Zuma arrives in Russia

2014-08-24 12:00

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma arrived in Russia on Sunday and will undertake a working visit, the department of International Relations and Co-operation said.

Spokesperson Clayson Monyela said Zuma would visit Russia for a week from 24 to 29 August.

He said Zuma was scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin.

"The visit will further strengthen the excellent bilateral relations with a view to consolidating and opening new avenues towards job creation, skills development, exchange and transfer of technology and trade and investment," said Monyela.

During the bilateral talks the two presidents were expected to assess the state of bilateral co-operation, the status and implementation of Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) Agreements, key trade and investment issues.

Monyela said they would also discuss the preparations for the 12th ITEC session to be hosted by South Africa this year.

The two presidents would also focus on developments on critical international issues of mutual concern, including, but not limited to the situation in Syria, and the Israel-Palestine matter, as well as developments in Ukraine, which is Russia's neighbour.

He said ahead of the bilateral meeting, Zuma would from 25-27 August hold low key meetings and use the period to rest.

  • Mike Heyns - 2014-08-24 12:03

    Hahahaha: ".....and will undertake a working visit, ..." Impossible!!

      Deepandsoulfulhouse DjVido Buka - 2014-08-24 12:10

      He is in Russia to conclude the nuclear deal, so he can have Money to pay for Nkandla

      Petrus Kruger - 2014-08-24 12:22

      RUSSIA is a total non-go country at the moment with imposed sanctions by the USA and EU over the support for military support of rebel Ukraine fighters and the inhumane barbaric act of shooting down a civilian aircraft M17! But what do we SA presidency do .. we go and visit them for "koekies en tee"!!

      VoxPopuli - 2014-08-24 12:28

      Petrus, it's becoming obvious Ukraine shot that plane down that's why Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium on the 8th of August signed a non-disclosure agreement pertaining to data obtained during the investigation into the causes of the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17. They're counting on your stupidity to keep them blame on rebels and Russia......

      George Anderson - 2014-08-24 12:36

      Looking for and applying for asylum in the near future

      CliveK - 2014-08-24 12:57

      Buka: my thoughts exactly. Little doubt that some private nuclear deal is being hatched between Zuma and Putin, which will make the arms deal billions look like some kid's pocket money. Anthony: I have no idea what "patrhitic" means, but please remember that Thuli is the Public Protector, not the Zuma protector or the ANC protector. And she's one of the few civil servants who take their jobs seriously, and do it well.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-08-24 14:09

      @Petrus, my comment has nothing to do with Zuma but with Russia and sanctions. The US and EU supported rebels in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, (even the rebels who killed SA soldiers in CAR were supported by France) etc. Why is Russia not allowed to support rebels elsewhere. Russia should be supported for standing up against the super powers who want to rule the world. These super powers unilaterally decide who is a rebel and who is a terrorist.

      NoeNoe - 2014-08-24 22:57

      Hisonour JZ runs to Russia because the shyte has hit the fan with Ms Thuli going after him about his reluctance to answer questions regarding Nkandla. The excuse for not meeting the 04 September 2014 deadline - "Working visit to Russia".

  • Koos Barnardo - 2014-08-24 12:03

    Wish he would stay there!!!!

      Wilhelm Van Niekerk - 2014-08-24 12:43


      Jacques Malan - 2014-08-24 12:57

      To be honest, the man does not know at all what he is doing, and he does not even understand why he is going.

  • Mike Heyns - 2014-08-24 12:05

    Also a new one: "...Zuma would from 25-27 August hold low key meetings and use the period to rest." He just returned from a rest after and exhausting election campaign a few weeks ago??? He couldn't even answer the questions in Parliament, or is he running away from juju????

      Anthony Proanc - 2014-08-24 12:42

      . WHAT about Helen Blunder ?? She has been in bed, ever since the elections !! Still cannot handle her own stupidity, that she costs her party an extra million votes, through her DUMB behaviour !!! She should pack her bags, and let poppy Thuli take her place, poppy sooooo much desires !! .

      Mike Heyns - 2014-08-24 13:05

      @NATS: Did I miss something in this article which were referring to the DA? Or is it just you?

      blackmarlene - 2014-08-24 13:24

      He is resting before his up and coming wedding. She is young enough to be his daughter. He needs the rest. :/

  • Trudi Roos Potter - 2014-08-24 12:08

    Keep him there.......forever!

