Dog comments: Zuma 'decolonising minds'

2012-12-27 14:46

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma was only trying to "decolonise the African mind" when he criticised caring for dogs as pets as part of "white culture", the presidency said on Thursday.

"The essential message from the President was the need to decolonise the African mind, post-liberation," said presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj in a statement,

He said Zuma wanted "to enable the previously oppressed African majority to appreciate and love who they are and uphold their own culture".

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

He said that the African way was rather to focus on family.

'Promoting ubuntu'

According to the newspaper, Zuma also said people who loved dogs more than people had "a lack of humanity".

Zuma added that there was a generation of people trying to "emulate whiteness" but who would not succeed.

"Even if you apply any kind of lotion and straighten your hair, you will never be white," he was reported as saying.

In the presidency's statement, Maharaj did not deny that the president had made the above points.

However, he said, that the "few remarks" were in fact about "promoting ubuntu and maintaining respect and high regard for other human beings and African culture".

Maharaj said Zuma was referring to "what people should guard against, such as loving animals more than other human beings".

"He made the well-known example of people who sit with their dogs in front in a van [bakkie] or truck, with a worker at the back in pouring rain or extremely cold weather.

"Others do not hesitate to rush their dogs to veterinary surgeons for medical care when they are sick, while they ignore workers or relatives who are also sick in the same households."

Nevertheless, Maharaj said Zuma was not suggesting that animals "should not be loved or cared for".

'Preserve the good'

People however should not "elevate our love for our animals above our love for other human beings".

Maharaj said that Zuma "emphasised" the need to "preserve that which is good in certain cultures, and avoid adopting practices that are detrimental to building a caring African society".

However, Maharaj also said that Zuma wanted his audience to know that "they should not feel pressured to be assimilated into the minority cultures".

Maharaj criticised the media coverage of Zuma's speech.

"It is unfortunate that the journalists concerned chose to report the comments in a manner that seeks to problematise them, instead of promoting a debate about deconstruction and decolonisation of the mind as part of promoting reconciliation, nation building, unity and social cohesion."

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-12-27 14:52

    Mac, your comments are insulting to just about everyone... No amount of "decolonising" spin stories will justify the blatant racism of Zuma who appears to struggle with the concept of white Africans...

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-12-27 15:27

      I'm not sure that this is about racism so much as stupidism.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-27 15:46

      Rightly said Pointblankza. Zuma's idiocy has no comparison anywhere in the world

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-27 15:57

      @PointBlank, I did not intend to make any comment but could not help it after reading your comment ;) What is "white Africans"?

      craven.luyt - 2012-12-27 16:13

      Napolita, a white African is the opposite of an African American. Got it?

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-12-27 16:15

      Napolita - same meaning as African American - so a black man who is a citizen of America by virtue of being a citizen. You get this in Europe too. (I am sure you will figure it out.)

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-27 16:45

      @craven.luyt , @tim.gordon.5011516 - You are both factually wrong. African American means an AFRICAN (race) or of African origin with an American Citizenship. In short, African American would be "equivalent" to RACE CITIZENSHIP. White African??? What is that?

      sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-12-27 17:00

      @napolita.kio: A person of Caucasian descent born in Africa and as much a part of it as any other race counterpart in the same circumstance. No citizenship required. Obtained by birth. Got it?

      Philip - 2012-12-27 17:11

      Before colonization blacks didn't even wear shoes.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-12-27 17:20

      Jacob could easily achieve his goal of upliftment without insulting minorities. That is what a good president would do. Unfortunately South Africans don't have a good president, they are stuck with this monstrosity.

      shannon.mcmurtrie.3 - 2012-12-27 17:30

      Napolita...Bwhahahaha!!!! A$$hole!

      craven.luyt - 2012-12-27 18:33

      Napolita, ever heard of the cradle of humankind? Do you know it's in South Africa? That means the whole world is in fact African. Even George W is an African.

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-27 19:22

      come on folks, stop feeding "napolita". A white african, is someone BORN in Africa, and has white skin. Pretty simple concept that they are struggling to grasp apparently. Born and raised in africa, therefore african. No need to turn to other countires/continents to see what they are doing. When you fill out paperwork at home affairs, it doesn ask if you are "african african" or "white african" or "indian african", simply, white, black, indian, asian etc. Whites, indian, colored, asians have every right to be here, born and raised, I consider myself an african, and am a proud white african :)

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 00:31

      Aiiish Napolita - is it a white man born in Africa? or maybe you should ask Zuma the "black african" or ask "MAC" the "african indian" you have already asked a "white african"...........................

