Boozing pupils apologise to Zuma

2011-01-24 11:18

Johannesburg - Three West Rand school pupils have apologised publicly to President Jacob Zuma, the education department and their community after they made front page news for drinking cider on their way to school, the Sowetan reported on Monday.

"My heartfelt apology goes to the president, the minister of education, district officials, the people of South Africa, our teachers, the police, fellow pupils and our families," said 18-year-old Thato Zwane at Mandisa Shiceka Secondary School in Kagiso, Krugersdorp on Friday.

"What we did was totally wrong and we regret it."

They had destroyed the image of two schools, (the other was Madiba Secondary School) the community of Kagiso, the department and the country, the remorseful youth said.

"I hope this apology is kindly accepted because we feel bad about what we did."

Apology accepted

Zuma, the department, the police and the school have accepted their apology.

Zuma's spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said young people sometimes "cross the line".

"They did the right thing (by apologising) and we hope they will not do it again," he said.

The two other Grade 12 pupils - Bonginkosi Jaji and Sabelo Mathenjwa - have since completed a disciplinary process at their school, Madiba Secondary. They were suspended a day after the incident.

Zwane's mother Phindi Mofokeng said she and her son were undergoing counselling and he was due to start his disciplinary process.

  • 4daluvofSA - 2011-01-24 11:23

    Hawu!!! Dont be surprised when they get "D's".......

      IandI - 2011-01-24 12:15

      These guys are university material for sure. Their matric marks will be upgraded and they will get university exemption, where they will definately study for their BA(Bachelor of Alcohol)degrees.

      Thangy - 2011-01-24 13:54

      You gotta love this country, just say sorry and everything will be fine

  • bosegoos - 2011-01-24 11:24

    That's wonderful learners. Now I think the Prez, in turn, should apologize for his extra-marital affairs.

      Allin - 2011-01-24 11:51

      @ Bronze. You seem to forget the baby he made with Irvin Khoza's daughter... AFAIK he still hasn't married her

      Tseleng - 2011-01-24 11:58

      @bosegoos,Don't touch culture you won't win.

      Kaapie - 2011-01-24 15:34

      Tseleng they owe apologies to their parents. Screw JZ... Besides they will continue

  • Vedder - 2011-01-24 11:30

    why say sorry to Zuma,he has let down the nation with his sexual acts and his corruption !

      JuluisMalema - 2011-01-24 11:35

      Ja wonder when the President and the rest of the miniseters will apologise, they are the one's who should actually apologise to the public!!

      scooter moepeng - 2011-02-10 13:45

      I totally agree with you Vedder, Zuma does'nt deserve to be a president... he is useless

  • zibbalans - 2011-01-24 11:32

    Excuse my ignorance you all, but WHY do they have to apologies to Zuma? or am i missing something here?

      IandI - 2011-01-24 11:54

      Only JZ is "allowed" to get up to shenanigans, multiple wives and sex with his best friends' daughters,coz he is the president. Us mere mortals must tow the line or else it's..shoot to kill

      Tseleng - 2011-01-24 12:00

      Who should they apologise to 'afriforum'? - 2011-01-24 12:26

      zuma must apologise to all off us" he has failed as a president".W Cape the only province to be run correctly, the rest of the country is in the shithouse.

      zibbalans - 2011-01-24 15:26

      Tseleng, you are missing the point... Why are they apologising to him? Why not to their parents, their teachers, their fellow pupils? What does Zuma and the rest of the nation frankly have to do with their stupidity... I have always said that in this country, our politicians worry about the small stuff. And yes, these boys drinking on their way to school is small fry compared to real matters that a PRESIDENT needs to take care off. They should have been left to their parents and families for a good klap in the ass, either than pushed to apologies for Zuma... Again, WHYYYYYYYY?????

  • spiderkzn - 2011-01-24 11:32

    Good thing they displine them and public Apology. Now focus on your schoolwork.

      Tseleng - 2011-01-24 12:02

      Exactly, let's not put pressure on them but support them for realising their mistake.

      Totman - 2011-01-24 12:19

      I agree with you both. It was done. They apologized and now should concentrate to move forward. If they do it again, give them hell. It is also good to apologizes to the 1st citizen of a our country, their family, fellow learners, schools and the communities. Let's now leave this topic. Stop pulling it apart and be happy it was done correctly for a change. Please News24 make up and publish another controversial story. The readers did not rinse all the bitterness out yet of the week-ends beer and need more to comment

      Skeletor1 - 2011-01-24 13:43

      The thing is that the government said they will act hard on persons doing this type of things. And now nothing. Maybe they will wait for a cellphone MMS doing the rounds????

