We're not at a tipping point – Zuma

2012-10-30 10:39

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has told foreign correspondents that South Africa is not in a crisis, it was reported on Tuesday.

"We are not at a tipping point," he said, according to a report in The Sowetan.

Zuma was responding to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's comments that the Mangaung elective conference in December would be a "tipping point" for the ANC.

"It is wrong to exaggerate, to say because there are strikes, then South Africa is in a big crisis," Zuma said.

"To us [government], South Africa is not in a crisis. Tipping from where to where?"

On Monday, Business Day, quoted from a transcript of a Financial Times interview with Motlanthe, in which he said Mangaung would be a "tipping point" for the ANC.

He reportedly said that as people and various sectors looked to Mangaung on clues about South Africa's political and economic outlook, the African National Congress would be expected to set out clear policies.

Motlanthe said the party had to be the natural political home to the broadest cross-section of South Africans, including the youth.

"They use a simple measurement... Is the ANC capable of going to the moon? And they say: 'Well if it can't deliver textbooks, how can it go to space?'" he said.

The Star reported that Zuma brushed off a question that worrying about Motlanthe, who is widely tipped as a rival for the presidency at Mangaung, was causing him sleepless nights.

"No one gives me sleepless nights," he said. "Kgalema is my comrade."

  • rontheogre - 2012-10-30 10:56

    It does not mean if every whim of Zuma, his family and hangers on is catered and paid for that the rest of the country is not suffering and nearing the point of no return. It will only sink into showerhead's brain when he shakes the piggy bank and nothing falls out.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-30 11:00

    What the hell would a standard 4 educated person have the brains to say that categorically…wake up Mr Zuma! Your coffees getting cold!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-30 11:03

    South Africa is in the biggest crisis since Independence, and Zuma is playing the fiddle. He refuses to admit that there is anything wrong, whilst millions are living under the breadline, thanks to his policies. The country is fast becoming a disaster area. Wake up and smell the BS!

  • ben.alexander.16144 - 2012-10-30 11:05

    We have tipped bright spark....

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-30 11:06

    What planet is Zoomer on?

  • maropola.nkitsing - 2012-10-30 11:06

    Motlanthe my president

      Billy - 2012-10-30 11:26

      look i dont have anything against motlanthe but i dont have anything favouring him either. who is this man? ive only heard a bit about him in the news, he wrote a book. and? its as if he's just sitting there waiting for his ride on the presidential gravy train. what has he achieved? what makes him a good president? im asking because i dont know, not because im trying to be nasty.

      Billy - 2012-10-30 12:21

      yeah well, i can try at least.. aanhouer wen.

      dumi.zulu.31 - 2012-10-30 16:00

      Better than the alternative

  • ewanvb - 2012-10-30 11:08

    With the government officials spending so much time on personal and foreign issues, they do really not have a clue at what is really going on. The country is definitely in crisis Mr. President. You should walk your talk and stop spending tax money on your private residence and more on educating the poor.With the population growth in South Africa, soon there will be more mouths to feed than there would be money to feed them. The government should stop with all these handouts and concentrate more on encouraging the youth to provide for themselves outside of criminal acts. The strikes is hurting the country Mr. President. Soon all will strike because they say they have the right to and without reason or with unreasonable expectations. It is time that more government officials get a moment to reflect on what they are doing because their actions dictate what the people do. Reject the judiciary decisions and the people will do the same. Encourage strikes, and the people will do the same, encourage theft of tax monies and the people will start to think it is a free for all and that there is no such thing as property rights or private ownership. The government set the example, and the people do follow.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-30 11:09

    "Tipping from where to where?" What a question ? From here to oblivion. Or the bottomless pit if you like.

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-10-30 11:12

    Zuma must get him self tested for syphilis because i think it is starting to eat is brain cells.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-30 11:18

    I wouldn't listen to a word this fool says. Not after he revealed how much of a racist he is.

  • nicky.tyrrell - 2012-10-30 11:19

    Poor deluded idiot! only fooling himself, the rest of society is intelligent enough to know we are in a very sorry state indeed.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-30 11:19

    Zuma wouldn't know a crisis even if it is proved to him. He also reckons that "Kgalema is my comrade" while Motlanthe is going for his jugular!

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-30 11:20

    Please tip onto your own Spear ...

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-30 11:21

    Your are such an embarrasment Zoomer, rather shut the f##ck up.

  • Erna - 2012-10-30 11:23

    He must be the only one thinking that.

  • tony.samuels.35 - 2012-10-30 11:26

    Our credit rating has dropped,strikers run amok and hold bussiness to ransom,our education level is the 3rd worst in the world,AIDS is an epidemic,unemployment is rife,lets not even talk about crime and corruption,our president is upgrading his house to the value of R250 million while half the country battles to put bread on the table .......definetly no crisis here....what a chop!!!

