Africa Day a reminder for unity: Zuma

2013-05-25 13:06

Johannesburg - Africa Day marks the quest for unity and the political and economic emancipation of the continent's people, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

"As we mark the 50th anniversary of the OAU [Organisation for African Unity] we must intensify our efforts and our calls for the reform of the governing global order," he said in a statement.

Zuma explained that on 25 May 1963 leaders of 32 African independent states signed a charter establishing the OAU, which was the precursor of the African Union (AU).

He said the OAU provided a sense of purpose for the African people to restore their freedom, dignity and to strive for a better life for all Africans.

"While we rightfully celebrate the 50th anniversary, we are cognisant of the challenges we face," Zuma said.

"The road ahead to attain peace, stability and prosperity on the African continent for all her peoples is still arduous."

Challenges not insurmountable

He called on all leaders of the continent to sharpen their resolve and through the AU, raise their collective voices and confront current problems.

"As South Africa on this day we must also dedicate ourselves to unity, kinship and tolerance. We must work hard to eradicate from our society all forms of xenophobia, racism and related intolerances."

Zuma said Africa’s challenges were not insurmountable and the AU could build on the legacy left by the OAU.

"We must continue to work together to intensify Africa’s development through the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad). The continent must map its journey through voluntary self-assessment through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)."

Zuma said South Africa wished to encourage all member states, organs of the AU and the various regional economic communities to mark the milestone and to continue to work together for the realisation of a prosperous, peaceful and developed Africa.

"It is further hoped that as we rededicate ourselves to the task of the African Renaissance, we will spare no efforts to contribute resources to make our Union self-reliant and independent," he said.

"A free and self-sustaining Africa will be a pipe dream if we remain beholden to external sources."

  • Johann Enslin - 2013-05-25 13:11

    Emancipation from it's leaders.

      Francois Smith - 2013-05-25 13:56

      All hail the president of South Africa, Crusty, the Clown! That of Zimbabwe: Robert hands dripping with blood Mugabe! That of Angola: This is my oil - dos Santos! That of the DRC - I got here by blood and will not leave without it Kabila! The tacit cheerleader all in the name of SELF DETERMINATION RACIST MBEKI!

      John Cryink - 2013-05-26 10:17

      Do not forget saint mandella with "my legasy" AA BEE equity expectations what about "we demand"

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-05-25 13:19

    Start by encouraging all the African states to create an environment that will keep their people in their own countries, to spend their money on infrastructure and agri instead of weapons

  • Thabo Nana - 2013-05-25 13:24

    look who's talking,the president who the country is fallin apart under his rule.

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-05-25 13:27

    I can't believe I live in the same world as this total Ass. *face palm*

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-05-25 13:28

    F**king useless jz, the only turtle that I wish was completely extinct.

  • G.I Jane - 2013-05-25 13:37

    Zuma stop begging other countries for money and see how far you get.So happy you are going out.If your "sickness " don't get you the voting will.You are the biggest idiot of all Africa.

      Democrazy - 2013-05-25 13:48

      That's why he's in bed with the Indianese and Chinese...Africa Independance my left foot!!!

  • Democrazy - 2013-05-25 13:44

    Sorry boss - the world is dependant on everyone! Africa could not would not cannot stand by itself! This is not the dark ages- we live in a global village!

  • Mike - 2013-05-25 13:49

    He can't even keep unity in Nkandla and keep all his kids and wives united... He has failed to keep South Africa united - and now he wants to unite Africa, a continent full of despots, dictators and corrupt clowns?

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-05-25 13:51

    When this dude speaks or I have to look at him, I pretend its all just a bad dream and that I'm gonna wake up sometime soon and realise it was just a nightmare. Giant potatoe head.

  • Ebony Love - 2013-05-25 13:52

    unity off criminals mdrrrrrrr

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-05-25 13:54

    Yes all the DICKtators unite!

  • DjBas - 2013-05-25 13:55

    He's not my president!

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-05-25 13:59

    Not my president either! *Spit*

  • Rob Coomber - 2013-05-25 14:00

    Who wrote this speech?.... he sings 'Kill The Boer'. ...'"As South Africa on this day we must also dedicate ourselves to unity, kinship and tolerance. We must work hard to eradicate from our society all forms of xenophobia, racism and related intolerances."

  • Logic - 2013-05-25 14:02

    He says as he and the other leaders are blowing their government budgets on the party only for the 50 of them

  • Israel - 2013-05-25 14:08

    Zuma go to hell - you are one to speak - you should not contribute to this so called "africa day" due to the fact that you do not qualify as your record of outrageous behaviour has gone totally out of hand!! - you are a DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!!! You are one of the people in your government that i DISLIKE INTENSELY - you are a disgrace to this country!

  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2013-05-25 14:10

    Rubbish we need a Holiday like in all African countries.

      Ritz40 - 2013-05-25 14:30

      And thats what bug you about the whole thing??

