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Zuma congratulates Obama

2012-11-07 09:50

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma congratulated United States president Barack Obama on Wednesday after he won a second term in office.

"We value our relations with the United States and look forward to strengthening bilateral co-operation in the years to come," said Zuma.

He said the US had an important role to play in Africa's development.

"South Africa is confident that the United States will continue to play a positive role in this regard."

In winning the election, Obama became the second Democrat to win a second four-year term in the White House since World War Two.

Comments
  • omrisho.za - 2012-11-07 09:55

    yeah ok zoompie... the mouth moves but... until you need the chinese again

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-07 10:12

      I listened to Obama's acceptance speech this morning, how any US citzen could not be inspired by the man or the thoughts are beyond me. On the otherhand, we have 'ol Showerhead, no inspiration whatsoever.

      mongwadi - 2012-11-07 10:21

      I would love to see the two have a 10min conversation, it would be HILARIOUS

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-07 10:24

      Zuma! Please dont think obama shares your views cos he's black.Best you keep a low profile. You are a disgrace to SA.

      mongwadi - 2012-11-07 10:35

      @Sheamus Listening to showerhead is like listening to my 4year old niece

      omrisho.za - 2012-11-07 10:36

      sheamus.drager - yes, that was a good speech, so was romney's concession speech... both showed eloquence, education and a dedication to cause and country, true democracy at work, something that is seriously lacking in our political arena

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-11-07 10:37

      Zuma should only congratulate all mediocre presidents like him, this includes George Bush, Mugabe etc

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-11-07 11:06

      One day it is "out with the evil white imperialists, we do things the African way", the next day it is "we hope the US plays a positive role in Africa". Eish! Africans loves taking free handouts from the West and in fact they expect it, but don't for a second think the West should offer Africans advice or tell them what to do because Africans know better! Out with the colonialists they cry, while chomping on the food aid provided the them...

      jason.heineberg - 2012-11-07 11:08

      How come they get a president who finished high school and has numerous tertiary education achievements.... But in Zuma's eyes he probably thinks they have a lot in common because Obama is black. Where is our Obama...

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-07 11:29

      I thought the ANC hated the Western world. Guess it's just to keep in the good books so they can fleece them for money. Damn colonial agents.

      Moi - 2012-11-07 11:35

      Bongani, I am a proper African. The fact that I;m white doesn't change that.

      evan.connock - 2012-11-07 11:44

      @Mongwadi, quite enjoyed your tongue in cheek comment... I have to say I assume it was tongue in cheek cause I don't actually believe Zuma could sustain a conversation with Obama for that long unless he spent it giggling and hissing like a maniac created by Stephen King for one of his novels. LOL

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-07 09:56

    Oh that's just lovely.

  • liam.doherty.334 - 2012-11-07 09:56

    Ass kisser

      josh.friedman.712 - 2012-11-07 10:21

      Timmy- Zille is a leader, strong person who also happens to be intelligent. Zuma is a criminal and should not be allowed to speak on our countries behalf...

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-07 11:31

      timmy - the difference is that Zille would do it for the right reasons and with integrity. Zuma (who hates the western world along with most ANC supporters like you) does it purely to suck money out of them, in between slamming them on the side on every other occasion. See the difference?

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-07 11:40

      @ Bongani. Sure my friend. I could understand your fear for the whites,But please get your "proper" africans into power asap!!

      evan.connock - 2012-11-07 12:00

      @bongani, let's just clear one thing up, irrespective of my skin color I AM an African like many others of differnt skin colors, I abide by the laws of this country, I pay taxes that probably indirectly sent you to school or even help build your school. for the record, white , black, Indian, coloured folk born here are also African in their heritage. you are very quick to say if we don't like it wecan move, but perhaps we don't want to! has it occured to you that South Africa needs people from all walks of life and no one South African has the right to tell others to move. You allow your prejudice to make judgment about the possibility of another white President. Let me say this... Like many South Africans I don't care what color my and your President is, I only care that he or she has integrity, honour and wisdom, those should be the primary criteria for a good leader, sadly we are a long, long way from those ideals. If you want to earn respect and be taken seriously in a New South Africa you need to take your blinkers off and learn to be more tollerant of others who have as much right to call themselves South African as you do!

  • customdesign - 2012-11-07 10:02

    Straight out with needy hands

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-07 10:03

    Piece of diarrhea , did he listen to the speeches the two contestants made ..and did he learn anything from that ? Bloody waste of a human being .

  • perter.damingo - 2012-11-07 10:06

    Ok so Zooooma will be giving him tips on how to bribe, perform corruption and the likes it seems

      edward.barnard.180 - 2012-11-07 11:59

      Who do you think set the initial examples of lies, treachery, corruption, manipulation of public opinion and other basic political tactics? America, they are just better at hiding the facts. Criminals, every single one.

