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ANC: Zuma's detractors prejudiced

2012-12-28 14:06

Johannesburg - Those prejudiced against President Jacob Zuma thwarted the country from understanding the truth behind his remarks, that caring for dogs as pets was part of "white" culture, the ANC chief whip said on Friday.

"Only those harbouring prejudices and hostility would have us believe that this president will take a break from holidays just to address the community about dogs," said ANC Chief Whip Moloto Mothapo in a statement.

Mothapo said that some of the people who harboured "deep-seated anti-Zuma prejudices" included people in the media and certain political commentators.

The Star reported on Thursday that Zuma, in a speech given at Impendle in KwaZulu-Natal, had said that spending money to buy a dog and taking it to the vet and for walks, belonged to "white" culture.

The presidency then later issued a statement, in which it explained that Zuma was only trying to "decolonise the African mind" with his statements.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said that Zuma wanted "to enable the previously oppressed African majority to appreciate and love who they are".

On Friday, Mothapo said he hoped that when the media "hype" died down, South Africans would then focus on "the issues of race relations, national pride, national identity, culture and ubuntu that the President so eloquently spoke about".

Mothapo said he planned to ensure parliament debated these issues in 2013.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said that a love of animals was not defined by race.

"There’s no doubt that black Africans love their dogs and animals," said the NSPCA in a statement.

The NSPCA also said that both horses and dogs were used to protect the country and its borders.

"Man - black and white, and dog work together - synchronised to undertake police work against criminals, drugs and insurgents. These people form a bond with their dogs and horses."

The NSPCA said it was proud that former president Nelson Mandela was its patron.

Comments
  • Jacques - 2012-12-28 14:14

    WE are prejudiced?? WE AS IN US?! 'White' that, 'they' this, 'colonial' that- but WE are the prejudiced ones? Try again, clowns.

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-12-28 14:19

      I feel ashamed about this man he is not my leader

      Jacques - 2012-12-28 14:27

      He isn't anyone's leader... He's a tax leech lucky enough to have scored the best seat in the ivory tower that is the anc of the 21st century

      goyougoodthing - 2012-12-28 14:29

      We should thank Zuma. No other person has ever been able to say anything that united our country like this comment. I don't have a single friend who isn't ashamed of this man from all the colours of our rainbow. We are bigger and better than Zuma and the feeble ANC's attempt to divide us racially. It just won't work.

      lsfreak - 2012-12-28 14:31

      Agree with what they are trying to say... Mr Zipper says one thing, then cause he only has like Gr3 and can't say be words, someone more educated that wrote the speech has to explain it. Then these same people say stuff like "The presidency then later issued a statement, in which it explained that Zuma was only trying to "decolonise the African mind", come people laugh with the rest of the world at this Zoo :D

      christoffvstaden - 2012-12-28 14:31

      "understanding the truth behind his remarks" - the only reason there are "misunderstandings" is because he talks nonsense and we have to try and figure out what he meant. A truth resonates with anyone, no need for interpretation. Bulls*&t on the other hand...

      rsole.sole - 2012-12-28 14:34

      The clown should switch the filter on between his brain and mouth to avoid these misunderstandings.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-12-28 14:49

      The only prejudiced ones are the anc leaders who keep playing the race card! It takes a heart and soul to care for an animal.....need I say more?

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-12-28 15:15

      The ANC is not an ivory tower, it is a cess pit of corruption and racism.

      abdxyz.hyg - 2012-12-28 15:42

      U know a thaught just came to mind.. usually the DA are always ready to comment about the ANC but recently they have gone quiet. I think they realised that they should just leave the ANC and they will do more damage to there name while the DA can just relax and watch them take themselves down.

      slick.hounder - 2012-12-28 15:53

      WHAT EVER HAPPENED "TO A DOG IS MAN'S / MANKIND'S BEST FRIEND" HUH JACOB??? EVER TRIED SPELLING THE WORD DOG BACKWARDS, JACOB?? WHAT YOU GET FELLA?? IT SPELLS GOD!! ...WHATS THAT TELL YOU JACOB??? HUH?? SO DEAL WITH IT FELLA. NEED MORE BE SAID OTHER THAN YOU LOSE AGAINNNNNNNN!!! DAMN CAN YOU AND THE ANC AND ALL YOUR CONJOINED BUDDIES NEVER PUT YOUR MINDS IN GEAR CORRECTLY AND APPROPRIATELY BEFORE PUTTING YOUR MOUTHS IN MOTION!! WAIT THIS IS AFRICA...AGAIN NEED MORE BE SAID.

