Insult law wouldn't be fair - Cosatu

2012-11-15 15:10

Johannesburg - Calls for a law protecting President Jacob Zuma against insults would not be fair, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Thursday.

"Every individual has the right to dignity and to be treated with respect and that must be safeguarded... but you cannot have a law which only applies to one person and not others," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande reportedly backed the call made by his party in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday, for a law protecting the presidency from attacks that were "unfair, and lacking in fact and truth".

"People can differ with me and you can insult me as you like, but disrespect, that is not acceptable," Nzimande, the higher education and training minister was quoted as saying by The Star.

"We are being undermined by whites."

He warned that Zuma supporters would soon reach boiling point.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Thursday took to social networking site Twitter to voice his opposition to the SACP's call.

"I don't want anyone insulting anyone & dignity of all must be protected! But a single law to protect one person takes us down Zim route [sic]," he wrote.

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-15 15:13

    Oh goody some sense prevails yet!

      tebo.go.5 - 2012-11-15 15:20

      Tyrant governance

      gideon.walt - 2012-11-15 15:21

      That this general secretary doesn't know his country's own constitution. Maybe Zuma has his arm so far up this okes a$$ and playing his mouth like something from the Muppet show. Would seem the case.

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-15 15:22

      This Blade is as thick as a tree stump! How can you say that "you can insult me, but don't disrespect me"???? And he is the HIGHER education minister nogal as well... I will only respect Zuma when he earns it! I had and still have much respect for Mandela so you cannot tell me that because I am white I disrespect blacks cause then I would not have respect for Mandela either! So this thick headed ugly faced d00s does not know WTF he is talking about!!!!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-15 15:32

      Shame, Blade is only covering for his job....gotten use to fancy German car and fat salary.

      jason.heineberg - 2012-11-15 15:33

      There is a niche the South African job market. All our politicians need a "common sense consultant". Basically this job would entail reviewing any political statement before it is said publicly and then showing the relevant politician if what he/she was going to say would make him/her seem stupid due to some major oversight.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-11-15 15:36

      You only need an insult law if you have a total buffoon in power. A normal person of average IQ would be able to defend himself. Just look at that picture. This idiot is an embarrassment to black people. As for Blade , he's the one person that can stand next to Zuma and make him look smart.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-15 15:38

      We dont disrespect you because you are black, we disrespect you because you are STUPID

      edward.patterson.923 - 2012-11-15 15:43

      "People can differ with me and you can insult me as you like, but disrespect, that is not acceptable," Nzimande, the higher education and training minister was quoted as saying by The Star." Who decides when an insult becomes disrespect. Is it the wording of the insult? Or maybe it's the thought and attitude behind the insult, then you would have to engage the Thought Police to determine the attitude behind an insult. Say goodbye to free speech.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-15 15:48

      @thando, lol good one!

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-11-15 15:58

      Why don't we just ban stand up comedians, cartoonist, political satirists,jokes, a sense of humour and telling the truth!! If the President is naked what must we say?!! Zuma is an insult to our depleting democracy!! He is an insult not the other way round!! It has gone beyond the joke!!!

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-15 16:16

      @Thando> that is a chosen picture intended to cartoon! Thats how media work! He did not pose to be photographed like that. Get over hatred my sister many of us are not embarrassed as we know and understand what is at play here! These is politics and politics is not football! Zuma is going to be President for the next seven years. A baby which is born now will be in Grade 2 when he lives office! What would have this amount of hatred done to you?

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-15 16:22

      for once Vavi makes sense

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-11-15 17:16

      Thanks God for those who can still say no to the dictatorship of the blunt blade. How about the ANC be given an honorary presidency for 5 years BUT keep state power very very far from them. That might save us from a police state ruled by pagas and guns. Let the coalition of the able (ANC excluded) manage the affairs of the state so that we can all be off antidepresants for a while, have some pride back for a while, and build schools, clinics, libraries and a country we can be all proud of. I am not sure we will get it with the ANC unfortunately and the Zulus want Zuma as president because the tribe will feel powerful again, that will remind them of Tshaka's time. Ok, whatever it is, just keep the those going to mangaung in december away from treasury and other key organs like police and judiciary please. Let them stay in manguang forever, even if it means killing each other en mass there, to let us breathe better.

      ray.syst - 2012-11-15 20:53

      Racist of the Day - Blade Nzimande Is it not a paradox that he holds the position of minister of HIGHER education, while he excretes the crap he does on such a regular basis?