  • maraisl - 2013-05-25 14:29

    Fantastic if you are living in a imaginary world. Lets celebrate

  • Janine Hughes - 2013-05-25 14:42

    Yada yada yada. And so the poor are still living without housing(promised to them). No running water. President zuma would you live in those conditions. Its a shame .its disgusting . Can you imagine how low these peoples moral must be. They must feel they are not worthy of better. I know I have taken my comments away from the track I just feel the anger simmer up in me. I love animals very much but animals live in better conditions. I know my dog does. Cut down on the wives. Drive an average car. Go on average holidays. Stop flying business class. Don't build more than 1 house. You only need 1. Put all your wives into that 1 house. If I were you president zuma I would hang my head in shame. The very people you and your comrades fought for are now 20 years down the line no better off. Word wakker want die wit vrou is nou so kwaad sy wil jou lekker warm klap

  • Hendrik de Villiers - 2013-05-25 14:45

    No, Zuma, it is not what you think. It is a reminder of poverty, famine, Aids, killing, raping and fighting!

  • Franco Conte - 2013-05-25 14:47

    Mr Zuma better give us a lecture on corruption and nepotism

  • Boichoko Dichaba - 2013-05-25 14:48

    africa day its about africans uniting under a common purpose. africa is rich and the world depends on it, for africa to be on top of the food chain self reliance is very important thats what the vision of AU was under President Thabo Mbeki and colonel Muamar Gadaffi my his soul rest in peace. under current leadership of African Union and South Africa at the forfrant we are doomed to fail. we don't have the vision and without a clear vision of where we want Africa to tomorrow we might just forget about african unity as is on its current stature.

  • Janine Hughes - 2013-05-25 14:58

    I know according to the bible I must respect and love. As far back as I can remember when life started making sense to me I made up my own mind about what kind of country I wanted to live in. It wasn't the apartheid goverment. For years I had dreamed about the rainbow nation. It finally happened and it has improved because I can now decide with who I want to be and where I want to be with who. But we cannot allow this country to fall apart because of bad choices made by our goverment.

  • Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-05-25 15:04

    Mr President, please remind me, how much in kickbacks were you asking for again when Goldfields wanted to build a school in Nkandla? I despise every word that come out of your mouth sir.

  • Shabir Digale - 2013-05-25 15:05

    VIVA!!! ZUMA'S words!! let us ALL build UNITED STATE OF AFRICA for better tomorrow.

      Mark Parkins - 2013-05-25 18:23

      U surely r on the gravy train maybe u also part of the Gupta fam. Go with ur Zuma

  • Truth.speak - 2013-05-25 15:13

    He decides to buy a new jet on the same day that he says these words. Shower head speaks with forked tongue.

  • Ebony Love - 2013-05-25 15:32

    unity with the guptas of africa

  • Tim Norris - 2013-05-25 15:58

    And now the fat one is going to buy some VVIP luxury jets just because her attempt last year failed. The one that Mbeki bought is less than 10 years old and perfect OK - not new and sparkly enough? How about buying some food for the poor instead? Or are these luxury jets meant to fly the Guptas around instead of them having to hire their own jets! This is utterly despicable - but we expect nothing less from JZ

  • G.I Jane - 2013-05-25 16:09

    What you really mean is unity with the taxpayer's money.

  • Sentle Innocent - 2013-05-25 16:18

    Africa will be africa, dictator after dictator we turn 2 say positive things n do exactly opposite of that but time will tell if poor africans wil continue 2 b cash cows of the few elites..

  • Hendrik de Villiers - 2013-05-25 18:45

    Africa Unity? In Orange farm foreigners were attacked by fellow Africans!

  • Jacob Molife - 2013-05-25 20:09

    Viva JZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-05-25 20:27

    On Africa Day we are all reminded that we have freedom of choice and an anonymous VOTE ! .................. VOTE GUPTA ! ! ..... Let's hear it from all you Vounteers, members and CADRES !!! ..... All together now, VOTE FREEDOM ! VOTE for POVERTY !!!!

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-05-25 20:33

    Vote for the PARTY PARTY ...... ( Unfortunately you will not be invited to the PARTY unless you are ZULU !) ....... or connected to the Guptas !!!!!!! .... (SAD but TRUE)....... Eish!

  • Hasani P - 2013-05-25 20:39

    Una pecora marcia ne guasta un branco

  • Hasani P - 2013-05-25 20:43

    Jack in the office

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-05-25 20:54

    ANONYMOUS VOTE : (Oxford dictionary) : a vote made with a name that cannot be made known to the government or authorities ! ..... So don't let the VOLUNTEERS scare you ! ..... THIS IS TRUE FREEDOM ! ......... AMANDLA! ..... (Not Nkandla!)

  • Cane Corso - 2013-05-25 20:55

    Unity of dictators and pariah.

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-05-25 21:27


  • Ebony Love - 2013-05-26 03:02

    Africa Day marks the quest for unity and the political and economic emancipation of the continent's people, and it will stay a quest for the next 600 000 000 years lol

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-26 11:38

    Wouldn't it be lovely if the man who is getting his own brand new plane could talk about unity between the have and the have nots?.

  • Sillas Ngokaz W. Nzambi - 2013-05-26 14:58

    The AU should be disbanded. Our leaders must go back to the drawing board. How can countries like DRC, Zimbabwe, Burkinafaso... be part of the AU 'cause their presidents are dictators

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