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-01-24 11:33

    And they got off scot free. And depending on the skin colour you will be locked up if you are boozing on street. Why did they have to apologise to Zuma?????

      Tseleng - 2011-01-24 12:02

      Thula wena.

      Subzer0 - 2011-01-24 12:19

      Please gives us one example of a person that was locked up...just one. According to this report they will be dealt with accordingly or did you read a diff report?

  • zpm5402 - 2011-01-24 11:34

    @Bronze. The president didnt mary everyone he had sex with. Remember the girl in the rape scandal? No marrage - just a shower!!!

      BRONZE - 2011-01-24 11:52

      Maybe if she didn't cry rape she would be happily married to the prez with a brand new kid or two :)

  • Darwinian - 2011-01-24 11:37

    We must look into this zuma thing, what causes it and who must be held responsible...

  • Bandit - 2011-01-24 11:40

    what a load of shit - the prez must run the country and not get involved in this stuff. So a few kids got drunk, in our commmunity we call that growing up. If the infrastructure and social structure were all developed then maybe we will have less drunks and more production. The prez should apologise to them - me thinks

  • Kaz - 2011-01-24 11:41

    Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the future generation of South Africa. they get to booze on the way to school without any repercussions. This certainly seems to be an excellent example that's being set....

      BRONZE - 2011-01-24 11:55

      Uhm, I thought they went through a disciplinary procedure at school? Maybe I read the article all wrong. What else do you want? A public lashing with sjambocks? Total expulsion from school? Come now Kaz.

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 12:18

      And you so self righteous right? Never done a thing wrong right? Just the perfect human right? Piss off with your self-righteous crap... They apologised, took responsibility. I bet they did a lot more then you would've done.

      Kaz - 2011-01-24 12:18

      A disciplinary hearing at school. Good grief man, seriously that's your "punishment" for them? Had I tried that when I was at school I would have been expelled! See, that's exactly where the problem lies these days. There's no punishment any more, no respect. I can almost guarantee they were told "you should not do that again, now please apologise for your actions" and it will be left at that. Nice punishment, sets a brilliant example.

      Kaz - 2011-01-24 12:32

      Oh would you look at that, Mr. Point Blank has decided to crawl out from underneath the drain he's been hiding. Never did I mention that I am "a perfect human" nor did I ever say I've never done anything wrong. Do us a favour, take you ignorance and go play with your toys on the highway. The adults are having a conversation and we do not need the input of children. You do not know me, so do not assume yourself all knowing.

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 13:05

      No KAz, you are the childish one judging by your retort. Quite pathetic actually.

      Kaz - 2011-01-24 13:16

      Is that the best you can do? Shame man, I was expecting more.

      PAR - 2011-01-24 13:31

      I think that pointblankza may just be one of the kids caught drinking??? How is apologising taking responsibility? It is easy to say sorry - especially when you are drunk??

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 13:43

      Um, sorry, where did it say they were drunk again? You so far up your own ass you believe your own crap.

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 13:45

      @KAz, sorry to disappoint bro but I rarely stoop to your level.

      David - 2011-01-24 13:54

      In my day that's exactly what happened... Expultion from the school with a record... After you gat 6 of the best damn lashing from the headmaster. THAT did the trick

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-01-24 11:41

    a damn disgrace...they should be expelled, those stupid idiots..but this kind of ill-disciplined behavior is common in township schools..WHY is this so ? Also teachers from these schools have affairs with learners..Why only in the townships ???

      Mushin - 2011-01-24 11:52

      I also think its the DA's fault!!

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 12:18

      No not only in the townships. What a stupid comment. My neighbours kid has a friend in a prominent Durban high scholl who was bonking his teacher... twat.

      Subzer0 - 2011-01-24 12:23

      That is a blatant lie. I went to a white school and believe me the crap that went on there was mind bogling but most of these chaps` parents were part of the school commitee`s and things were brushed under tables, cause boys will be boys etc. We had one white lady that had a very open affair with a senior student and that was also made to dissapear.. so vrot apples kom in alle vorms voor, okay!!!

  • John Clark - 2011-01-24 11:48

    "Kneel before Zod! Er, I mean Zuma!"

  • Calmone - 2011-01-24 11:48

    Wow,what an apology,nogall to the President!!What a load of crap, they should of been belted,thats what should of happened.

