Zuma condemns Burundi violence

2011-09-23 10:43

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Friday condemned the mass shooting of 40 people in the post civil war country of Burundi.

International media have reported that attackers raided a bar in the Gatumba area, just west of the capital Bujumbura in a stronghold of the former National Liberation Forces (FNL) rebels, whose leader Agathon Rwasa has been blamed for a recent spate of attacks.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burundian people, particularly the families of the deceased and the injured, during this difficult time of mourning and sadness," Zuma said in a statement issued by the international relations and co-operations department.

It was reported that an unknown number of attackers, some from the Democratic Republic of Congo, stormed a bar in Gatumba last Sunday.

Forty people were killed and a number of others were injured.

The killers were reportedly former FNL rebels based in the DRC.

During his recent state visit to Burundi, Zuma had commended the political leadership and the people of Burundi for their commitment towards peace and prosperity, after civil war broke out in 1993 and a ceasefire was declared in 2005.

"We remain confident that the peace process in Burundi is intact and that the work of extremist elements should not derail the great African success story that is post-conflict Burundi," said Zuma on Friday.

  • Darwinian - 2011-09-23 10:50

    Take a look at your own supporters!!!!

      Bardy - 2011-09-23 10:56

      Yeah. Zuma should take more care of his own people first. Here the murders are much more than in other countries, but nobody gets condolences here? You are too busy in the international field Mr shower-head. Concentrate more on your own nation!

      Servaas - 2011-09-23 10:57

      Zooooma.. SHUT UP! You talk the talk, but NEVER walk the walk.. You cant even get Mal-etter to behave and now you have your 2cents worth about Burundi??

      Servaas - 2011-09-23 11:00

      ZOOOMA: You support the appeal against the hate speech against Malema and indirectly you supporting genocide and VIOLENCE. And now you have something to say about Burundi?? @sswipe!

      Coconut - 2011-09-23 11:04

      I wonder what this latest Zuma comment is all about. Could it be that he's sucking up to the UN to get permanent membership?

      York Hunt - 2011-09-23 11:18

      When is the ANC going to condemn the racially-motivated farm murders in South Africa?

      letsee - 2011-09-23 16:16

      Well, since Zuma praised the AU in the UN for having done so much for Africa (though without any results), hope that the AU will stop Burundi's violence. If not then Zuma should spend time at hope fixing corruption, hospitals, schools, etc. etc. etc. etc.

      Mart - 2011-09-23 16:40

      it would seem to me that Zuma is more interested in what happens outside of South Africa than within his own borders. Someone needs to give him a wake up slap as he is 'carrying water to a neighbours fire while his own house is burning down'.

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-23 10:54

    My president can we sort out violence in our beautiful country first before pointing to other countries?

      Servaas - 2011-09-23 10:57

      This is what happens when you have an uneducated clown for a president. Zuma is a disgrace!! Period!

  • BloodRiver - 2011-09-23 10:58

    Goat herder why do you not condemn the violent actions of your electorate?

  • Smart Man - 2011-09-23 10:59

    Zuma is a man, he is everywhere in the world, people of South Africa should be proud of him, every country in the world wants a piece of him. J. Zuma! MY MAN

      Servaas - 2011-09-23 11:02

      @Stupid Man:"Zuma is a man, he is everywhere in the world" True, he is everywhere in the world when there are issues in SA.. How Ironic, our SA president being every where EXCEPT in SA! "every country in the world wants a piece of him" I would love a piece of him and Malema..

      WarDog - 2011-09-23 11:04

      It boggles the mind. I still wonder why?

      peter the gr - 2011-09-23 11:04

      Ask someone in Europe who Zuma is and the wont know..... you wanker!!

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-23 11:07

      Why are you feeding the troll Servaas? he doesn't care about your opinion, just your reaction

      WarDog - 2011-09-23 11:09

      That is true Peter. Just the other day in a Ventrilo group discussion South Africa was generally referred to "Mandela Land". None of those Europeans knew where South Africa was or who Zuma is but they know of Mandela and even of Mandela they don't know much.

      Lynne - 2011-09-23 11:27

      Mm. The west knows Zuma as the guy with loads of wives, into corruption and has no issue with a song that says it's ok to shoot people of a particular colour and language.

      Ingie - 2011-09-23 11:56

      what cr@p he is all over the place because he cant run his own country...runnig away is the word dear nothing else//yellow bellied fish

      Travis Vermaak - 2011-09-23 12:09

      "Proud of our president"????? I am completely ashamed of our so called president. I am ashamed of the ANC in general. Don't get me started on the ANCYL and Malema...not one good word to say there, they do f'all for SA except waste tax payers money....Ashamed is too good a word for ANCYL.

      supporter - 2011-09-23 16:14

      you must have one single pea for a brain. i am sure there is a lot of south africans that wants a piece of him in jail

  • WarDog - 2011-09-23 11:00

    Wonder what Gustave would have to say about this.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-23 11:06

    Condemns everything does nothing awesome pres

  • pop101 - 2011-09-23 11:14

    How about condemning the Farm murders in your own country.

  • wv - 2011-09-23 11:21

    zuma, stop critisizing others and look at your country which you are running into the ground.

  • Exilestar - 2011-09-23 11:21

    @ Smart man, i guess you re too stupid to realise that your opinions don't matter

  • Lynne - 2011-09-23 11:26

    Anyone know how many white farmers have been killed in SA?

      WarDog - 2011-09-23 11:37

      We have passed 3000 now if I'm not mistaken and that is only farmers.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-23 11:43

    Mr. Zooma please try and apply that bite size mind of yours...and see what's been happening in Zimbabwe for sometime, and off course in your own country, well you will never know...always on overseas trips with your wives....

  • Travis Vermaak - 2011-09-23 12:17

    If only the UN knew what the TAX PAYERS think of Zuma!!

  • MojoBa - 2011-09-23 12:27

    Why doesn't Zuma rather condemn the violence in his own country. Pot, kettle, black....... makes the sentence.

  • Michelle - 2011-09-23 12:45

    What about the killings in your own country? Or isn't that as important as yacking about other African countries??

  • Eatme - 2011-09-23 14:59

    Could it possibly be that Mr Zuma is afraid of the ANCYL and that is why he is rather wafting around other countries than concentrating on fixing the rampant problems in THIS country? What do they have against him that he is not willing to stand up to the oppression going on here?

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  • letsee - 2011-09-23 16:16

    Well, since Zuma praised the AU in the UN for having done so much for Africa (though without any results), hope that the AU will stop Burundi's violence. If not then Zuma should spend time at hope fixing corruption, hospitals, schools, etc. etc. etc. etc.

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