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-11-07 10:07

    Dont expect Obama to return the favour coz you aint getting re-elected baba...

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-07 10:33

      @Kingpun, we can only hope.

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-11-07 10:08

    Did Zuma congratulate him from his 250 mil tax funded "compound" / "Zumaville"?

  • donovan.senus - 2012-11-07 10:08

    Dear oh dear Mr Shower head... You are the joke of South Africa

      tienie.victor - 2012-11-07 10:30

      You just gave me a brilliant idea: A mr. Patato head, but instead of the normal attachments, you can attach a shower head. And everyone sold will go towards recovering the cost of Zumaville a.k.a "Monument to Corruption", and we can use that money towards upgrading the infrastructure in some of townships that need it, show people that there are many white people in this country that do care about where their water, sewage and living conditions come from. Or am I being racist too?

  • neil.lazarus.7 - 2012-11-07 10:10

    Take a note out of Obama's book Mr Zuma . Stop your corruption , and work with other parties .

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-07 10:10

    So Zuma thinks he can score brownie points! He should go to Obama School of proper politicing!

  • annelien.dupreezvandenheever - 2012-11-07 10:12

    Ha Ha! Zuma, Obama is in a different league - something you can't be!!Your greedyness made sure of that.

      shaun.mossop.3 - 2012-11-07 10:40

      Head-boy and Grade 1 class captain would make a fair comparison.

  • johnny.august.31 - 2012-11-07 10:15

    Keep on Congratulating Him while sipping Coffee in your QUATER BILLION Nkandla HOME ,He won't even recognise U

  • Spha - 2012-11-07 10:15

    why hasnt he visited S.A anyway?

      godesha - 2012-11-07 10:35

      Probably because JZ home is not up to scratch yet, I mean, where will he stay if not in JZ's home?

      shaun.mossop.3 - 2012-11-07 10:44

      Well with people like zooooma representing us i don't think Obama knows that there are people in SA that he could have an intelligent conversation with.(140 out of 144 in dumbest country's.) But it would be funny to watch a 10 minute conversation between Zuma and Obama, think there will be a lot of ummmms and ish's haha

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-07 18:49

      Now that the 'bunker' has all the 007 gadgets install for MK chief intelligent officer, it's still unlikely, for Obama don't really like communism. Although business is business.

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-11-07 10:16

    May God give Mothlante strength to take you on because im not looking foward to you being re elected... Oh my God the thought of it makes me naar

      Thabo Dijoe - 2012-11-07 11:04

      hahahaaaa...you know i'm not laughing, i feel you

      duduzile.nkosi - 2012-11-07 11:17

      What will Mothlante do differently?

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-07 10:16

    We congratulate obama as well, he has good qualities

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-07 10:21

    The ANC can take a lesson out of this election. No murders and slandering. The Republican congratulates the Democrat and the Democrat vows to work together with the Republican. This is what democracy means!

  • justin.frittelli - 2012-11-07 10:22

    The only thing you have in common with this great human being is the colour of your skin. I hang my head in shame when I consider who we have elected to lead our country. I suppose the American's lived with the Bafoon Bush for 8 years before Obama. So maybe by some sheer miracle the same will happen to us.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-07 10:22

    "In winning the election, Obama became the second Democrat to win a second four-year term in the White House since World War Two." Now Please note all the african africans, in the US they use the Political party as reference and not the race !! They do not say, " In winning the election, Obama became the first African American (or "black American") to win a second four-year term in the White House" they say Democrat Now zuma, take this as a positive lesson from Ameica to africa and SA in particular if you want to already start begging on the first day of his second term, for USA involvement in your f-ed-up continent !

  • nqobile.majola - 2012-11-07 10:23

    u can learn alot from president obama,president zuma,like how to b faithful to yo partner

      AceOfSpades - 2012-11-07 10:37

      Dumb

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-07 10:39

      Amongst other things, @ngobile, good one!

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-11-07 10:56

      Mirror mirror sisi, as if u knwow what does faithful mean. even urself never being.

  • retlaw.yelmoc - 2012-11-07 10:32

    Hey Zuma, stop buggering around and start doing something constructive! Work for heaven sake!

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-11-07 10:35

    "Jaaaa, congratulations! it's was a good victory. However my friend, I hev aaah suggestion. Could you call the white house something else, it's very very racist"

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-11-07 11:45

      But tell me Obama - why is it thet the most powaful netion in the world hes such a small plece. You must come see my Nkandlagate,eeeerh, homestead, eeeee......compound.......eeeeeh official residence of President Zuma glorious brother leader.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-11-07 10:36

    Save the lip service Jakes, you and your boys should be taking notes on how a democracy works.

