Nzimande insult law comments 'startling'

2012-11-20 14:07

Johannesburg - The comments by SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande relating to an insult law protecting President Jacob Zuma are "startling", the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said on Tuesday.

"Nzimande has ignored the strong opposition by journalists, lawyers and freedom of expression activists to such a law because of the censorship it promotes and the dangers it holds out for journalists," the forum said in a statement.

"In many countries in Africa journalists are frequently jailed under this law after having criticised the head of state or other high ranking politicians or officials."

Sanef said the law was being used as a pretext to suppress opposition voices in the media and civil society. Last week on Monday, Nzimande backed a call made by his party in KwaZulu-Natal for a law to protect Zuma against insults, which he said were attacks that were "unfair, and lacking in fact and truth".


Sanef said Nzimande had ignored the Declaration of Table Mountain, which was adopted on 3 June 2007.

Through this declaration, the World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors' Forum called for the scrapping of insult and criminal defamation laws throughout Africa.

Publishers believed Africa needed a strong, free and independent press to act as a watchdog over public institutions. "Even worse he [Nzimande] has ignored the 12 October launching of a continent-wide campaign against insult law and the law of criminal defamation by the African Union's Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression in Africa..." it said.

"The law is widely used in Africa and has resulted in many journalists spending lengthy periods in jail and the closure of media outlets."

Sanef was satisfied that structures of the African National Congress had not backed Nzimande's call.

"We are confident that the party will be guided by a commitment to constitutional principles and will thus not entertain Nzimande's call."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions said the law would not be fair.

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

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-11-20 14:20

    I think we should rather make a law that prohibits you from leaving your house without a paper bag over your ugly head, Blade. Think of the children.

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-20 14:25


      alan.gernet - 2012-11-20 15:10

      I thought it was a Halloween mask???? WTF

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-20 15:16

      Just look at that face... I think he is so grumpy because his mother dumped him when he was a baby! He had to eat outside cause they used his to keep the flies away from the dinner table. He also had a part in Nightmare on Elm street... The benefit was that he did not need a costume!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-20 15:25

      Not the sharpest blade in the draw

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-20 15:26

      And if his face looks like that, what does his breath not smell like? Old socks?

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-11-20 15:36

      His parents tied a pork chop around his neck, as a baby, so that at least the dogs would play with him. And that did not always work either.

      johan.vanhoff - 2012-12-02 18:53


  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-20 14:22

    Thanks Blade you gave a large slice of your lack of brain power last week. we took full advantage of twit of the week.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-20 14:23

    Blade Nzimande is a lost lonely little runt that was the pincushion at school for being the runt he is and NOW has sidled into the seats of his claim to fame glory! Give him the slap across the face that he and all in the new anc nec deserve and show him that trying to be the RICHEST COMMUNIST in the word at expense of his 'supporters' and citizen tax payers DOES NOT PAY. SA has indeed had enough of these trashy upstarts.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-11-20 14:26

    Communism is so dead 60's. A failed ideology that has been responsible for more death than Hitler could ever dream off. You are one sad sack of …. Try campaign oh your own without the anc………….but you know which side your bread is buttered on ne?

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-20 16:03

      How many people know that Zuma was a card carrying member of the SACP......says something to me. Check it out on Wikipedia.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-11-20 14:26


  • tgif.wtfaw - 2012-11-20 14:30

    A Southern Suburbs Snot Klap is what Blade requires

  • Willie - 2012-11-20 14:43

    Not only "...dark ages and believes in dictatorship..," he wants to practice social engeneering through ANC because he's afraid of drinking red bull

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-20 14:44

    He is the one and only tokeloshi

  • nic.stier.1 - 2012-11-20 14:45

    Thank you guys for cheering me up.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-20 14:45

    Surely no one takes this Jack-in-a-box seriously. He is a small idiot grown ups play with when they are bored.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-20 14:53

    The real 'bloody agent'. Every now and again they reveal their true dark, very dark side. One can only hope the majority recognise how dark and evil some of these gadgets are.

  • TheSingingHorse - 2012-11-20 14:53

    South Africa requires a law for insult against intelligence. The whole govt could be sued and replaced in one shot.

  • karel.dutoit.50 - 2012-11-20 14:59

    Minister of higher education my arse. This fool needs to go to school and learn to read. then get a copy of the contitution and read it. Otherwise get someone that is literate and read it to him. Freedom of speech freedom of speech! Stop doing what let the whole of africa into a black hole.