      gerasimos.komnenus - 2012-12-28 16:17

      “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” ? Anatole France (Nobel Prize Winner for Literature) So for the umpteenth time Zuma WAKE UP! "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Immanuel Kant. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

      gouws2 - 2012-12-28 16:20

      "Takes a break from holidays" poor zipper has such a hard life

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-28 16:32

      Ah well at least now we all know why the shift from "unwanted tendencies" to "alien tendencies". Let the looting, thieving and ineptitude continue unabated but please get rid of your dog.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-12-28 16:51

      LMAO - still not taking responsibility and accountability for the prejudice statements he constantly spews. Unbelievable! If you don't agree with him, or you dare to question him, you are the enemy!

      heathway.master - 2012-12-28 22:27

      I personally think Zuma should not be given the honorary, dignified, title of President, rather that of the laughing, dancing clown of South Africa, vehemently and blindly elected by those who unfortunately know no better. Never in the entire history of South Africa, has such a moron held such high office. Any thinking person that votes for the ANC next election must lose the prefix “Thinking” It is nothing but a liberation Party that has disintegrated into something that is rotten, and therefore smells like a 3 month old decomposed corpse.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 22:27

      And here come the spin doctors to save the village idiot.........................

      rensburgmark - 2012-12-29 09:20

      As the saying goes in Afrikaans “ jy pluk ‘n lat vir jou eie agterstewe” You put a thousand ordinary citizens in a hall and ask Zuma to repeat his speech. After the speech you ask them to recap in short how they interpret the speech. If you find only ONE person that understood it as decolonise the African mind, I will vote for the ANC. Even a ANC supporter sitting in the audience will not interpret it as decolonisation. Calling the Kettle black! If Zuma respect his culture he should listen to his mother sit down and shut up!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-29 10:44

      Use this link - http://links.causes.com/s/clHNmH?r=eeNk to send a postcard to Mr Zuma about your annoyance at his unthinking, uncaring utterances about pets.

      ian.flack2 - 2012-12-29 12:41

      Zuma was only trying to "decolonise the African mind" ........ in-trench racism more like..!!!!!!!!!!

  • Willie - 2012-12-28 14:14

    "...was part of "white" culture..." how can you defend such nonsense,are you saying i should not take of MY DOG when is not well.Please Mr Chief whip stop mixing what ever you smoking.This is social engineering and you will never succeed with this nonsense

      rontheogre - 2012-12-28 15:56

      And now, according to the SABC, Zuma wants to have a special cleansing ceremony to halt the moral decay in South Africa! Who is it that dodged 700 criminal charges by foul means, drank bubbly and ate cake while the poor went hungry, indulged in three aircraft to take him to the USA while others have to walk to work, built a R240 million "compound" while others sleep under newspapers under bridges, needs R5 million to support his wives while parents cannot afford a crust of bread to feed their children, has a clinic built at his Pretoria and Nkandla residences while the majority of his people have to sit for days on end for dodgy and ineffective treatment, sometimes dying while lazy and poorly trained medical personnel look on at government clinics and hospitals, has friends bail him out of his debt while others lose everything to the banks, lies so much that Mac Maharaj cannot keep up with what version of a story to spin, and the list just goes on and on. Ok Mr Showerhead Zuma, where does the moral decay lie again???? Nationally and Internationally Zuma has managed to make a laughing stock out of himself and, by default, those that voted for him. Just read the MAJORITY of tweets and comments on social pages. I cannot believe that it is the same man I had met eight years ago.

      harold.pennington.5 - 2012-12-29 06:48

      @Otto The dog comment mobilised the white population because of it's sheer stupidity and ignorance. Do you know how many white households treat their domestic workers as part of their family? Every one I know. They pay for the kids education, pay for funerals, we've financed the purchase of livestock for the extended family in the rural area, we take them to our private doctors because the ANC government has FAILED to provide adequate public health services. This is just an ignorant attempt to try and cover up the ANC's failures. Preaching to us about ubuntu indeed. Nope all he's achieved is to make himself and the ANC look like monumental idiots on the international stage. And this statement from the ANC is an even bigger joke.

