World Cup an example of SA unity: Zuma

2012-07-04 13:08

Johannesburg - The 2010 FIFA World Cup is an example of what a united South Africa could be like, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

"Every citizen became an ambassador of our beautiful country," he told the national social cohesion summit in Soweto.

He said in the build-up to the event, community conversations were held to ask what it meant to be South African.

Many participants identified the unity and national pride of South Africans during the World Cup as a success story, he said.

"It showed us what is possible if we put our country first."

The summit was being held in Kliptown, where 3000 delegates of all races met in 1955 to draft the Freedom Charter, which calls for a non-racial South Africa that belongs to all who live in it.

The two-day event is hosted by the arts and culture department.

Political parties, business leaders, and civil society and government representatives attended.

Among them were National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu, former speaker Frene Ginwala, and Zanele Mbeki, wife of former president Thabo Mbeki.

The summit's theme is: "Working together to create a proud and caring society".

Zuma announced the need for the social cohesion summit in May, following the controversy caused by Brett Murray's painting The Spear, which depicted Zuma with his genitals exposed, and exposed rifts in South African society.

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-07-04 13:19

    2010 are long gone and forgotten, and i am sure the young couple that live near us that was having a barbeque, and the man was shot and the woman raped last night doest give a crap about 2010.

      Press - 2012-07-04 13:52

      At least it united all taxpayers . . . .

      makenawn - 2012-07-04 14:27

      @ jono.qmann so only whote people pay for world cup, Ignorance can be excused but racism like this is terrible

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-04 14:28

      Knock knock whose there ?World cup ?world cup who ? pick aboo....

      Freddie - 2012-07-04 14:28

      The ANC is the biggest cause of division in this country.

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-04 14:28

      Yeah - unity today, and tomorrow we revert to playing the race card and blaming apartheid for the anc's ineptitude. Thing is, Mr President Sir, we are tired of being screwed over. A positive change could bring about unity, but untill then ... well . who cares?

      sabongam - 2012-07-04 14:32

      @jono.qmann - what do you mean that only the whites are paying the debt of the World Cup? Care to explain this comment which sounds uneducated.

      E=MC2 - 2012-07-04 14:37

      talk about living in the past! Put the country first then & fire all the corrupt officials!! Action speaks louder than words!

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-04 14:39

      @Jono - I disagree - everybody who pays tax, and everybody who receives free services or pensions/handouts etc.from Govt. is paying off the WC stadiums in one way or another.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:36

      @susan, speak for yourself, we still remember the vibe, unity, africanness, exciting multiracial atmosphere and the proudly South African hosting of the world.

  • mariusvrens - 2012-07-04 13:20

    With all due respect Mr President, but practice what you preach!!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-04 13:44

      I agree. The ANC, then, actually made an effort to unite South Africans and show the world what we can achieve. Since then, they are a divisive organisition playing gutter-racist politics to keep dividing black from the other minority groups. Stop dividing South Africa, ANC !!!

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-04 13:46

      Sorry boet, this pres doesn't deserve respect...he is desperately trying to conjure up "feel good" scenarios from the past to BS the SA citizen on voting him in for another four years of gravy-trainage. If he meant what he was saying, those learners in Limpopo would have had books and be writing exams by now. If he meant what he said, there would not be 2 billion rand jet purchase in the pipeline, his lips move but his actions contradict the words coming from his mouth.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-04 13:22

    Yeah, because the World Cup is so much more important than filling the empty cups of the poor. Chop.

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-07-04 13:22

    WE the tax payer are still paying for that today and the future

  • Henk - 2012-07-04 13:22

    And the ANC is putting cadres first. That is your policy. You do not care about unity. If you did you would have silenced the youff league for the rubish that they are spewing. You would jail the corupt...what a waste!

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-07-04 13:24

    Cohesian in SA is possible, but the ANC themselves are the cause of all the cr@p! I have lost my patroitism, and I cannot see me or my family regaining it, definitely not under the ANC gang.