      Tseleng - 2011-01-24 12:07

      I think they did from home coz if it was my child sorry(child abuse) but I would moer someone.

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 12:17

      Um, can you read? They apologised to you as well... can I too now insult you like you are doing to others?

  • Mushin - 2011-01-24 11:50

    So them boys received a Presidential pardon for bing drinking!!LMAO!!!!I should give him a call cos i got caught drinkin at work as well.....hahahaah!!

      John Clark - 2011-01-24 12:00

      ...and like the wise and benevolent benefactor that he is, he has found it in his heart to forgive them! *sigh* Whilst Schabir waits impatiently in the wings (ok, upmarket Durban suburb) for his Presidential Pardon!

  • James - 2011-01-24 11:52

    Guys, dont worry if you fail - your marks will be "upgraded" to a University pass I am sure - I am sure you must have a really good reason that made you decide to drink alcohol while walking in the streets early morning on your way to school. I can only begin to imagine how much remorse you must be experiencing after began caught out. In fact I am also sure that you were having sleepless nights and were about to confess and write an unsolicited apology to Zuma, the education department and your community as good law abiding and studious students are prone to do. How about a little volunteering for some community work, Friday night voluntary work at the emergency trauma centre at Baragwanath etc - that might help convince me of your "grief"

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 12:16

      And you so self righteous right? Never done a thing wrong right? Just the perfect human right? Piss off with your self-righteous crap... They apologised, took responsibility. I bet they did a lot more then you would've done.

  • SEMATSATSA - 2011-01-24 11:53

    I wonder how many students passed at the schools of this rotten potatoes. A fruit never falls far from the tree.

  • - 2011-01-24 11:54

    Ps. Why is this crap on news24?

  • exocist - 2011-01-24 11:56

    the minister of udumakation is going to sort out this udisiplined school kids, she's just put out a tender for 3 million power balance bracelets for them to wear so if they're gesuip no one will notice

  • Sbongile - 2011-01-24 12:03

    Let he/she, who is without sin, be the first to cast the stone!! The kids have done wrong and apologized. Let it go. Let's deal with the bottle store owners, their licences must revoked when they sell liquor to school going children!!!!!!!

      IceBlaster - 2011-01-24 13:54

      They were legal, 18 years old, what they did wrong is not drinking alcohol but drinking it in uniform on there way to school.

  • Innocentia - 2011-01-24 12:05

    how come is this about the president and not the kidz who drank whilst going to school.

      John Clark - 2011-01-24 12:25

      Perhaps because, in their Oscar-acceptance-worthy list of EVERYONE whom they felt or were instructed to feel they had wronged, they included President Zuma and omitted the dogs of South Africa. The dogs, mind you, that are generally considered to be a lot more faithful and able to excercise more self-control than the President and thus set a far better example for our youth. Dogs that have no "political solution" to escaping judgement for their misdeeds or "dirty tricks" operatives to shadily act on their behalf. I reckon dogs feel very insulted that they were not included in those apologised to and that an alleged criminal of Zuma's stature was. (Apologies though - your point is valid, I just don't think much of Zuma. Does it show??)

  • missy_t - 2011-01-24 12:07

    I'm messing up MY own life but I'm sorry Mr President...

  • degenerate - 2011-01-24 12:10

    Like all of you never did anything wrong. And come on; they're TEENAGERS. How many of you smoked in school uniforms or sneaked a beer? These guys apologized, which is what matters and actually shows great maturity on their side.

      Mushin - 2011-01-24 12:14

      No no no no........its the ANC's fault and the BEE and The Golden handshake......jaaa!!!

  • Erich - 2011-01-24 12:10

    I dont think suspending them for a day does any good. it practically gives them a day off school to stay at home and have another drink. they should rather have kept them in school and give them extra work or clean the floor or toilets or something.

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 12:14

      Erich, you stupid idiot. Where do you see they were suspended for a day??

      Mushin - 2011-01-24 12:17


      Kaz - 2011-01-24 12:37

      "They were suspended a day after the incident." They clearly were suspended from school the day after it appeared in the paper. At least that was one thing that was done correctly.

  • Tgif - 2011-01-24 12:11

    What will Comrade Vavi say about this ,I witnessed the Ibuhnu holding a old South African Flag and a 9mm to these black learners head and forcing them to drink cider on the way to school purposefully forcing them to be left behind in class.This is just another way for blacks to remain oppressed in this country it is of no wrong doing on their part.Viva Zwelimzima Viva.

