Mandela still world's most trusted

2011-09-21 15:41

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela has been ranked first in a perception assessment of 54 of the world's most visible leaders, according to the Reputation Institute on Wednesday.

President Jacob Zuma came 35th, behind the likes of actress Angelina Jolie (12th), the institute said in a statement.

The Dalai Lama was ranked 13th, US President Barack Obama 14th, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg 20th, footballer David Beckham (24th), the pope (26th), Prince Albert of Monaco (28th), and Madonna(29th).

Zuma beat Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (37th), entertainer Lady Gaga (41st), Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela (49th), George W Bush (50th) and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (51st).

Roger Federer second

Mandela beat tennis star Roger Federer, who came second.

Just over 51 000 members of the general public in 25 countries were asked to assess these individuals using the institute's "RepTrak Pulse" to measure their reputation on a 0-100 point scale based on four attributes in April-May 2011.

These were: the degree to which a person is liked, respected, admired, and trusted.

The institute said Mandela's powerful story of offender to beloved president of South Africa had made him a symbol of the worldwide struggle against injustice.

He was a continuing source of inspiration to people the world over, the institute commented.

Federer, a five-time US Open tennis champion, was admired as much for his on-court results as for his off-court charitable efforts.

Passion for SA

Like Mandela, Federer had a passion for South Africa and its people, "due, no doubt, to his mother's heritage", the institute said. (Federer's mother, Lynette, is South African. His father, Robert, is Swiss).

Business "visionaries" ranked high on the list, and included Microsoft's Bill Gates (3rd), investor Warren Buffet (4th), music and airline mogul Richard Branson (5th), Apple innovator Steve Jobs (6th), and India's Ratan Tata (7th), CEO of the Tata group.

Social entrepreneurs Oprah Winfrey (8th) and U2's Bono (9th) regularly called public attention to global causes for which they earned high praise from the public.

At the other extreme, the public gave its weakest ratings to leaders deemed "anti-democratic".

Kim Jong-Il, of North Korea, took last place in the study.

Trophy-rich golfer Tiger Woods also near the end of the list.

"The results of Reputation Institute's study confirmed that people respect leaders that participate in philanthropic activities outside of their own celebrity."

  • willieman - 2011-09-21 15:43


      kalabafazi - 2011-09-21 15:51

      Except one... How did Zuma even make it onto the list? It says the study was about the world most visible leaders. Zuma would struggle to lead a drunk to a brewery.

      Felix - 2011-09-21 15:53

      Sounds like a very credible list.

      44mag - 2011-09-21 15:59


      matla - 2011-09-21 16:01

      @BigDog - every dog has its day and you will soon find out - moron

      ubufakazi - 2011-09-21 16:04

      hahahaha owww thanks for a good laugh there Kalabafazi lol you're so darn right... unfortunately I wonder if he ever considers going back to school #just a thought

      cliffarc - 2011-09-21 16:05

      - Hmm - If only the rest of the world could see his rainbow nation now.

      Big.Dog - 2011-09-21 16:07

      matla. I will be waiting.... Go ahead make my day....

      Met - 2011-09-21 16:11

      I wonder what this "perception" would have been, had he not been arrested at Rivonia and all the people had died they intended to kill by bomb planting?

      Big.Dog - 2011-09-21 16:14

      What exactly do you mean by trust News 24? Define the trust you mean. Trust him with what or who?????

      grod - 2011-09-21 16:14

      Mandela lied to us when he promised equality for all. And now he is as quiet as a mouse. He is not yet senile at all. Just lives a sheltered life we all would want!!

      jowza - 2011-09-21 16:26

      a bitter pill for the racists here to swallow,i see

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 16:28

      Hardly surprising, Mandela is worshipped as a God overseas But JZ at 35th? HUH??

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 16:35

      Hang on... it's a list of most trusted leaders, since when are Roger Federer, Angelina Jolie and David Beckham the leaders of anything?

      Uthando - 2011-09-21 16:38

      @Kalabafazi - LMAO *dead*!!! He bribed someone to place him on the list using taxpayers money.

      willieman - 2011-09-21 16:40

      @ Big.Dog--- Are you missing NP oppression machinery @ 44mag---NP destroyed the lives of majority of people in this country @ Jean---Give us examples of what you talking about @ People Hater---your name say it all you still trapped with propaganda of NP @ grod ---what are YOU doing about it what's your contribution? @ Met---when were you born @ Da.Liva.Delvira -You are so right it seems some people are selective in what they see in SA.SOme people will resort to been personal,instead of debating rationally

      grod - 2011-09-21 17:50

      @willieman What was your contribution??