  • kosmonooit - 2012-07-04 13:26

    How Delusional. The whole thing was inappropriate and a waste of public funds, and the legacy? Well hasn't Mr Zuma been reading news24 about the crises with the CT Stadium? At least Lady gaga has a some decent concert venues I guess

  • sunette.bridges.9 - 2012-07-04 13:27

    The World Cup was nothing but an Overpriced Party on which Billions was spent that should have gone to the betterment of people's lives! In the aftermath of this event that you so love to brag about, we are stuck with Stadiums we cant afford to maintain and a National Highway that you know don't know how to pay for! ...not to mention the millions spent on tickets and functions for the Government Officials and their cronies! It did absolutely nothing to "unify" this nation! The only perk was YOU calling asking your bandits to stop killing people during this time - so we had 6 weeks of NO FARM MURDERS! ...makes you wonder!

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-04 13:37

      Yes Mr President tell us why dont you come out strongly against these criminals now.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 14:42

      Sunette Bridges is haaaaaaaawt!

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:18

      @sunette, with all due was a overpriced party to you and your ilk. to us, proudly SA, it was an unprecedented event which put Africa, SA particularly in a map of the "capable countries". We are proud and happy to have successfully hosted the world and writing the history books of football with our African ink. So please let us enjoy it while you weep over “lost billions”.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 15:25

      @azande. Can you identify what the difference was, that allowed SA Inc to deliver the WC, but not be able to deliver textbooks to schools in Limpopo?

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:30

      @danny, can you tell me first...what made you fail the subject you failed at school/varsity while you passed the others?

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 16:07

      @azande.futhi I never failed any subjects. What's your point?

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 16:31

      @danny, good for u. point is...there will always be something done good and one done bad...its natural. key is identfying the cause and deciding what to do about it. there is no perfect leadership/management.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 16:42

      @azande. "key is identfying the cause and deciding what to do about it. there is no perfect leadership/management." Which is why I asked you, "Can you identify what the difference was, that allowed SA Inc to deliver the WC, but not be able to deliver textbooks to schools in Limpopo?"

  • sbu.mahwai - 2012-07-04 13:28

    Ok Mr President we didnt forget that - moving right along now how do you expect unity while members of your party are the ones fuelling racial tension by the irresponsible statements they make every single day - and they get away with it.

      sebastian.jochelson - 2012-07-04 14:24

      Amen to that Sbu... we proved it that it is possible for everyone to live together under the African sky but we all have to play along and the hard work we all put in to keep it going does not stop to today, tomorrow or the day after...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-04 13:28

    "It showed us what is possible if we put FIFA first."

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-04 13:51

      lol, 100%

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-04 14:18


  • chiepner - 2012-07-04 13:29

    Put our country first? hmmmm - so that is what YOUR education department had mulling around in Limpopo this entire time?

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-07-04 13:30

    That was a shallow show of unity. Up until the economy issues, land and general equality issues get sorted, the dream of unity will always remain what is....... A dream!!

  • gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-07-04 13:31

    Desperate statement Zuma! Did you dream this up whilst thinking about your new Boeing 777 Your wallet comes first then your 17 wives, then your family, then your mates.....and Lastly...your voters... You don't give a rats ass about the people of this country

  • FirstSeed - 2012-07-04 13:33

    Fake unity evaporated.Reality remains

  • Ian - 2012-07-04 13:34

    sure showerhead, unfortunately you and your criminals put theft, crime and corruption first, oh lets not not forget about releasing criminals because you say so, what an a hole

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-04 13:34

    I do not see any unity now that the rate payers of Cape Town are paying for the stadium. Rememeber Mr President you were the one who suggested that people who do not support the stadium were unpatriotic. Now I do not see you and your soccer cronies putting their hands in their pockets

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-04 13:34

    Firstly the 'success' of the world cup should not be considered an all round success. Many people were almost bankrupt through investment based on the 'promise' of trade, and many others simply never realised anything near the success they had hoped for. Perhaps the event itself was successful, but not much else. So once again, I see Zuma grasping at straws here. Also, many of the policies under consideration by the ANC will definitely not lead to a united nation, more like civil war. So what the hell is he talking about?

