Lawyer: Zuma recognised that he must be criticised

2013-05-31 22:08

Johannesburg - A media lawyer said on Friday that President Jacob Zuma's move to withdraw all outstanding defamation cases he had against the media shows that he recognises that as head of state, he must be the subject of legitimate criticism.

Media lawyer Dario Milo, from Webber Wentzel, who managed defences on about half the cases, welcomed the decision.

"I think that the sheer magnitude of the claims by the president sent out a signal that was detrimental in terms of freedom of expression.

"The decision to withdraw has to be welcomed, because it does mean that Zuma recognises that as head of state, he must be the subject of legitimate criticism."

Earlier, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said that in consultation with his legal team, the president had elected to withdraw his claims against the various entities and in so doing bring these matters to a close, mindful as he is that much of the litigation commenced before the president assumed office.

The material, from 2006 to 2010, prompted Zuma to institute legal action against various media groups and individuals associated with them.

Now he felt "that measured as against the broader national interest and challenges which the country is faced with, his personal sentiments, however aggrieved he may feel, must give way".

Maharaj said Zuma considered the cartoons and articles defamatory or calculated to "bring his good name, and in some instances the office of the president, into disrepute".

In some instances they sought to cast black men in a particularly negative light with "bigoted and racist overtones and innuendo".


Maharaj said the decision was "informed by the broader agenda of reconciliation and nation building".

The president also intended redressing prejudice and inequality through government-led programmes and forging better working relationships with like-minded interest groups.

Milo said he handled the "Lady Justice" cartoon case which Zuma brought against Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro. Zuma withdrew the case in October, before it got to court.

He handled two other Zapiro cases. One involved a cartoon depicting the "Moral Degeneration Movement", and another depicting Zuma about to give evidence in his rape trial.

Webber Wentzel also dealt with a joke in the Sunday World, a column by William Gumede in the Sunday Independent, a report in The Star ("ANC Gags Zuma"), and one in The Citizen.

In April, Beeld reported that Zuma's defamation case of R5m against Rapport was dismissed with costs. This was after he failed to respond to an interim court order.

Zuma's claim in that case was related to an article and photo published on 30 December 2007 in Rapport, under the heading "Piekniek by Dingaan [Picnic with Dingaan]".

The photo shows Zuma in the company of film maker Leon Schuster and singer Steve Hofmeyr.

Zuma is currently in Japan attending the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

  • Mike Swart - 2013-05-31 22:26

    Fascinating. Did the lawyer speak to Zuma and did Zuma tell him so?

      Gollum - 2013-05-31 23:45

      Who gets to decide what criticism is considered "legitimate"? As long as Zuma thinks he's right about something he'll consider any criticism is wrong and therefore illegitimate. He needs to understand that he will be criticised whether he likes it or not, whether it's legitimate or not. It comes with the job.

      Liana Loots - 2013-05-31 23:55

      I always thought the lights were on but no-one is's proven now

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 00:57

      Mike, my deduction is that the Tea lady must of told him or was it a guppy.. Darn, could be anyone with half a brain!

      Wade Johnson - 2013-06-01 02:58

      Any President must expect criticism. Especially when Zuma is the 11th highest paid President in the world despite having over 700 criminal charges against his name; being involved in the Arms Deal; using millions of Tax Payers money to upgrade his Palace; having 4 wives; 20 children that we know of & sleeps with women who he isn't married to. Of course the idiot is going to be criticized.

      Ian Flack - 2013-06-01 04:57

      With the elections coming up....I wonder how much they are paying for the international brand experts, and if the tax payer is paying?

      Wesley Nel - 2013-06-01 05:28

      It is not that we criticized him, we laugh at him, he is a joke

      Mathata Fela - 2013-06-01 05:58

      You can only criticise someone up to a specific point, if he then still not gets the message you start making fun of him. If he then still not gets the message you tell him to FO. If he still sticks around you realise he is mentally dysfunctional and you start feeling empathy for him. If he however continues to endanger the livelihood of everyone around him, it is either time to put him in an asylum or jail. In this case however, it will be better to put him down like a rabid animal...750 counts of corruption must be a world record for any president of any banana republic.