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 17:59

      Still won't TRUST him as far as I can SPIT!!! Will always be seen as a terrorist in mine and most people's eyes! Should be down the end of the list with Kim-Jong Il and World Fornicating Champion, Tiger Woods.

      FFS - 2011-09-21 20:43

      Yaaaaaawn. "Reputation Institute" indeed. Just like the SAPS and the SA govt., these institutes can make up any stats they desire. The media over the past 2-3 decades has blown mandela way out of proportion. He is a terrorist who gave orders to bomb and to murder innocent civilians. Yeah. Real trustworthy person I would say. And if a gits like bono and zuma make the list, I'd say the 'Craputation Institute' needs to take a look at it's methods.

      AntonioP - 2011-09-21 21:36

      willieman - September 21, 2011 at 09:43 "Undisputed"? Kindly, speak for yourself. I "dispute".

      Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-21 21:41

      Sorry Willieman.....this is the same prresident who oversaw the arms deal, the greatest fraud in this country.....don't ever forget that.....he allowed it all to happen.....

      Honestly - 2011-09-22 07:45

      There are a lot of fools in the world

  • Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 15:49

    Rightfully so!!!! We the real patriots of Mzanzi, we salute Mr Mandela. We amazed by your greatness, and even the world see it. VIVA MADIBA VIVA, Dios te benidicad!!!!!

      Met - 2011-09-21 16:15

      When were you born?

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-21 16:19, shame.....

      cliffarc - 2011-09-21 16:38

      - The only thing positive in that statement is that, thank the lord, you refrained from using the word "dude "

      Uthando - 2011-09-21 16:39

      Give Johannes Viljoen a Bells!!

      Mlu - 2011-09-21 17:00

      Johannes, we need more people like you in this country. Those who don't go along with the perception of trustworthiness of our icon, Nelson Mandela, are no different from Malema.

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 17:44

      As I said before, its only a handfull of bitter AFRiKANERS, that would dispute MADIBA'S greatness, but dudes it has been proven now, the world dnt care bout what you think

      Met - 2011-09-21 17:55

      No, its the realities that you are ignoring- WAKE UP for petes sake

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 18:01

      Uthando... Johannes drinks BRANDY n COKE!!!

      Uthando - 2011-09-21 18:36

      AMS - LOL nah...I just realised he drinks papsak & smokes too much woonga, for defending Zuma (on posted thread below this) As for him supporting Mandela, I second that! Viva Tata Madiba, Viva! Amaaaaandla!!!

      grod - 2011-09-21 18:36

      he's a very silent icon...

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 18:48

      Neva said I supported Zuma, am merely asking you to furnish me with facts of what you saying bout Zuma, if foun guilty I would support a notion of him being behind bars, but thn he first have to be given the courtesy of a fair trail the same as everybody else(even a rapist gets a fair trail) Who are anyone to judge a man merely on what is written in the media!!! BRING PROVE PLACE IT BEFORE A JUDGE LET HIM/HER DECIDE ON THE MATTER AND IF FOUND GUILTY I WOULD SUPPORT THE HARSHEST PUNIDHMENT AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW

      I Like Everything - 2011-09-21 20:49

      Don't let these losers get you down Johannes.. I share your sentiments and like your positivity.. Keep it up bro

      Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-21 21:45

      You must be a Nat, the same crowd who are now in cahoots with the CNA....are you sure you're not Martinus Kortbroek in disguise???

      Honestly - 2011-09-22 07:47

      @Johannes Viljoen. Wake up and smell the roses. Why was he imprisoned? I'll tell you. He was and still is a murderer

      Gk - 2011-09-23 09:22

      @Johannes,You are the bitter idiot that lives in denial.With such stupidity as yours I wonder how you are able to breath.You cannot even distinguish between a criminal bomb planter that was not able to renounce violence,and a truste morally correct person.Do you have any judgement at all.You idiot!It is because of people like you that South-Africa is in the crfitical state it is currently.But yet you will support people of other cultures,and other nations,rather tyhan your own kind.And you know what black people do not have respect for whites who see their kind as hero.So you are not only disliked by your own kind but also by your opressors,who you see as your hero's.Maybe they are not opressing you enough!

  • ManofGod - 2011-09-21 15:49

    You go Madiba!!! Zuma did surprisingly good, considering the fraud/rape charges etc...

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 15:54

      Zuma was found not guilty on rape by a court of law, check your facts dude, or better yet go to Karin De Beer sc, the she was the prosecuter in the matter and ask her to xplain the rape case, coz I personaly heard her say it was the right decision. As for fraud, I'm an attorney for a while now & I never saw any law report whereby Zuma was on trail for fraud maybe you can give me the citation of the case?