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-11-15 15:17

    Basic logic, doesn't take a genius to say this. How anyone ever thought such a law would be just is beyond me.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 15:19

    Law will not be fair. Nobody will insult anybody IF they do not give them reason to do so. Anybody can insult me personally if I give them the reason to do so. The old law applies: Give a man a stick and he will hit you with it. Please honourable President Zuma dont give us the stick.

      peter.gibbs.5895 - 2012-11-15 15:30

      You can't use "honourable" and "Zuma" in the same sentence.....

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 15:33

      SSSSSSSSSSShhhhhhhhhh Trying a new plan to see if it penetrates.

      SaintBruce - 2012-11-15 19:07

      Kagiso - it is not a crime. In a free speech society I can call you anything I like other than what the Constitution declares is hate speech. If you have enough money you can sue me for defamation - if you could prove you had anything to defame in the first place - and we would contest a civil matter. You try calling the SAPS for a domestic dispute. They won't respond because name calling is not a crime. Oh , and this isn't France where you are guilty until proven innocent by their judicial system.

  • Gert van Coller - 2012-11-15 15:20

    Perhaps the boiling point mentioned is rather within the ruling alliance? I hope so!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 15:20

    Wonder if the speed of comments on comrade lemmetjie set any records 220 comments in 50 min

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-15 15:20

    While Mandela and Mbeki were the president not so much nastiness was going on. Why ??? They were educated, intelligent people and REALLY wanted to make this beautiful country to work. So... Mr Prezidente... Go and talk to the people with dignity.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 15:24

      They did not give us the abovementioned stick to hit them with.

  • henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-11-15 15:22

    OK, I'll start: He's a twat.

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-15 15:27

      My turn. I would have more respect for a down syndrome warthog. Who's next?

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-15 15:30

      My turn... I would have more respect for the toilet paper I just wiped my @ss with than Zuma (sex-maniac)!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-11-15 15:45

      A twat is a lot more useful

      henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-11-15 15:54

      ok...Mule's twat. Useless to Man or beast.

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-20 15:18

      Ooh ohh my turn :D Jacob Zuma's as about as helpful as fruitfly on woolworths grannysmith appleas!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-11-15 15:22

    Take a breath Blade, try to understand! That is...... Understand that there is a difference between insulting the position of PRESIDENT and insulting the man, Zuma. Considering what the man is suspected of doing I am suprised that he has not been subjected to much more than the spear etc. But the problem comes when the behaviours of the man overflow into the credibility of the position. In any credible society the man would be kicked into touch long before the situation had reached the abysmal situation we have today.

      butch.poulter - 2012-11-15 15:41

      Respect is earned.

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-11-15 17:21

      Ok its official, nduduzo is brain dead, no use to reason with him. Am better off talking to my hand.

  • cj.venter - 2012-11-15 15:22

    the ANC and zuma should grow the hell up

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-20 15:19

      "cj.venter grow man how can you say a such." Where the HELL did you goto school bro??

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-15 15:23

    A laugh a minute in this country!

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 15:35

      Have had some good laughs today.

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-15 15:23

    Woohoo . Well done some one in the alliance has half a brain.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 15:36

      Hy is te skaam om Lemme te aanvaar.

  • andre.ackermann.14 - 2012-11-15 15:23

    If Zuma behaves, act within the spirit of the constitution, stop cover-ups and corruption, listen and protect also the rights of minorities, stop his and his cabinets arrogancy, stop marrying and producing children, he shall not have to worry about insults or any unslaughts from ordinary Citizens. Somebody is now trying to cover cover-ups. He must grow up or leave.

  • Khofu - 2012-11-15 15:24

    Thumbs up Vavi. Law of general application.

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-11-15 15:24

    'We are being undermined by whites." I guess this is the ANC's excuse for everything - they will never move on I will sa it again.. Zuma is the most useless ribbish uneducated daft criminal self enriching selfish Twat and is an embarrassment to this country and should be impeached immedietly. There you have it Blade you ugly git!

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-15 15:26

      He would have been a great porn star, but president no!

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 15:36

      Um fatty boom boom, sweet .......

      butch.poulter - 2012-11-15 15:42

      The wasp for president

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-11-15 15:56

      Always blaming whites for everything when they are the people destroying our country. Seems like we are only good enough to pay the taxes, but what for the rest we must sit in the corner and keep our mouths shut. I am so sick of these people already. Communist scum

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-15 15:25

    We already have the ridiclous crimen injuria law which has become the add it on to any case accusation.

  • heinrich.spreeth - 2012-11-15 15:26

    I can't believe time is actually wasted by having these discussions by politicians??? The idea was so stupid I can't believe someone needed to respond!!???

  • herman.bester.58 - 2012-11-15 15:26

    Before it becomes against the law I would like voice an opinion: Screw you showerhead!

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-11-15 15:26

    wouldnt be fair cos its quite true....

