Differences should draw us closer - Zuma

2012-07-10 22:34

Johannesburg - Our differences should be the compelling reason for us to draw closer to forge a common future, all of us, black and white, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma was speaking at the Holy Worship Church hall, in Thohoyandou, Limpopo where he was delivering a lecture about the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela as part of the ANC centenary celebrations.

Part of it touched on the history of the youth league in Mandela's time.

Mandela and his friend Oliver Tambo were founding members of the ANC Youth League, which was established in 1944.

"The ANC youth was impatient with the leadership of the time, whom they felt were too gentlemanly in their approach to the struggle," said Zuma.

He likened Mandela to a "magnet" which attracted people "through persuasion".

"Inside our country, even those who were, and who are still, fundamentally opposed to the ANC, and who fought tooth and nail to keep South Africa a racist pariah state, now claim Nelson Mandela as their own," said Zuma.

"Such is the power of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a unique and great statesman who is able to win over even his enemies."

During the first 10 years of democracy, five of which were under Mandela's leadership, 789 laws or amendments aimed at removing apartheid laws, were approved by Parliament.

"He [Mandela] worked tirelessly to change South Africa for the better," said Zuma.

Madiba remained a loyal and disciplined member of the ANC through "thick and thin", he said.

"The abiding lesson to us is that all South Africans should continue the reconciliation project that he so passionately led on behalf of the ANC.

"Our differences should not set us apart from one another, but should be the compelling reason for us to draw closer to forge a common future, all of us, black and white."

Zuma said South Africa still had many hills to climb.

One of them was social and economic emancipation, as outlined at the party's policy conference last week.

"One hill that we must climb together is one taking us to true economic and social emancipation," said Zuma.

"As the ANC we have outlined the vision of economic emancipation.... We look forward to tangible resolutions at the national conference in Mangaung on the economy, taking forward our discussions at the policy conference last month."

On Wednesday, the ANC will be in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape, Mandela's birthplace, to launch the Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge over the Mbashe river.

Serious warning

Earlier on Tuesday, five ANC Youth League supporters were detained and released on a warning after violence erupted at the hall where Jacob Zuma was speaking.

"They were an unruly group of people who started in the afternoon by blocking off the roads," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

About 300 supporters of expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema converged outside the hall before Zuma arrived.

They carried banners with Malema's picture and sang: "Zuma is troubling us".

They became involved in a fight with ANC security officers when they entered the hall at 16:00.

"Those people are anti-Zuma and came inside the venue and started singing anti-Zuma songs.

"Then the ANC security inside the hall contained them and assaulted them," said Mulaudzi, adding that the police were called in to defuse the situation.

"Five of them, who were among those singing anti-Zuma songs, were bundled into a police van and taken away from the venue.

"We then gave them a serious warning to refrain from causing problems in the area. They complied and were released."

Mulaudzi was unable to say what happened to the security officials who assaulted them.

Zuma began speaking after 17:00. Violence continued outside the hall during his address.

"They continued to cause a disruption. Even when President Zuma started and was busy with the lecture, they were pelting police with stones," said Mulaudzi.

"We had to use a water cannon to disperse them."

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-07-10 22:41

    The picture --- The Tribe has spoken !!!

      raath - 2012-07-11 07:27

      More like, "our tribe finally discovered fire".

  • reflection.moment - 2012-07-10 22:44

    Jay Zuma do you even know the difference between black and white....

      Koos - 2012-07-11 07:39

      Only one color he is interested in... GOLD.

      JanHNortje - 2012-07-11 08:39

      Viva Mandela he was a great president. Actions speaks loader than words. Zuma can talk the talk but Mandela walked the talk.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-10 22:45

    If prior differences compel unity what does prior unity compel? With all due (very little) respect, it is a senseless statement and typical of deliberate propaganda.

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-07-10 22:54

    Things are not going doing well

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-10 22:55

    Was tortured in homeward bound traffic with yet another 1hr> history lecture by our erstwhile Prez. Time for JZ and his speechwriters to cotton onto the fact that the history lessons I heard today, divide and do not solve anything. Next time you want to inspire us, esp in the traffic, please tell us what the plans are. The definable goals, milestones, stuff we can measure you by. History lessons are all well and good but man, when we've commuted our way home and have to think 3x about turning on a light, or knowing we have little to feed our family when we get there... We can't eat that. We are beyond being inspired by the past. We all, really, really want a viable, sustainable future.