      Wors - 2011-09-21 16:03

      There was never a case Johannes,but there should have been. " with judge Squires stating in his 165-page verdict that there was "overwhelming" evidence of a corrupt relationship between Shaik and Zuma."

      Tolerant - 2011-09-21 16:07

      Johannes: Mr Zuma lost his job under Mbeki when he was tried for the fraud & corruption cases, (Arms deal saga) he had about 438 charges dropped against him not so long ago. The reason given for dropping the case was political interference. He might still be prosecuted when he is no longer the leader of ANC and country.

      arthur.amgen - 2011-09-21 16:13

      @ Johannes Viljoen You must be very naive to believe there are not 783 corrupt charges against Zuma783. His financier went to jail and is out on so called parole. His other financier tyrant Gadafi is hiding in a hole and will end up being hanged.Birds of a feather flock together. Zuma ducked his day in court.

      ubufakazi - 2011-09-21 16:13

      eish Jacob Zuma.. I laugh I laugh I laugh... our President ladies and Gentleman *smh*

      DW - 2011-09-21 16:24

      Like ManofGod said, there were charges. He did not say Zuma was found guilty of them. You are an attorney so you only look at it from a legal point of view. The point of this assessment was perceptions. And if you think, whatever the outcome of the legal wrangling, that Zuma's reputation is anything but tarnished, I am afraid you are rather naive for an attorney. There was an investigation of corruption into Zuma and the case was dropped due to political interference. There is no doubt in anyone's mind (well anyone with any intelligence, that is) that there was a massive coverup. Not going to court does not indicate that he is innocent. It only indicates that he carries a hell of a lot of clout. Zuma was found not guilty on the rape charge as the victim had apparently cried rape before which cast doubt on her testimony. He was found not guilty based on reasonble doubt. I wonder, if balance of probability was applied, if the outcome would have been the same. But it is what it is. Nevertheless his reputation was badly tarnished by the case (sleeping with his friends daughter half his age? Who he knew to be HIV positive? Without a condom? And then took a shower to hopefully prevent HIV infection?) I think the assessors simply put 54 people on the list of varying reputations, and the chips fell where they did. It doesnt mean that if you made it to the list that you had a good reputation (Kim Jong II? Fidel Castro? Hugo Chavez? Tiger Woods?)

      Uthando - 2011-09-21 16:41

      Johannes, I take back that Bells in my first comment to you. You've smoked enough wonga for today...

      Peter - 2011-09-21 17:28

      @Johannes Viljoen, it is not about whether he was found guily or not, the fact that he was still allowed to run for president after such a charge (which would never happen in a non-corrupt country) says enough about his character. And that is without even mentioning the Shaik issue, who according to his release forms should be dead by now.

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 17:33

      Dudes judge Squires was wrong in that, you cannot make in any judgment refer to anybody who was not on trail and did not have a chance to defend himself. As for Mbeki, albeit I believe noble, but @ the end he was wrong to fire Zuma!!!! Rightfully so, DW, but dude the same argument could thn be used, because if Zuma was merely charge, it does not mean he is guilty!!!! Dude I do not have to remind you of S35 of the Bill of Rights hey? Oh and by the way dude who are any of you to decide on whether a man is good or not? Are you good men?? I wonder! For all who do not like Madiba, show me another South African who deserves to top that list and it would be evident to who you are!!!

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 17:50

      DW dude the case was dropped, because of evidence wrongfully obtained, a process of law not political!!! And yes I look at it with a legal eye, thats what make me onjective and thats why my feelings never dictate my judgment,

      sa4ever - 2011-09-21 17:51

      @johannes. I agree with you, Nelson Mandela is an hero and a living legend!!! But Zuma come on you know he is corrupt! Everybody knows that zuma, malema ect is corrupt but we can nothing about it.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-21 18:00

      - Johannes Viljoen - You're as much an attorney, as my dog is an actuary, or as much as my hamster is one of the big five. Laughable.

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 18:00

      SA4ever, if a court of law find Zuma to be corrupt I would agree with you that he is!!! Dude I am bound by what the law say, not by perception of others

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 18:09

      Ever since Zuma became the President of SA.... CORRUPTION in ALL Govt Dept's HAS FLOURISHED!!!!!!!!! He has become a MULTI MILLIONAIRE, OVERNIGHT, his whole family have INSTANTAINOUSLY BECOME BILLIONAIRES, when 5 years ago he was lapping up the SCRAPS Shabir Sheik was tossing him! Johannes, looks like you have O/D'd onm the HAPPY PILLS... please THINK before you get all HAPPY and POST THIS CROCK OF SH!T.... Zuma's EDUCATION is his DOWNFALL!!!!! Even Zuma knows he is guilty!