  • adil.smit.5 - 2012-12-28 14:18

    if our president did not say these things, then please make that clear.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-12-28 14:18

    The love we have for our dogs are not the same as you have for your goats.

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-28 14:42

      thank heavens, they'd eat our dogs too.

      indianajohn - 2012-12-29 14:04

      Moses, nobody rules a democracy. If you want to rule, buy yourself a computer game.

      moses.m.masilela - 2012-12-29 18:37

      @Indiana John, wouldn't it be nice for you to go and speak to your dog because what you've just said now differs not from the comment of an insane man

  • stuart.warren.5 - 2012-12-28 14:18

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi

  • riaanlouw.pienaar - 2012-12-28 14:19

    From the farcical to the outer edges of the lunatic fringe!

      rontheogre - 2012-12-28 16:07

      I cannot keep house with my dog any more as he suddenly has such an aloof air about him. It happened after he had read this piece on Zuma and realised that his barks make more sense than Zuma's and Mac's waffling.

  • andre.ackermann.14 - 2012-12-28 14:20

    a President who devoted his speech to such a low level and then expect other to defend and intepret the meanings (including Mac) is not worth respecting. He is suppose to lead a well developed country with intelligent people who know exactly what he has said. He is such a useless fool, finish and klaar!

      andre.ackermann.14 - 2012-12-29 17:24

      Moses, i may not be the President but in the eyes of intelligent and even unintelligent people around the world,i am not making a fool out of myself like he does and like you just did!

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2012-12-28 14:20

    It's like dealing with a child...no accountability, no responsibility for their actions....deny all culpability when found out....how long will it take for them (yes them, just like "White Culture"...) to develop into mature adults....a thousand years..?

      sven.gohre - 2012-12-28 14:41

      Kevin, at least 10 thousand years to reach the 21st century and by then the world would have moved on, lol

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-28 14:44

      I said about two ice ages

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-28 15:17

      He has all the character traits of a sociapath.

      nukki.green - 2012-12-28 15:47

      u forgot all the blame games they play all the time

  • Twolips - 2012-12-28 14:21

    It was a foregone conclusion that "the presidency" would reply like this. I would like to see a copy of the actual speech because it sounded like JZ wrote the speech himself and his true colours were shown. I'm sure the "previously oppressed" do love themselves for who they are whether they have a dog or not, straighten their hair or not, or use lotions and potions or not.

  • judge.dread.1428 - 2012-12-28 14:22

    We'll always give you showers of praise Mr Zuma.Foward with culture.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-28 14:23

    Any so-called leader who resorts to gross generalisations about race, ethnicity, skin pigmentation or anything else is either dumb ignorant or guilty of manipulation of mass hysteria. On what grounds can any thinking individual be subjected to such nonsense, and by the people who are supposed to be managing the country's best interests. I suggest that before the anc institutes political education the party should look at the general education and mental capacities of its sitting members and do something to improve itself.

  • george.k.townsend - 2012-12-28 14:25

    Dogsiht

  • nelia.liebenberg.1 - 2012-12-28 14:31

    Poor old Mac has a job trying to justify what JZ has said and he is just making it worse with his nonsensical waffling

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-28 15:59

      Mac Maharaj is not poor......ANC enrichment personified

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 22:33

      MAC THE MOUTH as soon as it opens it lies...............................

      philip.gray.10048 - 2012-12-29 01:03

      Never has a truer word been spoken. If there was an Oscar for 'nonsensical waffling' Mac would win it every time. If there was an Oscar for 'putting your foot in it' JZ would win every time.I am having difficulty in deciding between the two of them who is the most deserving for this weeks Darwin Award.

      lydia.benkenstein - 2012-12-30 12:17

      Yep old Mac is not having a quiet festive season. Dogs and cats can't speak for themselves Mr JZ. That is why we will continue to be a voice for them...

