Rise above petty squabbles, says Zuma

2012-10-26 22:24

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has called on ANC members to rise above factionalism and petty squabbles and lead by example.

He was speaking about the legacy of former African National Congress president Oliver Tambo in Pretoria on Friday.

"What would he [Tambo] want us to do at this point in our history?" asked Zuma.

"He would call on the ANC, and on its members and supporters, to rise above petty squabbles internally and instead weld together a popular movement equal to the challenges of our times."

Tambo would have reminded them not to confuse the nation with factionalism, he said.

"The ANC must lead by example, displaying cohesion, clarity and respect for one another and for the nation as a whole.

"He [Tambo] would remind us that the responsibility of the ANC membership and leadership is to keep our minds when all around us are losing theirs."

Zuma said Tambo would require members to be steadfast in principle and display revolutionary discipline.

"He would urge us to continue on this mission of a fundamental transformation of our country and to work for economic freedom and the prosperity of all our people..."

"He would urge us to unite and build our glorious movement... and protect it from all sorts of negative tendencies, corruption, and opportunism."

Zuma said in Tambo's memory, ANC members should take forward the renewal of the organisation at its elective conference in Mangaung.

"We must recommit ourselves to renew the ANC's core values and principles, such as unity, selflessness, sacrifice, collective leadership, humility, honesty, discipline, hard work, internal debates, and mutual respect."

He said delegates should be pre-occupied with finalising policies discussed at the party's national policy conference in June.

The past 18 years, the ANC had worked hard to destroy the legacy of apartheid, he said.

"The three arms of the state - the judiciary, legislature, and the executive - work in equal partnership to transform society and deliver services in their realm of work.

"We know what we are doing and we know where are going."

Zuma said, in celebrating the international solidarity that assisted in attaining freedom in South Africa the Order of the Companions of Oliver Tambo would be conferred on several people within the country and others abroad.

Among these people were Jamaica's former prime minister Percival James Patterson, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Enuga Reddy and Rajni Kumar from India, Toshio Akiniwa from Japan, Brian Filling of the Free Mandela campaign in Scotland, and Jorge Risquet Valdes Salda from Cuba.

  • andy.mku.9 - 2012-10-26 22:37

    and i believe he would have also urged u to hand over the spy tapes to DA

      lsfreak - 2012-10-26 22:48

      "lead by example" Yeah, follow me and I'll show you how to get rich :D

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-27 05:29

      Not the A&C, they kill each other over petty squabbles. All some of them want is power so they could get to the money

      werner.nel.984786 - 2012-10-27 07:29

      Yes please, Zuma can't afford for the cANCer to fall below 66% majority because that way he and his cadres can steal and plunder with impunity

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-27 07:47

      ANC has worked hard over the past 18 years to destroy the country rather

      Erna - 2012-10-27 08:21

      What spy tapes? Do you really believe they exist?

      heathway.master - 2012-10-27 18:09

      Fair comment for a man who is intent on bleeding the treasury dry, to satisfy his own selfish gain. Need the population listen to a single bit of horse sh-- that flows from this incompetent , more than useless, buffoons upper orifice.

      danie.strydom.7 - 2012-10-27 19:09

      "The ANC must lead by example, displaying cohesion, clarity and respect for one another and for the nation as a whole." STOP STEALING YOU CORRUPT FAT C*NT

      art5SA - 2012-10-28 10:52

      "What would he [Tambo] want us to do at this point in our history?" asked Zuma." He would ask you to resign.... D00S!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-26 22:49

    I never thought I would say this about my President, but this guy makes me sick

      angela.salloway - 2012-10-27 07:28

      I just wish Mr Mandela would say something about this Mr Zuma and what he is doing in the name of the ANC that he fought so hard for to give us world recognition as a country with a future. A future that now looks glum thanks to Jacob and his like filling their pockets whilst the poor get poorer.

      evan.connock - 2012-10-28 09:00

      I agree, there is acertain irony to this call to rise above petty squables, this coming from the same man who has filed a lawsuit against a cartoonist for a cartoon. Hypocricy!

      george.outremer - 2012-10-28 11:11

      More empty words from a president who is morally corrupt. What he is in effect saying to his party members is: 'let's say the right things in public, while back at the ranch, we may all continue about our daily business of plundering state coffers, corruption, and milking the electorate for every penny they have. If he had an ounce of integrity, he would do the right thing by stepping down. Never, in the past 18 years (of so-called freedom) has one leader and his cabinet been so self-serving as this one.

