A good heart keeps you young: Zuma

2012-04-12 15:41

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is nice to his enemies and that is why he can celebrate his 70th birthday as a healthy and "energised" man, he said on Thursday.

"People ask me what do I do to remain young. It is a simple thing. You need a good heart, you must not hate people," he told reporters and the staff at the African National Congress's headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

"You just need to be nice, even when something bad happens. You must wish your enemies good luck... then you will live until 70."

Luthuli House echoed to the strains of the song "Happy Birthday", which was sung to Zuma by staff.

Several bottles of sparkling wine were opened and Zuma cut a large black, green and gold cake that was in the shape of the number 70.

Surrounding the president were several ANC national executive members, including Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Zuma thanked the Luthuli House staff for attending the event.

"There is no headquarters more important than this in the whole country," he said.

Light hearted

Zuma also thanked the media, chuckling and adding: "Our friends, the media. You make things happen. Life would be dull without you."

He said the Bible mentioned the age of 70 as an important one.

"What is important is that at 70 is that I feel energised. I... have travelled a long distance, but I still want to make a difference."

Zuma said he was old enough to write a book, but promised that it would not be aimed at "grandchildren".

He also teased Motlanthe about his age.

"When I started, many of these people were young. They were so young that I used to give them sweets," he joked. "Even the DP [deputy president] had pitch black hair."

Motlanthe later raised his arms and said a prayer for Zuma.

"Here is your servant - continue to shower blessings on him," he prayed.

Earlier, the ANC Women's League said Zuma's birthday was a milestone that South Africans should be proud of.

"Not many can boast a track record of selfless service to the struggle and to the country as the president can."

He also received "proud" wishes from the ANC in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

"We are proud of the contribution comrade Zuma made during the painful liberation struggle, which saw him being separated from his family for years," provincial ANC spokesperson Sihle Zikalala said.

Write a birthday message for President Jacob Zuma and we'll publish it on News24.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-04-12 15:45

    I am sure it does showera....that along with all of our tax payers money funding your zoo of wives. Suppose the benifit to that is you do not need to leave your chair for whale watching. So back to a good heart, well that you dont have, especially not with its citizens at mind. PErhaps tonight you can join your police buddies in some 'num num'.

      Mark - 2012-04-12 15:49

      Why is he still alive then?

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-12 15:50

      Oh when you have your num num please condomise...the fact that the on stage mor0n bonno gave you a prize for your contribution to aids still astounds me as you claimed to have had a shower, I think the shower head you perched yourself under has a higher Iq fyi.

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-12 15:52

      @pythagoras hahaha yeah just saw that one!

      ttshabalala - 2012-04-12 16:07

      Zoo of wives? Makgowa!

      ttshabalala - 2012-04-12 16:18

      So they become animals just because they are 6? Zoo has nothing to do with numbers. It's a place where animals live. Newsmonger, you are irrelevant, clearly uneducated white who never took full advantage of the apartheid system and now you are as bitter as a lemon. Sit down!

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-12 16:25

      @tit whilst I can agree that 6 people are not defined in groupes such as prides I feel the Zuma household requires a somewhat more appropriate name. Like I call you an idiot the collective gathering of them is called the ANC, as for aparteid my hairly palmed friend I was in school with black people from 94 as I was in sub a.You could have been cleaning my garden without me noticing - no actually his name was PAul and we forged a good relationship, although I was young. Now you sit back, out if a 100 000 000 sperm and to think you were the quickest.

      ttshabalala - 2012-04-12 16:33

      Oho! you guys are very quick to make claims. "I went to school with blacks....blah, blah, blah! I gave my gardener my old torn underpants....blah, blah , blah....My maid is allowed to eat anything that's rotten in our fridge....blah, blah, blah. And you want every black person to bend over backwards for you before you can clap and say "well know, you are not like all of them. You are so different." I tell them to go and burn in hell when they tell me stuff like that just because I speak better english than most of them. I'm still a proud black woman.

      rrakoma - 2012-04-12 17:19

      @ms tsaba, you go girl, we need more black sisters like you. I was 1 of 3 black kids in a white school in 1992 and feel your sentiments. Some white peeps like this dude up here see black people as 'refugees and zoo dweller, ever notice why they call our president 'zooma'.

