People trying to discredit SA - Zuma

2012-09-17 18:09

Johannesburg - There were people trying to discredit the country, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

"We should not listen to those who are making a career out of rubbishing our country and the gains of our national democratic revolution," Zuma told Cosatu's national conference in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"The fact is that the ANC government has reduced the numbers of people experiencing the worst levels of income poverty significantly."

Zuma highlighted some the African National Congress' successes since it came into power in 1994.

He said the United Nations Millennium Development Goal target of reducing the number of people living on less than one US dollar a day had been achieved.

The reduction of poverty in the country was achieved through social protection programmes.

"To date more than 15 million people receive social grants while others enjoy free access to health care for the poorest," said Zuma.

"Others receive free basic services to indigent members of our society."

Zuma said progress had also been made in terms of health care and education.

This was through the campaign to fight HIV/Aids and the piloting of the National Health Insurance scheme.

With regards to basic education, he said 95% of children in South Africa were attending school.

"[This] means we are close to meeting the universal access goal."

Zuma said in a few days he would announce what action would be taken regarding the textbook saga in Limpopo.

"I know that this matter is close to your hearts as Cosatu as you were worried about the failure to deliver textbooks on time in Limpopo and other areas," he said.

"The presidential task team has submitted its report."

He said the department of basic education had been directed to improve the distribution of textbooks so that they arrive on time next year.

Cosatu was holding its four-day national congress this week.

Earlier on Monday, the trade federation's current leadership was nominated unopposed for another term.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-17 18:13

    What people? Are these the selfsame "some people of some description" he referred to the other day? I wish he could be a little more vague, this straight talk just confuses me!

      JackRussel - 2012-09-17 18:19

      Well we dont need others discrediting the country, the government is doing a sterling job all by themselves

      kim.buren - 2012-09-17 18:34

      LOL Mr Zuma you have this all wrong. There is 50 million fingers pointing straight back at you. KNOB

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-17 18:35

      No, it is the third know that group of culprits that live next to the tokolosh and the tooth fairy.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-17 18:41

      Dear Zipper, let me help you. Say after me... "Julius Malema". See, now you have named the 'people'.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-17 18:44

      Always blame someone else for your stupidty

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-17 18:46

      "...more than 15 million people receive social grants..." Can somebody explain to this uneducated buffoon that a handout is NOT freedom - it is the greatest form of enslavement there is. "...progress had also been made in..." PROGRESS..??? Is producing illiterate graduates progress..? Just ask the South African Law Society. Deliberately prohibiting white school leavers from entering universities of their own country, despite having some of the best marks in the world (viz they qualify for top universities in thge world) - is this 'progress'..? Not even able to deliver textbooks..? Having one of the lowest numbers of students starting school getting to matric-levels, etc, etc... "...progress had also been made in... care..." - utter rubbish. SA's life expectancy has dropped exponentially since 1994. You can carry on for days - it is however clear that this buffoon is as detached from reality as Juju is from filling in a tax return... - 2012-09-17 18:51

      No JZ, you are still the king in doing that

      Desilusionada - 2012-09-17 19:15

      @SharonE This W@nk apparently did not hear that since beginning of 2012 there has been more than 11 000 "service delivery" protests. (EWN last week) That is like 43 every day, (including weekends and we all know they are then drinking, not protesting). Even at 50 people per "protest" we are talking more than 500 000 people gatvol and prepared to speak/act out. How the fek they are supposed to "make a living" out of rubbishing the country, I fail to see, them being poor hence the protests. Never in the history of South Africa have so many been gob smacked, by so few, so many times. Perhaps some kind soul will just do a turbulent priest on him. Now or at Mangaung........

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-09-17 19:57

      Yes Zu, 95% attending school, 50% dont have books, I dont call it social grands, I call itbuying votes, rather give them work, not chase away investors with your stupid joevleek

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-17 20:33

      95% starting school, 45% finishing matric, 17% or the original 95% passing matric where the passmark required is just 30%. Grand delusion.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-09-17 20:40

      @Claudia, and yet he trumpets that 15 million are on social grants, again he doesn't realize the fact that this is the biggest indicator of complete failure of the government to lift people out of poverty through education and work opportunities, this is not something to be proud of, but to hang our heads in collective shame

      warren.moore.7545 - 2012-09-17 21:43

      Department of basic education Oops!!!...Thats sad really..Apartheid was evil to the core..Viva La Malema.