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 18:56

      AMS and you know thaT facts and evidence is under Judicial Scrutiny hey? If not you believe what you like to, if Zuma is found guilty by a court of law, thn you will make more sense and would not seem as another bitter white dude

      Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-21 21:50

      @Johannes Vuiljoen.....I hopes as an atorney you speaks better english in your legals documents than you does here boet......want your engels is baie kak.......vra net om vir Kortbroek van Schalkwyk om jou a bietjie te leer seun!!!!!

      Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-21 21:55

      Johannes Vuiljoen.......If my attorney addressed me as Dude.....he'd get a klap......seems you must have bought your degree at the University of the Far North........I would love to see you address Chief Justice Moegoe Moegoe as'd get another snot klap seun!!!!!

      RichardS - 2011-09-22 08:36

      Cliffarc, why am I not surprised that your pets are gerbils and hamsters and you spend your miserable days using your big five fingers to entertain yourself??? LOL

      demonsofhate - 2011-09-23 05:40

      Oh, no... DickS... Not you again... *facepalm*

  • slg - 2011-09-21 15:51

    As old as he is, his silence has been deafening on the hate speech issue and on crime. He really should speak up. It's a significant weakness that he hasn't.

      People Hater - 2011-09-21 16:09

      Why would he speak up on things he approves of?

      pietskiet - 2011-09-21 16:15

      Mandela doesnt even know his own name any more. He is just a demented old man, waiting for the ancestors to call him back home.

      Lauren Hess - 2011-09-21 16:18

      He asked about 10 years ago to be left in peace (and despite that, attention-seekers still come knocking at his door for a photo op). He has the right to be left alone and tell the country to now fight its own battles. And anyway, will what he says really make a difference? It's each of our individual actions that make a difference. That was in my personal capacity and has nothing to do with my employers. As you were.

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-21 17:54

      @ Ms Hess, dude totally agree, but hey my dear never argue with fools

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 18:09

      Old Terrorist has DIMENTIA!!!

      demonsofhate - 2011-09-23 05:44

      @People Hater Very well said. My thoughts exactly...

  • J Burnstein - 2011-09-21 15:53

    Mandela was and is a terrorist! And so is everyone in the ANC!

      Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-21 15:59

      Dude, you need to catch a wake up ma chyna... Define terrorist.... Fighting one's freedom and rights??? If that's a terrorist then many people like you are out numbered on this planet. Think before u speak!!!

      Michael007 - 2011-09-21 16:04

      Hey pragmatism & Da.Liva.Delvira why don't you both go suck Juju's C@#K!

      People Hater - 2011-09-21 16:10

      Definitely terr's.

      Tolerant - 2011-09-21 16:11

      The ANC was for years listed in the west as a terrorist organisation, so Burnstein was partialy right.

      Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-21 16:14

      Oh boo hoo Michael007, seems to me that you don't even have an open mind... Well I am certainly not going to waste my time and energy with you, all I can say is that you need to try and put yourself in certain people's shoes...

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:15

      @Da.Liva.Delvira - Waht is the difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist ... wether you win or loos. You can not argue that he was responsable for the death of countless innocent people.

      Met - 2011-09-21 16:18

      How about planting bombs to kill women and children?

      ubufakazi - 2011-09-21 16:30

      If ANC was listed as terrorist party it was because the people who listed it did not want freedom for black people!! guys get over it, we won't disappear or vanish.. so let's find common ground and live in peace together!!!

      jowza - 2011-09-21 16:31


      zbamete - 2011-09-21 16:32

      @ Jean. One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter. Malan, Vorster, PW Botha all had blood on their hands for killing innocent people as well.

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:36

      @zbamete I agree with you 100%, they were horrible people. But can you at least agree that Madiba is not the saint he is made up to be ?

      jowza - 2011-09-21 16:38

      jean.your kids are hungry,go feed them

      Stevie - 2011-09-21 16:42

      @ Da.Liva.Delvira A terrorist is one who employs military weapons to kill unarmed civilians. MK did this many times. Mandela was one of the founders of MK. You do the maths.

      trevb - 2011-09-21 16:44

      One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter ! Mandela was fighting for rights for his people not for self profit ! not like that idiot Malema who is a terrorrist

      Uthando - 2011-09-21 16:45

      100& Ubufakazi!! Burnstein must go burn himself.

