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Zuma briefing - as it happened

2013-06-24 10:00

11:02 - Maharaj denies media report that Mandela had cardiac arrest before hospitalisation a fortnight ago.


11:00 - Maharaj says the breakdown of Mandela's ambulance "led to no adverse consequences [but] you can argue that it should have been reported... It's anyone's call"

Maharaj: "This incident has been used to stimulate a view: 'Don't trust the reports from the presidency'."


10:58 - Briefings on funeral arrangements would come from GCIS, says Maharaj.


10:56 - "It has been a privilege to live to see democracy and to be tutored by Mandela and Tambo and the like," says Maharaj.


10:54 - Mac Maharaj: Some reporting is verging on unethical conduct by interviewing other doctors on Madiba's condition. Violating privacy.


10:46 - Zuma is now finished speaking. 


10:44 - Zuma says education minister has a clear understanding of the job she's doing. "[Motshekga's] helping us change education."


10:42 - "I'm happy with [Motshekga's] performance. The task of education in SA is huge."


10:42 - Zuma on apartheid: "Education was used as an instrument to subjugate the majority of the country." Fixing it is "our priority number one".


10:40 - Zuma on education: I think the minister is doing very well.


10:39 - Zuma: "Mandela is old, people should accept that. He is 95, his age will trouble him."


10:38 - Zuma: Praying for Madiba is the way to honour him. "Let him get well, we pray for him."


10:37 - Zuma: "I'm not worried about Agang. Am I pronouncing it properly?"


10:35 - ANC is not worried about Agang entering political race in South Africa's 2014 National elections, Zuma says.


10:32 - Zuma on Obama: "I don't think you stop a visit because somebody's sick." He has been not well for some time as the visit was being planned, tweets The Guardian David Smith.


10:30 - EWN's Katy Kadopodis tweets: Zuma asked by journalist if Madiba is on life support... he repeats he's not a doctor. "When a person is critical, they are critical."


10:28 -  "Of course we are not happy because the global economic recession affected our own plans and programme" - Zuma on the weaker rand.


10:25 - Zuma says the rand's not an exception to other currencies in the world. It has not been [misbehaving] on its own. It has been resilient.


10:24 - Zuma says he also spoke to Mandela's wife, Graca Machel at the hospital on Sunday night.


10:20 - "I was there [at the hospital] with Cyril Ramaphosa last night [Sunday]. [Madiba] was already asleep."

Zuma says doctors are doing everything possible to ensure the well-being of Nelson Mandela.


10:19 - "I was told by the doctor that Madiba's health had changed in the past 24 hours... and that he was now critical."  


10:18 - Reporters now giving questions at briefing.


10:17 - "Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital." Zuma thanks media for support and keeping public informed.


10:14 - "Obama's visit presents an opportunity to show progress of the AU."


10:14 - "We look forward to PresidentBarack Obama's visit. [The] US is a "major trade investment tourism and tech partner for SA."


10:12 - "The ANC will be discussing the implementation of the NPC at its upcoming lekgotla. We welcome debate."


10:11 - " A stronger, cohesive and united ANC is good for the country."


10:10 - "Task of rebuilding our country could not all happen at once...there are communities we must still reach."


10:09 - "We are going over policies to see what has worked and what has not worked."


10:08 - "We've successfully challenged the HIV/Aids scourge and increased life expectancy."


10:07 - " Infrastructure investment has expanded....We must improve the quality of life for the poor and working class.


10:07 - "The fight against corruption continues."


10:05 - "The economy has expanded by 83% over the past 19 years. National income per capita up from R27 500 (1993) to R38 500 (2012)"


10:04 - "We have built homes. And quality education and healthcare is reaching millions more now. Also provide social grants."


10:03 - Zuma: "In a few months we will be marking 20 years of freedom. South Africa is a much better place than it was before 1994."


10:02 - President Jacob Zuma talks about the renewal of the ANC and says ANCYL is part of the renewal strategy.


10:00 - Zuma: "The African National Congress is in a much healthier and stronger space than it was last year."


09:59 - President Jacob Zuma has arrived to address the media.

Comments
  • Chevon Martin - 2013-06-24 10:09

    Pffft less corruption? Or less officials but the president makes up for it?stop kidding yourselves, its time to give over to another party

      Alan Smith - 2013-06-24 10:17

      10:07 - "The fight against corruption continues." BAWAHAHAHHA - is Zupta kicking his own arse?

      Henry-Ian Van Den Berg - 2013-06-24 11:18

      I think he should be worried about Agang SA. Also the DA..... That the rest in the ANC can't see what he doing to our country rather shocking!!!!

  • Alan Kennedy - 2013-06-24 10:11

    Yes Boss, whatever you say, Boss -

  • Vasco Athena'srealtruelove Vigis - 2013-06-24 10:11

    The "fight" against corruption continues...from the ANC point of view corruption is when you report corruption...so yes they are winning the "fight"

  • Mphela Kelatu - 2013-06-24 10:13

    zuma wa edimulla moisa wa gesho!" ge e leokgahlo wa botho, o ile molete motlhaela thupa

  • Jakes Greyling - 2013-06-24 10:13

    Lies lies lies... Quality education reached millions..... Hahahahahhahaha. Liar....

      Fussed Anderson - 2013-06-24 10:20

      It's His definition of "Quality education"

  • Fred Oosthuizen - 2013-06-24 10:14

    He is joking when he says ' quality education ' right, hell I hope he doesn't think they are providing a QUALITY education ?