  • philile.xakuvana - 2012-11-07 10:36

    Hahahaha so funny, while Zuma is busy congradulating Barack Obama his ship is sinking. LOL

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-11-07 10:37

    Please, advice him to build his homestead in Ncarlifonia as well.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-11-07 10:38

    The difference is, when you hear people in USA talk about Pres Obama (black or white) they say with pride what a good man he is, they talk about his integrity, they talk about his leadership abilities, they talk about his love for America and its people. Now, can we say even one of these things about Zoomer???

      mike.nkabinde.7 - 2012-11-07 11:08

      Congratulations to the US pres,I think if South Africans can embrace that patriotic feeling irespecive of race,have a political dertemination that seeks to adres social imbalances,coruption,unemployment ,incuding political intolerance that has resulted into heartfelt hatred,we can al celebrate the win of our leader without having to compare him

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-07 11:52

      No talana, we can't. Mike, one cannot embrace any patriotic feeling where none exists. Should we, God willing, ever have a real leader again one day, then people will once again feel patriotic. What we currently have is millions of people who are blindly patriotic to a political party and their idiot corrupt leaders, instead of being patriotic to a SA as a country. Big difference. If one follows the latter, Zuma and other such corrupt and inept leaders would be tossed out with no hesitation.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-07 10:38

    The greatest favour that the USA can do for Africa is to stop giving AID in the form of cash or goods that can be converted to cash. Trade...yes, share knowledge and expertise....yes, form joint ventures ...yes.....but do not, I say do not interfere when millions of people are dying in famines or in wars etc. This is an African problem that must be solved by Africans. Somalia is a case in point......Bob Geldof raised multi-millions just so that Somalia's population could explode......and now they are worse off with more people dying of starvation and war than the last time. Africa must find solutions to the impasse when there is famine, the most obvious thing is the size of the population. It's not rocket science. Bringing children into the world who you are not able to raise and give a decent quality of life to adulthood should be ill advised and discouraged with the assistance of education, voluntary sterilisation and contraception. There is no other way. I repeat, hand outs that perpetuate the circle of suffering are not wanted in Africa.

      ppisciotta - 2012-11-07 10:51

      Brilliant. If the world stoped giving AID to Africa, Africa would be forced to run its own course and we all know where that will lead. The world will be free of all the rubbish that exists in Africa at no cost. That is the most sane idea I've read in a long time. I totally agree. The creame of the crop in Africa will survive.

  • Kalari - 2012-11-07 10:41

    Obamas re-election proves that white people do not have a problem governed by a person that is not white as long as the guy knows what he is doing. That is the criteria. Not like the idiots we have in government over here.

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-07 11:31

      @sbudesh - go home, your mommy is calling

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-11-07 11:56

      correction vice versa not ur bloody attitude of knowing everthing whereas u r just idiots like most of those in governments. u can fool many not some of us who interact with these so called know better whites, I was shocked when my supervisor cant import bank statements" saying only the employee who is on leave know how to do that but hear him commenting about other people I wish I can scream".U dont even come close to what u comparing others too, it begin with u before u can perceive others idiots.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-07 11:59

      Sbudesh - you do not know Americans very well, and you certainly do know White South Africans at all. Read Kalari's post again - he is 100% correct. We want honest leaders with integrity and ability, don't care about what race. You on the other hand obviously have racist issues.

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-07 10:42

    Take tips Zuma.Obama is not there to fill his bank balance.He is there for all his people "black and white.Above it all he can give a speach without struggeling to read it from a paper.Wish Obama was our president.We would have been proud of such a hgigh class president.And now we sit here with one hopeless president.

  • ppisciotta - 2012-11-07 10:48

    Who gives a sh*t what Zuma says. He's not worthy to lick the boots of any other world leader.

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-11-07 11:01

      ur thinking is just like PAP without seshebo even a hobo throw it away or in ur face.If that is ur picture then u better do something also with ur brains.

  • dante.schoeman - 2012-11-07 10:52

    HE can sure learn something from Obama

  • andile.a.mchunu - 2012-11-07 10:55

    I voted for ANC but now i regret for going with the masses (Sheep) not voting for the right reasons, i listend to Obama's speech it really moved me, i dont recall JZ inspiring me and my fellow South Africans uniting also building a promising future, all i can see is a dark future if they carry on this way, so Bra JZ just THULA!!!!!!!!

  • amos.motsai - 2012-11-07 10:55

    The question is who is gonna be our next President after Zuma? Even if we have another new President I we still gonna complain justa like the past two president Zuma and Mbeki? If it is so that means will never stop complaining, we will complain for each an every president.