      Mlu - 2011-09-21 17:02

      Bumstein, if Mandela is or was a terrorist, you must be the worst!!

      BM123 - 2011-09-21 17:12

      Madiba NEVER agreed to killing civilians. While he was free he agreed only to bombing unmanned installations. The station bombing was not agred to by him. Only after he was sent to prison did MK attack soft targets. He did however refuse to renounce violence as a precondition for his release from prison - as he be believed (rightly in my opinion) that to do so before the state renounced the violent system of apartheid would be wrong. Indeed he only agreed to be released after FW de Klerk announced the ending of apartheid after the refernndum of 1989. As for condemning the current activities of ANC and it's kindergarten how do we know what he says to the ANC in private? He has always kept within the ANC policy of non-criticism of the party outside its structures. Mandela has nothing to be ashamed of - I, as a white South African (and I hate having to explain that), am enormously proud of possibly the greatest statesman the world has ever seen. Without him this country would be either 1. A totalitarian white run state hated by the rest of the world. 2. A terminal mess with all minorities having fled ages ago.

      Peter - 2011-09-21 17:31

      The only reason why the West said the ANC was a terrorist group, was because it wanted South Africa's support against the then communist USSR, and they wanted South Africa's co-operation with regards to the mining at that time.

      youcantrunyoucanthide - 2011-09-21 17:33

      @Da.Liva.Delvira - Firstly, it's "China", not "Chyna". Secondly, terrorism is when you resort to violence and intimidation against civilians to advance a political agenda. Just google "Church street bomb". YOU are the one that need to "catch a wake up"!

      Met - 2011-09-21 18:07

      BM123- Your facts are screwed up. There are many objective facts of the Rivonia trial. He was also a card carrying member of the SACP which was closely alligned to the CP in the Soviet Union- Stalin, its leader exterminated an estimated 60 million people

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 18:12

      Only reason Mandela is so "PRO CHILDREN"... is the FACT that he feels GUILTY for giving the orders to KILL ALL THOSE INNOCENT CHILDREN IN THE SHOPPING CENTERS AND MALLS THAT WERE BLOWN UP!!!!! His hands are COVERED IN BLOOD!!!!!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-22 09:09

      You have the right to your opinion and I have the right to tell you how stupid it is !

  • Big.Dog - 2011-09-21 15:53

    Hahahaha ok WHY???????? May I ask?? Isn't he the man who was responsible for the Church Street Bombing and smuggling Landmines in to SA which landed him in prison in the first place. And you can trust this man a criminal???????

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-21 16:17

      So just carry on with the hatred, generation after generation ?!!! You say, blacks mustn't blame everything on Apartheid, yet it's convenient for you to go back and talk about it....This is your chance to blame your "thinking" on Apartheid.

      Met - 2011-09-21 16:23

      Even when apartheid was at its worst, people in SA, and that included black people, were more free than half the world at the time- certainly freeer than the communist world and 98% of "liberated Africa" Keep perspective, even though you may not like facts

      jowza - 2011-09-21 16:33

      big dog,dont talk about things you know nothing about.when we are talking about rugby and braai's,we will ask for your opinion

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:39

      @Big.Dog .. I am glad to see my posts are tickling the right nerves. Most of them was deleted. Just because I don't fall for the hype of saint Madiba ?

      ubufakazi - 2011-09-21 16:45

      let me rather reserve my comment and hear what y'all have to say, clearly I don't know my SA history as I though

      Mlu - 2011-09-21 17:06

      Big.Dog, Boers must also be terrorists. They sabotaged the Ennglish in the 19th Century and their government went on to bomb Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Namibia. Oh, did I forget, they also killed a Norwegian PM. I know dogs forget easily, Big.Dog!!

      Met - 2011-09-21 18:01

      What I said is an unemotional statistical Political scientifical measureable FACT- even if you give me a million thumbs down

      Big.Dog - 2011-09-22 07:25

      Mlu Boers Fought for this country proudly taken it from Queen Victoria!! jowza you are the one who is misinformed an know nothing about the story about what is really going on behind the scene, you are all misled in to a dictatorship which only a few will benefit from and all you other will stay poor in your shacks. But you all love to live like that. Just admit it that your so called freedom fighter, is not actually so freedom and trusted as every one makes him out to be, fighter yes in the sense that he smuggled with Land mines and blew up church street bombing, his wife Winnie killed a little boy and was never sentenced for murdering. JZ is just as corrupt with this on going arms deal, they stole money from this 2010 World cup soccer and the Gautrain also, but not one of you will admit this. But we all know the truth the real truth. Let them benefit let them steel money let them put this land in Debt let them make it the crime Capital of the World like it already is support them all the way, while you all stay in your SHACKS and never received your stoves, fridges, freezers and houses like promised before every election. Keep on believing their empty promises before every election, vote for them keep it up you are doing it since 1994 and still no house, even these housing schemes money disappear to thin air, not in to thin air boy but in to the pockets of the Municipal Mayer and his/her colones, or the parliament leaders sky ls the money.