  • Stryder - 2011-01-24 12:13

    Remember their names, they will be the front runners for the ANCYL youth league and be ministers.

  • DW - 2011-01-24 12:15

    Whilst I agree that they did wrong and should be disciplined (the apology was probably required of them as part of their disciplinary action), will all those who want them expelled and lambasted get off your high horse. I remember many teenagers who drank when I was at school. Drinking in or out of school is a problem, and if they dont learn from their mistake, by all means punish them accordingly. However from what we have seen here it seems that they have received their punishment and should be allowed to carry on with their studies. If it happens again, however, dont let them get away with it. There are worse things that students do than sneaking a drink when their parents/teachers arent looking

  • SymbolOfLife - 2011-01-24 12:18

    ag please...

  • Billy - 2011-01-24 12:18

    They should apologise to themselves and start doing the right thing, they need to remember that it is not the president's future they are destroying but their own- shameless Idiots.

  • ji - 2011-01-24 12:40

    You can take them out the bush , but you wont get the bush out of them

      Janine - 2011-01-24 13:26

      That is a completely irrelevant and idiotic comment.

  • James - 2011-01-24 12:42

    @pointblankza - listen you uneducated tosser - those idiots were pissed in their school uniforms, disrespectful, a disgrace etc etc etc - are you following me, moron..........? They are a disgrace, and no I am not a selfrighteous anything and neither are you I am sure - but I sure as hell NEVER drank alcohol in my school uniform like those plonkers - and as far as them getting promoted - just read the newspapers and also get educated (and get a life) and see what is going down there in SA - open your eyes and smell the coffee or are you also on the gravy train. Get a life - its a big world out there and its scary for little wankers like you. Clearly you condone this behaviour so in a nutshell - you are not worth the trouble I took to reply to you

      pointblankza - 2011-01-24 13:06

      Can't take it like you dish it er? Typical. And you wrote a whole lot of nothing, HAHA! Twat.

  • rapatla - 2011-01-24 12:44

    Can someone talk to the Sab(brew master) and other cider distributors to atleast go easy on the percentages on their liquar? Atleast 1% cause our kids drink no water anymore..they carry no water gun anymore..they do the real things.And please those of you who are under the influence of alcohol now, stop commenting.

  • jamesonl - 2011-01-24 12:55

    These kids' heads are full of water. Why apologize to the president? They should be whipped on sight. they think boozing is cool? they are the same people who a few years from now will complain about unemployment when in fact they are unemployable. they will fail and i'm sure of that.

  • siphosonke.ndlovu - 2011-01-24 13:01

    Alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse is rife in SA... SA is one of the highest countries that consumes a lot of alcohol, especially among the children and youth. Problems of alcohol are many: crime, broken families, accidents, suicide, failure at school. Parents need to play an active role and all of us must take a responsibility for our actions....

  • Ingie - 2011-01-24 13:10

    They should ahve thought what they were doing in the first place before they went to school with beer bottles in their hands. Shows you no brains. I am also wondering though, what has it got to do with Zuma seeing they are apologizing to him and why??? To me they should have apologized to their peers and the schools not ZUma. So has it boiled down to this now, when one does something wrong they have to apologize to Zuma, whe he cant do that himself. None of them can. Maybe Zuma is going to pay for the counselling and then maybe he will pay for the school fees, tuition etc. I reckon the counselling wont work anyway.

  • Warren - 2011-01-24 13:27

    So is that how JuJu got his wood working marks? These pupils are only following the leadership of our country.

  • John - 2011-01-24 13:36

    Zuma shout apologise over his sexual antics...

  • Cynical_BStd - 2011-01-24 14:20

    Racists - School Kids from other races religions and creeds do the same on a daily basis - in fact many of you including other races come to work after having a few or have a shot or two during the day or after work - sweep your own doorstep first

  • maseratifitt - 2011-01-24 14:43

    We apologise. This cider bad stuff. Beer much better.

  • Kaapie - 2011-01-24 15:35

    Now that you have apologised, you can continue with your errant ways

  • James - 2011-01-24 15:49

    pointblank.......have you read all the comments and the sentiments of the public. You are so self opinionated that reality has passed you by. Your comments are so arb that it brings a tear to my eye. My guess is the reason that you feel so mightily important and intelligent is that you are one of those that received 30% for matric last year and then got "passed". Carry of flying with the budgies - it suits you

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