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-12-28 10:05

      Then I suggest the president should also urge the blacks revert back to driving donkey carts to decolonize even further. Even better, go back to walking!

      mitch.dhooghe - 2012-12-28 12:14's the white African who gave u the opportunity to type your message on a computer! If it were not not for the "colonial" white heritage in this country you would still be herding sheep,living in a damn cave and picking my advice is think before you very quick to assume whom is African but at the same time you dress, drink, and benefit from all the luxuries provided to you from the white African! Chop!

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2012-12-28 15:37

      I am beginning to feel sorry for Mac! Trying to explain away the stupid and moronic statements made by his president must be making him sweat and giving him sleepless nights. Can just imagine Mac regularly waking up from the nightmares he has about his presidents speeches.

      keithpatkell - 2012-12-29 12:09

      @napolita.kio... A "WHITE African" is a white skinned person, BORN AND BRED, living and thriving in Africa and is a thorn in the flesh of RACIST f^^k!*g "black ones" who believe one has to be dark skinned and have anthropologically negroid features to be an "AFRICAN"! There are many of us “Whities” and we are here to get used to it boy...

  • theo.joubert.37 - 2012-12-27 14:56

    Our barking mad RACIST president. This statement is not only insulting to white South Africans but also to every South African. When will Mac stop trying to justify his idiotic statements?

      profLebza - 2012-12-27 15:04

      I too agree that our president, in a way, is a racist..... his remarks r ridiculous. Doesn't deserve to lead a country of a rainbow nation.

      nardus.jordaan - 2012-12-27 15:36

      Bananna Republic.....

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-12-27 15:37

      They are an insult to all of humanity. He offended everyone without even adding a bit of value. I don't own pets or straighten my hair, nor am I white, but I found this extremely offensive. I can't imagine how upset I'd be if I was the target of his brain fart. No wonder so many citizens are cynical.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-27 15:48

      His stupidity is enough to induce a fit of rage in any decent person regardless of their colour

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-27 16:01

      If it's true that "This statement is not only insulting to white South Africans but also to every South African." then why do not you, instead, say "This statement is insulting to South Africans"?

      sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-12-27 17:02

      @napolita.kio because he chose to focus on WHITE South Africans and their culture of keeping pets. I cannot believe how obtuse you are.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 00:33

      themba I'm in a multi racial fit of rage..........................

  • roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-27 14:57


      napolita.kio - 2012-12-27 16:03

      If YOU roman.caesar.21 are NOT a LIAR then prove that "MAHARAJ, THE DEVIL WAS A LIAR FROM THE BEGINNING"

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 00:36

      Hey Napolita! its easy he opens his mouth and his make a comment and we question your intelligence.......same thing...................

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-28 13:57

      Napolita.kio. Our latest troll?.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-27 14:57

    decolonisation of the mind....And yet the ANC still voted for him. So stop complaining. You got what you asked for.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-27 15:23

      Perhaps a good way to decolonise the African mind is to get rid of all Western things. Let's start with electricity, running water and toilets. You go first Mr President, you eliminate these white invented things from your life, and we will start taking you seriously, otherwise just shut your trap you are embarrasing us

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-27 16:04

      @kortbroek.duplessis - well not necessarily Western things but why not start by dispensing with the first outrage of African Colonisation. The Wheel

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-28 18:07

      Zugabe has spoken...

      rudiger.thiede - 2012-12-31 11:57

      Craig, we got rid of the colonizer (British Empire) when we became a Republic in 1961. Or did you think that being from an ethnic group that was involved in colonization makes you a colonizer? In that case 1) you're stupid, and 2) we should deport everyone who is not a Bushman/Khoi-San/whatever, since the ancestors of the Bantu-speaking tribes who live in SA are colonialists from Ethiopia.

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-12-27 14:58

    Zuma and Mac should remember Gandhi's quote, The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.

      stephenrfrank - 2012-12-27 15:38

      Was going to be my exact comment....well said!!

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-27 16:05

      @Matthew.and.Denise - Regardless of who made the statement you quote, the question is whether the statement is true. Which is exactly my question to you.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 00:38

      Napolita aaaaiiish you ask too many questions.......................

