Zuma: Media focus on perceived ANC battles

2012-10-29 14:05

Johannesburg - Media and commentators are eager to focus on "perceived battles" in the ANC ahead of its elective conference in Mangaung, instead of the party's policies, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

"We must emphasise that this conference is no different from 52 others that took place before," Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at a Foreign Correspondents' Association meeting in Johannesburg.

"As we prepare [for Mangaung]... we also have to contend with the eagerness of the media and commentators to focus on perceived battles in the ANC, instead of the important policies that are to be discussed at conference."

He said the Press Freedom Commission had addressed a lot of the party's issues concerning the media.

Membership growth

"The ANC fought for media freedom and will continue doing everything in its power to promote freedom of expression and media freedom. At the same time, we also remind those who are privileged to have access to the media to respect the rights of others."

He said African National Congress branches were still busy deciding on who should lead the ANC.

"The thoroughness ensures that the ANC elects leadership after much debate and consideration each time, and emerges stronger. We wish to emphasise as well that life will certainly continue after Mangaung. The ANC will emerge stronger, ready to lead South Africa towards prosperity and cohesion."

He said the growth in the ANC's membership, from about 600 000 at its last conference in Polokwane in 2007, to 1.2 million in 2012, was a sign the ANC was still "strong".

"This underpins the reality that our people still believe in the ANC and in its ability to complete its historic task of the total emancipation of our people," Zuma said.

He said the deaths of 34 striking Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana, Rustenburg, on August 16, had shocked the world.


"These painful incidents are not what we want to see in a free and democratic South Africa, where people are free to express themselves."

He said although the ANC and its leagues were often "far apart" on several issues, they always worked together to close the distance.

"We will continue to value and engage the ANC leagues to ensure that their roles in the organisation are not diluted," Zuma said.

"However, this must be characterised by high levels of discipline and respect for the constitution of the ANC."

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-29 14:09

    Zuma = Boggom !!!

      johny.stront - 2012-10-29 14:14

      Wait and see!!!

      johny.stront - 2012-10-29 14:21

      willie.vanschoor - 2012-10-29 14:25

      Growth in membership went from 600 000 to 1.2m...........yes they are all government employees with stop orders on their salaries.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-10-29 14:40

      "The ANC will emerge stronger, ready to lead South Africa towards prosperity and cohesion." Oh my Word - atleast they get one thing right - make us all laugh out load..

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-29 15:24

      The ANC gathering in Mangaung will just be a big group of common thieves partying it up for a few days and thinking up new idea's of how to lie to their braindead ANC voters... Pathetic!

      kagishomm - 2012-10-29 15:49

      which policies shower man is reffering to,,honestly those who want leadership continuaty for the sake of unity in the ANC are misleading people zuma has failed this country

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-29 15:53

      "We must emphasise that this conference is no different from 52 others that took place before" Zuma you are 100% correct, the corruption, incompetence and crime is also no different from the previous 18years.... Like donkeys you bunch keep on doing the same things over and over and each time expect a different result.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-29 22:03

      Why should anyone listen to one word from this standard two drop out, who has spent his whole term in the Presidency, focused entirely on nothing else but his own self enrichment, and a life of unbelievable luxury, to the total detriment of the countries unemployed and desperately poor. His sole objective is to get re-elected for another 5 yr term in office, where he can continue to rape the countries coffers, and support his magnificent harem in the "Inkandla Sun City Palace", he is presently building..

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-29 14:09

    Zuma = Corrupt !!

  • lorain.maseko - 2012-10-29 14:10

    LMAO, "Perceived battles".

      rontheogre - 2012-10-29 15:23

      These very real "perceived battles" stare us in the face every day with ANC politicians changing their stance and support every other day as well as economic, civil and labour unrest. So, Zoomer, excuse us for taking notice of that which DOES HAPPEN, in this case the battles and backstabbing for position before Mangaung, than that which DOES NOT HAPPEN, which is the service delivery to the citizens of SA as dictated by the ANC policies and the Constitution.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-29 14:10

    You have a twisted sense of perception zuma, if you think that armed miners charging at police is a form of freedom of expression. Who gives a rats butt what the media percieves is happening in the anc, the proof is laid out before us. The ethikwini ward is in total chaos.

  • osmaseko - 2012-10-29 14:13

    "We will continue to value and engage the ANC leagues to ensure that their roles in the organisation are not diluted," Zuma said. Are you trying to win their votes Mr President

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-29 14:15

    I knew Zuma spent time on news24, haai!bo!