  • CHRISTOS52 - 2012-07-10 22:57

    No second term for J.Zuma that's enough .

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-11 11:07

      Who will they have to choose other than Zuma?.Sexwale?.

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-07-10 23:24

    "draw closer to forge a common future, all of us, black and white" how can we do this when you exclude skilled people from the economy based on the fact that they are white??? how can we do this when every time you fail to deliver, you dredge up the past and blame your failure on apartheid??? loser.

  • des.cider - 2012-07-10 23:25

    Indeed, Mr President our differences should and could bring us together, but the way you are running the country, you will have to explain the war you are leading us into…

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-11 10:47

      by economic freedom I suppose Zuma means the 5000 people that lost their jobs because government did not pay the 70 million rand it owed Sanyati for work done. Sanyati thus liquidated. ANC doing its best to sabotage the economy

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-10 23:33

    The Swan song, elections are coming and he needs votes.

  • Richard - 2012-07-10 23:34

    I love how the ANC are always talking about 'Black' and 'White' and how 'they' should work together. By consistently pointing out these 2 seperate racial groups, even when calling for unity, they keep alive racism and keep alive divisions between them thereby securing voters to help them steal from both.

  • tobydt - 2012-07-10 23:41

    100 years of "selfless" struggle :P

      fanie.gerber.98 - 2012-07-11 01:26

      Burst out laughing when I saw one on these cursed signs the other day

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-07-10 23:45

    He was asked what legacy will he leave behind and he said he can't tell his obituary while still on earth. Why is he telling Mandela's?

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-07-11 08:22

      very dodgy answer and thats his trademark,

  • Pieter Du Preez - 2012-07-11 00:17

    The problem you measure difference based on race, I measure it based on differences in goals, standards of behavior, competency, skill, merit, decency, respect for others, honesty, integrity etc. Whereas I am looking for a technocrat in my leaders, you are looking for ideologists, sycophants, corrupt yes men who can bring you and your cronies more wealth at the expense of anything else. That difference will never be narrowed until the common thiefs in government and public service is rooted out at all levels, including yourself. I could not care less if the Government is from which party, as long as they SERVE the public, and not themselves.

  • Leonard Mokgotlhwe - 2012-07-11 00:25

    Mr Zuma is our President like or not .He is man in charge

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-07-11 01:03

      Then I hope that "the man in charge" will soon be discharged!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-11 01:33

      You right Leonard , he is in charge and he is charge of those criminals that are effing up this country !! Well f@cken done !!

      Sisi - 2012-07-11 07:06

      Man in charge my glad I'm one of those blacks who didnt vote for him...I wasnt happy wen cANCer was canvasing for this criminal and kicking out Mbeki for wanting to put the criminal in jail.He can go and fly a kite

      Bois-Tête - 2012-07-11 07:28

      Really, I don't think so.

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-11 07:49

      The mistake of the ANC is to be all things to all men; it cannot hold

      B.b. - 2012-07-11 08:05

      Lol ha ha ha you are not one of those who will be attending the Mangaung conference, so, don't bother about the ANC leadership,,,urs to do is to campaign for ur parties coz ANC is not going to do ur way,,,ANC is going to elect its new leadership,,,if Zuma returns it could be for a sound decision and so will be if doesn't return. So leave that to the house of ANC. Don't talk as if you've voted for him. It's ANC members who voted him in and they will vote him out without you. It's like you are canvassing for one of the ANC leaders to replace Zuma kwaaaaa you think we are fools? Not at all. I wish to see this country being run like it is in KZN,,,,wow the leadership is spiritually involved in the development! They are close to their people,,,they have gone so far to even decide to teach their people on how to control their finances mmmmm woooow,,,there family fights, but few. As usual, we fight and reconcile within the family,,,

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-11 11:34

      "He is man in charge" Now that you mention it, I seem to remember something like this. 700 odd charges wasn't it?

  • fanie.gerber.98 - 2012-07-11 01:24

    Now I have heard it all

  • farmfreund - 2012-07-11 01:30

    this from a guy that shags his best friends little girl

      Tishan - 2012-07-11 07:17

      dude get over that, it takes 2 to tango or make a baby. not like she said no.. so

      Koos - 2012-07-11 07:47

      @tishan.pillay: Based on what happened to the other girl that said NO, do you think she said YES?