  • dimitripappas - 2012-10-26 22:50

    "Lead by example?" I mean you've got to be kidding me... No wonder this is the banana republic. Unfortunately though, although it's a joke, it's anything but funny

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-26 23:11

      As long as the example is not yours, the country can't afford your excesses anymore. Try a new way of life, become celibate, move into a hermits cave, hand back ALL your and your families ill gotten gains, tell the rest of those 0 rate leaders in your club to hand back everything they stole from the public. Then go back to school and get a decent education, that's not a bad example for people to follow.

      xolie.nkosi.10 - 2012-10-27 09:37

      banana republic? wahlanya saan.......just go back where u came from

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-26 22:52

    Mac Maharaj has perfected the art of transmitting information from his notes of the speech to the notes of Jakob without passing through the minds of either

  • vusumuzi.zidane - 2012-10-26 23:03

    Economic freedom?look whose talking,what do you know about that,old man?

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-26 23:09

    The only hope for the ANC (and the country) is for them to find a president who has universal appeal and respect from all South Africans. Otherwise we are doomed to spiral down into anarchy, with corruption, petty internal political squabbles and scoring political points off oponents causing the demise of this beautiful country. Such a leader is Trevor Manuel. Unfortunately the ANC is too racist to choose him.

      brendaanne.anderson - 2012-10-27 09:35

      Birds of feather ....... Any man with an iota of integrity would not have associated himself with what the ANC has become. He would have left. So any person in the government at present is questionable in my opinion.

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-10-26 23:10

    Some bs from a spin doctor

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-26 23:11


  • Gert van Coller - 2012-10-26 23:15

    Tambo would call on you to resign and go to jail Mr Prez!

      Chris - 2012-10-27 06:32

      exactly .

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-10-26 23:17

    Father of the people, not as a buffoon who hides behind his lawyers and ministers who have to spin every mistake, challenge every court order, and who is very good at dancing his way out of trouble while allowing the citizens to wonder , as they may have done with Mbeki, if their leader is indeed a real , visible and capable leader, and not just a figurehead with what the cartoonists call a "showerhead". Next month they celebrate the 11th president of the ANC, T Mbeki, December is your turn. Do you want to be remembered as the man who turned South Africa into a better place, or for leaving no legacy to your children and grandchildre, except a succession of blunders and failures. The answer is in your hands. If you want to be re-elected, indeed if you are re-elected, use the time well and be open and transparent with us. If you are even 1% unsure that you can fill the shoes of your illustrious predecessors, like Tambo and Mandela, Luthuli, Mbeki, do the right thing, for your party and for your country , and step down, so that the legacy of intellect, wisdom, humility and self- sacrifice, integrity, fairness and responsibility , that the A n C has, can be carried forward into the future untarnished and infused again with belief in itself to uphold higher standards, ethics and morals than are currently on display to all those who once believed in you and your party to provide that "better life for all". They say:"Cometh the hour , cometh the man". Mr PresThat Hour is NOW.

  • ari.kgomongwe.1 - 2012-10-26 23:28

    I don't believe he would have looked away when someone was building him a house for R200 millions

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  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-10-26 23:56

    ANC talk of being example? 200 million for a house? how many poor people could have benefitted from 200 million? ANC want people to vote for them and in return they use their money for their own benefit. Never have you heard them give money or anything to their people...

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-10-27 00:46

    Let the people who know ANC politics and the revolutionary struggle talk ANC politics not these counter revolutionaries who used to call Comrade OR Tambo a terrorist and think they have the audacity to comment.As the ANC membership we need to rise above this petty squabbles and get writ of Zuma and Gwede in our leadership to do away with factionalism,period.

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-27 08:18

      If he smells like a duck, waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, then he is a duck.

  • wenzeslaus.majola - 2012-10-27 01:08

    Mr Pres you have echoed my words. I am on my own record saying that what hurts this country are internal squabbles but I must add that it is not just squabbles in the ANC but in the whole country as well. Some white people and, of course, some African people that have lost their soul are perpetually bent on portraying you, the ANC and the government as dragging the country down stream. The question I always ask is why 60 plus percent South Africans voted the ANC and you in Polokwane and will do the same in Mangaung come December. Why are those that call you names and brand your organisation a pack of fools not standing up to form their parties that will rid SA of the monsterS you and the ANC in their eyes. The truth is COPE tried and look where they are today. The DA keeps trying using every dirty tick in the book and let me assure you they will fail. The ANC is the people of this country that know who and what the enemy is and not what they are fed to believe by opportunists of various profiles, racialist, trbalists, egotists the list is endless. I am talking about people that know and understand that the war waged against you is necessarily against you but, in all respects against them and therefore, with the knowledge that you are unwavering in your commitment to see them win over detractors and ensuring their hard earned liberation is not compromised, are surely going to vote you their leader again in Mangaung. Comrades denying this must be ready for defeat.

      juannepierre - 2012-10-27 04:07

      Thanks for that, what a good giggle. I feel all warm inside it was so funny.

      juannepierre - 2012-10-27 04:16

      I is your president, aaaaaarggghhh, stomp stomp, crush a business with his feet. You be listen, aaaaarrrrgggghhhh, stomp stomp, crush a school with his feet. I be tired, aaaaarrrrrggggghhhh, stomp stomp with a bucket of chicken. Viva comrade Zuma, viva. Viva dictator, viva. Amandla - a.....we.... I really feel like I'm living in the twilight zone when this giggle monster tries to read a speech to me.