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-28 15:46

      Napolita, "regardless of who made the statement"? One of the greatest humanitarians and thinkers of our time; so yes, the statement is true. If I have to choose between the Mahatma's opinion and yours, well, no contest.

  • yandisa.mashalaba - 2012-12-27 14:58

    I walked my dogs in a rural setting way before i even came into contact with white people...what has that got do with being African?

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-27 15:06

      I'm dumbfounded..

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-12-27 15:41

      Exactly. Nicely said. If I wasn't to poor to pay for a court action I would have said he is one dog I wouldn't take for a walk but I am poor so I can't

      candice.humphreys.1 - 2012-12-27 15:55

      Please write to both of them and ask them? I would, but being white I'm automatically racist. I have dogs, and a vet so I'm afraid I'll be deported. Oh! And I also straighten my hair so aaahhhh am I black trying to be white or white trying to be Martian?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-27 16:01

      Damn Yandisa, I just don't know. You'll have to ask JZ that. Us white boys simply just don't understand.

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-12-27 15:00

    ..this, coming from a man who can't have a meaning relationship with ONE woman like the rest of the world..

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-28 14:01

      Alwyn.vantonder. He will tell you that is part of his culture. Next he will be insulting us with stupid remarks about how we bring up our children.

  • nardus.jordaan - 2012-12-27 15:02

    This sh*t should stop now....I remember a few years ago when Mugabe started loosing support in Zim he gave all the incompetent, uneducated citizens the right to take farms, etc for the whites...Is this Zuma's next step as he is loosing support in this Country?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-27 16:12

      It would seem to be that "de-colonising minds" means rendering people devoid of any rational thought (viz the education system).

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-12-27 15:02

    Im white. LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!! FFS

  • yandisa.mashalaba - 2012-12-27 15:02

    Whoever said only white people love their dogs? This is just wrong Mr President...i loved my dogs (when i had them) and i enjoyed their company in a rural setting...

      gesigboekie - 2012-12-27 18:28

      Respect to you Yandisa. At least you grasp that it's not about becoming 'white', it's about being human.

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-12-27 15:02

    Excuses excuses. Leave me and my dogs and my hair alone. Its my culture... Theres a saying, if you want loyalty, get a dog. Thats why I have 3...

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-12-27 15:03

    Mac giving Zoomer a moddy coddle. Shame

  • john.porter.92102 - 2012-12-27 15:04

    What an idiotic ignoramus; the man hates everyone - animals, gay people, women. He loves only himself and those like him. How did this fraudster idiot of a lunatic become the president of South Africa? He hasn't an empathic or intelligent bone in his lazy scheming body.

  • merkwaardig - 2012-12-27 15:05

    Decolonize the mind and there would be nothing left...

  • tk.king.752 - 2012-12-27 15:05

    i wonder hw much mr maharaj is he is working overtime wt ths moron..zuma

  • provence.poppies - 2012-12-27 15:06

    OK then let me help decolonise Zumas mind. You don't need money. Go back to bartering. Get rid of your brick home and live in a mud hut. Trade your European cars for African Donkeys then. Give back your Jet plane and try flying with Ostrich wings. Well I suppose he has kept African tradition with women.

      rudiger.thiede - 2012-12-31 12:02

      Craig ... you'd have reached cars if we didn't interfere? Come on! If we didn't interfere, the Chinese or the Arabs would have interfered. Look at the standard of living in Arab countries, China, and Europe. Compare them. Who would you rather want as your colonizers? And don't say "I oppose all colonizers" because then you oppose yourself, if you are a black South African then your ancestors come from the Nubian Empire in Ethiopia and you killed thousands of Khoi-San people to colonize SA.

  • Amanda Barratt - 2012-12-27 15:06

    Mr Zuma is attempting to decolonise minds by pushing the ANC agenda of recolonising SA with insulting rhetoric.

  • amanda.vandenberg.758 - 2012-12-27 15:06

    The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated-- GHANDI. No wonder this country is in such a mess !

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-27 16:07

      All because Gandhi apparently said so?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-27 16:23

      Gandhi said a lot of things and a lot of things upset him. You only hear some of it but NOT all and that is thanks to the powers that be. You should go read up. You'll be very very surprised.

      donald.perumal - 2012-12-27 18:09

      If our animals are treated well then our children should be treated better-the gist of what Ghandi said.And to koos,much of the negative comments about Ghandi were orchestrated by his distractors.His experiments(the ones you are alluding to)were used to question his unconscious.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-28 15:50

      Napolita, do you have a problem with the Mahatma? Oh, of course you do; HE was a great thinker and humanitarian.

