Zuma awards military medals

2012-12-06 18:00

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma arrived on Thursday morning at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, east of Pretoria, for the third military veterans’ medals parade.

Zuma and former president Thabo Mbeki were scheduled to receive the so-called Platinum Class 11 Military Veterans Decorations, along with other veterans.

Zuma arrived at the ceremony before 11:00 but Mbeki was nowhere to be seen.

The president began by conferring numerous medals.

ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela received the Military Veterans Merit Medal in Gold.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj was also on the list of those being bestowed with medals, but an announcer said Maharaj could not attend Thursday's awards ceremony.

Other medals conferred by Zuma on Thursday included the "military veterans sabotage campaign medals" and the "Luthuli commemorative medals".

Zuma was greeted with a 21-gun salute and a fly-past by the SA Air Force.

  • rowan.clark.10 - 2012-12-06 18:07

    Sabotage medal is really up to date!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-12-07 07:19

      That's the only medal they "deserve" because all they did was to sabotage and kill civilians. They were too cowardly to fight soldiers!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-06 18:08

    Mh Mbeki didnt attend

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-06 18:11

    Lol. Winnie gets a medal. She should get a burning tyre around her neck.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-06 19:27

      Tractor tyre

  • Godide - 2012-12-06 18:16

    but Zuma is out of the country

      richman.ndou - 2012-12-06 19:31

      He is back

  • Godide - 2012-12-06 18:17

    but Zuma is out of the country dealing with Democratic of Republic of Congo issue

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-06 18:41

    How arrogant do you have to be to award yourself a medal? This is a classic act of a dictator.

      rontheogre - 2012-12-06 21:06

      At least now they don't have to steal medals out of the display cases at military bases to look more important.

  • chris.whittaker.9047 - 2012-12-06 18:44

    His next title is King of all the beasts of the earth, Supreme ruler of all the fish in the sea. Watch this space. When a man starts awarding himself titles you should start stocking the bunkers and hide.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-06 20:11

      All he needs is the crazy eye and he's Idi.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-12-06 18:48

    Credit to the current President. A lot of Mk Veterans will have decorated CV's during his era. He is not shy to dish accolades, another ceremony is on the cards for the order of Ikamang and the Order of Nkandla.

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-12-06 19:00

    Idi Amin would have approved.

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-06 19:23


  • hendrik.oosthuizen.37 - 2012-12-06 19:29

    Should have awarded them all the Royal Toilet seat and for Winnie an old burnt out Tyre "Firestones"

  • Desilusionada - 2012-12-06 19:31

    ~Wipe vomit from keyboard~ ~Get up to walk outside~ Wish........

  • sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-12-06 19:31

    Medals of achievement for lying, stupidity and corruption.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-12-06 19:33

    ~Come back into house not in time to puke again~ ~Wipe toilet seat~.....

  • dirk.naude.12 - 2012-12-06 19:51

    Platinum nogal. What Military veteran medals? For running away the whole time? "military veterans sabotage campaign medals" For attacking unarmed civilians? Julle het nooit die ballas gehad om behoorlik die SADF aan te vat nie!

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-06 20:02

    Oh i get it medals for buddies , and mac heres one for you having to spin all those stories for me and saying them with a straight face , eish i dont know how he does it but anyway here is your gold medal is called spin a yarn medal

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-12-06 20:40

      Mac would make an awesome encyclopaedia salesman. Not even he believes the scented c88p that issues from the ofiface he uses on such occasions.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-06 21:54

      I don't think they have any comprehension of just how much people are laughing at them. Have they got no shame?

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-06 22:22


  • Gert van Coller - 2012-12-06 22:39

    Interesting how similar it is to Animal Farm where the pigs also awarded all manner of medals to themselves

  • theunislbotha - 2012-12-06 23:47

    We have medals!!!!!

  • theunislbotha - 2012-12-06 23:48

    A gold star goes to South Africans

  • rory.n.price - 2012-12-07 09:18

    Thought Winnie would receive a miniature Good Year tyre

  • alan.delossantos.792 - 2012-12-07 14:45

    If you got medals for………….. Being an idiot. Being a liar Being a fraudster Being corrupt Being one step ahead of the law. Being the leader of a party that will destroy South Africa. Being the biggest waste of time in any nation. Being illiterate. Being the biggest joke around the world and not even knowing it. The list is endless, but boy would you have some medals.

  • tjaart.j.rensburg - 2012-12-07 15:07

    Afro-Circus. The DICTATOR is in the house.

  • grant.slabbert - 2012-12-07 15:15

    ha ha ha ha ha. congratulations you have just congratulated yourself

  • HennieduPles - 2012-12-07 15:59

    Nogal by AFB Waterkloof. Al wat die gespuis gevlieg het was in hulle moer in..

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