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-06-01 07:41

      This buffoon barely has the mental capacity to recognize himself in the mirror in the morning - so I very much doubt he 'recogniced that he must be criticised...'

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-06-01 09:22

      Mampara !! Mampara !! Mampara !! Oh and Mampara !!

      Léviter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-06-01 11:40

      Meanwhile:- the ZUMA TRIBAL AGENDA went on almost unhindered and the death of democracy is imminent as the new land claims are invoked and tribal authority stamped firmly down with a tribal iron fist. The crumbs have been falling from the zuma table for a long time and the symptoms are evident in the even ANTI-INDIAN sentiment gleaned from these crumbs in the Islamic supported MAZIBUYE FORUM by none other than SIR PHUMLANE MFEKA. mind you, wasn't there an mfeka involved in the Nkandlagate unethical contrcats and consultations and deals?

  • Elsie Palmer - 2013-05-31 22:44

    Oh dear now he is a sorry president trying do go. He want his name to look good before elections.

  • Levi Barrachus - 2013-05-31 22:57

    SA is imploding , you bet he has more serious stuff to consider ,like the up and comming re insatement of the arms deal as advocate breytenbach gets her teath into him as soon the DA gets the tapes

      Jan Chrzciciel - 2013-05-31 23:00

      Hmmm, what tapes?

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 08:07

      Jan, the tapes from Seseme Street, the one with the abc and the incriminating arms deal info.

  • Julian Edward Frost - 2013-05-31 23:00

    I can't agree with Milo's assessment. I'm convinced Zuma brought the actions in an attempt to bully his critics into silence. Only problem is, they refused to be cowed. I believe his lawyers got through to him that if these cases had gone to trial he would have been thrashed. Zuma is not acting in good faith; he's simply refusing to go into a fight he knows he would lose.

  • Levi Barrachus - 2013-05-31 23:03

    now the japanese re going to run as well

  • Democrazy - 2013-05-31 23:08

    That's coz he might have had to spend the rest of his natural life in court justifying his actions/inactions!

  • Chris Clark - 2013-05-31 23:44

    elections = negative publicity = cash flow = gupturd

      Kenny Alexander - 2013-06-01 07:27

      you mention cash flow in your sum - I wonder how much money was spent/wasted up until now on these "funny" cases no longer deemed to be necessary, and from which budget was it funded.

      Jurie Nel - 2013-06-01 10:07

      Very good questions, Kerry.

      Jurie Nel - 2013-06-01 10:08

      Sorry - Kenny!

      Be Elsworth - 2013-06-01 10:26

      We taxpayers pais millions for Zuma's lawyers. Zapiro and others being sued paid for their own legal costs. Does Zuma now have to pay us taxpayers back? And refund the individuals he sued after all, he's essentially admitting the charges were frivolous.

  • Israel - 2013-05-31 23:48

    You had no choice but to do this KNUCKLE HEAD and stating "you recognised that you should be criticised" is so noble of you - NOT FOR ONE SECOND DO I BELIEVE YOU!! You are a complusive LIAR

  • AG Wilson - 2013-06-01 00:00

    zuma is an elected public servant - he thinks he's a king - that the problem - until he recognises real democracy we are stuck with an ignorant despot who is erecting a kingdom for himself - vote him out - that's the alternative.

  • Bafila Mpaka MB - 2013-06-01 00:19

    yes dis democeacy

  • Bafila Mpaka MB - 2013-06-01 00:19

    yes this is democracy

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 00:36

      Hahaha..! Good one!

      Jordan Forssman - 2013-06-01 05:53

      @Maka: but not the one we need right now!

  • WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 00:31

    Oh for the love of OUR country and all fellow SAns! Can't we have a leader who can leap frog US into the 21st century without corruption and plain common decency irrespective of Party We are go from bad to worse in a matter of less than half a dozen years.. Besides letting us down, worst of all this lost generation and those to come! WAKE UP!