  • norton.legg - 2012-12-27 15:06

    Well it was a very clumsy speech, not very well thought out or a well constructed argument, obviously!

      rontheogre - 2012-12-27 15:33

      Well, the speech writer also needs to go on holiday now and then, just long enough for Zoomer to put his foot in it.

      gesigboekie - 2012-12-27 18:21

      me thinks it was written by Mal-emma? maybe Ztupid asked him for advice.

  • Terrie Ferrarri - 2012-12-27 15:06


      djmain1 - 2012-12-27 15:16

      Is that Umtonto we Sizwe calling?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-27 15:51

      Hamba uyolusa izimbuzi silima ndini

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-27 16:10

      Good lord some village is missing it's idiot

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-12-27 16:10

      Exactly, Themba, if I understand you correctly. What about his days of herding goats? Did Zuma not care for them or is that only a white tendency according to him?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-27 16:16

      matthew, I'm advising the idiot moonlighting as a president and his cheerleader Terri to go back to herding goats

      reg.nagel - 2012-12-27 17:32

      terrie..Are you having a, FIT....

      gesigboekie - 2012-12-27 18:25

      as I look at the millions without jobs, food, a roof over their heads..yes I can see 'the power is yours' Terrie, you probably work for the government.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 00:40

      Aiish ferrari how you use a name like that when you think like a donkey...................

  • Jacques - 2012-12-27 15:07

    Maybe that's why the spca is inundated with malnourished, disease-ridden, flea-infested dogs out of the townships every year? The Africans were too busy 'focussing on family' (read: breed like rabbits) to care. Silly me. Here I thought caring for animals is a trait that makes you human. Turns out I'm only a white. #sarcasm

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-27 16:03

      You might want to add pigs, donkies, goats and horses to that list.

  • Michele Klemp - 2012-12-27 15:07

    imagine if Zuma loved people more than spending R240million on his home. how many homes for the poor, medical treatment etc could this money have bought. but sure, throw stones at people who work hard, have pets (and look after them), straighten their hair etc. You Sir are an idiot!

      stephenrfrank - 2012-12-27 15:40

      Don't dignify his comments by calling him a "Sir"

  • samuel.ngenga - 2012-12-27 15:08

    He wished Mandela a Merry Christmas in hospital. That's not African is it? Make up your mind!

  • aquilakahecate - 2012-12-27 15:09

    "Mr" President: that is not just racist, it is speciesist as well. We're all fellow creatures together on this planet - or is your mind's vision too narrow to accept this brotherhood?

  • madise.paul - 2012-12-27 15:09

    Zuma's embarrasing!!!

      Terrie Ferrarri - 2012-12-27 15:12

      with what?

      riette.nothling - 2012-12-27 15:34

      Terrie, with everything he does and says. How can a man who just caught spending millions on Nkandla preach about caring for your fellow man when he is blatantly stealing from these same people? Nkandla could have build schools, hospitals and decent houses instead of shacks. He is an embarrasment to this country. Worst is, his wives are all guilty of the things he so frowns upon. Can you say hypocrite?

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 00:42

      with you ferrarri................

      wo0two0t - 2012-12-28 11:15

      Terrie are you really that thick that you cannot work it out? Then you wonder why your people are so poor and pathetic.

  • lorraine.bates1 - 2012-12-27 15:09

    Seems to me that Zuma is being a RACIST,I don't think that would make a good leader.

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-12-27 15:48

      It only seems so!!!!!!!!!!! You are too circumspect.

  • neil.kroese - 2012-12-27 15:09

    Well I suppose there is nothing wrong with going back to his roots, but to be fair to himself, I hope Zuma remembers to 'decolonising' his entire life..booze cabinet, garage,closets etc etc etc (No more Johnny Walker Blue my more Armani and definitely no more expensive vroom vroom's in the garage...)

      Erna - 2012-12-27 16:24

      Or bullet proof glass.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-27 16:31

      Or solar-powered toilets

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-12-28 01:31

      He doesn't drink. Which makes his comments/saying/declarations even more horrifying. I would prefer a drunk president instead of one that has his foot stuck in the quagmire of Africa 500 years ago.

