Tight security as Zuma arrives in Kliptown

2012-03-21 10:38

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma arrived at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto on Wednesday, to deliver the keynote address at the Human Rights Day celebration.

The crowd, seated in two white tents, erupted in cheers when Zuma walked around the square.

Security was tight around him with marshals wearing orange jackets forming a human chain around him and his bodyguards pushing photographers away.

Zuma was accompanied by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

A lone protester greeted the morning crowd with a poster at the entrance to the square asking the ANC about its conscience.

"ANC where is your conscience? Sharpeville 21 March 1960," the placard read.

This follows unhappiness in the Vaal about the relocation of the Human Rights events being held in Soweto instead of Sharpeville.

Human Rights Day was previously known as Sharpeville Day to commemorate the shooting of 69 black protesters by the police in 1960.

  • rbphiri - 2012-03-21 10:45

    So our president wants to deliver the keynote address at the Human Rights Day celebration. What Human Rights??? Our rights were violated when these tax driven, Materialistic Heavens decided to implement the E-tolling system. The only rights we have these days is to offer our taxes as a sacrifice to please the so called ANC gods.

      Shirley - 2012-03-21 10:53

      They use past triumphs to promote this day but I have yet to see any significant intent on an upgrade of any basic rights. Gys and lesbians,poor,racial segregation-the list is endless. Hot air and cold promises.

      luyolo.makalima - 2012-03-21 10:57

      haydon.solomon - 2012-03-21 12:04

      well said, this govt thinks we are all naive & cannot see that they raping the citizenry of this country by taxing the populace to death...unfortunately people still vote with their hearts only, therefore they will rule till judgement day

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-03-21 10:58

    Viva Zuma VIVA....why don`t you guys have a sip of champagne "on behalf" of the People again ? Especially the one`s in Sharpeville, Ratanga etc. ? This country will burn down to the ground soon. The masses are FED UP with the ANC. Your police force and your army will not be able to stop them.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-21 11:16

      The shower head is running dry...and that drought will be evident...come 2014

      johan.vanhoff - 2012-03-21 11:51


      Arp Liebenberg - 2012-03-21 14:25

      viva for this comment viva!

  • Mark - 2012-03-21 11:19

    What's he nervous of, his own supporters?

  • Koos - 2012-03-21 11:25

    Protection from his own people.

      Koos - 2012-03-21 11:29

      Maybe protection for woman?

      rbphiri - 2012-03-21 11:37

      His afraid of his adopted fat son coming to seek revenge for his suspension. His son is probably grazing on his farm in Limpopo, or seeking further tenders to exploit, after all it's a mission to fulfill the greed of his four stomachs.

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-03-21 12:07

    "and his bodyguards pushing photographers away". Typical of Africa - just shove everyone away as if they're pieces of dirt. El Presidente is almighty - don't even dare get too close to him! Self centred and egoistical.

      Shirley - 2012-03-21 12:14

      Most African leaders are!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-21 12:13

    The Key-note address is already delivered by means of blue lights, bullet proof limozines and body guards : "This is the ANC and we take what we want. You are the people and you'd better pay up"

      Mc - 2012-03-21 13:47

      Reverse that a little.

  • Rob - 2012-03-21 12:44

    I hope some idiot does'nt spill a drink on him.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-21 12:57

    I think if South Africa has managed to overcome a minority rule in the past. we can still overcome a group of ANC cronnies that are busy implementing tolls, secrecy bills and other dispeakable things to hurt the public...

  • Mc - 2012-03-21 13:43

    We started out with nothing and I we still have most of it left. To all the hillybillies who Massacred innocent people, show some remorse.This is South Africa's Human Rights Day, 21 March it is declared as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

  • Ndidzulafhi Mafannzhoni - 2012-03-21 13:52

    it maybe wrong! but lets all stand up and support sharpeville,

  • Matanje - 2012-03-21 15:37

    Lip, the very nadir, of even Lip Service! Wait till I show him how he has personally abused my human rights for the past 27 solid years, from the camps of exile till 2012 where he has ordered me, through military police (with guns at the ready) to stay at home on a flimsy suspension because I dared point out the only human rights the person of Jacob Zuma knows are those of his own, those of his fellow-Nguni tribesmen and women, particularly family members of his apparent god, Nelson Mandela! Stay tuned to my blog: "Lengibatsandzako". Thanks, in advance!

  • Andrew - 2012-03-22 07:18

    So the peoples President had to protected by a human chain and bodyguards, I wonder why?

  • Chakafukidza Dzimba Nafatso - 2014-05-14 16:23

    we are coming from voting,u never went to say that by voting against the gods -anc,,,today u have already started to cry,,keep on crying,,,zanu was born the same day with anc,,so we are going for a marathon endless crying with this gvt

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