  • Krish Reddy - 2013-06-01 00:31

    mr zuma , if you love and treasure your country so much you will resign forthwith and let someone who has vision to run the country.

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 00:41

      Krish how I agree with you here. Unfortunately JayZee is gripped with greed and untold corruption and in his own eyes he will never see the wrongs he's committing! He believes he's untouchable that IS a dangerous mix!

      Jurie Nel - 2013-06-01 10:10

      Krish, wonderful sentiment. Sal my gal, have you hit the nail on the head! well said.

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-06-01 00:58

    This guy is a clown, its like his game is so good anyone will believe it! Does he for one second believe that the intelligent people think he's telling the truth?

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-06-01 08:32

      He doesnt give a damn what intelligent people think because he knows they dont vote for him! It's feeding the uneducated masses who can't think for themselves BS and food parcels come election time. He knows which side his bread is buttered.

      Julie Bingham - 2013-06-01 13:22

      He probably doesn't believe it himself, but it sure sounds good to his cadres.

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-06-01 00:59

    election strategy for sure ,but the damage has been done ,simon.

  • Omn Basso - 2013-06-01 01:16

    Letheo M. your invitation is not sincere-there is too much hate in introduction..

      Albert Lubbe - 2013-06-01 08:03

      Letheo.What a twisted mind you have.Blaming other people for your uselessness will see you in your shack forever.Tell us while you were having such a hard time,did you pay any taxis.You didn`t get much,but what you got was free.We built this country and you tried to burn it.For your labour you got paid what you were worth.

  • Letheo Mogwazeni - 2013-06-01 01:22

    Omm Basso-show me any form of love in apartheid and naked racism than i'll withdraw my statement and apologise.

      Omn Basso - 2013-06-01 02:33

      racism is $h¥t !

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-01 11:50

      Letheo Mogwazeni. How about forty years in the struggle, mostly spend away from South Africa in exile?. my mother was a nurse, much of her time was spend nursing black and colourd people who couldn't afford doctors. Our German doctor held afternoon consultation for black and coloured people for free, it was his way of paying back for the atrocities of the Nazis. He died a poor man. My father made sure that the people who worked for him were treated as he wanted to be treated. I can fill a page, but won't because in the end you still will have to ask yourself who pumped your head full of the lies you are believing.

  • Letheo Mogwazeni - 2013-06-01 01:25

    Omm Basso-show me any form of love in APARTHEID and RACISM then i'll withdraw my statement and apologize.

      Omn Basso - 2013-06-01 01:55

      theres none. but if u planning to live your life with this 'poison'-you wll never be happy or have friends of dif shapes n colours :)

      Keith Roberts - 2013-06-01 05:47

      Show me the love in a necklacing

      Richard Scully - 2013-06-01 06:55

      Letheo, crawl back under the rock you came from. The argument is not about returning apartheid. Every time the ANC severely mess things up they ply the crying apartheid card. Sorry lethpeniseo. Nobody falls for the trick anymore. The ANC need to deliver and they cannot. They are only good for theft and corruption. Go back to your trough

  • Joshua Gobinca - 2013-06-01 01:39

    Thats what a leader do except critisizim n that makes u strong n always make good decetions, but now it`s going to be a freeway of instults Mr president. u give somebody a lift who u knöw he wont pay u no matter what.