  • CK - 2011-09-21 16:00

    Well done to Federer! A true gentleman.

  • ice - 2011-09-21 16:00

    where du I appear?...bcoz i'm an idiot!!!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 18:14


  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-21 16:00

    Deservedly so. A great man indeed ! If his vision is shared by more South Africans, we can make this country one of the greatest powers in the world... (the "thumbs downers" are few & far between, & they are a dying breed anyway)

      trevb - 2011-09-21 16:53

      after your earlier anti semitic remark in reply to that rediculous remark by jburnstein maybe you should share in Mandela's vision

      Big.Dog - 2011-09-22 07:27

      Yes a true Terrorist. I like him for smuggling Land mines and Killing 19 people and injured 200 in the Church street bombing!!!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-22 08:25

      point taken, trevb.

  • arthur.amgen - 2011-09-21 16:01

    No one belonging to the ANC can be trusted. They obviously do not know what the ANC are doing to SA. However Madela is head and shoulders above Zuma783 and Mbekie AIDS denialist.

      Anup Jalota (Wannabe) - 2011-09-21 16:26

      You should first learn to spell before spewing your hate speech!

      DW - 2011-09-21 17:10

      Anup, I dont necessarily agree with arthur, but I saw no hate speech there. Only an opinion. Do you know the meaning of hate speech? A Malema fan, are you?

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 18:15

      "MADELA".... LOL!

  • WCD - 2011-09-21 16:01


  • sarecen - 2011-09-21 16:02

    MR Mandelas image is seriously tarnished by the rubbish that has followed him

      Mlu - 2011-09-21 17:07

      Sarecen, I agree with you completely.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 18:16

      Also benifitted from the ARMS DEAL... his name will be GUARDED tho.... the world will NOT ACCEPT that his "TRUST FUND" also had some sort of BENIFIT from the Bribes!

  • matla - 2011-09-21 16:02

    Mzanzi forever VIVA Mandela, Viva ANC

      sardonicus - 2011-09-21 16:11

      Viva la Migra! Viva el Diablo Viva! Viva los Bandidos Viva! Viva jou ma se 'nt do that! Viva!

      44mag - 2011-09-21 16:12


      Met - 2011-09-21 16:28

      Of all the things you have lost, I am sure what you miss most, is your mind

      ubufakazi - 2011-09-21 16:51

      hahahaha I'm just thinking if it weren't for Mandela and a whole lot others who fought for our freedom I wouldn't be able to write here.. sit behind this desk, have a degree, enjoy my wine,& so on.. hahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaha I AM HERE doing all this... is it hurting any of you?!!! but hwy?!!!

      sa4ever - 2011-09-21 17:38

      @ubafakazi. Why would it hurt us??? Most of us were glad when apartheid ended. And what most of u dont ubderstand is thats its 17 years later! The people that started apartheid and most of the apartheid years are dead already, I mean I'm 24, had nothing to do with apartheid, but still I must hear everyday that that white people are bad and racist, and are criminals ect ect ect, when most of us had nothing to do with it!!!

  • proudly - 2011-09-21 16:06

    Did anyone see this 'honest' man's mansion on Orlando soweto being torn down before the soccer world cup started?

  • Brainbow - 2011-09-21 16:11

    Tiger Woods needs to get some tips from Zuma.

      Uthando - 2011-09-21 16:47

      He started already. Problem is, in his country polygamy is illegal.

  • Woofix - 2011-09-21 16:21

    @ Why are you allow just comments on some published stories???? Where is the commentary box on "Lawyer plead for taxi driver to continue driving after hitting the advocate with his taxi"

  • fishing zoot - 2011-09-21 16:29

    Difficult to believe an idiot like zuma who pitches up in new york with one fiance on his arm and one of the other wives ( god fearing person he is)pitched up at the same time and the fool said he didn't know she was going to be there. Wonders at how he got into the list at all,maybe it is being such an openly idiotic devil may care person. Fraud , 5 wives, financial advisor in jail, secrecy bill,gadaffi monies,tenders for grandsons etc, arms fraud. Give that man a bell's he just carries on as nothing happened.