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-29 14:22


      rbphiri - 2012-10-29 15:30

      Now he just needs to spend more time in school

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-10-29 14:18

    "The thoroughness ensures that the ANC elects leadership after much debate and consideration each time, and emerges stronger" Yeah right he has been a very strong leader! I think his lead people down the garden path and got lost.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-10-29 14:18

    He probably read his statement as well. He cannot construct a sentence, let alone three words without reading a prepared script.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-29 14:19

    What a loads of BS!!! "Empancipation of our people"!!! Do you, Mr Zuma realize that half of this country have no food or housing while you are getting richer by the day??? You talk about discipline and respect, you don't know the meaning of these words mr president!

      craig.thom.376 - 2012-10-29 19:47

      I think he mixed up the word emancipation with constipation of our people

  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-29 14:21

    Zuma = Liar

  • mike.clery - 2012-10-29 14:24

    The media focuses on ANC internal battles because that's all every ANC deployed cadre does for months - delivery to the country comes to a standstill.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-29 14:25

    We are focusing on the fact that theANC is useless nothing else!

  • Rob Allen - 2012-10-29 14:27

    at least we have the DA as an option, it could be worse......wake up SA

      morama.sebata - 2012-10-29 14:56

      NO...DA won't make any difference and believe me it would never rule this country in your life time?

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-29 15:13

      Morama.sebate, Sadly, you are probably right.As long as the sheeple are kept ignorant, they will continue voting for the ANC.

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-10-29 15:21

      I agree the DA will not run the country but to be a stroger oppersition party is my wish as they will then have the clout to keep ANC in line. That is all I ask.

      Forgotten - 2012-10-29 15:32

      @morama = that is why South Africa is a sinking ship!!! You are a major FAIL!!!!

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-29 15:34

      Moronama Sebata- Go tidy your shack... You will never own a house and you will live in a township for the rest of your life.......cause thats what the ANC wants for you Twat!

      asdhasgd - 2012-10-29 16:55

      morama.sebata would rather suffer like Zimbobwe then prosper under one white person in a party of multi-racial ppl all working towards one common goal: A prosperous future. but hey what do i knw...

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-10-29 14:29

    The ANC is eating itself from within Mr President. Those who are out of the inner circle want in to have a piece of a pie. The movement has degenerated to nothing but an employment agency whichs ironic for the ANC to call for scrapping of labour brokers!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-29 14:32

    What do you mean by 'perceived battles'? This is NOT a figment of the imagination! The whole world is watching the anc circurt. Boswell Wilkie's got nothing on the anc!

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-29 14:36

    Policy made and policy practiced never feature together in the ANC's workbook anyway. So typical of these wannabees to talk about delivery yet deliver like Limpopo textbooks get delivered.

  • tshepisot - 2012-10-29 14:39

    No empire rules forever and you can't fool a voter all the time Mr President.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-29 14:55

      tshepisot, I agree 100%, there are many ANC supporters that have seen the light, this corrupt bunch are so far away from the rainbow nation that Nelson Mandela dreamt of, they are probably worse than any government this country has ever seen, the stink of greed and corruption whilst their supporters suffer in shacks and poverty, lack of education, lack of every basic human need, as Zille explained they have to try and remain in power now, their crimes are so bad that the lot of them will be spending the rest of their lives in prison should it ever be exposed, which it surely will once the DA win the election, 2014 will probably be too early, for sure it will be all over for this ANC bunch by 2019, criminals.

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-10-29 14:40

    The only policies the ANC has is filling their bank accounts.For nearly 20 years now you proved that that you all are too dumb to run a country and the whole world is laughing and just shake their heads.Stop talking nonsense Zuma and try and do your job that you know nothing about.Shame on you all.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-29 14:45

    If people concentrate on the percieved battles its only because the "policies" are sprouted out "cut and paste" style learned at political school from any assorted set of markist/socialist/welfare jargon and books. Close your eyes and listen to any spokesperson to minister it all sounds the same. Very sad.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-10-29 14:46

    He wants us to think that there's no fighting in the Anc. But even a 12 year old can see that the Anc is fighting itself.