      Trudi Roos Potter - 2014-08-24 12:30

      Fly him over Ukraine.......

      Mike Heyns - 2014-08-24 13:09

      Transfer him to Gaza!

  • Hope Ratseke - 2014-08-24 12:12

    why the can't plane drown in red sea for good?

  • Bone Thug - 2014-08-24 12:14

    With he could get lost in the Steppes forever. It would be a STEP in the right direction for SA.

  • Bone Thug - 2014-08-24 12:15

    With he could get lost in the Steppes forever. It would be a STEP in the right direction for SA.

  • Raymond Randall - 2014-08-24 12:17

    How do these other heads of state deal with this common moronic low life thief

  • leighann.g.plenderleith - 2014-08-24 12:18

    Whose effing money paid for this trip?

  • duncan.chauke.7 - 2014-08-24 12:18

    When he comes back he must answer the same question. When is he going to pay back the money

  • Jacques Art Nel - 2014-08-24 12:19

    Mmm checking out the mail order brides.

  • Lima - 2014-08-24 12:20

    U can run, but u can't hide mfxxxxr!!

  • tshepo.mongale - 2014-08-24 12:20

    Bad export

  • Ndlovu Mpho - 2014-08-24 12:21

    I know for sure vladimir will be looking straight at zuma's face and zume will be giggling his double head off like a grade 3 girl and the only burning question on vladimir's mind will be WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO PAY BACK SOUTH AFRICANS THE MONEY YOU STOLE.

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2014-08-24 12:37

      Kwaaaaaaaa I love it!

  • Khutso Bokaba - 2014-08-24 12:21

    Putin must remind him to bring back our money

  • Lefu Jacob - 2014-08-24 12:27

    time fly papa, u can run but u can't hide idiots, eventually u gonna come to south africa and stil have to answer for ur sins.

  • louis.elst - 2014-08-24 12:33

    Out of your league and make sure you can read and pronounce the contents of your script writer document

  • Peter Bastiaans - 2014-08-24 12:41

    Oh please please please please let the plane that's his on be shot down

      Ramosoeu Matli - 2014-08-24 13:11

      And let him be a martyr... nope! We want him alive so as to answer for his misdeeds. No matter how long it takes. Death would be too kind an alternative for him.

  • Malikah Bhayat - 2014-08-24 12:43

    Wasting even more of the country's money. What a toss. Looking at how many people are suffering due to unemployment, poverty and injustice in the workplace, it's sad that he's still allowed to even CARRY out any official visits on behalf of the country. He's a disgrace even to those who continue to support him and has no leadership qualities to say the least. I don't know why he doesn't do himself and all of us a favour and step down, remain in Russia or just disappear before he dries up our country of the little dignity we still have left of having to wake up each day knowing that our country is in the hands of this don't even have a decent thing to say.

  • Terence Wessels - 2014-08-24 12:44

    Bet that commie feels right at home. Protest about Palastine, ignore Ukraine? Two headed snake.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-08-24 12:44

    How convenient - things getting a bit too hot to handle mr president? What with Malema and Madonsela on your case! Oh! and of course, the DA and the 'spy tapes'.

  • carmen.tatumm - 2014-08-24 12:47

    Who cares?!!!! I just arrive home from church

  • antonio.tonin.58 - 2014-08-24 12:47

    Dear, Prez, are you planning on military cooperation in Eastern Ukraine? That's the kind of stupidity we've come to expect from you.

  • Mike Jones - 2014-08-24 12:50

    Who do you think you are kidding Mr Zuma...

  • Trevor Pietersen - 2014-08-24 13:02

    AND???? this news....WE won't miss him...

      Trudi Roos Potter - 2014-08-24 13:18

      Im one of "we"

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-08-24 19:13

      Im one of we

  • Roger Jenkins - 2014-08-24 13:09

    Ah, grade 4 making decisions on atomic future of SA. I feel so safe. Please, I hope somebody is keeping a close eye on this lot, there is just too much money involved. Of course Chernobyl reassures no end.

  • Rory Audi Nasson - 2014-08-24 13:17

    And that's exactly what Thabo Mbeki was doing when started to derail him using the the reasons that his never home to run his country.... This hypocrisy in politics is what puts most people off it

  • Richard Young - 2014-08-24 13:18

    Lmao zooma

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2014-08-24 13:19

    Please Zuma alone he is trying his best

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-08-24 19:14

      His best is not good enough

  • Diana Gill - 2014-08-24 13:19

    No Alicia, take him back,

  • Diana Gill - 2014-08-24 13:20

    These Russian official must be really misusing state funds as they need to mail-order a plumber from overseas.