  • Letheo Mogwazeni - 2013-06-01 02:38

    Omn Basso-be mindful of the fact that the apartheid government hated the African National Congress and labeled it a terrorist organization. Ironically,many white commentators still have a hostile opinion about the party. And there is no real objectivity in their views about ANC. In most cases the tone of their comments is somehow hateful and lacks reconciliation. And lets not be shy or stubborn to agree for once that the 'wrongs' of today's government can never come close to the 'evils' of apartheid. And take note of the fact that a wrong can be fixed when all of us,blacks,indians,coloreds and whites are willing to see it as a wrong and replace it with a right. But evil is something that can never be fixed,it remains evil forever and shall always be remembered as such. Former Presidents Mandela,Mbeki and current President Zuma can never be compared to Malan,Botha or Vorster,they will be remembered for their rights and wrongs as presidents but the latter will forever be remembered for their evil because they carried the baton of apartheid from one apartheid patriot to the other without people like you intervening or protesting. Don't forget that it was a handful of white people who took part in protesting against apartheid and today,it is a handful of white people who are willing to commend the good deeds of government or voluntarily and genuinely participate in reconciliation and work towards building this country into a non racial and economically balanced South Africa. So far,most utterances from the majority of whites about ANC are its failures. I'm the first to agree that there are many areas where the organization should improve but i still cant figure out how the ANC has failed you as a former supporter of apartheid policies?I mean whites still continue to farm,they still continue to possess property taken by force from blacks,they still enjoy homeland security,they still vote like before,they still dominate in the economy of this country and most importantly,they are still and will always enjoy full citizenship of this country. So how has the ANC failed you as a white person?And please don't talk about BEE or Affirmative Action because without apartheid our democratic government would not be having such policies. So don't blame the ANC government for BEE or Affirmative Action,blame that on the Apartheid government. And please don't complain about poor service delivery,crime or corruption,instead,come up with ideas of how we can improve service delivery and how we can fight crime and corruption.

      Wade Johnson - 2013-06-01 03:00

      Too long; didn't read.

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 03:01

      Get rid of Zuma firstly, he is a personal disgrace.. Period! We elect a proper fair democratic leader that serves ALL people as a nation. And you know exactly WHY I say Zuma being part of the ANC myself.. So wake up to reality, instead of compartmentalising everyone and everything. Start singing another tune and think for yourself..

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 03:14

      Last but not least please go and read a book called The Power of Now by Eckard Tolle. Make you own opinion..

      Chris Barton - 2013-06-01 03:38

      Sheesh mate, this is truly a mouthful. Your arrogance and unparalleled hate for whites pervades every single aspect of your inner being. I do not know how to describe my emotions upon reading this - extreme sadness or livid anger. Do you believe your own tripe? I am convinced that the only way whites in this country will ever be able to live in peace and harmony is to sever themselves completely from blacks.

      Keith Roberts - 2013-06-01 05:49

      I agree with Wade. A racist rant with too many words. And, yes, the anc was a terrorist organisation.

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-01 07:09

      @tefelo - true zuma was never convicted of corruption and we all know why. He is being protected by all - from the NPA to his pals the guptas. Maybe you can tell me why? Is it really only about money?

      Michael Hogg - 2013-06-01 08:01

      Tefelo, some of the old Nat leaders weren't convicted in courts of law either. I suppose you feel they weren't guilty of anything either then. I don't recall Satan ever being tried in a court of law. Must be a good guy too. Stupid logic?

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-01 11:54

      WildCatSal. The Power Of Now is a difficult book to read. But so very true. Being Buddhist I know all about the NOW. But how do you figure it will help here?.

      Julie Bingham - 2013-06-01 13:45

      @Letheo - What did I say about verbal diarrhoea? Just, for once, sit down and give your mouth a chance!

      Israel - 2013-06-01 22:46

      Moqwazeni, some advice about your comment - "PLEASE KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET"

      Hugh Mungus - 2013-06-02 14:52

      Sorry but may be you should just "let go". Also please use paragraphs you mini articles are tough to get through.

      jungleboy - 2013-06-02 16:10

      Yawn.... someone switch the lights off....

  • Letheo Mogwazeni - 2013-06-01 03:19

    Omn Basso-about friends of different colors and shape, real friends share each others joy and pain,they share good times and bad times. And i don't see color or shape in people,i see human beings. By the way what poison are you referring to?What happened in our country during apartheid was poisonous enough to destroy South Africa but it didn't happen, and it was not because of you or me that it didn't happen, it was because of the leadership of ANC. Me and you wanted things which were totally different from what the leadership of ANC wanted. You wanted to continue using force to hold on to the power of apartheid and i wanted to use force to liberate myself from that power and be free. But the leadership of ANC intervened and wanted both of us,you and me, to reconcile and build a new South Africa-now whats wrong in that and whats so poisonous about it?