  • mzondistanley - 2012-10-30 11:28

    According to reporters any Conference by a Ruling Party is a Crisis and in a Dynamic Society like South Africa you need to ready to put heads together and search for new ideas and Personalities to run the Nation!! This is Typical of News from Africa if it is to sell in Europe and America then it has to a Crisis!! Newspaper Selling Garbage Stories. Motlanthe should take a look at the Statistics being released to day!! And the Implication on wheather the Greater Majority of workers and citizens are Capable of articulating on Government P0licies and Laws of the Land!! Look at Marikana Mine Workers do they understand critically all the interpretations of Union represantions in the on going Bargains? Definately doubtfull !! The Statistics should be carefully analysed by news Media and the danger is you want News that can Sell Newspapers!! Mangaun is an assessment of what need to change in terms of Polcies and the other Question is Do we have Cool headed people to marry Peoples Concern to the actual performance of economy!! This is done mandetorly once every five years according to the Manifesto of the ANC !! Phobia of Elections is unwarranted at this time!! But Synthesise the Statics which is a Blue print of wheather we have People in all walks of our Society who are capable in engadging in the Promotion of Productive work!! Even our Journalist City Press Editors How do they compare with CNN Reporters ie GPS analysis!! Lack of adequate Training is serious in this News sector.

  • nikondaniel - 2012-10-30 11:28

    Mr. President, you are an ignorant fool.

  • karla.vanzyl.108 - 2012-10-30 11:31

    It must be nice living in a constant state of denial...

  • debduplessis - 2012-10-30 11:36

    Thats easy for Zuma to say... he spends more time overseas than on a day to day basis or at Kaga-gate with all wives & kids - should he spend more time in RSA then he would experience what we experience i.e. mining & services strikes which is crippling the economy, soaring basic food costs, crippling mandatory government costs & 95% of South Africans living below the breadline due to his greed .... YES this country is in crisis!!!!!!

  • Billy - 2012-10-30 11:37

    "No one gives me sleepless nights," he said. i thought the people of south africa living in poverty gives you sleepless nights? anyway, if zuma cant see we are in trouble at the moment, its proof that he has no idea what is going on with the people within the country. him and his cronies are completely out of touch.

  • arnold.sher - 2012-10-30 11:38

    No, we are in crisis cause you are stealing everything!!

  • raiven.hansmann - 2012-10-30 11:39

    Nothing gives the President sleepless nights? If I were the President and I'd read the 2011 Census I wouldn't be sleeping for a while.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-30 11:45

    hhahhahaa my comrade

  • mncedisi.budaza - 2012-10-30 11:52

    Why our President is so ignotant about real issues of our country? Whether we like it or not we are fcd!

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-10-30 11:52

    You killed how many protesters? Your compound is costing me how much? Your wives and 20+ kids are costing me how much? King (not) Goodwill wants how much again to keep his lifestyle going? Malema stole how much? Kids in Limpopo and so on are still waiting for textbooks? The country lost how much in the past few months from constant strikes? How many people died of violent crime the past month? How many rapes again? Idiot! This country is in very deep pooh, open your eyes. And all you care about is your penis in paintings and you raping justice in cartoons.

      AMNewman - 2012-10-30 12:06

      Yes\r\nBut it definitely wouldn't be a crisis if he'd got the secrecy bill through. 'Cause we wouldnt know most of this!

      gugulethu.mpungose.1 - 2012-10-30 12:11

      Have you ever asked yourself that of the twenty children you are talking about how many of them have careers

  • smallies - 2012-10-30 11:55

    He is right we are not at a tipping point.....we past it on 27 April 1994....

  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-30 11:55

    No one gives me sleepless nights\ I'd also say that coz I earn millions p/m,I don't go to bed hungry,have gazzillions wives and children in a 250m compound

      Nontyatyambo Ntyatyie Moyo - 2012-10-30 12:24

      fork wena hlukanani noZuma

      mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-30 12:38

      Lol say it in english

  • drcpot - 2012-10-30 12:01

    Why do you and Malema (others we must uncover still) need a bunker in your homes then, Lying like politicians do best again. Not one standing for Prez at Mangaung has the public interest at heart but only themselves or the ANC.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-10-30 12:06

    Quote of the millenium of 2000+ [President Jacob Zuma had come to address the world's media at a televised breakfast meeting in Johannesburg.] Quoted from a BBC News article ! "South Africa's government was an unwieldy ship to steer, he suggested (Mr J ZUMA), "You cannot change direction overnight. It's like the Titanic."

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-30 12:23

      Yes, like the Titanic, sunk forever!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-10-30 12:09

    Jacob my boy, SA has been in crisis mode for at least a year. And your incompetent cadres are just making it worse every day.

  • jonathanlee.oosthuizen - 2012-10-30 12:10

    Dear MR president. If this country goes and your \comrades\ and your zoomaville goes down with it. Someone with brains must do something about this country and run it...otherwise we all sink and mr zuma sinks with us. That's what happens if you run this country with a standard 2

  • mastersvoice - 2012-10-30 12:10

    This is just one more reason why Jacob Zuma will go down as the worst South African president of all time! His police force shot and killed over 30 miners who were striking illegally - the country's economy has been dealt a serious blow thanks to these strikes and the killing, the mining industry is still reeling and labour unions have been shaken to the core! The country's (mostly black) youth are becoming desperate as their "education" is proving useless, hospitals are struggling to cope, our national supplier of electricity is bleeding consumers dry while paying out huge bonuses and we will soon be in a water crisis as well. Then there is the matter of crime and corruption. The deployed ANC cadres have been on a rampage, stealing from tax-payers to enrich themselves, and our police force is under-trained and often involved in crime themselves. If Zuma is allowed to continue abusing his office, South Africa will soon be just another failed African state. He has to go!

