Zuma calls for lasting solutions

2012-08-31 15:46

Cape Town - Militarism to resolve conflicts in countries facing political and social battles is causing global instability, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

Addressing the Socialist International (SI) congress in Cape Town, Zuma spoke out strongly against the world's most powerful nations dictating how other countries should run their affairs.

"This undermines possibilities for lasting solutions that are in the interest of the populations facing conflicts," Zuma told the grouping of leftist parties.

"We have seen this in Africa, with Libya being a recent case. It has happened in other parts of the globe as well."

Zuma said the SI needed to become a more effective association to prevent unilateral decisions from being made by the world's politically powerful.

The president also raised gender issues with regard to globalisation and privatisation.

"Firstly, across the globe, women are entering the work forces in larger numbers. However, their participation tends to be in the informal and outsourced sectors and in the caring professions."

This, he said aggravated what he called the feminisation of poverty, saying 70% of the world's poor were women.

"These [informal] sectors are characterised by shift work, labour flexibility and therefore job insecurity, low wages and poor working conditions and benefits," Zuma said.

"Thus, we see the majority of women swelling the ranks of the working poor, in addition to the unpaid and subsistence work they provide in their families and communities."

The problems facing the youth in finding jobs, globally also featured in Zuma's address.

"With regard to the impact of globalisation on the youth, the information and communication revolution has opened a whole new exciting world to young people."

Zuma said one in three of those aged between 18 and 24 were jobless.

"Youth unemployment is therefore a global challenge that needs to be responded to effectively by addressing the fundamental contradictions in the capitalist system."

Zuma urged his audience to emerge with radical resolutions at the end of Friday's congress.

  • danie.malan - 2012-08-31 16:05

    One wonders who started militarism and violence in SA as a means to solve problems.....

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-31 16:28

      @ classwar.trotsky Yes, please do mention more.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-31 16:29

      See classwar.trotsky, you can't. So don't try to sound so moerse clever here.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-08-31 16:51

      I thought is was King Chaka with the Mfecane?

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-31 17:49

      History lessons classless.toffsky. Clearly you lack research capabilities.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-08-31 16:07

    While recognising world powers imposing their will over poor nations, however, Zuma does not tell us about his role in the attacking of Libya by Amrica and the West.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-08-31 16:07

    Charity starts at home.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-31 16:09

    You know that since your ex has been made head of AU, you seem to think that Africa is going to listen to you - yip they do - to see what stupidity comes out of your mouth.

  • classwar.trotsky - 2012-08-31 16:09

    Forward toward the Socialist International. A Luta Continua

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-31 16:33

      classwar.trotsky Ja man, you just go forward. The rest of us (black and white) will continue to enjoy our jobs and control of the economy. Watching you with amusement as we drink our beverages and watch TV - love those sport programs with all the thousands of all races attending. With old Julius somewhere a guest of honor of someone of us. Forward, we support you! Go!

      colin.dovey - 2012-08-31 17:39

      A luta continua? - Yes Trotskyite - The Looting continues!

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-31 17:50


  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-31 16:10

    Zuma needs to sort out the instability in South Africa, before he can talk of elsewhere.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-31 16:46

      .....what crisis?

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-31 16:13

    Lasting solutions? Disband the ANC.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-08-31 16:18

    Stop worrying about things global and sort your own country out first - got a long way to go still!

      grant.hide - 2012-08-31 18:12

      and not very far to fall off.

  • chadjason.wilson - 2012-08-31 16:21

    And the ANC is a militarian organisation through Mandela. Bomb evacuation drills at my school were routine thanks to the ANC. There are so many offensive words I have drifting through my mind when I read Zuma's comments.... best I keep them to myself!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-31 16:35

      Whats changed, no bombs now but also no schools aswell

  • Charms - 2012-08-31 16:24

    Would be interresting to find out who writes all his speeches and if this person/s then have to explain the contents to him just so he has some understanding of the meaning thereoff...

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-08-31 16:43

      It would make no difference, he would still be clueless.

      colin.dovey - 2012-08-31 18:18

      It is a fact that his speeches are written "phonetically" - he does not know a LOT of what he is reading!

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-08-31 16:26

    Instability in our country starts right at the top. Without trust there can be no stability.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-31 16:32

    I wonder if he was revering to the milatant ANCYL and Friends of the YL.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-31 16:44

    More yada yada, no action, no results, nothing changes.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-08-31 16:53

    Rather militarism than communism and corruption punk.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-31 16:57

    Wake up you old fool, you live in South Africa, but you don't care about your own people, Let the rest of Africa look after itself.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-31 16:58

    Wake up you old fool, you live in South Africa, but you don't care about your own people, Let the rest of Africa look after itself.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-31 16:58

    Weird picture...... hmmm seems like his pedestal is sinking beneath him.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-31 17:02

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA he should look at his home turf holistically not just at the women and start his campaign here, the idiot.

      tw2066 - 2012-08-31 23:24

      Zuma cant keep his eyes off the woman - or any part of his body actually...

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-31 17:05

    Deflecting the lightning strikes in your own (mal)administration, mr Zuma? It won't work!

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-31 17:07


  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-08-31 17:12

    Zoomer, socialism does not work in the long run. Eventually there is not enough taxes available to support all the people who simply wish to get on the gravy train, gravy boat, gravy jet and all the poor ones who have way to many children...o ja en all the lazy one who just want a free ride.

  • nmateke - 2012-08-31 17:13

    I always try not to hate with ignorance and unfounded argument that prob hate,the-fore I give you credit in your Government for the effort in improving the health sector(NHI),NPC,"Conspiracy's?" style that I always associate with yr office, Not again!!! ... I know now that u'r two sided, but i CHOOSE GOVSA that we all should worry about

      tw2066 - 2012-08-31 23:18


  • tiaan.truter - 2012-08-31 17:14

    And do you know what the 1ste things is they can do....Yes u guessed it,to pack UR BAGS AND F**K OFF

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-31 17:40

    ZUMA = Zombie Under Muti Addiction

  • Neal Sing - 2012-08-31 20:24

    Mr President nothing you try and do will not solve anything. The end times are here.Anarchy and crime coupled with lawlessness will reign

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-31 23:22

    Mr, Zuma Speech,,,, Blah blah Viva blah blah political solution bla blah blah nice ass on thet gell - Oh Irvin its your daughter blah blah capitalists blah blah masnini wami blah blah SHUT UP JULIASSS Hau blah blah the poor blah blah. Viva comrades viva

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-01 12:28

    LASTING SOLUTION ? You and all the other politokoloshes....resign...en-bloc ! Then only, will peace and sanity reign !

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