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 18:24

      @rrakoma - Judging by your grammar and spelling, you clearly did not learn much from being a beneficiary of 'white education'. Glad to say that my Maid's daughter who I put through St Mary's School in Waverly is outdoing her 'white' class mates and is now providing for an extended family. You clearly have a serious chip on your shoulder which I suspect is because you just were not prepared to put in the effort when the opportunity presented itself.

      Irene - 2012-04-12 18:27

      Was Zoooooooomer wearing a clown suit while he blew out his candles or playing with his machine gun?

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-13 08:00

      @tsab and accomplices. You know I took the time last night to reflect on your comments. You it seems are part of the new south african culture that seems to feel 'entitled' to - whilst you sit here and rant your Cr@p you could be doing something more constructive. The generation that the Anc currently are raising are those of thieves. The likes of you suggesting that I look down apon black people as lesser beings is far from the truth, but people with attitudes and an opinion of whites, who you obviously hold a grudge against, stem the new found racism which our country is experiencing due to people with attitudes like yours. Until this new South Africa can operate with a president with a good heart and our best interests at heart, Sa will always fail. The liberation struggle so many in the Anc talk so highly of, has now become a free for all and have squandered your handouts with their luxaries - Yet you follow them ? I mean the guy cant even set a good exapmle for the youth. The youth(aged ba$tard malema) once used as leverage for himself has now turned against him too. You sheep all follow, no one sees the light?How can this be as you are so called educated, or you part of the graaaavvvy?

      Jacqui - 2012-04-13 12:36

      ttshabala. with a mind like yours you have nothing to be proud of. You would live in heaven if you were treated as well as my gardener or the person who clean my house. Go spread your unfound cheek somewhere else. You are a bore.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-13 12:39

      Scouter, good for you and lovely for the young lady in question. Some here like to talk and being stupid in the same time, they will learn.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-13 18:49

      Yes ttshabalala, Stay proud .

  • J-Man - 2012-04-12 15:48

    "Here is your servant - continue to shower blessings on him," he prayed".... hehe...wonder if he cringed at the word....

      Franklyn - 2012-04-12 16:09

      Ha,Ha,Ha....epic pickup man...shower blessings on him..LMAO !

      Franklyn - 2012-04-12 17:03

      "shower blessings on him","The leaders will now enjoy champagne,and of course they do so on your behalf,through their lips" is Motlanthe becoming the George Bush of S/African politics ?

  • Pen - 2012-04-12 15:49

    How much are these festivities going to cost the tax payer?

      rbphiri - 2012-04-12 15:56

      Brace your bank account's rear end for financial molestation.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-12 15:49

    Pity you didnt mention a honest heart!

  • rbphiri - 2012-04-12 15:53

    Wow and the E-tolling system you have forcefully imposed also shows that you have a good heart.

      Ditiro - 2012-04-12 21:41

      been following ur post and can confirm something that you already know, you are one dumb idiot

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-04-12 15:54

    Hai then we should anticipate news about you ageing quickly....

  • - 2012-04-12 15:54

    Someone pass me a brown paper bag *goes a shade of green*

      Irene - 2012-04-12 19:04

      Also made me want to vomit.

  • Christognus - 2012-04-12 15:55


      Bryan - 2012-04-12 15:59

      I think I'm gonna puke over this...!!!

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-12 15:59

      your name should be ignoranus!

      ttshabalala - 2012-04-12 16:10

      I believe our president. Look who is full of wrinkles amongst us.....need I say more?

  • Scouter - 2012-04-12 15:58

    He has lost the plot, completely. So sad watching the onset of dementia.

  • Deon - 2012-04-12 15:58

    Well done, also for getting rid of the small fat boy.

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-12 16:02

      Not done yet mate

  • Pule - 2012-04-12 15:59

    Perhaps I have to take show to live until 70's.

  • Eva - 2012-04-12 16:01

    A healthy heart keeps you young. A good heart might go a long way in helping your country Jacob. You're only president on paper.

  • Pule - 2012-04-12 16:02

    Perhaps I had to take a shower after game to live to the 70's,what about it Zuma.

  • Herman - 2012-04-12 16:04

    Are we gonne have a fuel levy to pay for his partie?