  • Stevie - 2011-09-21 16:35

    Reputation Institute??! Pfft. Come now, News24. This is the same crap as that "100 best South Africans" lunacy a while back. Hero-worship is bad for democracy.

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      AntonioP - 2011-09-21 21:56

      Thumbs down 4 shouting.

  • Otello - 2011-09-21 16:59

    Nelson Mandela is hailed because he is a spineless lackey of the capitalist establishment. He is very silent when it comes to corruption and crime in South Africa.

      Agent Rascal - 2011-09-21 17:40

      Ye bo, i agree on that one.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-09-21 17:16

    What they did not report in this article is that Mugabe came in at No. 30, just after Madonna and five places ahead of Zuma. Also, on their 0 - 100 point measurement scale, Madonna actually got 6, Mug Ape 5 & Showerhead 3. As it happened, Male Enema got 0, so could not actually be classified at all. In order to be on the list, each person had to receive at least one vote to qualify!!!!

      anfield - 2011-09-21 20:12

      Come on it means nothing, a load of sh.t. Please everyone get real, you are all getting angry with each other over some meaningless poll carried out by a meaningless body. The Reputation Institute? Wish they had one when i was at school to see who had a reputation!

  • Agent Rascal - 2011-09-21 17:37

    He did nothing for this country, he can thank the whites for what he is today(Puppet), he was givenn the country his economic ways played no part at all...Does he know what economic planning is???

      anfield - 2011-09-21 20:16

      are you white Agent Rascal, detect a bit of mixed blood there. You guys are so sad, taking in something so uninspiring as this load of clowns who put these surveys together

  • ohwell - 2011-09-21 17:39

    were the hell is juju................bloody agents. if he isnt the most likable garden boy ever.............i jsut dont understand!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-21 23:43

      Juju is resting on his "LAUREL"... Laurel is the name of his NEW BOYFRIEND!

  • gallus - 2011-09-21 18:08

    Wonderful what a good P R O can do. People only see the golden head - look lower and see the feet of clay.

      York Hunt - 2011-09-22 08:06

      Well said!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-21 18:15

    Sad thing is,his legacy is well and truly tarnished by the likes of Jacob,Malema,Cele,Nkabina,Shaik,Boesak,Tutu and comrades. There is no end to their greed and incompetency!

  • Arthur Stead - 2011-09-21 18:22

    People who live in glass houses should not throw stones, The sad fact is that all the hope, trust and equality that Nelson Mandela has brought forth, is being destroyed by the ANC, Malema and ZUMA!!

  • Raj Morar - 2011-09-21 19:35

    Daily and on every topic, these anti ANC/Black comments, whether the discussion is political or not. These comments are read by many and you wonder why the likes of Malema make comments/statements that are targeted towards a specific sector of our community. The majority of comments are nothing short of racist and has nothing to do with free speech. Be constructive, remember, we have a democratically elected government, whether you agrree with them or not. More than 70% of the voters elected this government, show some respect for their choice, and you will in return EARN the respect of the majority in this country.

  • anfield - 2011-09-21 20:01

    What the hell is the Reputation Institute? Never heard of them. No, haven't checked wikipedia to see either. As most of the comments I read just take this rating as gospel. Come on David Beckham before the pope (I'm not a left footer by the way) but come on. Then Kim Jong-11, although a nutter, is more newsworthy to world affairs than 90% of the names listed. A load of cobblers whoever the Reputation Institute are. No, aint going to check wikipedia, yes i will..........enjoy it those of you who take all this seriously! sad

      AntonioP - 2011-09-21 22:07

      I don't trust the reputation of the Reputation Institute. It was started by a disreputable Dutchman, who hails from beneath the river Moerdijk. The people over there have a reputation (with the civilised more northern parts) to be thick as a plank and drink too much. The founder, Cees van Riel (is een dikke p***, as they say there.) is known in the fields of corporate reputation and strategic alignment. (Pompous terminology for "spin-doctoring") Thus he was an ideal candidate to start the elevation of the ANC's Mandela to Sainthood. For this he was richly rewarded, by the ANC and received undisclosed amounts into his secret accounts. (Of which the Dutch receiver of revenue is unaware!) But I digress. Just don't trust Reputation Institute; it's of ill repute.