      Dee Bone - 2013-06-01 07:37

      Letheo, you sound like a young man. When we students started the '76 uprising we had no allegiance to any political party. The ANC stepped in and hi-jacked the struggle like the true opportunists they now show themselves to be. They care only about themselves and are destroying the hopes and dreams we had for our country. We wanted freedom from oppresion and a share in the opportunities our country had for ALL it's citizens.

      Albert Lubbe - 2013-06-01 08:13

      Letheo. In apartheid years,was a black company fined for not employing white people?Was a experienced black ripped out of his job and replaced with a white moron?

      John Barakat - 2013-06-01 10:05

      Thank you Dee. That is the attitude that will give us all a chance to move forward into a brighter future. And Letheo if you honestly believe in the words that you have written in your FB profile Then you must let go of the poison in your heart if you are to have any hope of actually being able to move forward.

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2013-06-01 04:46

    O shame your poor thing...go to sleep it is 3:19 in the morning. Hate keeps you awake????

  • Beckie Knight - 2013-06-01 04:56

    Election time is near.

  • Letheo Mogwazeni - 2013-06-01 05:09

    Last but not least,President Zuma has been insulted by cartoonists in many occasions. And in most cases,it was done in a manner which grossly violated his human rights but he is willing to put aside his pride and look at the bigger picture to say ''Hey, as ANC, we never said it was going to be easy to build this country and we never assumed that everybody was going to love the African National Congress or respect its leaders. So lets move ahead by staying true to our goal as an organization and lets not focus on me as the country's president but lets rather focus on South Africa and its people. Lets change a bad situation into a good one by learning a thing or two from those insults and let society know that as an organization,we are willing to welcome positive and constructive nation building criticism. But even so, we will NOT be bullied by the media and no one in government,in any political party or in society should in future be insulted by the media which then uses freedom of expression as reason to do so. We have come far as the ANC,as a leading political organization, we've been brutally abused before but came out bigger,better and victorious. So as the President of ANC and President of the Republic of South Africa,i am not willing to entertain or pursue premature democrats,instead, i will continue pushing for their maturity and hopefully,they will reach the desired level of maturity in freedom and democracy in due course. Like i mentioned earlier,and i want to reiterate my sentiments as President of ANC- the ANC never expected everyone to love it or its leaders but the least we expect from members of society,including the media,is to acknowledge and respect the fact that ANC is the democratically elected government of South Africa and as government, ANC welcomes criticism which is not insulting or derogatory''. I'm sure this is how President Zuma felt when he decided to let go of the defamation law suits,so lets also learn something out of his decision and move forward with the same spirit of building this country.

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-06-01 06:17

      Move forward? Build? Unite our efforts to ruin more likely is what your loving prez had/has in mind.

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 06:45

      Lethoe, JZ does not walk on water, I'd rather have you lead than him.. So how about it President Mogwazeni..?

      Julie Bingham - 2013-06-01 13:55

      @Letheo - there you are not wrong "but not least". This is possibly the longest oration of all of them. But for God's Sake, let it be the LAST.

      jungleboy - 2013-06-02 16:13

      The most boring thing i ever tried to read...sounds like a gulag speech in 1917.....yawn

      Brandon Lunar Labuschagne - 2013-09-12 14:13

      @Letheo, Grow a brain

  • Letheo Mogwazeni - 2013-06-01 05:23

    Steffan Erasmus- i cant sleep because people like you keep me busy-you see, the thing is i always have to think for you guys. I'm trying to rehabilitate your full blown apartheid mentality into a free spirited and democratic loving and forgivable SA Citizen. In fact you guys should start paying for these brain stimulating sessions.

      Gary Doyle - 2013-06-01 05:49

      Take a pill! I can assure you that your useless corrupted president that you seem to be defending doesn't feel the same about you or this country. Rather aknowledge that the guy is a problem and solutions must be found. We don't have much choice but to accept that the anc are the ruling party for now, why can't they at least try and lead this country with some pride and integrity. Wishful thinking, I also need a pill!