  • christoffvstaden - 2012-12-28 14:31

    "understanding the truth behind his remarks" - the only reason there are "misunderstandings" is because he talks nonsense and we have to try and figure out what he meant. A truth resonates with anyone, no need for interpretation. Bulls*&t on the other hand...

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-12-28 14:31

    Ag shame. Poor little president. Now the victim of prejudism, I think he is more likely the victim of lack of schooling. Shame.

      charnelle.bester - 2012-12-28 15:06

      Didnt vote for him, not my president. Represents nothing of me. And glad you agree with me, he is not educated. Enough said. LOL, now go get your Jacob Zuma shirt at the FleaMarket and get your pom poms ready. Racist? Nah, realist, objective and not emotionally attached to this retard that is an abomination to everything the ANC once stood for, for sure.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-12-28 15:21

      Hey Mqele, where were you when I was fighting against apartheid and getting arrested? You are short sighted racist illiterate, who makes me regret my sacrifice.

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-28 15:40

      @Mqele, This uneducated person's comment means everything. READ BETWEEN THE LINES. He has insulted black people everywhere, trying to "decolonise" you, not giving you an education, keeping thousands of people illiterate, unemployed and homeless with no proper medical care. He talks about how "white people" care more for their dogs and that "black people" must not do the same because it's not their culture, but must rather care for people, while he drives to his mansion in his fancy car to go sit on his solar heated toilet, right past your brother begging in the street for some small change to feed his children. This person speaks with a forked tongue. Every speech of his is racist and reminds me of the apartheid government who also used racism to brainwash people.If you don't start thinking for yourself, you are going to end up like all those poor people in Zimbabwe who also swallowed all the cr@p their president told them and now flee into South Africa poor and starving while their el "Mr President" lives like a king. Why do you think he doesn't want you to get "too clever." WAKE UP WENA"

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-28 15:43

      Mqele. English doesn't like being raped. As a President, he is all yours.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-28 15:46

      Kevin.watson.7906. Those of us who fought against apartheid should maybe have had our heads examined. But then we didn't know that morons will grab power did we?.

      frikdt - 2012-12-28 16:40

      @Mqele: He is not a president's @ss. Sorry, I retract my statement - he IS a president's @ss.

      omrisho.za - 2012-12-28 21:52

      jacqui, fighting against apartheid was he right thing to do, installing a competent government thereafter, well, that one is still open for debate :)

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 22:36

      Mqele judging by the quality of your comment you and YOUR President went to the same school..........which obviously did not have any books.......................

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-12-28 14:33

    If you cannot care for an animal-how the hell can you claim to care about humans???? Your true colours are shining through more and more daily! You are a sad man who devides his thoughts into colour coded catagories.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-28 14:49

      Ghandi had this famous quote where you can judge the morals of a society by the way they treat their animals.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-12-28 15:17

      Kortbroek:So true!!!!!!!!!!

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-12-28 16:12

      His attitude to whites is caused by their attack on his lack of morals and corruption and because they are not prepared to put up with his abuse of power. Taxpayers in general despise his use of their money while they see his the decay of the country's infrastructure and the poor education and health service. So now he is promoting the "African way" whatever that may be, the corrupt fossil. A dog on the back of a bakkie will jump off not having the sense of grown men and presumably the pet owner loves his dog and doesn't want to see it injured. To equate this with not having respect for his workers is malicious and racist. Also we should perhaps get some statements from doctors to tell us how many of their housekeeper and gardener patients are actually brought to see them by the employers of these people. Most of the people I know do this and always have and I am an old person so I know many, many people. We will continue to point out abuses and corruption till it changes.

  • eleana.vanniekerk - 2012-12-28 14:33

    I trust my fellow black South Africans will realize that there is nothing wrong with taking some good things from the white culture, while rejecting what is not good. You don't have to give up who you fundamentally are, especially inside. What Mr. Zuma is doing, is to effectively polarize the people of this country yet again. The problem with Zuma and those like him, is also that they want to compare blacks to whites with one another economically all the time. But you can't do that if people cant use the same means economically.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-28 15:45

      He is not succeeding in polarising the SA society. He is proving over and over again what a turd he is, and in the process, losing votes for the ANC

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-28 14:34

    Zuma is a barbarian. He has no respect for animals and hates whites. He is another Mugabe.