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-11 08:25

      @tishan.pillay: Are you mad? Whether the child said Yes or No is completely irrelevant

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-11 01:58

    The problem with Zuma's speechwriter is that he/she hammers on the wrongs of the past and do not have the testicals to admit the current wrongs of the current Government.There is also no will to right the current wrongs of the current Government.You cannot hammer the Apartheid note forever...people are going to get tired of it.Its like blaming the dog for your far*ts at the dinnertable and the dog dies. You forgot doggie is gone and keeping on blaming the poor departed canine for your flatulant boops. The then the family suddenly realises that there is no doggie under the table any more. They finally realises that you have been bulldusting them for a long time.And that is all I have to say.

      Alfred Vana - 2012-07-11 03:40

      i fully agree with u

  • koketso.khanyile - 2012-07-11 02:25

    Wow, so says the biggest divider of us all, was he not the one preaching about more \black bosses\ just the other day? And taking away land from the current farmers? What good is that going to do for us in settling our differences. Taking what others have worked hard for just because \we are black\. Mxm!

      jakes.cakedregs - 2012-07-11 04:44

      Koketso, yes - the man has a difficult job trying to please everybody. But you are absolutely right. His inconsistent messages will only cause more distrust and division in the end.

      mark.pretorius1 - 2012-07-11 07:50

      Ntuthuko - Do you mean the Khoi San?

  • marumobongani - 2012-07-11 03:28

    cat and dog may live under one roof but does'nt mean they have to get along

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-11 08:26

      And yet they usually do learn to get along

      theo.konings.9 - 2012-07-11 11:24

      I have cats and dogs and they get along just fine. The cANCer should unite us all to realise this great countries potential but all it does is play the race card time and again and divide us even more.

  • clive.brink - 2012-07-11 05:01

    Dear President Zuma, Since the initial talks with the Dakar rebels, and then the ultimate Codessa negotiations, you and your party have made a 180 degree turnaround on the position and status of everybody that is not a member of the ANC and have introduced a re-engineered and even maybe perfected form of apartheid. In all this time our country has gone down the tube and the examples are just too endless and me to tired to point all the instances. The worst lie that your party has propogated was that you are doing it all for "the people" and poor. No new Schools or Universities, no new Hospitals, No Jobs, no Food, prices of everything out of control, Croniesm, Muncipalities bankrupt and hardly any Services - the only thing that still grows is crime, your harem, and the luxury vehicles and blue light convoys, and of course your fleet of VIP aircraft. In my humble opinion you have permanently created a divide between people of certain race groups in this country, wider than the Grand Canyon, who dont know any longer where they stand with you and your party, who couldnt care one single iota any longer about your empty and hollow overtures, assurances and never fullfilling promises. Actions speak louder than words and it is going to cost more than a little miracle too fool us just merely once again, as a matter of fact, I am of the opinion that you are going to learn this time round that a vast number of your traditional followers are also fed up up with empty rethoric!

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-07-11 06:43

      @Brink, brilliiant. U got it wrong on 1 example though, schools. My company has supplied steel to new school projects around Gauteng. Find out more about SSI Mafuri JV school projects. These are top class schools built in townships, Kingsay, Diepsloot, Vlaakfontein, and many more. The same JV is building more schools (12)in the Eastern Cape now. Research more sonny. Right now your statement sounds more like sulking.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-07-11 07:03

      Me again, hospitals, my village has a hospital that was opened about three years ago. Check out Ratshatsha Hospital in the Blouberg Municipality in Limpopo. I'm starting to scrutinise your statement. Racial divide has got nothing to do with government. It's our home training. Think about it.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-11 08:28

      @ratsaka: Yes, some of these facilities are being built but not at anywhere near the required rate. We need twice as much construction just to keep pace with population growth.

  • koos.strydom.923 - 2012-07-11 05:27

    @christopher.columbus I accept your comment about big business etc turning the wheels in another direction as your true experience of what is happening out there. If that is the general trend it makes me a VERY VERY concerned man. Africa does not understand or accept multi party democracy. Africa will tollerate it as long as the king (current ruling party) is not threatened. Zim was a very good example: For twenty years the white farmers were tollerated and left alone to go about the buseniss. Then the white farmers decided to stop being politically inactive and started to openly support the MDC hoping to effect a change in government. The result is out there for everyone to see. Big buseniss has only one avenue with a potentially positive outcome: Keep engaging the ANC in a constructive way hoping to influence positive decision making. A great example of the result is the difference in the public statements of the Minister of mineral affairs's statements regarding the non nationalisation of mines (She is constantly being engaged by big business) verses the ANCYL's demand for nationalisation (They are NOT being engaged by big business) Does anybody really think the DA has a realistic change of ever becoming something more tha the opposition? Engegement politics is the only avenue to prevent dissaster, how unpleasant that may be! Confrontational politics in Africa does not work!

      denis.gomo - 2012-07-11 07:32

      Hats off to you Koos. Insightful and wise appreciation of African politics. Engagement: thats the new watch word.