  • badballie - 2012-07-04 13:38

    Great at last, OK Zooma, you get the rabble together and the minority will wait for you guys to catch up OK!?

  • Gavin - 2012-07-04 13:41

    also an example of the governments insistence on spending tonnes of money of things we can do nothing with now, instead of prioritizing and spending the billions of the poor. it would also have helped if our national soccer team knew how to play soccer. zuma needs to pull his head out of his 2 billion rand ass and actually look around at the state of the nation. he lives in luxury with 6 wives and 14 houses. his every need is catered for and I'm sure someone even wipes his ass when he goes to the loo. catching the train with the people doesn't endear you to the masses, it only shows how big a chump you really are.

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-07-04 13:44

    How many of his comrades are still riding the gravy train in this country?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-04 16:26

      He's lost count, like he's lost count of how many children he has.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-04 13:44

    Yes Mr. President south african citizens were happy at that time. Again we were misled into believing the world cup was going to do so much for South Africa. The only thing it did was cost the taxpayers money to build white elephant stadiums and any gravy that was reaped from that event went into the wrong coffers. Since then, the ANC has allowed their members and kindergarden to start racial sluring against whites, indians and coloureds. At this point in time Mr. zuma most people are sensing they are not wanted, they are afraid for their lives and whatsmore living in South Africa has become stressful fearful and we cant believe anything government says or promises anymore. We are all doubful of our future and that of our children. You say one thing then dont follow up on it. Smiles and jokes are not a way we want to be lead. We want a strong leader who we can trust, and is not trying to do things underhand. We are not school children, we have foresight and can see what is going on in front of us. Second transition, Second Term, I doubt we need you or your unionists they have buggered up our country big time. Your Government and your unionists are exploiting the poor for votes. If all the monies stolen from the Taxpayers could be repaid, just imagine the ANC could quite easily have given each poor family a sum of R250 to R500 thousand as a start in life. No grants no free this or free that. If they did'nt use the money wisely, then that was there problem.

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-07-04 13:45

    It was easy to be united - we weren't uniting because of politics, we were uniting because of sport. There it's a South Africa vs the rest. With politics, Mr Zuma, you make it about colour vs colour. NOT so easy to be united then,is it?

  • jan.human - 2012-07-04 13:48

    Eish!!!Where is the jobs promised???? Where is the new roads promised.... Where is the upliftment.... Into your own pocket??? And so we brag about another failure.... Money on white elephants (stadiums)....Rather keep quiet...

  • wandile.mayeza - 2012-07-04 13:49

    Artificial unity...., it just evaporated like that..

  • SteVmphO - 2012-07-04 13:54

    Dear jz...stop talking lies, it was a true example fair enuf, reality is that to start with the ruling party, corruption is brewing from the soo called democratic government!!! We can only be united if you step down as the president and your gemmic government

  • frankconnock.dwyer - 2012-07-04 13:54

    World Cup 2010 holds many great memories both from a business and personal perspective. It was also a time when the voices of politicians were drowned out by the positive vibe. If Jacob Zuma and politicians from all sides could take a lesson from that it would be great. Politicians usually create conflict by their rhetoric.

  • damonsb - 2012-07-04 13:58

    Ask not what this country can do for you,but ask what the hell is wrong with this country.To Be...What should not be...That is the question.

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-04 13:59

    Lets start with you... You put your country first!

  • Lourenzo - 2012-07-04 14:02

    Zuma must suck my dig

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-04 14:46

      Eish - spearmint anybody?