  • akshar.sookraj - 2012-09-17 18:18

    Yes Mr President... Freedom Off Speech... Its The Manner In Which You Run Your Country, That Gives People The Right To Discredit Zumaville? An Example For What ? Think About Introducing The Death Penalty, Instead Of Spending Millions Of Our Tax Paying Money!!! - 2012-09-17 18:52

      No JZ, you are still the king in doing that

  • willem.vanrensburg.35 - 2012-09-17 18:20

    I think Mr Zuma the government is the most active in this activity of discrediting the country.

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-17 18:25

    Zuma,you and the ANC have done a superlative job of rubbishing this country!!WELL DONE!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-17 18:53

      And where is this elite NIA force of yours They should know,or are they just as stupid

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-17 18:26

    Mr President: You sir have got the wrong end of the stick. Firstly,put muzzles on the Malemas of the country,thentake your own staff to task with their corruption,mis-management of funds,failure to give proper education,etc. These are the very things which are discrditing this country. Everytime you allow the likes of Malema/Floyd to speak where there is a foreign journalist present,you allow the country to be shamed even further!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-17 19:34

      Don't say "stick"(Or anything that can vague be a reference to his spear)! We don't need him taking another wife that we have to pay for!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-09-17 18:28

    Some try, but the anc succeeded.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-17 18:48

      Let people rather think that you are a fool, than open it and confirm

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-09-17 18:29

    Yes and I agree with you. Those people are to be found in the presidency & in your office, to start with. And in Luthuli House. Worst of all, you and your ANC party, have already succeeded admirably in descrediting South Africa - i.e. you are no longer trying, you have in fact succeeded and this must be your and your government's singularly most notable achievement so far. So, well done, Mr Prez, it's all thanks to you and your party. Clap-clap---clap...

  • flyswat - 2012-09-17 18:30

    One cannot fault South Africa. I don't think there is a single person in this country that will discredit it. The only thing that people discredit is the current government and all its failings.

      flyswat - 2012-09-17 18:40

      Although, I do think the current gov certainly does a marvellous job discrediting themselves anyway. No assistance needed there...

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-09-17 18:32

    No they not Mr Zuma....its the corrrupt, inept SA GOVERNMENT that they discrediting....

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-17 18:33

    Yes I agree, but most of the people that are discreding South Africa are in the leadership of the ANC.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-17 18:34

    This dude sounds like PW Botha! Oh wait. Didn't the Nats join the ANC? I recall the Ancien Regime (AKA the National Party) complaining about what they called ANTISA forces, giving SA a bad image. It's the ANC that is giving us a bad name.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-17 18:35

    Now you are spot on mr president.

      flyswat - 2012-09-17 18:43

      Really? You know who these "some people" are? Enlighten us...

      Xavier7034 - 2012-09-17 18:43

      The only spot (of Sh*te) is on those wrinkled lips in the pic above

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-17 19:36

      @ndyeboreginaldmazawule: "spot on"? MMMMmmmm maybe by African Standards .... but if you work with what I have to work with every day you will know that light is a spotlight and this country is a comedy show.

  • lekgalenelsons - 2012-09-17 18:36

    No, Mr. President, leave people out of this, your leadership is what discredit this beautiful country of ours, you ruined everything. Stop blaming people, and introspect yourself.

  • nico.brits.581 - 2012-09-17 18:36

    Proverbs 31:21 'For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: 22 For a servant (Someone who dropped out of primary school) when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat(riding the soustrein);"

      gerasimos.komnenus - 2012-09-17 22:40

      Hey Nick. You hit the nail on the head. It is the summation of the ANC leadership. The wisdom of Solomon is lost on these sluggards but wisdom will not be mocked for long! The ANC will be but a grubby footnote in the history of this country and wisdom will testify the ruin they have wrought and wisdom will taunt their folly forever.