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-11-15 15:26

    Feels like I have woken up in North Korea, where the dead presidents are worshiped as gods. Vavi is 100%!! Nzimande would fit in well. He could stand all day and watch young women in military uniform fawn over the Dear Leaders Grandson. He can assign "minders" to all Imperialist tour groups. No need to evesdrop on cellphones as they are banned. Also no internet for the common man. Fekking paradise for man who professes freedom yet pushes communism and fails to see the problem.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-11-15 15:56

      Luzuko - quick history lesson:

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-11-15 15:28

    Zuma will never be able to hide from the truth. If he passes some law, does that mean I will suddenly stop thinking he's a clown?

  • gina.gentle.5 - 2012-11-15 15:31

    Maybe the law makers should consider introducing a law that prohibits the president of the country from acting in a manner that invites insults.

      Liza Anderson - 2012-11-15 15:34

      100% agree with you Gina

  • nick.d.hunt.3 - 2012-11-15 15:36

    Zuma is a wanker! There, I just said it publicly!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-15 15:37

    Firstly, our Zuma has no respect for the law so why must we. Zuma has not earned respect from the people, he has been very disrepectful by allowing his cadres in office to steal taxpayers money, to use the taxpayers monies on frivilous parties holidays etc and he defends them. He did not step and sort out the education crisis, he defended his arrogant minister responsible for the crisis, she is still in her job. That he can just up and take himself from the taxpayers coffer to upgrade his private residence to that of a King's palace is another respect because he is being sneaky and coniving behind our backs, the same when he wanted his private jet. I expect him to get it, it probably is on order if it were possible to check. To actually come out and state that he cannot sleep at night thinking about the poor, whilst plans go ahead for his palace....eish just words roll off his tongue because they are written for him and he has no idea of what he is actually rattling off the paper given to him. When trouble is in the land, zuma flies out leaving behind others to sort it out, no decisions are made by him except to stand for a 2nd Terms, that is the only decision I have known him to make oh forgot to marry more wives. Until we have a true and honest leader then zuma will continue to be heckled because he is not an assett to us but a huge liabilty and the people in the street have now acknowledged that. His time is up he has just gone a bridge too far.

  • lyndol.lyons - 2012-11-15 15:39

    This is probably the most intelligent comment ever made by cosatu.

  • RhymeLegend - 2012-11-15 15:40

    Why does Blade have to refer to "whites" each time he makes a statement... *SMH*

      honestraymond2003 - 2012-11-15 15:53

      Coz he is an uneducated retard!

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-11-15 16:00

      Because he is racist, OH NO! Sorry I frogot only whites can be racist. Hail Zuma

  • willem.v.hoven - 2012-11-15 15:40

    A Riddle for the honourable Blade.... Who is the leader of any Country in the World with the lowest academic qualifications?

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-15 15:42

      And ethics?

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 15:47

      And morals

      sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-11-15 18:57

      and service delivery

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-15 15:43

    Is Blade representative of what education has become???

      lyndol.lyons - 2012-11-15 15:53

      If that't the case, I'd rather home school my son. The "leaders" in this country have lost their marbles. Wish I could teleport myself to Alaska.

  • phumlani.loliwe - 2012-11-15 15:44

    Here's an idea: how about a law that says \anyone who can get rid of JZ the quickest won't be prosecuted\...that would save us a lot of time and money!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-11-15 15:46

    Blade Nzimande - this yellow communist is supporting that stupid law. The former IFP member has spoken.Who insulted Zuma? He is the one who is insulting our intelligence. Building a 2 million palace for security reasons. We are not in Iraq/Israel where people / leaders are being killed

  • sango.jika - 2012-11-15 15:48

    Ooh i have an idea hw about the presidency come up with the law that prevents the president from misusing millions of taxpayers money.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-15 15:50

    Zuma is not the 1st black president ,we had 2 before him ,they were not perfect but none of this crap ever happened. what did u expect when u put an illiterate as president just because u owe him whatever.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-15 16:09

      Ntutu, Mandela and Mbeki had class and poise, something Zoomer will never have. They were never accused or associated with corruption, they were respected.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-15 16:09

      AND Ntutu, you don't owe Zoomer anything, he is a servant of the nation, he works for you, it is your money that keeps him in office my friend.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-11-15 15:51

    Zoomer is an insult to this country and Oi Blade, you and Mac make it sooo easy for us to disrespect Zoomer. Neither 3 of you will win a debate against my 5 year old grandson.

  • Jacques - 2012-11-15 15:54

    Zuma is over senstive... Is that an unlawful statement? Is he not over sensitive? Would an insensitive, or even regularly-sensitive person write laws protecting themselves against insults? Where's my lawyer? What I mean to say is: what a joke!