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-11 08:09

      Koos, you are partly right. But when I tried to join our local ward committee (as the only White) it was made clear I wasn't wanted

  • johannes.modise2 - 2012-07-11 05:30

    ohh the road for MANGAUNG is difficult,

  • Hermann - 2012-07-11 06:56

    Yawn, again Zuma preached what he does not practise.

  • Erna - 2012-07-11 06:57

    What the current anc and people don't realise is that the problem to the minority is not the fact that SA is governed by a black majority party, as that was expected. It is the QUALITY of the current anc that we object to. Remember how optimistic many of us were in the early 90s, and again when COPE was estabished?

  • cj.venter - 2012-07-11 07:02

    what about all the other races that are south african? why does it always have to be black and white...?

  • piet.viljoen.98 - 2012-07-11 07:06

    I have absolutely no desire to "draw closer" to you barbaric lot.

  • tw2066 - 2012-07-11 07:14

    Dear Mr Spear Showerkop, your own putty cant even stand together, yet you expect me to? You subject me to racist conditions of BBBEE, and AA crafted by your Facist regime, and you expect me to ebrace you? Andrew Zondo murdered my kin folk, yet you honour him in Toti, and you expect me to feel that I am part of your Bantustan? Last week only, you called for more BLACK bosses, at my expense (and every other race for that matter), and expect me to feel I am part of YOUR corrupt ineptocracy. Get suffed, I dont want to get close to your kind. You are divisive, and racist, and no better than your previous master, Julias Malema.

  • eduardhomes - 2012-07-11 07:15

    what a chop JZ is!!! He is losing the plot like Bob from Zim

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-07-11 07:32

    Mr President being a high priest of the African National Congress personally I think you have divided the party. Your leadership style and your speeches of I quote \ we should be, the AnC must, it has to be\ all this is not convincing me at all.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-07-11 07:32

    Zuma must just forget it, no another term for him.His promises are all a liar !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • butch.poulter - 2012-07-11 07:52

    "Differences should bring us together", "Bring me my machinegun" Bit confused are'nt we?

  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-07-11 07:53

    Ma'Winnie, put an end to the lectures on Tata or rather ban ANC leaders... The lecture on Tata demands unisons, utmost respect and it can not be associated with ill-will. Last night realy is an embarasment... and pose a danger to the image of this Nations Father, Nelson Mandela.

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-11 07:54

    Ds z a sad fact: Zuma must win in Mangaung, or else Malema will be back. I dnt want them both bt, Malema z xtremly bad news 2 our already divided nation.

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-11 07:57

    May i live till 2036,would love to see whats gonna happen to this troubled country. You all claim to love mandela but when a call is made in his name to unite the country, you respond by insulting the president

      jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-07-11 08:08

      they have leant from Zuma when he taught youth to insult Mbheki, he use to sing Moshini wame.

      theo.konings.9 - 2012-07-11 11:39

      Thats because he has done NOTHING to unite us and that is a huge problem for us.Zuma has done nothing but create hatred and division amongst us.We all need to unite to make this country work.

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-07-11 08:11

    seriously, we CAN make this country work, together, as black & white. just look at how racial differences are cast aside whenever bafana or the boks win a game. the problem is the government who keeps racism and division alive by reminding us of the past by blaming their own shortfalls on apartheid and racism. I would LOVE to join forces with people of all colours in this country - i can teach them what i know and they can teach me what they know, and together we can go forward. thanks for taking us backward all the time zuma!

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-11 08:14

    This man is a racist. He is trying for the white vote to boost numbers yet speaks with forked tongue.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-07-11 08:14

    All the election talk that will start seriously now....

  • JanHNortje - 2012-07-11 08:40

    Actions speaks loader than words. Zuma can talk the talk but Mandela walked the talk.