  • Terrie Ferrarri - 2012-12-27 15:10

    we wont loose,this is a black man s world.PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA is right

      Doorboot - 2012-12-27 15:26

      Troll, please people ignore the idiot

      riette.nothling - 2012-12-27 15:36

      Yes you are right, it is a black mans world. Look at the chaos, destruction and poverty... All by your own hands my friend.

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-27 16:53

      then go north to where the "black man" truly rules and where whites didnt colonize, lets see how you like living without electricity, the computer you are currently using, your cell phone etc. WAKE UP CLOWN

      gesigboekie - 2012-12-27 18:57

      Terrie, I think you are just looking for attention by your comments..I sense you don't really 'believe' your own comments, get off the page and go tend to your dogs.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 00:44

      your brain is "loose" ferrari.......................................

      wo0two0t - 2012-12-28 11:18

      Enjoy you so called black mans world in poverty.

  • Johnny - 2012-12-27 15:11

    Thank you my wonderful president. I'll be sure to take my gardener for a walk now and then and I'll make sure I take him to the vet when he's sick cause I love my animals.

  • - 2012-12-27 15:12

    To promote "Ubuntu" & "maintain respect"! Respect is earned, and as the so-called "governor" of South Africa, you need to lead by example. If you want to uphold your "culture", then you should be the one to lead. Give back your lavish homes, imported designer suits, and motor vehicles, and everything that you put it, as being "white". Stop flying around in non-cultural aircraft. Next time you flit overseas, take a horse.If it wasn't for the "whites" then you would have NOTHING! What this country had before DEMOCRACY was through HARD WORK by the "whites", and don't forget about the coloured people. This country is made up of a rainbow of "COLOURS", and the coloured people are just as much part of this country as everyone else. And by the way, pets don't RAPE, COMMIT MURDER, ABUSE, CARRY OUT VIOLENT ATTACKS, PROTEST AND DESTROY EVERYTHING IN SITE, and above all, they do not commit CORRUPTION! A pet displays more loyalty and respect than most humans.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-12-27 15:12

    Bloody idiot. Verwoerd would be proud to hear him speak.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-28 14:12

      Lacrimosewolf. Mac do the talking?. That will be a laugh. I wonder how Ramaphosa with his fancy wild farm feels about all this.

      esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-12-28 21:05

      Why bring Verwoerd into this discussion? at least he was more civilised,educated and intelligent than the whole ANC lot

  • Vusumzi Nogwebu - 2012-12-27 15:13

    Whoever writes the President's speeches should be fired. What rubbish is this?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-27 15:53

      The speechwirte is on holiday. Zuma is speaking in his capacity as a peanut sized brain former goatherder, not a speech reading pres

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-27 16:44

      It would be cheaper and less painful to the entire country if JZ just kept quiet and let Mac do all the talking

  • morrisn2 - 2012-12-27 15:13

    Well said Mr Maharaj, mayb the `educated` will now understand! If they don`t knw what Zuma spoke abt, they must ask any farm worker! Amen!

      werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-27 15:15

      And Aurora miners....

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-12-28 01:48

      Morris - are you loyal to your employer? Even though he pays you a salary and looks after your children? Employees prefer to sit together on the back of the bakkie. Everyone sitting in front is considered an "Impimpi" and too close to the boss. At the next drunken party the guy or women gets stabbed. It's a matter of self-protection. No one must rise above, mos. Most farmers consider and love their dogs as much (and sometimes) more than their own children. Even their cows and their goats, etc. That's why farmers get angry when you neglect the animals that you are paid to look after.

  • josef.duplessis.5 - 2012-12-27 15:14

    Eish Zoomer... Driving around in Audi's, BMW's, Merc's etc. and flying first class, drinking Moet is also un-African. Get rid of these luxuries to decolonize your African mind.

  • Jacques - 2012-12-27 15:14

    By the way-it's called 'globalisation'. Fashion, customs and even weeeeeird things like 'owning pets' (good Lord, what next?) Are ideas that tend to spread around the word- see the term 'globalisation'. D'oh!

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-27 16:19

      Jacques, best comment ever!! Ok, yes I say best because I agree with it.

      Jacques - 2012-12-27 17:07

      Thank you, napolita! Now if you'll excuse me. I'm off to pet my basset hound.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-27 15:16

    And I feel brand newly decolonised.

      Fishlus - 2012-12-27 16:16

      Did yu enjoy teh enema?