  • AntonioP - 2011-09-21 21:34

    Oh my, how little the world knows of all of his misdeeds, omissions, complicities, silences -when he "knew", but failed to speak up / act. to protect his increasingly rotten ANC... But then, people are naive, and they need their idols -and if those are in reality not perfect, who cares? It's the warm feeling they get when they see / hear /think about the man that count, regardless of the realities. And to his credit, he was a better president than his successors. But then, what STANDARDS are we talking. And true, he has not (directly!) murdered innocents, and he did not start "uhuru" post 1994. He was in fact quite forgiving. This suited his beloved ANC only too well, pragmatic as they are. Kill the goose that lay the golden eggs and there's not a lot to loot. Start a civil war and be left with what? Power? But nice Mr De Klerk had already handed this on a plate to them! No, all this magnanimity from Mandela only afforded his ANC cohorts to pluck the goose naked, and squeeze every golden egg out. But the time that the looting can go on is finite. See, the looters squireling and bickering amongst themselves already. They know that the longest of the good times, are well past. At times, one can clearly see on the honourable ANC parliamentarians' faces that they don't "believe" in what they are doing -they know all too well how rotten the whole zoo is. It may be so that in Mandela's days it was not as bad, but he well knew. Saint Mandela, most trusted? Crazy!

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-21 21:35

    ANC Government of South Africa has invested in Karl Marx, Lennin, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Min, Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Nyerere, Machel, Robert Mugabe. All The Wrong People. That Is Why South Africa is Going Down The Drain.

  • Kim Hamilton-Young - 2011-09-22 00:43

    Pity Malema, is managing to destroy any good that Mandela represents.

  • mabsie - 2011-09-22 02:20

    No doubt about Madiba. but Lady Gaga??? How the hell did she even get a mention!!

  • BoerSeun - 2011-09-22 04:50

    when i was a young boy, it was in the news that Wimpy had a bomb and another bomb there and we were talking what will happen if we were in that Wimpy, the other day I saw a recording made by the Pretoria fire brigade of the Kerk street bombing, there were people with no legs, no arms even one with no head. Tell me how the world can trust a person doing that killing black and white woman and children and think he is a hero. Who decide if a person is a terrorist or freedom fighter, to me if a person do this they are no hero and should pay for their actions. A life for a life, thus he was responsible for many life, he should not be on this earth. Zuma (37th) everyone in SA knows what he did with the arms deal corruption Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg 20th, is a joke, he stole the idea Microsoft's Bill Gates (3rd) he stole the design from Xerox with Steve jobs, Apple innovator Steve Jobs (6th) he stole the design from Xerox with bill gates that means if someone steal or kill someone and become famous all is forgiven and now the are good guys – JOKE right it is not April yet so it cannot be a April fool’s day prank

      Gk - 2011-09-23 09:32

      @Boerseun,we share the same sentiment.South-Africa is a joke.Corruption,murder gang rape all over.I wonder how our poor whites will survive this dark african continent.We brought civilization to this country and now civilization is being taken away once again.

  • Guess_Boy - 2011-09-22 07:46

    Madiba is an amazing man and truely deserves to be no1, there is nobody on this forum that can stand up for a country but madiba, you all have negative reaction towards this yet none of you got the guts to stand up for whats rite except for posting silly remarks on news24 and hiding behind your nicks . . . you wanna WIN the lotto? YOU NEED TO PLAY THE LOTTO IN ORDER TO WIN IT, YOU WANT CHANGE IN SA, GET OFF YOUR ASS AND MAKE THAT CHANGE. change is inevitable, except from a vending machine

      Gk - 2011-09-23 09:28

      @Guess_boy.That is absolute nonsense.Madiba is a communist,bomb planting murderer,responsible for the deaths of innocent civiliance.He failed to renounce violence and continued to stay in jail for that reason.Why don't you bring about this cange?

  • Agent Rascal - 2011-09-22 07:48

    TO SA4ever: Keep your issues to yuorself dude.Wanker.

  • charliewoo - 2011-09-23 08:53

    what a joke

  • Gk - 2011-09-23 09:10

    How can someone like Mandela be the most trusted,a person that was responsible for the church street bomb where innocent civiliance lost their lives,a man that sings of the killing of whites a man that is evil to the core.This is absolute stupidity!

  • Gk - 2011-09-23 09:13

    This is absolute racism,how can a black person that sings about the killing of whites,aswell as a bomber that was in prison for most of his life be seen as the most trusted person.This is absolute racism!

  • Gk - 2011-09-23 09:14

    Mandela is a murderer and belongs in jasil,even in jail he did not want to renounce violence!

  • Gk - 2011-09-23 09:15

    This is absolute blatant racism,and is unacceptable!HF Verwoerd is the most trusted person!

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