  • Mark - 2012-04-12 16:04

    Some milestone, think maybe the cANCer Women's League meant millstone.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-04-12 16:05

    of course Mr President , you are only as young as the women you feel

  • Mark - 2012-04-12 16:07

    Guess next year it'll be a public holiday - don't think we have a Heroes Day yet, do we?

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 16:34

      Ummmmmmh - we are out of stock on Heroes right now Mark. You might like to try elsewhere.

  • Patiwe - 2012-04-12 16:08

    Happy birthday as a human being, but as a president and a role model put it mildly.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-04-12 16:14

    a good heart keeps you young??? He should have been dead years ago then, corrupt old thing!

  • Koos - 2012-04-12 16:15

    Wonder if Mugabe read this?

      Rob - 2012-04-12 20:10

      Maybe he wrote it?

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-12 16:18

    I am glad u are HAPPY, because millions of us in South Africa are have a k&k night with ur harem

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-12 16:18

    70...oh my word...i thought he was 50 something with all the mojo that he got for making infinite babies. Anyway HBD to him and may he resign in 2014 please!!!! I wonder what will Juju look like at 70/2...he he he.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-13 08:13

      Amazingly Bro, News24 will only allow me to comment on articles if I give them permisssion to post comments on my behalf without my knowledge. Seems the truth will not be recognized by this organization , Have you had the same issue?

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-13 12:16

      juju hopefully dead long before then

  • Nomavo - 2012-04-12 16:24

    Me too have a good heart like jz I was born on the 11 of april. Hppy bthday MSHOLOZI viva! Kulo ndawo.

  • Mark - 2012-04-12 16:28

    hahahahahahahahahaha. Good heart? really skollie?

  • Olive - 2012-04-12 16:28

    Why should South African's be proud of him reaching 70 - not such a big deal - and with all our taxpayers money he must be very happy - that's what's keeping him young, he doesn't have to worry if he has enough money for the month!!!!!!!!

  • thozi - 2012-04-12 16:29

    Any well-wishing message from Mr Malema?

      Sharon - 2012-04-12 17:56

      @ Thozi - I doubt it, and he shouldn't hold his breath for a Christmas card either!

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-04-12 16:34

    Happy Birthday Mr President. Hope its been a great and blessed day. Hope you see many more great and successful years. Ps, please can I have a tender and trash this e-tolling business. Yours sincerely, ???

  • Carry - 2012-04-12 16:35


  • Carry - 2012-04-12 16:36

    NICE TO YOUR ENEMIES ????????????? CLOWN !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Keith - 2012-04-12 16:36

    Mr president the only part you're excelling since you took the union building office is in the bedroom department, on that field I know you can make a half a man of your age to be ashamed of his bedroom performance, Iam positive that if sex was part of the Olympics games you were going to bring more gold medals for south Africa in the London 2012 games, Ofcourse with the help of fikile mbalula and malusi gigaba.

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 17:00

      Damn, hope I am able boast the same performance level at his age. Credit where credit is due.

  • Biggs - 2012-04-12 16:38

    Deputy president mothlanthe talked about shower i'm confuse here which shower!?

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-04-12 16:38

    Eeeeeeish Mr Zuma dooooont lie now. All theeee womaaaan hehehe.

  • Cosment - 2012-04-12 16:40

    I hope white people considers this advice, maby if you had good hearts you wuld have less wrinkles and less quick aging lol u won't need botox..

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-12 19:10

      Showing your "good heart" like a true example. Judgements and racial stereotyping is from the best of hearts?

      Garth - 2012-04-13 08:34

      shame to still be in a white\black situation, we are all people created equell in the eyes of G-D. become color blind it is far more rewarding all the best garth

      Jacqui - 2012-04-13 12:50

      Cosment, white people get wrinkles because they are monogamous.

  • Derk - 2012-04-12 16:40

    "you must not hate people" there are a lot of people who hate you JZ

  • Elkita - 2012-04-12 16:45

    He looks like he could be drunk.Maybe he was again in the shower.That is why he laughing so out of his lower belly

      Jacqui - 2012-04-13 12:51

      Elkita, he looks as if he ran into a wall.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-12 16:48

    While a good heart keeps you young, a true heart makes you immortal.