      Albert Lubbe - 2013-06-01 08:17

      Problems?No!!!!We call it challenges.Those you are allowed to fail.

      Brandon Lunar Labuschagne - 2013-09-12 14:13

      @Letheo, Grow a brain

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-06-01 05:52

    Dom kop zuma wasting tax payers money, AGAIN!

  • Vusikubhayi Kubhayi - 2013-06-01 05:57

    Thank you Mr President for the decision you have taken.To me it shows that your Sunday school Teacher played her/his part well.Follow,follow the Leader God bless you.

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-06-01 08:50

      What leader?

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-06-01 06:08

    And the sheeple goble their shepherd's lies up and in a choir all together: ME EH EH EH EH thank you mr. president!

  • Elvis Brown - 2013-06-01 06:39

    Imagine sme1 BURNS different herbs n beasts r killed 4 a ceremony 2RETAIN POWER as de leader,which means God was never THERE. These ppl r de reason ANC stands 4 All Night Cheez

  • Elvis Brown - 2013-06-01 06:39

    Imagine sme1 BURNS different herbs n beasts r killed 4 a ceremony 2RETAIN POWER as de leader,which means God was never THERE. These ppl r de reason ANC stands 4 All Night Champaign

  • Kevin Baker - 2013-06-01 06:42

    Vusi you must be getting government tenders or something to believe your wonderful president is leading this country. If you think this clown is a leader it is very worrying

  • Gideon Viljoen - 2013-06-01 06:48

    Thats good shower head, the spear, ext.ext now you can find it funny with the rest

  • Gabriel Marupta - 2013-06-01 06:50

    Zuma is afraid to stepdown as the president of the country,reason...all the withdrawn charges against him will be re instated and he will be in political wilderness and the wives will leave him.

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-01 06:58

      To true. What I can't understand is why he has all those loyal cadres protecting him through all this. Can it really only be about money or is there a bigger reason?

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-06-01 06:50

    About time! Just a pity he does not listen to the criticism and try to be at least a decent leader! By dropping all the law suits he is admitting that the criticism was well founded, too little too late! God help South Africa!

  • Thabo Matlala - 2013-06-01 06:51

    Zuma is a joke himself

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 07:21

      Only when Zapiro says so! Infidel! How dare he draw all those cartoons..! Eish!

  • Justin Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-01 06:52

    So funny. The ANC are so desperate to cast Zuma in a good light before the elections they'll resort to anything. You can keep polishing this bad apple, but the people of this country already took a bite. And he's rotten to the core. More than 700 corruption charges, and the ANC have managed to get the NPA not to prosecute. @Letheo: I just hope you and others like you can see through the ANC lies before the next election and will take a stand to remove those who would exploit this country and it's people for their own gain from power. Let's build the rainbow nation.

      Sibusiso Sibisi - 2013-06-01 07:35

      Justin real rainbow nation will save our souls. Competent leaders will take us there.

      Wreford White - 2013-06-01 11:23

      Maybe the anc are trying to prove that you can polish a turd!

  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-06-01 06:53

    That shows how stupid u are Zuma,u only realizing now, after all this years,someone clever than u told u to do so,that person saved u from embarrassing yourself...LOL,stupid idiot!!!

  • Kevin Baker - 2013-06-01 07:02

    Tefelo hundreds die in this country daily, how can you say your president has not killed anyone? Him and his cronies are supposed to run and govern this country and make its people safe. Due to corruption, despotism and cronie'sm people are not safe and are murderer every day. People are dying in our hospitals now because our health systems have collapsed. More people die in a year now than ever under apartheid and that's a fact. So your president as well as being a corrupt bigot is also a murderer.

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 07:14

      But Kevin Bacon! He's hand are mos clean! He did nothing.

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 08:34

      For the sake of SA style democracy, put your ruddy blinkers on again. How dare you take them off you whitey ;)!!!