  • Mphela Kelatu - 2013-06-24 10:14

    mokgahlo wa batho, o ile molete motlhaela thupa thwiiiiiii...

  • Barney Dino - 2013-06-24 10:14

    ET phone home,,,,,,,,,,

  • Vasco Athena'srealtruelove Vigis - 2013-06-24 10:15

    10:10 - "Task of rebuilding our country could not all happen at once...there are communities we must still reach." ....Mr Zuma if you didn't break it in the first place it wouldn't of been in need of fixing.

  • VanWyk Louw - 2013-06-24 10:15

    We can safely say that everyone was expecting more information on Mandela's condition & prospects and less public ANC spindoctoring.

  • Danny Letsholo - 2013-06-24 10:19

    Zupta stop yo liers,how do u sleep at night stop liaying to the nation u are a circus str8

      Sbo Kubeka - 2013-06-24 10:24

      You are a circus, go learn how to write properly first.

  • Vasco Athena'srealtruelove Vigis - 2013-06-24 10:20

    10:12 - "The ANC will be discussing the implementation of the NPC at its upcoming lekgotla. We welcome debate."...when the ANC say they welcome debate it can be loosely translated as 'you have been warned'.

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-06-24 10:25

    All lies!!!!! Poor people are poorer, education is the mess, the gap between rich and poor widen daily, corruption is a tool for success among you people, better life for those who stand by the president not for all and health is just a disaster! Stop fooling us!

  • Eisenherz Eisenherz - 2013-06-24 10:25

    haha, 27500 (1993) to 38500 (2012) is about 1.7% growth over 19 years...in real terms considering inflation hence a negative.... how does he get / claim 83%?? am i missing something?

      Eisenherz Eisenherz - 2013-06-24 10:27

      1.7%/a i mean

  • Israel - 2013-06-24 10:25

    OMG you certainly can talk a lot of CRAP!!!!

  • Vasco Athena'srealtruelove Vigis - 2013-06-24 10:30

    Wow amazing,I want to live in that place Jacob Zuma is talking about...sounds freaking awesome!

  • Theo Van Wyk Yntema - 2013-06-24 10:32

    and there goes the rand again.......

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-24 10:33

    Quality education and healthcare?. Where?.

  • Steven Berry - 2013-06-24 10:35

    he's not a doctor. "When a person is critical, they are critical." Surely as president of the land, at a press conference...you should be able to give inteligent answers? Or just say no comment... you sound uninformed

  • Jenn Palmer - 2013-06-24 10:36

    Somebody hand the man a bucket...There is so much s*it coming out of his mouth!!

  • Colleen Erasmus - 2013-06-24 10:36

    Quality education, with a 30% pass mark, really? We don't even make it into the international market!

  • DjBas - 2013-06-24 10:42

    zuma is bending, gupta's are sending.

  • Vasco Athena'srealtruelove Vigis - 2013-06-24 10:47

    10:42 - Zuma on apartheid: "Education was used as an ins trument to subjugate the majority of the country." Fixing it is "our priority number one"....for crying out aloud stop fixing that which was never broken,cmon seriously!!!

  • Blackhole_Sun - 2013-06-24 10:48

    Zuma is the master of lies..

  • DjBas - 2013-06-24 10:48

    How can zuma comment on the economy when he doesn't even have a matric?

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-06-24 10:50

    I will vote for Zuma......but not next year may be in 2019

  • Charl Strydom - 2013-06-24 10:56

    His brain same size as (pop)corn.. Every time popcorn in his brain.. Make more liar.. Awesome..

  • Vasco Athena'srealtruelove Vigis - 2013-06-24 11:13

    10:58 - Briefings on funeral arrangements would come from GCIS, says Maharaj...am I the only one wondering what this means?

  • Akalungz - 2013-06-24 11:13

    Hopefully the rand wont go doubt, the dude has verbal diarhea, whenever he speaks the rand goes down....!!!

  • Rowan Maulson - 2013-06-24 11:13

    Mac is lying again... as is Zuma...

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-24 11:17

    Like the Xhosa King says, Zuma is eating out the Guptas dustbins

  • Bobby Earl Builder - 2013-06-24 11:18

    Zoooma, R27,500 in 1993 should be worth +R90,000 in 2013. i.e. the Income per Capita has decreased.

  • proudlysa - 2013-06-24 11:21

    What was Cyril there? Mothlanthe is the deputy president of the RSA....I thought the presidency is updating us and not the ANC. Zuma, if I pray for something it is that your abuse of Mandela comes back to bite the ANC " big time" next year.....you treat the whole of SA with contempt and unfortunately it includes Madiba. We want to see you in court to decent corruption charges!! Viva DA and Agang...

  • Rohan Horn - 2013-06-24 11:28

    "Zuma asked by journalist if Madiba is on life support... he repeats he's not a doctor. "When a person is critical, they are critical." - WELL, NEITHER ARE YOU A PRESIDENT!

  • Dodas - 2013-06-24 11:39

    Zuma is delusional, education minister is doing a good job non delivery is a good job according to this president.

  • Israel Levi - 2013-06-24 11:52

    You and your cabinet are useless

  • Israel Levi - 2013-06-24 11:54

    Maybe we shud get a grade 7 pupil to talk to him. Same standard of education. They shud be considered peers

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