  • George - 2012-04-12 16:49

    Dear Mr President, Congratulations on your birthday. Have a great one. It is customary in some quarters to celebrate by performing an act of great generosity and possible courage?! So, use your kind heart and do away with the hated Scamral system which you surely must know is wrong. It is true that just about every problem you face has been inherited, so no blame there. But you do have the power, (I think?) to right at least some of the glaring wrongs. Good luck.

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 17:02

      Wouldn't want to be a bull in Shaka's kraal right now. I feel another celebration coming on.

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-04-12 17:38

    Happy Birthday President Jacob "Nxamalala" Zuma. May you enjoy the day and hope you have many more. Winning the Presidency of the ANC in Mangaung later this year will be your best present ever. All the best in your 10 years tenure Mr President!

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-04-12 17:55

      Amen!!!ushaye khona nje

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 18:32

      Well, I guess that represents the Zulu support forum.

  • amos.magezi - 2012-04-12 18:06

    Happy birthday mr president. We appreciate what u a doing for the country, mr president as u said that u've a good heart why I hope that u not going to contest for the second term to run the ANC. Show your kindness and prove your enemies wrong by giving Kgalema Motlhate a chance.

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 18:33

      That would be one very fat chance.

  • Jacques - 2012-04-12 18:08

    Give your opinion about President Zuma at and see who agrees with you!

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 18:39

      Zuma & Malema, plus all the ongoing corruption has made SA the laughing stock of the world of late, Jaques. Investment, aid et al is being redirected away from SA in galactic proportion. Sad thing is that the average SA citizen doesn't know it or understand it.

  • Ester - 2012-04-12 18:26

    You are fat and any fat person looks younge than a thinner person.You eat all the poor people's food that goes to bed many times hungry..As long as your stomach is full at night and your bank balance is growing from all the wheeling and stealing you just don't care of how many black small children must go without food.Sis sis sis

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 18:45

      Welcome to Africa, Ester. Hop across the Limpopo for a closer look at criminal government inspired deprevation.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-12 19:38

      mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm............foie tog

      bonga.mfeka - 2012-04-13 07:02

      if u hv any proof forward it n have him arrested.

  • Ndumiso Mayeza - 2012-04-12 19:06

    Sarcasms, sarcasms, sarcasms! But Zuma still loves y'all. Y'all have contributed to his looking young! Guess what? He enjoyed his birthday whilst y'all are grieving! Shame! Happy birthday to the 1st Citizen, our (including the dark-hearted racist critics) President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma!!!!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-12 19:14


  • cornelius.ncube2 - 2012-04-12 19:44

    Happy birthday Msholozi,many more to come comrade. Continue to love your enemies.Yes we have challenges in our country but u are trying your best.

      Rob - 2012-04-12 20:15

      Of course he is trying his best. Still, as a complete failure as president maybe it is time that he calls it a day and moves on to running a brothel or a spaza shop.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-13 12:55

      Cornelius, continue to love your enemies? He is doing a fine job on Malema. If that is his love showing, what would his dislike be like?.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-04-12 21:23

    Time to retire now , you don't want to go down as another decrepit old dictator hanging on to power.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-13 18:53

      No dictators in a democracy,

      ndzulamiso - 2012-04-19 10:43

      A cake is meant 4 children not ageing people.who are enemies?flabbergasted shosho.if the people of my province are,GOD help 2 get rid of this curse.

  • Ditiro - 2012-04-12 21:37

    they also say sex is good for you heart

  • bonga.mfeka - 2012-04-13 07:05

    you can always tel if a comment is coming from a black person or a white person.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-13 12:56

      Bonha, I am so glad you notice the difference.

  • Marina - 2012-04-13 07:13

    Bwahahahaha "good heart" "shower with blessings" "write a book" "selfless service" What a load of crock!

  • Garth - 2012-04-13 08:24

    well a very happy Bday mr president, well done on reaching the milestone of 70 years, a full generation three score plus 10, i bet you feel humble as head of the State, comming through all we had to, the bush war in which you featured, the sad years of apartheid, the issolation, the hatred, and the test that has brought us all to the present, our present is we allowed you the presidency, treat your gift with respect, in the stillness of the night, in the greater silence of your mind, remember who put you there. have an awesome birthday mr President kind regards garth

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-13 12:32

    Rather get a brain and don't worry about your heart. Enjoy the singing and praise of your serfs.

  • pages:
  • 1