  • leonard.olley.7 - 2012-10-30 12:14

    I agree the country is not at a tipping point.... that's also been stolen. There is nothing left to tip...

  • oneman.njilana - 2012-10-30 12:18

    Zuma Mr Denial the nation has stopped going foward. The ANC economic development has been worn out from its birth degenerated from job creation of racist apartheid to barbarism of ANC neo apartheid. Since 1994 it has been starving workers with Affirmative Action and BEE increased unemployment and monopolised even education. It has lifted incompetency of leadership in every sector. Which country in the world that has head of state with corruption charges over his head except South Africa. Recently this government has killed 38 workers on single day except on continuous basis. Which ruling party in the world that is feulled with corruption from the organisation itself members killing each other and bringing ghost members except the ANC. So we should celebrate in pretence that come the next election these members of ruling of ANC are angels. Every day we deal with increasing cost of living food and feul this government never said anything. What do we say when we are forced to take E-toling. Which government has ever taken citizens to court except your government. What about the agriculture the farmers who no longer recieving funds because of sabotage over racist tactics to coopt black masses who are just voting cows,who are you starving except this country and its citizens. Why must everyone work in the government to believe there are jobs in this country. Why must people have connections with highly connected individuals inorder to have a better life. Why there are more 200 people vending the same product within less to 700 meters. Zuma being in denial its clear after Manguang the strangle of people will increase its strength and despair will engulf.

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-30 12:21

    Clearly he is only in touch with the money he ripps from us. The rest, well he has lost it long time ago.

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-10-30 12:22

    Ummmm, I think we have heard this before, Hey Zoomie Boy. ",,,Crisis ? What Crisis ? There is No Crisis,,," ",,,,And if you dont like it, move,,,," !!!

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-30 12:23

    Nobody listens to you, your talk is empty and has no value of effect. You are uneducated and you do not understand most things like: how important education is or how critical the murder rate has become or how high the rape rate in South Africa is. Resign please, we beg you !

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-30 12:31

    Zuma, please just keep you mouth shut every time you open it you Embarrass South Africa!!! If you think the only problem in SA is striking miners then you really are smoking something or you have an STD that is making you lose the plot!!! What about education, corruption, intimidation by ANCYL, poor road conditions etc...... Please wake up you fool!

  • Kalari - 2012-10-30 12:37

    Might be your comrade cadre but he still said that the anc under your (lack of) leadership is at a tipping point and he want your job!!!

  • elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2012-10-30 12:38

    It can't deliver text books cause it has to pay for Nkandla. I still cant believe that he is getting away with it!!!!!

  • jlushaba - 2012-10-30 12:43

    If only we as citezens could have a platform like news24, where we discuss our challenges in this country. Like poor education, fraud, incompetence governence, home affairs issues etc. Stop this racial stupidness, coz its getting us nowhere. Than collectively decide which party we see fit to take this country to the world map, cos clearly the ANC isnt getting us where we should be. Im a black man and proud of it and the only party I see for now is the DA. My brothers and sisters please see the light and make a better change for our future. I know its a lovely feeling when the ANC canvases and us singing slogans as the voting season comes around. But than after that what? We toyi toyi and blame the government all over again than 5yrs later same thing happens...... m sorry to say, but thats just stupid

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-30 12:46

    We way past it and deep in the excrement

  • coontly - 2012-10-30 12:47

    Zuma should rather come and clean my car,I think that is what he is qualified for cause he is Stoopid.

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-30 12:53

      What a witty comment!!! NOT, you should come cleam my car!

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-10-30 12:49

    not tipping for the anc thugs but for the poor it is.

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-30 12:51

    Zuma you are quite correct. We are not at a tipping point.We have tipped already.

  • jlushaba - 2012-10-30 13:06

    If only we as citezens could have a platform like news24, where we discuss our challenges in this country. Like poor education, fraud, incompetence governence, home affairs issues etc. Stop this racial stupidness, coz its getting us nowhere. Than collectively decide which party we see fit to take this country to the world map, cos clearly the ANC isnt getting us where we should be. Im a black man and proud of it and the only party I see for now is the DA. My brothers and sisters please see the light and make a better change for our future. I know its a lovely feeling when the ANC canvases and us singing slogans as the voting season comes around. But than after that what? We toyi toyi and blame the government all over again than 5yrs later same thing happens...... m sorry to say, but thats just stupid

  • godesha - 2012-10-30 13:17

    Oh, ignorance is bliss.

  • mandla.hlatywayo - 2012-10-30 13:20

    Nnete ya baba Mr President?

  • khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-10-30 13:37

    Mothlante is truly correct,the worst part is dat our 'stupid president'