  • Rowena Ditshego - 2014-08-24 13:23

    eish........ Is it possible on his way back to pass through Gaza or Sudan or even the plane crashes in Liberia #Ebola

  • Carry Greeff - 2014-08-24 13:24

    It doesn't matter what zumpi do in the dark, surerly it wil be displayed during day time. Maybe he went to russia to beg them to help him pay off his nkandla dept for something in return, who knows maybe a missile to bomb EFF

  • Khuliso Mutsha - 2014-08-24 13:28

    You People here at news24 thinks Zuna is playing games with You, You are in fact playing alone, the president is bussy with important matters of the,country.

      jimzimbo - 2014-08-24 13:43

      Ha ha ha showerhead dosent have the capacity to run a cattle kraal let alone a country!! He has become the laughing stock of the world...he is a thieving scumbag!! Viva inkandla!!!

      Trudi Roos Potter - 2014-08-24 14:13

      Never go fully retard!

  • Bhekisisa Shezi - 2014-08-24 13:31

    PW Botha enrolled for LLB in University but he left there very early and never qualified

  • duanejess.blackman - 2014-08-24 13:32

    We want our money!!! Hahaha

  • Amanda Groenewald - 2014-08-24 13:33

    Can't run his own country lol Ai Ai

  • Lilian Looney - 2014-08-24 13:33

    Is his cap bear skin, leopard skin, tartan, sprinkbok skin????? Just wondering which will fill up quicker.

  • Periencd Laaitie - 2014-08-24 13:39

    "The visit will further strengthen the excellent bilateral relations with a view to consolidating and opening new avenues towards job creation, skills development, exchange and transfer of technology and trade and investment," No No No, everytime he opens his mouth, things go downhill. Zuma has reports to answer don't know how he can be flying around the world

  • Johan Nothnagel - 2014-08-24 13:40

    Here comes another crime. Russia, please make sure all bank accounts are temp closed for this period and please make sure a full body search for stloen goods from Russia on his return and please no girls around him as he rapes.

      Johan Nothnagel - 2014-08-24 13:47

      Oh yes, no more than 5 days there please !!!!!!! He must come pay his money !!!!!! And and he will try and implement BEEE there as well.........

  • Seshike Samuel Mmoledi - 2014-08-24 13:42

    Let that trip benefit the country rather than individuals,and lastly to my suggestion our the position of deputy president should be changed to be prime minister and do all heavy work and traveling while president looks only internal issues,it is high time now that this country be ruled and governed by educated people who bring the country first and not themselves first,their friends,families and relatives.We all want to benefit from wealth and resources of this country.

  • Bhekisisa Shezi - 2014-08-24 13:45

    PW Botha never obtained any academical qualification yet he was SA president

      Johan Nothnagel - 2014-08-24 14:26

      You don't need one qualification, you just need a active brain......

      Justanother Numty - 2014-08-24 16:51

      @ Johan, exactly! So how is he is traveling to Russia then?

  • Charles Komane - 2014-08-24 13:46

    I wish they ask him, when is he payin back the money

  • Kermit Canion Du Plessis - 2014-08-24 13:47

    Pay back the money

  • Bhekisisa Shezi - 2014-08-24 13:47

    Julius Malema is still struggling to finish his junior qualification i wonder if he will finish it

      Teko Mohaeka - 2014-08-24 14:27

      Why is it your concern really?

      Phoofolo Lebohang - 2014-08-24 14:30

      You are the best idiot…

      Ntshalle Stella Nake - 2014-08-24 14:31

      are you funding his studies?

  • Bev Du Preez - 2014-08-24 13:49

    Gone for help to weak to face the music....

  • Rowena Ditshego - 2014-08-24 13:51

    oohhh may be his there to collect his "new mermaids" u never knw, when it comes to zuma anythin is "possible"

  • Solomon Repeant - 2014-08-24 13:55

    nice to be president ,, at home we cry for Nkandla then off with the flight to Russia ..

  • Venicia Williams - 2014-08-24 13:55

    zuma is making a mockery of South Africans...what does he know in building relations with other countries if he can't even build relations with his own citizens?

  • Themba Wase Kasi - 2014-08-24 13:57

    As long a Putin is going to help him to pay us back