  • STEPHANIE.TEALE - 2012-09-17 18:38

    I think zuma should honestly speak Zulu so that the rural people can hear what he has to say......honestly they will have a heart attack at this rubbish he spews!! why on earth would we want 15m on social grants...thats not an achievement its disgusting...stop closing schools and get the education up there as priority number 1 ! Bloody Agent!

  • Billy - 2012-09-17 18:38

    you are the poeple discrediting the country...

  • marli.eisern - 2012-09-17 18:43

    Which people? Who are these people? I am surprised to hear this. Discredit SA with which arguments? Service delivery, performance, output, nepotism, corruption, unlawful theft, unjustified enrichment, ruling and management by rogues, bandits, third class academics and professionals and compulsive liars? I wonder who these people are? Perhaps we should ask a few random patients in state hospitals or pupils who are waiting for their books. Perhaps these people are voters of the ruling party, who knows? People....discredit...eish...where is my new aeroplane?

  • Sprinkler47 - 2012-09-17 18:43

    How can 15 million people on social grants be an achievement? It is rather a sad reflection on failure.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-17 18:48

      15 million voters! For Zuma, that's success! Taxpayers being used to pay for the ANC support.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-17 19:07

      That's what Bob does - tells the people of Zim that they will lose their grants if they don't vote for zanu pf. What these people don't realise is that the government pays the grants, not the party!

  • billy.mamba.3 - 2012-09-17 18:45

    Mr president u have done an outstanding job to your hood what about other areas in South Africa were there are no president who grow up there

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-17 18:48

    It is almost the end of the year and now he is going to say something about the text book crisis. Any bets Miss Arrogant Angie keeps her job. Mr Apartheid is going to get the blame. Watch the pass rate ever at the end of the year...meanwhile lucky if it amounts to 2%.

  • odiahjameschris - 2012-09-17 18:51

    Are u kidding me mr zuma?sa on highway to anarchy!the signs are being written on the wall.the gap within the society is so far especially when u see the person driving the range rover is a has one of,if not the highest crime rate in the world!i smell a failed state

  • Michael - 2012-09-17 18:52

    "WHAT??!! who is daring to take credit for discrediting this country!!!??"

  • - 2012-09-17 18:52

    No JZ, you are still the king in doing that

  • Khuvhisto - 2012-09-17 18:57

    i totally disagree with ur sentiments

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-09-17 19:06

    JZ,all I can say to you is\I don't want to see you leading SA anymore\your time is up,,suka axitulwini u nyiketa van'w,I nkarhi,ku hava xa kahle xinga ni tsakisa since u took over from mr Mbeki,u are Pap Mr President.

      flyswat - 2012-09-17 20:19

      Godfrey, you're obviously educated. Please help your fellows by voicing your opinions. THeir JZ wants to keep them uneducated (hence no school books) so that he can be guaranteed the vote.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-09-17 19:11

    No-one's done more to discredit sa than the anc. Guess you better give government to people who actually know how to run it.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-17 19:13

    The person doing the biggest discredit to SA is a prick called showerhead, followed closely by the ANCorruption's prize fighter fatboy. Get real goat herder.

  • bbooyse - 2012-09-17 19:17

    These \people\ don't have to do a thing, you and your alliance partners are doing just fine :)

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-09-17 19:17

    Your leadership and your ANC is discrediting South Africa,mr president.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-09-17 19:22

    ZUMA thinks we are all staying in NKANDLA.... New York.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-17 19:23

    Having no education, 35 plus kids, 5 wives, you are making SA proud Mr President.

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-17 19:25

    This is a pathetic piece of cheap propaganda! Social grants supported the nation? Madness! Grants are a key reason for overall laziness and a wide range of social problems. So now things are bad but not as bad as it were...a bit Animal Farmish? The prez. has officially gone persecution paranoid!