  • dieter.erxleben.1 - 2012-07-11 08:41

    "Inside our country, even those who were, and who are still, fundamentally opposed to the ANC, and who fought tooth and nail to keep South Africa a racist pariah state, now claim Nelson Mandela as their own," Did i read that right, if we are against the ANC we are Racist?

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-11 08:50

      That statement in itself is aimed at white people, in one sentence he screams unity and in the next point fingers... Typical

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-11 08:42

    Haha can you believe this guy?! Just last week and the week prior he was playing black off against white, and threatening white people with second transition blabber, and now he wants to unite? Shove your sentimental BS you snake! When it is world cup or mandela's birthday you want to unite but soon after we hear a different tune. Not interested.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-11 08:52

    The ANCYL should be disbanded as an organization. They are nothing but poorly educated, illogical, intellectually challenged, misfits and rabble rousers intent on increasing polarization in this country. Immature, semi-educated, childish minds, have no place in the politics of the new South Africa and its challenges towards the uniting of all the people of the country, and doing away with racialism. It might also help if the ANC became less racially focused, and acted to the benefit of all the people of this country, and worked towards Mandela’s vision of a "Rainbow Nation".

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-11 09:04

    Differences should draw white and black together but now you are in the way.Please disappear

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-11 09:13

    This man is so patronising and condescending thinking that the whites will fall for his 'simple talk' like the masses do. We are not ANC fodder. We are educated and have the capacity of critical thought and reasoning. We resolve conflict through compromise and negotiation. That is what separates us from animals. I would go so far as to say, that is what separates us from his grass roots supporters too.

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-11 09:38

      Well said Lynn!

  • fabian.houten - 2012-07-11 09:15

    Ugh... racism will never go away... The reason for this is that every time someone from the ANC opens their mouth its about accusing someone of being racist or how the black people are being treated unfairly. If you don't like the way you are being treated, leave, or get off your lazy ass and go find a job.

  • wandile.ncobela.3 - 2012-07-11 09:25

    In my call to all South Africans, irrespective of the colour of our skins, let us work together to bury and destroy the seeds of apartheid and racialism. Let us follow on he footstep of our great legend Madiba.The man who worked tirelessly to change South Africa for the better. Madiba remained a loyal and disciplined member of the ANC through thick and thin. The abiding lesson to us is that all South Africans should continue the reconciliation project that he so passionately led on behalf of the ANC in the interest of all people. Our differences should not set us apart from one another, but should be the compelling reason for us to draw closer to forge a common future, all of us, black and white. Zuma has said South Africa still had many hills to climb. this is the call of all south Africans, black or white, let us stop criticising one another. This country belong to all who live in it, and let us respect the fact tht people shall govern themselves. Let us not represent the views of minority but propel for the good, for the sake of this rainbow nation.

      theo.konings.9 - 2012-07-11 11:40

      Great comment.Thank you for your wise words.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-11 10:00

    Yes, differences can join us together into one great country! But Zuma and the anc are doing everything they can to divide Blacks from Coloreds, Whites, Indians and Chinese. Come election time they will all be "Black" except the Whites! Time to vote DA. Once again he is saying what the audience wants to hear. Tomorrow he will be as racist, pro-racist BEE as ever. I do not trust Zuma, I do not trust the anc! Time to vote DA!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-11 10:02

    This is doing the rounds at the moment - well worth the read ... CAN SOUTH AFRICA SURVIVE GIVEN THE FOLLOWING? The folks who are getting free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff. The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting! Now... The people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist. So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place. We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff. Now understand this: all great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them. Thomas Jefferson said it best: “Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that at the next election will we? A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves! I'M 100% for PASSING THIS ON!!! Let's take a stand!!! Zuma: Gone! Schooling: A decent pass rate not a manufactured one! Culture: Western Standards not multiple wives cared for by the tax payers! Corruption Free; No one with a criminal record has a position in Government - not even the president! "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." -- Margaret Thatcher We the people are coming…

  • farmer.notsobrown - 2012-07-11 10:19

    Aww group hug!!

  • james.else.58 - 2012-07-11 10:36

    The quoted text above seems like a familiar echo throughout our country's history, particularly the latter part of the Apartheid Regime. Could it be that President Jacob Zuma is P.W. Botha's long lost love-child or even H.F. Verwoerd's political grandchild?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-11 11:06

    Just another day in the circus.