  • margyhp - 2012-07-04 14:03

    Yea right Mr. President... tell that to ALL your corrupt cronies. A lot of hot-air as usual - you make me sick

  • Ingrid - 2012-07-04 14:07

    You are lying Mr President, what happened to the R20 million that was wasted on Hospitality Events by the Mogali City Municipality and there cadres. This was only one that is mentioned what about the rest. The unity was for ourselves.

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 14:09

    STFU....the World Cup was an illustration of what can be achieved by Africans when there are Europeans cracking the whip.

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-07-04 14:21

    How a december election can change a man temporarily. Is Zuma working towards sainthood? All these sudden changes in attitudes and working for the good of the people.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 14:27

      "When you vote for the Zuma camp, you are also choosing to go to heaven. 'When you don't vote for the Zuma camp you should know that you are choosing that man who carries a fork, who cooks people."

  • yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-04 14:22

    S.A could have paid cash for all the stadiums,were not for corruption.

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-07-04 14:25

    There was more unity during RWC 1995 in this country with Mandela than there will ever be with the current circus.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-07-04 14:26

    Unity?What unity?Wishfull thinking showerman,we are racially divided and the whole world knows which race hates the other.So stoh hallucinating wena zuma.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 14:49

      Which race is that, pray?

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-07-04 15:00

      Jip, everyone knows how much blacks hate whites.........

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-07-04 16:35

      Blacks habour no hatred towards the other races,especially towards the chief oppresser.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 17:13

      Then how do you explain "Shoot the boer" and "Umshini Wami"?

  • Freddie - 2012-07-04 14:27

    The ANC is the biggest cause of division in this country.

      balan.morgen - 2012-07-04 14:55

      @Freddie, the anc swallowed the apartheid regime and its now working well in their digestive system therefore racism will always be there.

  • jwarha.balakisa - 2012-07-04 14:40

    The will never be Unity before Equality. Radical changes to the economy will bring equality to the people of this country. Unity we automatically happen once people are on the some level economically.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-04 14:44

      Can you explain what steps must be implemented in order bring about and achieve equality?

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-07-04 14:50

      Considering who runs the government, and what a shambles that has turned out to be, do you really, in your right mind think economic change will be the solution? Take from the whites... They are already taking from everyone.

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-07-04 15:06

      Let me guess, you want land?..........after you get land, all the infrastructure will suddenly and magically pop up, together with hundreds of hectares of already planted crops, ready for harvesting, then you will be economically level? Good luck with that one.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-04 14:42

    Yeah right...and now WE Cape Town sits with a WHITE elephant (rhino).....or can I call it a BLACK rhino

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:25

      ...and the rest of other provinces are sitting with legacies that yield significant proceeds. should we cry?

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-07-04 14:43

    2010 is over, and the crime rate is still high. What unity? and amongst which part of the Human Race here in S.A.? Apartheid is still alive and well.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:24

      i guess the world cup was intended to curb crime in your view.

  • king.koffi.9 - 2012-07-04 14:44

    eish!!!BLACK and WHITE debate again!so depressing ne?

  • balan.morgen - 2012-07-04 14:47

    @ Freddie, Apartheid was the main cause of racial division in the country.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 15:07

      That argument might hold water if Indians and coloureds were at loggerheads with whites. That's simply not the case in everyday social interactions anymore though, is it?

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-04 14:48

    Rainbow nation, like Ubuntu is a myth.

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-07-04 15:10 is a corruption free government, professional police force, effective municipality, speedy service delivery, good roads, high quality education, good healthcare, clean cities, crime free societies, productive state entities (Eskom, SAA, Telkom, Transnet, etc.)..the list goes on...all myths!

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:22

      @lynn, Ubuntu is a myth? Maybe to you and your ilk. Its a reality to the ones that practise it. You wouldn't know by the way, it was never a concept of the west.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 15:31 mean like in 2008 when blacks set other blacks alight? That kind of Ubuntu?