  • azariel.malesela - 2012-11-20 15:04

    Blade will never be in the top six of the anc, he is selfcentred,he think of his personal interest, he doesnt care about our beloved country and the anc as a party. I know he see JZ as his role model and that is why he has blind loyalty to him. He must remember that anc will never make the same mistake of electing brainless, visionless and morally and politically corrupt leader like JZ. If he behave like he is, believing that he will be the next leader of the anc, he must forget it.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-20 15:48

      Dont you have other platforms were you can push your rantings and get challenged with much more sense! Do you realise where you are! Le retshegisa ka barwa!

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-11-20 17:02

      Jacob Zuma is a sleeping communist and keeps it quite until he wants to do a third term as president. He will call on all his commie pals to give him that chance that is when Blade will play his part and by that time there wont be leader in this country to oppose him.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-20 15:15

    I think there should be a bill for stupid people. If they have trouble with logic or crossing the street the government should something. this is a very serious *snicker* issue BWWAHHAHAHAHAHHA xD

  • bongohead.sipho - 2012-11-20 15:16

    Eish What bunk. Eish

  • KCorsar - 2012-11-20 15:27

    I would say delusional more to the point, this merely aids to feed the megalomania that exists within the upper echelon of the ANC and Government - we are untouchable.

  • clivegoss - 2012-11-20 15:43

    He is a democratic communist. Lekker ole Moscow style. Breaks their little red hearts all this press freedom. (bird brain)

  • morris.khunou - 2012-11-20 15:43

    Comrade Nzimande accept that we are living in a multicultural society! It is a taboo in a black culture to insult people! In boere culture it is highly acceptable and taught from bith and probably assesed through formal institutions! They can insult you for 24 hours without repeting a single insult! So we have a conflict of culture, therefore legislation might assist!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-20 16:06

      Tripe. What planet are you from? many of your people insult, attack and even kill each other all the time, in between killing Whites that is, so what the hell are you talking about? Even your own politicians insult each other.

  • emjay.mathabathe - 2012-11-20 15:54

    You guys are pathetic. Your comments are full of hatred. Go on, enjoy it whilst it last.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-20 16:01

      No actually our comments are full of pity for such ignorance and backward thinking by the 'leaders' of our country. You can't hate idiots, you just sympathise.

  • matsutle.aphane - 2012-11-20 15:57

    same old BLADE sweating,,,,! sweating,,,,,! for a space in the top six,u better come up with a fruitful IDEA my broer an stop fumbling

  • NKAISANA - 2012-11-20 16:08

    Blade Nzimande is mad and powermongering looking for a favour from his tribalist leader Jacob Zuma,is also looking for ministerial post in 2014

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-20 16:27

    I have never seen Bush, Blair, Cameron, Sarkozy threaten anybody with jail because they were critised or insulted. You have to earn the respect of people and it does not matter it you are the prez of a country. Zuma has through his actions or lack there of, opened himself up for justifiable criticism, as harsh it sometimes might be. And you Blade, also deserve all the critisism you get with your half cooked education policies/experiments.

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-11-20 16:54

    Dr Blade Inzimande is the person who is the political head of Higher Education in South Africa. He propogates the same kind of attitude within that dept and we are in serious trouble this guy is worse than Kader Asmal for making no contribution to education It is possible that he is showing the early signs of dementia.

      eddie.debeer1 - 2012-11-20 18:54

      Maybe that is why the text books never got delivered.????LOL

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-11-20 17:08

    Blade you are a a_se licking spear. You REDS are real d_cks

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-11-20 17:10

    What a cunning stunt -

  • dennis.ras.92 - 2012-11-25 07:29

    Can someone please check if the birth certificate of Dr Blade Nzimande is correct. Apparently his name was originally entered as bra Blade Creola Nzimande or something. Would be nice to have clarity on that. And please it is not an insult, bra. Just a question. He is a real sharp guy you know...

  • patrick.m.vianello - 2012-12-02 18:50

    Full blown communism coming 'comrades'. In typical communistic fashion - you disagree with the people at the top you get f"()*ed! Do you think Gen. Viljoen went to fight the Border War for nothing???? If only these people with the size of a peanut knew that millions were killed under this banner, maybe they'd change their stance.

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