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-27 04:38

      The ANC's greatests enemy are not white people and black people like Moeletsi Mbeki, but dark forces of greed, incompetence and ignorance. The ANC should encourage its members to get a meaningful education and cultivate the culture of self-reliance rather than doling out state tenders to people who cannot write their names.

  • Paul Zwiegers - 2012-10-27 01:27

    and what example may that be JZ????? please enlighten us,

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-27 01:45

    Grand theft, murder, incessant human rights abuse and an utter disrespect for The Charter, The Laws, The Processes, The Procedures and, of course, The Struggle are not petty squabbles. The Alliance has had 100 years to come up with a plan. Generations have given their all to help The Alliance attain power. The days of pontificating and moralising are over. DO something or go

  • mapetsula - 2012-10-27 02:23

    I wish you could be the one who practise what you preach

      maruis.kleynhans - 2012-10-27 08:47

      The problem is that this leech can't preach. He can only read the que cards that was handed to him and suck the country dry.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-27 04:34

    Forget about Tambo. He's dead. And he never had to lead a government. There's no comparison. It's like trying to learn deep-sea diving from a tennis player.

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-27 08:21

      He might be dead, but his legacy rules the masses from the grave. That legacy clearly is one of enriching the ANC elite and no-one else. Interesting how the commie elite in China are closing holes after it was found they are also enriching themselves? It is the same everywhere where commies are in control and the masses live like paupers and do not want to hear truth or reasons.

  • Anthony C. Onwudiegwu - 2012-10-27 05:53

    Much as I want to agree with the president that ANC members should rise above factionalism, I also want to add that they the ANC rise above self interest, nepotism, favouratism and allowing the issues of the past dictate their emossion sence of reasoning when structuring future development interests.\r\n\r\nIt is equally important to further this call to all plitical parties to assume a position and mindset that is tuned toward expondging hate, racial discrimination and that characterise negative feelings and offence from the transformation which brought the country to its present democracy.\r\n\r\nThis will allow politicians, interest and insitutions, irrespective of their creed and beleav and political affiliations to work meaningfully with which ever rulling party with the aim to bring about possitive result from government project for the advancement of the country and and people for the the good interest of all rather than running the government and party down.

  • Chris - 2012-10-27 06:31

    Tambo would ask you to Resign and make way for a coalition .

  • cpsmit - 2012-10-27 06:48

    What an idiot to even mention :"Lead by example" Wonder what Z and Puke Watson have in common that make me feel sick?

  • Adeeb Saban - 2012-10-27 06:48

    Banana Banana

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-27 07:20

    If he thinks the service delivery and mining wage protests are petty squabbles he's in for a big supprize.

  • peter.jordaan.5 - 2012-10-27 07:24

    Respect for the country he says using the three legs ... well first of all he shows no respect to the populace, he only rapes and steals ... past court cases show this, then there is the whole Nkandla story using state funds for personal use .. nothing else than rape and theft ... then there is the spy tapes ... then there is the arms deal ... then .. ah well the list is endless. Respect, he does not even know the meaning of the word. President my A#### He is nothing else than a coniving manipulating idiot who is a total embarrassment not only to the country but to the ANC and more importantly to himself. Why the ANC wants to keep this up is beyond any form of comprehension. It only shows how dysfynctional the ANC MUST BE. Would I want to be part of that .... the answer speaks for itself.

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-27 07:27

    And finaly he would have asked you to step down with immediate effect.

  • siliziwem - 2012-10-27 07:32

    listen who is talking!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-27 07:42

    why don't you just FOAD already !

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-27 07:44

    Ohhh sure...rise above petty squabbles I say........(who has permanently risen, to continue serving his many, many, many wives) .....rise above this the ANC definitely have done, without question, no more squabbling is allowed as it is clear that insider assassinations have started becoming the order of the day. What is this New King Of The Zulu's actually trying to say? Yes, yes and yes he is actually admitting that core values and principles, such as unity, selflessness, sacrifice, collective leadership, humility, honesty, discipline, hard work, internal debates, and mutual respect are actually out of the window. He urges people to change their ways but does not command ANC members to change the ways, meaning it is business as usual, The spear must be limp, pussy whipped by those numerous chicks in that harem of his.... One thing I would advice this shower headed clown to do is fire that 'Macmyrash' for writing this ridiculous speech for him, noooooo! he must not fire him... he should charge the leech for 'treeeaaaasoooon!' for writing such cr8p.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-27 08:21