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:34

      @danny, does a fight within a family nullifies the existence of the family bond? Does the incident of a Priest raping a child at church render Christianity a myth....please dude, use your brain objectively for once.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 15:57

      The above are myths if ones actions do not bear out the claim. If a father rapes his daughter, does he remain her father simply by virtue of having a direct genetic link with her?

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 16:11

      @danny, surely he remains the father but indeed not fatherly. it is a problem when countable negative incidents within a group are taken as representing the values and beliefs of the entire group. Generalising isn't an appropriate way of categorising. One needs to be scientific and factual when trying to class/categorise something.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 16:46

      @azande, How does ubuntu play out in a country where the percentage of the supporters of the government are overwhelmingly black, and the party for which they vote for, routinely spew racist, divisive and genocidal utterings?

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:12

    Many of us still remember the vibe, unity, true multiracial exciting atmosphere, hosting the world in a proudly African style. To all haters....The negative attitude and your ridiculous subjectivity isn't gonna help at all. World Cup 2010 brought an unprecedented unity of all races, thats a fact. We know that there are issues to be addressed in this country but that doesn't mean we have to turn a blind eye on critical matters that bring unity and build the nation.

      joe.bat.52 - 2012-07-04 15:31

      azande, i agree with you totally because people of all races were united @ world cup 2010 but everybody forgot about politics for almost 60 days. whne it ended , what happened??? leaders were throwing racism on the table accussing of others races for the problems that the country is going through. then there is tribalism now amongst the group of africans in this country where the now hate each other because the zulus are commanding more power. of course corruption came trhough thick and thin, who are they now blaming this on when more poor people are being jobless: they say its the whites fault..instead of the leaders accepting responsibility and have EVERYONE talking the same thing at the same table about restoring crediblity for SA ( health, education, service,etc) ..I cannot for the life of me see unity in South Africa , ever.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 15:48

      @joe, fair comment. Yes indeed we have serious issues which by the way are majorly caused by the ruling party, ANC ie corruption, high crime, deteriorating moral fibre in the youth etc. I am in no dispute of that fact. We do need to rid this rot from the ANC before we can dream of improving the conditions in our country and the plight of the poor. And that can happen only when the ruling party begin to take stand, acknowledge its internal problems, develop a will to eradicate corruption honestly and stop double standards. Having said that, the article reports on the claim by JZ on unity brought by world cup. I have a problem when people want to deny that good things brought by WC 2010. that is my point.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-04 15:59

      @joe.bat.52 "Leaders were throwing racism on the table accussing of others races for the problems that the country is going through." Which leaders were those? What ethnic group were they from?

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-07-04 15:26

    But it is exactly that, a FEELING of unity. National unity across all racial groups will never happen.

  • neserp - 2012-07-04 15:49

    Fantastic comment by our President yet again, especially if we think of all the corruption that took place building the stadiums, inflating the costs for the tax payers to now pay off. And then of course the contingency in planning what will happen to the stadiums after the 2010 World Cup, like Cosatu's wonderful suggestion to turn Green Point Stadium into low cost housing, o my soul I cannot contain my laughter any longer!!!! How does anybody take this guy seriously!!!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-04 15:50

    If this comment reaches anyone with influence maybe it will be useful. I for one cannot contemplate any measure of unity when so much of the public face of South Africa is associated with corruption, violence and the associated degredation of any sense of morality and decent values. I am surely not alone in expressing and heartfelt yearning to be a part of a society that respects individual rights and has a strong moral compass. And before I am challenged this is not a plea for Eurocentricsm, it is a plea for people in positions of public leadership to set examples based on what they say rather than just producing words aimed at public consumption and populism!

  • gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-07-04 16:07

    "Every citizen became an ambassador"..... Yep, including the hotel staff who stole clothing from the England team, the armed gang who robbed the Portuguese players at knifepoint, the robber who held up International journalists at gunpoint etc etc All ambassadors Mr Prez, all ambassadors.

  • Ayanda Mathunjwa - 2012-07-05 00:45


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