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-12-28 14:35

    SPIN, SPIN, SPIN! Why have you waited for 20 years to focus on "ISSUES OF RACE RELATIONS"? The cat is out of the bag now and you are exposed yet again as the RACIST, DIVISIVE, IDIOTS, which you are. Don't try and pretend that our "ESTEEMED PRESIDENT" did not mean every stupid word he uttered. The script writers and spin doctors were probably enjoying the festive holidays with their families and Zuma had to make this speech with limited coaching and preparing. This is more like the truth. FIRE HIS USELESS HIDE AND let's try and save what is left of our country while we can. Madiba is the father of our nation, this clown is the destroyer in chief! DOWN WITH ZUMA. DOWN WITH HIS USELESS GOVERNMENT. DOWN WITH RACISM AND TAKING THIS COUNTRY BACK INTO THE DARK AGES.

  • nuus.reeder - 2012-12-28 14:36

    Always making statements and then denying them in the guise he is misrepresented. Race relations!! Please, the sole purpose of these sort of utterances is to break down race relations, its one of the ANC and Zuma's main tools to keep power - keep us divided along racial lines. Nothing to respect about this mass consumer and his 250 million mansion the payers paid for. Nothing at all.

  • a18nukem - 2012-12-28 14:37

    Zuma's statement was a racist statment. He used the dog metaphor to state that African culture is better than White people's culture. It's a disgusting statement that does nothing but divide the country even more than it already is. I can not understand how any ANC member would vote for this pig. They clearly have no idea what the past ANC fought against, and have just turned into a bunch of ignorant sheep. I can understand why there is such a backlash from the public. This man is a disgrace to this country and to all the people who live in it. Someone needs to tell this idiot Zuma that the past ANC fought against racism of ALL KINDS, so they would be against him as well.

      charnelle.bester - 2012-12-28 15:11

      Its the only way he knows how to rule. Stereotype a certain race, in order to create a divide. Thats what he does best.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-28 14:37

    Yes, many of us are prejudiced. It's that strong stench of corruption. The 700 odd charges and the bond remember? His latest is a national cleansing ceremony. He's going to ask 22 to run it! Hope he goes first...heh heh..our clown!

  • george.michaelides.71 - 2012-12-28 14:39

    Welcome to Zooma Zoo.......

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-28 14:40

    the president was ot addressing dogs Mr Mothapo, you must be about as dumb as the Spear. What the father of many was doing was simply to inform the nation that white culture does not belong here. Rather kill a bull with your bare hands over a 45 minute period, smell like onion stew and WALK, don't use the white mans cars and planes, sh-t in the bushes and sit under a palm tree waiting for the fruit to ripen so we can put some food on the table. That's what he said

  • gail.rieck.9 - 2012-12-28 14:41

    To say that it's not black culture to care for and love dogs is extremely racist. What is meant by black culture anyway? Zulu culture and Xhosa culture is entirely different, and that goes for all different black cultures - zuma is judging people by the colour of their skins. White people also have different cultures, Afrikaans speaking people and English have different cultures,the same goes for Germans, Swiss, Hollanders etc..We arn't just black and white.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-28 14:45

    The white people in this country must wake up and realise that Zuma and his cadres want to take everything we have built up over the years. They are thieving beasts of prey. Arm yourself and prepare for a civil war or these conniving leaches will take all that is ours.

      lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-28 15:07

      There are still many other (than bigfoot) sharp people with integrity in SA, so I would put the ninja thing on hold for the time being....

  • musa.kamashobane - 2012-12-28 14:45

    Mr Chief Whip where has the ANC leader been when we were walking our dogs during apartheid. Walking a dog has absolutely nothing to do with African culture - rubbish opinion. Walking a dog it's good for it and the person for healthy reasons, what is he talking about . Any way your comment (Zuma) does not surprise me after your silly comment about washing HIV in a shower

  • koketso.senabe - 2012-12-28 14:45

    Although I understand what my president was trying to say, his example was bad and it doesn't help in any way to unify the different people in the country. This black vs white culture speeches need to stop. We need to talk, and resolve issues, about why such a resource-rich country has so many poor people as compared to other countries with little or no natural resources that have their majority living comfortably.

      lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-28 14:51

      He should not have to TRY TO SAY something. He should not be a president if he is too dumb to say what he means. Thabo and Mr Mandela never had this speech impediment. The rest I agree with.

      musa.kamashobane - 2012-12-28 14:54

      Good on you Koketso -the ANC leader has fumbled big time hey

      charnelle.bester - 2012-12-28 15:14

      Guys, what did Mbeki do to get rooted out? Seriously, all jokes aside. How could this guy get voted in over Mbeki? Does anyone know the answer?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-12-28 15:29

      100% koketso - I hate my "culture" being attacked as much as you do. This nonsense must stop, but until then and as long as it continues we HAVE to make sure that the people responsible for such utterances are made aware that it is unacceptable.

  • shamiel.mathews - 2012-12-28 14:45

    Sorry, I do not have respect for a man that has raped and impregnated his friends daughters. A man that has more than 20 children in this day and age and uses culture to substantiate this is repulsive. so yes, we the public harbour "deep-seated anti-Zuma prejudices" beacuse of the above and all his corrupt deals.

      denise.wilshire - 2012-12-28 21:50

      Mathews, in any other country Zuma would have been stripped of his office long ago. He has so many bad marks against his name that he cannot possibly be held up as an example to the ordinary citizen. Our youth must be so confused. One rule for the president and another for them. He makes us the laughing stock of the world. He has no education, no morals and we have no hope.

  • Sean Wasserman - 2012-12-28 14:46

    Sounds to me like Zuma is determined to drive a wedge between black and white. His goons can say what they like - he damage is done. He should look back and Imagine the positive press he would have got if he had encouraged the care of animals before he opens him mouth again.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-28 14:47

    this is starting to remind me of that Nicole Kidman movie: THE OTHERS. together in a comon place but in two different dimensions. If anyone is interested in knowing how "the others" see te world, go to you tube and watch "Carl Sagan explains Flatland"

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-12-28 16:32

      We do know what he is trying to say and we know why he said it. We understand you better than you think. But if you are trying to say that all black people think alike then you are the one who is wrong Zuma however is trying to encourage prejudice and polarity because he has done such a bad job and alienated so many ANC supporters, now he is trying to secure a voter base by appealing to the baser instincts of the black voters. They used intimidation in the first election and propagandized their role by blaming 20 000 deaths on Inkatha and the police when they cynically knew they were the culprits, and now, they are building on that. I have no respect for this government because I am aware of their actions.

  • phillo.beukes.3 - 2012-12-28 14:47

    Jakob Zuma and kie - just a bunch of racist criminal shmucks!

  • edward.tillett.98 - 2012-12-28 14:47

    Hell, yeah, I put my hands up - I'm prejudiced! I'm prejudiced against a president who's a buffoon, who's made our country the laughing stock of the world, who manipulates "culture" to serve his own ends, who claims whites love their pets more than people. What a chop! If Zuma had any integrity, he would abandon all other "white" artefacts at his Nkandla residence, his mode of dress, etc. He would withdraw his kids from private schools, the "bastions of white privilege". He'd take down that electric fence surrounding his Nkandla residence forthwith! Mothapo says he hopes that when the media "hype" dies down, South Africans would then focus on "the issues of race relations, national pride, national identity, culture and ubuntu that the President so eloquently spoke about". The only "eloquence" Zuma is capable of delivering is BS! Bah, humbug!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-28 14:50

    I wish a rotweiller will bite of Zumas spear.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-28 18:29

      That won't do then he has nothing to apply his mind with

  • corinne.m.cordiergoodrich - 2012-12-28 14:54

    Spending time at luxury resorts and having massages is not black culture but YOU , Jacob, have no problem with this. I like my dog more than I like you!

  • gillian.cronje - 2012-12-28 14:54

    Zuma, you have violated one of my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS - Each person is entitled to a 'COMPANION', under the CONSTITUTION, which IS NOT defined to a human being. In your position, you have further displayed your ignorance of your knowledge in our CONSTITUTION...!!!

  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2012-12-28 14:56

    The President is supposed to represent and protect ALL the cultures of South Africa.