      @Glen.E.Huysamer:)I grown to like and respect your comments, well thought and articulate as well as straight to the point. May I humble add my two cents worth. If Tambo that he is invoking his name would allow his R260m \renovations\ when millions are begging for jobs and money at the robots. And, hey, how would I forget that it is his tendency to invoke big ANC names whenever elections are approaching? \Party political squabbles\, what a big name! May I remind him how he was carried on a wheel-barrow of the political squabbles and delivered to the seat of power. His Vavi's, Malema's, Blaze's who were ready to either kill or die for him. Would Tambo whose name he now invokes approves? Here is what you get when you elect a President with std.3!

  • punungwe - 2012-10-27 07:57

    But who started the petty sqquables?

      Erna - 2012-10-27 08:00


  • Erna - 2012-10-27 07:57

    Zuma is a fine one to talk. It all started going downhill somewhere in 2008/2009 when the glorious anc was preparing for Polokwane and a certain man was cleared of corruption charges by, what clearly appears to be lies, and a certain young idiot was prepared to kill for him. That's basically when the rot started.

      sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-10-27 08:17

      Polokwane was only in 2007. A fool judges the next.......interesting.

  • Maketa Khayalakhe Khekhe - 2012-10-27 08:10

    m starting to believe that hes not actually the one who's writing this n he did not read the script before no one in his right mind would have confidence to stand in front of the nation and put a so much confidence behind his lies Mr president get your story right before you come n make such stupid statements that only a corrupt ANC member as you are would believe

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-27 08:12

    'Lead by example' Does Zuma even know what that means?! He cant do it so how they gonna do it?

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-10-27 08:13

    It will be very much important for the comrades and democrats to keep cool heads now and do everything for the benefit of our people.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-27 08:32

    viva Zuma viva! lets not talk about petty little 250 million Nkhandla's etc whilst the poor are jobless and dying of hunger

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-27 08:52

    This must be the joke of the century calling ANC members to led by example. Does he?

  • neo.motsepe - 2012-10-27 09:05

    Does this guy have a memory problem or probably doesn't understand the words he's reading?

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-27 09:15

    "LEAD BY EXAMPLE!" - What kind of example does Mr Zuma set??? I don't think he has any sense of right and wrong - Perhaps NO SENSE AT ALL!

  • henk63 - 2012-10-27 09:53

    We can't follow your example becuase we are not all in a position to plunder state coffers!

  • richard.madhopershad - 2012-10-27 10:44

    how about sorting out your own issues first,...the only reason you have confidentiality associated with the arms deal is because you are guilty... wheres the transparency....hypocrit!!

  • coram.mushuta - 2012-10-27 11:16

    Wait until you get a leader like Mugabe or Malema you be butchered and you have nothing to put on your tables. Zuma is hard working man who follows principles and uphold the rule of law. Do not be misled by power hungry people and foreigners

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-27 11:21

    Lead by example?. Please don't. Oliver Tambo wouldn't give you the time of day Zuma, and you know it.

  • coram.mushuta - 2012-10-27 11:21

    The way you South Africans are behaving will pave way for a Dictator very soon who will come in the name of empowerment and nationalization, get support from goons like Malema. Those will have no support but will use the land and economic issues to ride on the people to cause chaos in the country.Jacob Zuma has proved to be a sound leader ever since he took over power handling issues such as nationalization and empowerment in a sound and diplomatic manner

  • kyle.chetty3 - 2012-10-27 13:20

    Next time you see a begging kid on the street think of zuma spending 20 million for his lawyer #do not vote anc. Spread the word and don't vote anc

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-27 14:39

    Rise above corruption! Rise above thieving! Rise above megalomania! Rise above nKandla! LOWER yourself to the man on the street. Share his anger. Share his hunger. Share his frustration. Then, maybe, this God-forsaken country will RISE!

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-10-27 17:03

    Look who is talking? The only thing you don't understand is one Mr President. Tambo had his own vision for South Africa. So b yourself and stop copying visions from Tambo and set your own goals and that's when u ll have direction in life. Your vision s to marry 100 000 wives and get 2m children with a lavish life on taxpayers expense u idiot. So it is simple, the dignity and respect Tambo had earned from fellow South Africans will never come to you Mr. Tambo worked hard to earn that and surely if he was stil alive by now he would be in pain of what ANC has turn to be today.

  • badladballie - 2012-10-27 21:37

    Ha! This from the chop using our money to cause a petty squabble with Zapiro!!

  • braamc - 2012-10-28 14:50

    What do you know about lead by example, as a criminal and thieve yes.

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