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-10-29 14:47

    Am I the only one who has noticed that the use of the word ''perception'' is just a new and increasingly popular way used by politicians to deny things? The other day government talked about the ''perception'' that textbooks were not delivered in Limpopo. Last time i checked, either textbooks have been delivered or not. No need to perceive anything there.

      gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-29 14:55

      It is a "perception" of a tendancy.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-29 14:47

    Well, at least the Zoemer has a lovely new bomb shelter to run to should this thing go pear shaped for him.

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-29 14:49

    Zuma wake up.The battles are there already. They are not perceived. ANC VS ANCYL VS COSATU and so on. Famous saying UNITED WE STAND, DEVIDED WE FALL.Let the battles continue.

  • Thandeka2Luv - 2012-10-29 14:51

    I like President Jacob Zuma very much...! say that after me unless the next 7 years to come with the man holding the throne will feel like 50 years.. Contrary he's three years in charge to me feels like music on my ears....

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-29 15:46

      You are very, very confused.

      Andrea - 2012-10-29 15:50

      Thandeka2Luv, it seems you are confusing N24 with your regular online dating site.

      JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-29 17:05

      Thandi, are you frikkin high or what. What drugs are you on cos I want some. R30 billion is lost to corruption every year and you think this is cool. Put more mix with whatever it is you are smoking cos its making you stupid!

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-10-29 19:24

      A comment not worthwhile is, space, space and more spaces! Hamba lapa khaya wena!

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-29 14:57

    What policies? Seriously, from where I stand everything seems to be going down the toilet. What is the ANC policy on crime, corruption and general running our country? Seems they only policy is to, get in, get rich, get out.\r\nJZ Nkandla project is not finished hence the second term run. Eish! Cry the Beloved Country.

  • TheMcAttack - 2012-10-29 14:57

    Mr Zuma appears to be 'shtting bricks'.

  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-29 14:59

    @least media is doing its work,Do urs and stop yip yepping

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-29 15:15

      @mbuti.manopole.3, if I could I would give you a bells! LOL short and to the point.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-10-29 15:13

    Maybe because there are no policies?

  • malesela.ledwaba.984 - 2012-10-29 15:14

    Who are u fooling Mr Zuma, u are a real comedian, just walk away.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-29 15:19

    Policies. Transformation: public theft. Rx allocated to Y and Z: public salaries. Measures in place: public salaries. The second transition: public theft. Roll-out plan: free toilet paper.

  • thasmeel.singh - 2012-10-29 15:21

    what policies? ANC keeps blaming aprtheid for everything. they would rather enrich themselves than the poor. globally, south africa is a joke because of your stupid policies. time for a regime change.

  • Spearshaker@Inkandla - 2012-10-29 15:24

    The reasons are quite clear: (i) Which policies are you referring to? The ANC's policies are in fact either clouded in obfuscation or just do not exist as far as we are concerned because we do not know about them; (ii)Factually, you cannot deny severe levels of in-fighting and even political murders as part of the ANC's preparation for Mangaung and do not forget your total lack of leadership (for all to see and experience!); the rigging of membership figures at branch level, disunity, etc, etc. Considering these concerns, no wonder we and the media are seriously concerned about the future of this country and the constitutional democracy. Consider also the extremely high levels of corruption at all levels of government, endemic incompetence and maladministration, incoherent policy decisions (e.g e-tolling), threats to the judicial system (stacking it with less than average judges who are well-disposed toward the ANC rather than highly qualified and experienced judges with unblemished track records), you ignoring court orders and playing dirty political games (e.g. the secret tapes), offering ludicrous reasons for dropping charges against e.g. Shapiro of M&G, etc. In short, the ANC's track record in terms of governance, delivery, fighting corruption & holding ministers and senior civil servants accountable,are abysmal and reflect the policies of the ANC. It's rotten to the core and that's why we focus on these issues because that's all that we see everyday. BLAME YOURSELF! WTF

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-10-29 15:26

    What important policies? Wether to order the Streetwise 2, or to go for the 21 piece box and hope no-one sees you?

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-29 15:29

    Its funi u quote those figures but some branches half those ghost members don't pitch for meetings.. One wonders if u honestly blive those figurs

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-10-29 15:31

    "We must emphasise that this conference is no different from 52 others that took place before," In other words the 53rd Total Fail

  • larry.simon.7 - 2012-10-29 15:35

    It's amazing how you can bullsh..t yourself if you have a lot of money to lose

  • bongani.khumalo.967422 - 2012-10-29 15:39

    where did they find our president?

