle East. Our own example may be the most inspiring. There is no easy road to freedom, Nelson Mandela said in his speech. As we celebrate South Africa’s 17th year of freedom let’s keep in mind that some of us are still fighting a battle to be free. Until that battle is won, none of us have truly seen freedom.

  • Long Range - 2011-05-04 06:19

    Zuma is half ANC, Viva STUPID! Viva!

  • vsquad - 2011-05-04 07:27

    What a disgraceful leadership bunch.. Come May 18th.. clock ticking - tik tok tik tok !!!

  • Mattewis - 2011-05-04 07:29

    For what other reason do you support a party other than when it favours you? Why else would you vote for a party in the first place? Zuma stayed in the ANC for this very same reason during his so-called court case. It was the sole reason he wasn't held accountable for his deeds, and indeed isn't rotting in prison today. His implications to the contrary are utter BS, and if his followers believe that, they deserve the service delivery they are currently experiencing under ANC-leadership. The reason the ANC is spinning its wheels now, is because they themselves fear that the close to two decades of empty promises may be stacked up higher in the minds of their supporters, than the "liberation" euphoria that got them into power in the first place. Statements like "should not expect change overnight" in the context of 17 years of "post Apartheid" freedom, should have even a moderately intelligent electorate screaming with laughter, and throwing rotten tomatoes at the fool. Alas, democracy is wasted on Africa, where misery is the only outright winner!

  • Marcell - 2011-05-04 08:00

    New concept: half braindead people : Only available in the circus.

  • Omri - 2011-05-04 08:17

    "You should vote in big numbers but don't expect change over night" ...... WHAT A BLOODY JOKE !!! And the worse part about this bafoon is that people blindly follow him and still vote for the anc but yet it is the same people who protest, toi-toi, and strike about non service delivery. It's like an episode out of Days of Our Lives.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-04 08:43

    There are only two types of ANC supporters: 1) Those that benefit from the ANC rape and pillage. (Officials) 2) Those that are brainwashed by ANC propaganda, intimidation and superstition. (The people)

  • DW - 2011-05-04 08:48

    "urged people to vote in big numbers to speed up service delivery by the government" - How does the number of voters speed up service delivery? If you win the election (whether on a low number of voters or a high number of voters) you should then perform your duty and deliver what you have promised in the elections. By all means, vote in your millions, but vote against these corrupt politicians and make your vote mean something.

  • African'shtr - 2011-05-04 08:59

    Zuma is saying nothing about the bennefits of people if they vote for the ruling party, all he wants are votes and nothing for the people

      paulf - 2011-05-04 09:01

      Empty promises my Dear!!! That is the ANC today, full of emptiness and begging for votes to stay in Power and to Steal more. That is all they are interested in.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-04 09:00

    "Zuma dismissed opposition parties, saying none of them had the credentials to match the ANC". This is very true. Show me an opposition party member who can compete with ANC members on: - Price of car driven - Number of bodyguards - Number of cars in motorcade - Number of trips abroad - Value of properties shares and cash abroad and locally - Number of gala dinners attended - Amount of money stolen from the people - Number of unfulfilled promises - Unconvicted crimes committed - Racist utterances - Self importance. There is only one party! Viva Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption !.

  • thulani.msimang - 2011-05-04 09:01

    It is half ANC, half tenderpruneer, corrupt and unstoppable... able to crush service deliver to the poor with its bare hands..., Its super Comrade. Comming soon.

  • logs - 2011-05-04 09:07

    A good example is Hassan Motala, KZN, who, within the month of April, first defected from the IFP to the ANC, then went back to the IFP, and two days later went yet again to the ANC. Each defection was covered by the media with photos, and the chap looks like a real charlie with no back bone. At each defection he gave hogwash reasons, but, reading between the lines, it was apparent he was doing it with selfish interests. Definitely now a "half-ANC" member.

  • LOLWUT - 2011-05-04 10:09

    If you guys are Really doing your best to sort out the service delivery etc then we are in even more trouble then anyone ever though. I happen to think that you either don't really care enough or it is above your abilities to sort out all the problems. Why else would things be a 10000 times worse 17 LLLOOOOONG YEARS later? Stop feeding the people crap.

  • MasterMind - 2011-05-04 11:14

    In a visit to Sweetwaters, in Pietermaritzburg, he also urged people to vote in big numbers to speed up service delivery by the government. - sheesh this man is a bigger moron than I thought, service delivery is dependent on the number of votes - bwaaaa haaaa haaaa, that showerhead Prez 783 becomes a bigger idjotti every time he opens that claptrap of his !!!!!

  • Chipster - 2011-05-04 13:37

    "When a person says they will not vote, they show a lack of understanding of how much we fought for such a right." My view is when people do not want to vote, it shows how much the ANC has mis-used their power and that the people are too ashamed to put their mark against the name of the African National Corruption party.

  • RiRo1 - 2011-05-04 16:31

    I bet they will be able to deliver faster if they start digging into their own pockets. It's not the whites stealing from the blacks, it's their OWN GVT!!! Wake up people! How can they promise you a better future if they already swim in money? It's time they start looking at themselves before they blame apartheid!

  • benjvanniekerk - 2011-05-04 18:34

    If you are half anc, one half will not go to heaven, the other half will go to hell. . . .au

  • Ntfutfuko - 2011-05-05 08:19

    The election results will speak for itself...

  • Styvies - 2011-05-05 14:46

    If zuma thinks ppl should support a party despite that party making infavorable decisions, then zuma has a twisted concept of democracy. Plain & simple, if i do not like what my supported party is doing then i am changing my vote. If the XYZ party wants to ban gambling, say, im not going to remain a supporter of that party nor will i "raise my grievance" within its structures. I will vote for a different party that makes decisions i consider favorable.... THAT is democracy, which is vastly different to blind loyalty mr zuma

  • n s - 2011-05-05 18:29

    sadly voting doesn't contribute to taxes, they need taxes to pay for all these promises, so rather spend some time with the farmers, businesses, tax payers and start cleaning the house of wastefull spending, time to buy the half loaf. Speeding up delivery with higher unemployment and more strikes?? JZ where have you been. I remember Mandela being on the news at least once a week doing community visits for his votes all year round, having no fear of the people. The ANC is nothing but a UNION with 'members who support the party when decisions favour them'. And did he not also warn the people who are not doing their jobs a couple months ago? Nothing happening there, in fact it's even worse now. Doesn't look like the warnings are working, your warnings are really just exploiting the troubles within the ANC with no clear solution, as usual. People already voted for freedom JZ, so you are showing a lack of understanding why they don't want to vote.

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