  • charles.evendumber - 2012-12-28 14:57

    Racist comments, racist sentiments from a hypocrite who enjoys the best the western world offers. You are a disgrace to humanity, let alone democracy, Zuma.

  • debbiewiblin - 2012-12-28 14:58

    this JZ is such a frigging TOSS!!! waste of human skin!!! not fit for any skin in fact!!!

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-12-28 15:01

    Any white walking a dog will get hate glares from blacks. Zuma do you want the whites to sacrifice animals as well. F.U..

  • madelein.delange2 - 2012-12-28 15:03

    "take a break from holidays.." bwahaha BWAHAHAHAHAH hee hee out of breath!

  • rita.phillipson.1 - 2012-12-28 15:06

    When you are in a hole - stop digging! Go on leave till next year. Just like Juju - stop digging (talking) you're making it worse.

  • Willie - 2012-12-28 15:06

    RACIST! zuma. Shame on you! My German Shepherd is worth more than 10 Zumas. THINK before you speak man!

      vic.swarts - 2012-12-29 13:47

      The turd was most likely chased down the street by "white dogs" when he was still a normal thief.

  • lebo.bucibo - 2012-12-28 15:08

    It is inaccurate to say that this President lost touch, he never had it in the first place. My Rottweiller has vowed to rip him up on sight like he said he would knock out any unqingili (gay person) that stood in front of him. All in sympathy for my gay friends.

  • ilse.salzwedel - 2012-12-28 15:09

    This quote refers: On Friday, Mothapo said he hoped that when the media "hype" died down, South Africans would then focus on "the issues of race relations, national pride, national identity, culture and ubuntu that the President so eloquently spoke about". We seem to be talking about NOTHING else in this country. How about we stop talking and start doing? Especially government? And how is it that we always seem to be misunderstanding the president? Maybe he should speak his mind more clearly, then? We are all (black and white) outraged about the dog issue, yes, but I'm sure black South Africans are also outraged at the fact that hair-straightening was also used as an example. Surely there are much more relevant things for the president to ponder. Like unemployment (mostly blacks suffering here), a lack of proper housing (mostly blacks, again), poor education (once again, mostly black children suffering), poor medical services (need I say who is suffering most AGAIN?), high mortality rates due to poor HIV management because of a lack of information and resources (yep, same group again). Do I need to mention more examples? THAT, mister President and mister Presidential-Spokesperson, would have been good speech material: provided of course if you had any clue as how to solve said problems. Leave the dogs, the hair, the colonising (it is almost 2013, after all) and start governing our country PROPERLY! And stop using all those Western things, like five star hotels...

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-28 15:10

    Guys Zuma is NOT a complete idiot He has quite a few parts missing

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-28 22:42

      Surely not his spear?

  • Nadine Wethers-Jones - 2012-12-28 15:11

    so to love a dog or pet is for a white man only and its inhumane and by saying so you mean that black people are better by not caring for a pet or animal! how sick is that, i thought you said you are a christian zuma? doesnt it say in the bible you must love and take care of animals? hmmmm plus by saying to be a proud black is to not feel anything for an animal!wow such an uneducated soulless person you are! you are just provoking racism and animal abuse! plus you are saying blatantly whites are better! hmmmmm wake up idiot! any culture is better loving an animal than a shower bucket head like you! plus when they analyze scazy people they look to see if theres a history of animal abuse or if that person cares for animals, so youre one big nutjob, jack the ripper type!

  • tantiana.panda - 2012-12-28 15:16

    Oh for crying out loud, we don't give a flying f*&* about this stupid idiot trying to defend his thick f&****&*& empty vessel. Its his own problem if he vomits this kind of nonsense. NEWS24 you should be even more ashamed of publishing this s*&t!!!!!

  • davy.botha - 2012-12-28 15:18

    Jacob Zuma is the most mis-understood person in the world, yes right! Only the ANC supporters do not understand him for what he is which is a liar, a thieve and a fraud! Maybe a rape offender!

  • intenetdebris - 2012-12-28 15:23

    Clearly Jacob Zuma and the ANC are prejudiced against whites. Jacob Zuma and the ANC are are prejudiced against anyone who doesn't swallow the crap they hand out. Sadly this country IS run by morons.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 23:09

      themba please consult your spell check before commenting.................