  • Justin Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-01 07:03

    @Tefelo Are you blind to the corruption charges, the Guptagate scandal, the 700 corruption charges that somehow don't get prosecuted? Anybody who is that corrupt and would mismanages the country that badly will be insulted. eventually, whether they're black, white or purple. It's a sign that the people don't believe in the leader. The ANC would have done better to elect Kgalema Motlantle as a leader. Stop pulling the race card - it's no longer about race.

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 07:11

      Oh but Justin, number 1s chargers have been dropped, so it doesn't count anymore.. When that secrecy bill is in effect then ALL will be swept under. Time to forgive and forget and um move forward in this new democracy.. Gee, where's your common sense bru? Would like to know more on number 2 though!!! But only time will tell hey..

      Sibusiso Sibisi - 2013-06-01 07:14

      Mr Van der merwe I am dream of a country where law is effective affordable and above every one. 700 cases, Guptagate, Nkandla ville that person is my president I fail to believe how.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-01 07:05

    Zuma is so far past reality in his mind, I personally don't believe he does any business on a daily basis of presidential work. I believe he is mentally unable to work. This sick retarded ANC government

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 07:26

      How CAN you say that Richie, he has presidential advisors that are well trained.. Shame on you!

  • Lebogang Casper Molomonyana - 2013-06-01 07:15

    This is a strategy to put him in good books of South Africans. The elections are near. stupid president,douche bag

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 07:23

      Please refrain from insulting my douche bag! Humph..!

      Sibusiso Sibisi - 2013-06-01 07:41

      Ya if we can learn that insulting Zuma makes people to sympathise with him in particular if you from race different from his, I hope lesson taken.

      Ding Bat - 2013-06-01 07:45

      no man sibusiso. Are all your votes then going to be sympathy votes? Is that why you cry for everything

  • Sibusiso Sibisi - 2013-06-01 07:28

    We the poeple are the one who will save ourselves from this slavery of being led by Zuma. if people defeated heavily armed National party and if Zuma defeated corruption power house Malema, if anc Zuma faction dissolved deadly stinging scorpion (npa) which means together we can defeat Zuma corruption empire. Together we can do more.

      Dee Bone - 2013-06-01 07:40

      well said. Amandla!!

      Sibusiso Sibisi - 2013-06-01 07:43

      Yes Dee Borne we can if we put our differences away for now and save our beautiful land.

      Payricia Bull - 2013-06-01 19:21

      Hey Bonehead, Sibisi and Jamba, why are you pikininis not in school ?

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-06-01 07:40

    Together we can do more ............than the ANC ! ................................ (Should'nt be difficult!)

  • Romy Blomkamp - 2013-06-01 07:56

    Do I smell an election year?

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 08:39

      No.. the fish head is starting to rot.. eish! How can you think that Romy ;) ????

  • Julie Bingham - 2013-06-01 07:57

    Zume needs to know - if he wants to wear the hat (dunce cap) he has to take the chortles and critisism. It comes with the job!!

      WildCatSal - 2013-06-01 08:42

      Awe Julie, you should know he's faultless.. look at all the votes. How dare we have a laugh at his expense.. or is that ours he's spending..?

  • Dennis Sokhalingam Pillay - 2013-06-01 08:00

    Lawyer: Zuma recognised that he must be criticised 2013-05-31 22:08 President Zuma now please inform your NEC that media criticism of of the ANC is the true vehicle of transformation and not the enemy of transformation or the proponents of the capitalist orientated anarchists

  • Danie Posthumus - 2013-06-01 08:11

    Guess it's safe to call him 'Mampara No 1'?

  • Johan De Jager - 2013-06-01 08:15

    Eventually!!!! He should have recognised this many years ago

  • Jan Ramoshaba - 2013-06-01 08:16

    Hahahahaha zuma this zuma that,whatsap baba bosholozi are you down again this time you have lost the battle let it go mchiniwam let it go before I get contaminated with dis corrupt movement

  • Sharon Miller - 2013-06-01 08:17

    Mr Zuma is afraid to stand up in court and have his character interrogated.

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-06-01 08:45

      Character? The courts are going to hunt for that one! Lol