  • bongani.khumalo.967422 - 2012-10-29 15:40

    i think JZ fell out of a tree........

      JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-29 17:16

      Hey, Bongani! Nice! To the point, short and sweet! Like it. Run for president. We need a new beginning cos this one is not working. The wheels are falling off and no one knows how to fix them or has the will. Where is all the attitude we had after 1994 when everything was going to be all right. Is this really what you all fought so hard to achieve?

  • Nkhangwe - 2012-10-29 15:41

    You have been abusing media,You them,you told your supporters not to buy city press,you want information protection bill to undermine media. Sunday times journalist wa Africa suffered a lot because he reported corruptions for police lease deal,why are you changing the tune now,do you think we are stupid?? because elections is coming and after election when you are on power again you will go back to your tricks.

  • Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-10-29 15:44

    You are lying MR, you jst angry @ de media 4 exposing you nd NKANDLA heaven!!!!!!!!!!

  • amused.reader.7 - 2012-10-29 15:44

    Frankly i think the media let Zuma of very lightly considering, as far as i am concerned, he admitted his guilt in the rape of the justice system on Friday. This imbecile must go !! If we must have the ANC (and that is a tragedy) then at least Motlanthe has some morals, mixed with a bit of common sense and decency

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-10-29 15:47

    Jip,party policy is steal money, cheat your own people who vote for you, destroy the economy and kill your own people! great policy!

  • Michael - 2012-10-29 15:50

    The reason for this might be that the ANC has no WORKING and WORTHWHILE policies to discuss, nor are they willing to debate their policies. So why on earth should the people focus on their policies when the trainwreck that is their internal politics is so much more interesting. At least the infighting gives us a tantalising peek at the s##tstorm to come as the ANC breaks down irrevocably, and the hope we can replace them with a competent government one day.

  • zakazarurwa.vuma - 2012-10-29 15:52

    oh yeah,member of anc increased from 600 000 to 1.2million 50%of majority of anc members,who have membership card are zimbabean an mozambiquean, and ethopian,they confident on them coz they have nothing to loose but gain when this country went down,and this stuipid anc are happy becouse all this makwerekwere basterd will keep them in power

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-10-29 15:55

    Now we know where media attention is, where is yours?

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-29 15:57

    Zuma: Media focus on perceived ANC battles <-- the title of this article says it all. It's time JZ and Co. faced up to the reality of SA as they've f'ed it up and can't acknowledge that fact. If SA is to survive the mess the world's in, we need cohesion and honest leadership. Not articles about censorship and obscene expenditure on upgrades and living it up. If they ANC had a pair they'd stop talking dumb, and start acting real.

  • NKAISANA - 2012-10-29 16:13

    Zuma is a fool,lack leadership,tribalist,dictator

      Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-29 16:31

      Not that i defend Zuma or anything, i just want to know what did he do to make you say all that?

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-10-29 16:39

      @zondi, you have to be a zulu leaving close to nkandla to understand and support the current leadership. We never voted for that, we wanted a republic president.

      Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-29 17:36

      @Mzwandile truth must be told, people must stop being tribalist. Most people hate him cause his Zulu not that he lack leadership skills. Same as the Kandla issue do you know how much our tax money was spent to develop Qunu where the former President Nelson Mandela now resides?

      Thami_Botha - 2012-10-30 12:20

      @Zondi...My guy, you have to be kidding. You need to be informed and fast.

  • thefat.canarie - 2012-10-29 16:23

    Please mister President, do NOT even dare to speak about freedom of speech and the media/ It was YOUR vile regime that wanted to silence the media with your secrecy laws so that you can continue with yoru corruption - do you think we are fools?

  • ryan.byrne.522 - 2012-10-29 16:28

    as for freedom in the media. they paint a naked picture of him, his supporters start a riot. Zapiro negatively depicts him in a cartoon and he wants to sue. hmmmm, seems to me we have a big ugly hypocrit leading our country.

      Thami_Botha - 2012-10-30 12:24

      That's why I think Zuma has just lost his mind because he has the ability to confuse and contradict his own self.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-10-29 16:52

    "The thoroughness ensures that the ANC elects leadership after much debate and consideration each time, and emerges stronger. We wish to emphasise as well that life will certainly continue after Mangaung. The ANC will emerge stronger, ready to lead South Africa towards prosperity and cohesion." Biggest lie of the year. Only an idiot would either down this comment or support these morons.