  • jaburonnie.jabu - 2012-11-15 15:56

    cosatu it is useless they only know to protect zuma what about workers who are suffering from slavery and labour brokers workers who are under paid zuma is not mr kandla is not God

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-15 15:58

    "We are being undermined by whites." <--- this is utter NONSENSE. Anybody who thinks like this is extremely stupid and I feel very sorry for them. We aren't white or black, we are HUMAN. I may have white skin, but that doesn't mean I am thinking like a damn racist. What a dumb generalization from a dumb racist. This nightmare needs to end.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-15 15:59

      Oh and technically, I (and others) DON'T have white skin. It's more of a pinky cream shade. Why am I even saying this? Oh, just to point out how dumb it is to color code people. Grow a damn backbone all you people who define others by mere skin color.

  • deon.claassens.37 - 2012-11-15 15:59

    The fact that this is even being discussed is very funny. JZ - jou mullet

  • Jaco JP Venter - 2012-11-15 16:00

    The ANC Broederbond Cosato had spoken. Do you really think that Blades comment was not planned. It is just a political game that's all. Cosato does not condemn the statement from Blade they support it remember behind close doors they are all brothers,someone needs to say something so that the outside world can think this is not to bad in SA. Dont trust Cosato and ANC they are one body.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-15 16:05

    Anyone who takes Blade Nzimande seriuosly is wasting his time. This cadre is always high on the Johnnie Walker his fav whisky. Blade will always try to scare people with war but deep down he is a scared little girl. His modus-operandi is to always use the MK war veterans to instill fear in people. Just like Malema they are scared little girls feeding on the illetirate, unemployed masses.

  • ken.koen - 2012-11-15 16:06

    what is comrade Blade going to do about comrade Malema? He's been very insulting to comrade president Zuma.

  • steve.luckie - 2012-11-15 16:08

    Holy shizzle, Blade should take his head up Zuma's's not about whites hating on's about concern South African black and white hating on an intellectually challenged twat who is on the verge of destroying this beautiful country.

  • morris.khunou - 2012-11-15 16:09

    Oh no Comrades! You are missing the point! Insults are only acceptable in the Afrikaner community, and are passed from generation to generation. Often written in testaments/will inheritance or destributed equally as as estate.We are Africans first and despice insults! Despite our constitution guarantees each one of us the right to inherent dignity and protection of the law. Dont score own goals comrades or givein in the face of adversity comrades! On behalf of Cosatu I withdraw the statement! Any seconder?

      Duncan Colter - 2012-11-15 16:12


      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-15 16:19

      You wena you are an insult to the African community just like your president and whisky drinking communist, your anc sheeple, malema and his mob. Don't come here with your tendencies and try to insult our intelligence bloody agent!!! You will fool your comrades and cadres who line up their pockets with tenders.

  • Duncan Colter - 2012-11-15 16:11

    Anyone notice there are 2 (maybe 3) on this forum who support this? And they try to make whites the enemy but I see race being ignored by most of the posters. Well done to you all! (whatever "race" you belong to) We are all the same race. The human race!

  • thembalethu.kantoyanto - 2012-11-15 16:13

    Yho why such a stupid Law? JZ u have lost it with ur morons. The nxt thing u gonna pass a law tht u mst b president for life. Electing u as a president was the biggest tragic ever happen 2 this country

  • Jaco JP Venter - 2012-11-15 16:13

    Damm i mis Malema come out come out were ever you are. You must come and teach us how to insult Zuma you are the Professional pls sir

  • Karel du Toit - 2012-11-15 16:26

    there is already laws prohibiting corruption did that stop you, showerhead? or must we say that some insults are ok like you said some corruption is ok? hahaha your a huge joke not only to educated people but to the whole world.

  • francois.dames.7 - 2012-11-15 16:26

    Blade, shut your ugly face and Zuma cry me a river you dumb hypocrite. Respect is earned you clowns.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-15 16:27

    No way nzimande that unconstitutional law will giv our future presidents the powers they dont deserve,wake up this is not zimbabwe we r in a young democracy n still learning

  • metja.monare - 2012-11-15 16:29

    Mr President what is 1 1? I wonder if u will know ag man ask Mac Maharaj or Blade

  • Adeeb Saban - 2012-11-15 16:57

    Hahahahahahahahahaha...... Bwahahabwahahahahaha......... Showerhead is a big p@&$

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 17:30

      Hayi Adeeb sukugeza maan,

      sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-15 17:30

      Hahahahahahahahahahahah. You are so right ! Give a proper respect to the Ahole and spell a p@

  • louwv - 2012-11-15 16:58

    Banana Republic! I propose a law to rid society of idiots!