  • trevor.glanfield - 2012-12-27 15:16

    I think Zuma has rabies and nobody has taken him to the doctor

  • rory.n.price - 2012-12-27 15:17

    The movie, Dumb and Dumber, springs to mind

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-27 19:29

      why insult a perfectly good movie?

  • charltonnicky06 - 2012-12-27 15:17

    Jeez like mop up operations again..for the idiot from the idiot

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-12-27 15:20

    Whether fact or fallacy, this remains best publication before year end.

      raath - 2012-12-27 15:51

      You should read more

  • kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-12-27 15:20

    - Caring for helpless animals is the epitome of a caring society, you (rude words)

      rupert.magande - 2012-12-27 22:07

      i dont agree , too much empasis is put on the welfare of animals in this country than human life , why waste money saving rhinos when children in the eastern cape are dying of hunger . human life is more important than animals

      michelle.parker.313371 - 2012-12-28 03:23

      Rupert, yeah lets wipe out the wild life that is being destroyed at an alarming rate completely. Have you have thought how wildlife can benefit the country and the starving children? Tourists love Africa's unique wildlife, so if they are not scared away by crime and violence, they might just decide to spend their holidays in Africa; get the picture? More tourists,more funds,creation of employment,less hunger.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-28 14:17

      Rupert.magnande. Isn't it the government's fault that children are dying of hunger in the Eastern Cape?. Apparently they do not agree with you about what is important and what isn't. BMW's and all that bling, that could feed quite a few don't you think?.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-28 16:00

      Yeah, Rupert, maybe you should speak to the powers-that-be in the Eastern Cape. And to the parents of those starving children, the ones who conceived them and voted for the ANC. Animals like rhinos (seeing that you've reduced this to a monetary argument) bring in money via tourism.

  • kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-12-27 15:21

    - Caring for helpless animals is the epitome of a caring society, you (rude words) idiots.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-12-27 15:22

    At least dog are loyel to there owners,,you Mr Zumu are so far from loyel to your country that it stinks. Keep your dumb comments to yourself.

      chris.phago - 2012-12-27 16:44

      Zuma the bean hrd

  • katrina.hentze.ahrens - 2012-12-27 15:23

    Its people like Zuma that makes love animals more than some humans...

  • sudika.harkhu - 2012-12-27 15:23

    Mac the President messed up, you only covering it to get a fatter bonus.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-12-27 15:24

    Indians generally are not stupid. Mac proves the exception.

      mandlo.shabalala - 2012-12-27 17:59

      i know of many who re stupid , beginning with you

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-28 00:46

      Sorry mandlo we voted and you got the prize..............................

  • sam.makua.10 - 2012-12-27 15:24

    But generally the tendency that was prevailing in the apartheid era is still there: a lot of black people still regard white culture as the object of black consumption! Zuma is appealing to blacks to stop hating themselves for who and what they are!

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-27 15:56

      You should apply for Mac Maharaj's job and clean up after Zoomer's verbal diarhea

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-12-27 16:02

      Then he should say that and not try his infantile rhetoric and insults. He is to stupid to formulate a speech that is uplifting and affirming without insulting his betters. I think that women are allowed to follow any fashion they please. As for taking a dog for a walk or to the vet if you accept the responsibility for another living creature it is the least you could do for them. That I think is humanity and not "white" per se.

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-27 19:31

      if thats the case, then a smarter, less racist person would simply say "People, dont forget your heritage, be proud of it", end of story!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-12-28 01:58

      I know what you are saying, Sam. But - and it's a a big but - one has the choice of being better, or being worse. Our old government stole, had nepotism, were selfish - but they uplifted the poor Afrikaner with limited education. The ANC killed all those mechanisms. We learnt from the British, who thought that we unteachable and incorrigible. Life is about rising above other people's expectations.

  • willie.dique - 2012-12-27 15:25

    Mac don't cover up Zuma's rubbish!!!

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-27 16:09

      If Mac does not who will? Do you fully understand Mac's job?

  • ranase - 2012-12-27 15:25

    im black and i loveeeee dogs! Having those big and adorable eyes staring at me is just amazing!

      Erna - 2012-12-27 16:16

      Imagine, you could have zuma's adorable eyes staring at you!

  • deon.joubert.395 - 2012-12-27 15:25

    No wonder... we are the only country in the world where the majority (zumanites) needs laws to protect them from the minority

      mondli.botha.9 - 2012-12-27 16:01

      Why is that the case?

      wo0two0t - 2012-12-28 11:23

      Complete and utter uselessness.