  • Khuvhisto - 2012-09-17 19:26

    Current leadership of ANC has failed south african

  • mark.dare.35 - 2012-09-17 19:26

    What planet does this neanderthal live on? You know what, its Zuma's electorate that bear the brunt of the fool's policies, so i dont give a toss. Because those 40m fools love living with sewerage flowing down their streets, they love have their children raped and their old people murdered, they love being jobless and education less, they love having a dysfunctional health care system which only perpetuates and exacerbates their already poor health. And these 40m million fools will prove how much they love this lifestyle by voting the chief fool and his ANC house of clowns into power for another 5 years to degrade the little remaining humanity and dignity the 40m fools still have.

  • Khuvhisto - 2012-09-17 19:31

    Everyday showerman u read the statement instead summarising but anyway level of education it count sometimes

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-17 19:34

    Blah Blah Blah MR PRESIDENT sa hv reach that united nations millennium development goal target ,let me agree that 2 disagree with u on some point what's the use of reaching that goal where as ur people in sa r not happy with the way that u have messed things up in this country .I think u beta resign b4 we experience the civil war ..::ONE::..

  • - 2012-09-17 19:34

    Mr spear(ZUMa) u are the one who's discrediting this country u blacks em,u can't brag about social grant, only u and ur children are benefiting,the more children u have the more grant u Get,your days are over and u must step DOWN

  • bernard.herbert.9 - 2012-09-17 19:39

    Stop it people, the government is doing a good enough job all by themselves!

  • glenn.p.popham - 2012-09-17 19:40

    @ JackRussel. Could not have said it better. The so called people do not have to discredit the country in any way. The government is doing a great job of it all by themselves and blaming the people. TAKE RESPONSIBILTY FOR INCOMPETENCE AND MAYBE WE CAN START MOVING FORWARD

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-17 19:41

    If R4.5 billion lost to strikes causes recession, what does R675 billion lost to corruption do?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-17 19:47

      Now that is a good question.

  • njdejager - 2012-09-17 19:53

    No Mr Prez its called a one collective by the name of ANC thats through their daily actions and statements discrediting this country. The whole world is now shining the spotlight so you can start to SEE IT.

  • mcedise.l.buhlungu - 2012-09-17 20:33

    I'm never sacred. I'll say who's trying to discredit the beautiful south Africa. 1. Jacob Zuma and the whole Anc. 2. Julius Malema and his cronies. 3. Everybody else focussing on our problems as a country and sneering at others with them instead of helping our beloved country with solutions. Take that!

  • boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-09-17 20:34

    Ag pleeze zuma you and yours are the flies in the ointment..and the tokloshi of course.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-09-17 20:57

    Can a person make a career out of discrediting this country? Suppose like the guavament can make a career out of making many many children.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-09-17 21:01

    Listen Showerhead! You are the one discrediting this country!! You and the regime are screwing up everything!!! No-one needs to discredit SA, the ANC have done it themselves and now you are moaning about "others"?

  • clive.kihn - 2012-09-17 21:02

    Actually, Mr Pres, when you blame everyone else when things go wrong, it's an admission of failure. You are actually admitting that you and your bunch are not up to the job of running a country. You have nothing to offer but excuses and ludicrous finger-pointing.

      emile.mohare - 2012-09-17 22:01

      the country is going down the drain but if u work for the government u cant see that schools clinics law and order are all in shambles how do u expect children to go to school if the easy way out is to have a baby and get a grant and then spend that money in shebeens, this democracy is only good for the anc who opened up the borders for eveyone this country is not going to be enough for all africans and asians go back to the drawing board south africa is for south africans just like zimbabwe is for zibabwians

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-09-18 02:51

    I wish the rest of the world would wake up and see what this chop has done to SA.

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-09-18 06:33

    Zuma you are your ANC w-anker mates do it all on your own. You created that other little fat boy who is the standing joke of the year. All we have to do is watch you clowns

  • sammyto.sammytoss - 2012-09-18 07:05

    Our government is ignorant, as workers we feel that they are feeling as. He was suppose to address workers he address individuals and support the workers not capitalist.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-18 07:34

    hahahaha!! would you listen to the little kid... Zuma, for you information, people and companies are not discrediting our Country, they are discrediting what YOU DID TO OUR COUNTRY!!! YoU BAFOON!!!