  • Hasani P - 2012-11-07 10:58

    Well I hope Obama does the same, after mangaung

  • bamakhani - 2012-11-07 11:02

    Lol! Dont get any ideas old man, no second term for U

  • francois.grobler - 2012-11-07 11:17

    I'm sure Obama felt a little dirty after receiving zuma's approval.

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-07 11:19

    Zuma, we do not need the West. We will do it Africa style. If you think you are Obama's bro, think again.

      Marco van Rensburg - 2012-11-07 11:35

      Africa style: steal,kill,rape,corrupt,dont worry about the poor, Leaders with no education! Hop hop Africa style!

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-11-07 11:27

    Zuma kruip leka gat soek net geld! Zuma is like the pig in Animal Farm, just looking out for himself!

  • ntandoedwin.magagula.3 - 2012-11-07 11:31

    Long live comrades, lead the nation with truth nd leave propaganda #swazi boy comment#

  • David Van Schalkwyk - 2012-11-07 11:39

    I wonder if Obama will actually acknowledge Zuma this time because first time he flat ignored Zuma... If Mandela said anything it would be a different story because people care what he has to say more that what Zuma has to say...

      bongani.mthembu.7 - 2012-11-07 11:56

      Yes Mandela is far better than Botha and Deklerk, he did nothing to whites, cant say the same about your calibre.

      david.v.schalkwyk - 2012-11-07 12:06

      What is Calibre?

      david.v.schalkwyk - 2012-11-07 12:15

      Same question what is Calibre??? Or did you mean Caliber

  • rknowler - 2012-11-07 11:43

    It is me.... Jacob....

  • Ayanda - 2012-11-07 11:44

    Zuma can congrats 0bama bt obama won't congrats Zuma in december

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-11-07 12:12

    he must finish Zumaville so he can get to dine with Obama as per Maharaj's statement, i wonder if Obama even got the message or i wonder if he even cares about him for that matter.

  • Kathy Bergh - 2012-11-07 12:15

    pls remember that we can thank America for cANCer they were the main force behind them.

  • Zak.Smith83 - 2012-11-07 12:18

    Zuma congrats Obama???!!!!..............BIG DEAL!!!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-07 12:20

    The king of Nkandla keeping his options open or his piggy bank open. Zuma should see how the American People respect for Obama, now he should ask himself how much respect does he get from the South African people and why. Obama works and his officials that work under him work for the people, what does Zuma and his officials do.....work for themselves more like it. When there is trouble in the land, zoom zoom runs away, Obama goes to the root of the problem. Obama's wife Michelle works as hard as her husband does, all the zuma queens sit and sleep all day, I think ther is only one of them that attempts to try and do something. Here with have a whole crowd of woman that call themselves the ANCWL what do these ladies actually do except protect zuma like body guards if he does'nt have enough. Zuma is afraid of his own people, look at Obama you cant compare the two. One has respect, the other is selfish and has no self respect.

  • schalk.botha.75 - 2012-11-07 12:34

    If we don't stand up against the anc, the country will become like Zimbabwe and all the good people raped, tortured and killed. Stop praying for things to change and start acting!!! God gave us free will!! And will not fight our battles for us! But he will with us!!! Act now before its to late!!! Our forefathers will be so ashamed if they new what we aloud to happen to our country!!! They gave EVERY THING for the country!!! And all every body is doing is moan!!!! Wake up!!!!!!

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-07 13:00

    "He said the US had an important role to play in Africa's development." This man needs to really stop jumping all over the place! First we must do everything the African way and not get influenced by the west now the west is an important part of African growth!! Stop trying to score browny points so you can get more money to steal!

  • pedrosa.matjeni - 2012-11-07 13:24

    South Africa should emulate Americans democratic electoral system,the time has come for the ANC led government to amend its constitution to allow people to choose leaders of their choice.South Africa can no longer tolerate leaders who failed its own citizens.Africa as a whole can follow suit to South Africa by becoming its trend-setter and allow ordinary man in the streets to elect visionary leaders who can lead this country.The freedom charter states that'the people shall govern'.Allowing the country to become a one party state is suicidal,afterall power corrupts absolute power.

      steve.luckie - 2012-11-07 16:06

      @Pedrosa.Matjeni..Totally agreed, first you need to educate the poor and uneducated masses about the responsibility/accountability of the government to the people. something that is lacking because of ANC indoctrination. I have this gut feeling that the ANC won't allow this model because it will mean they won't be able to control tenders and stuff. They will maintain the status quo, play racial card and polarize the nation in order to consolidate their position in power.

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-11-07 13:32

    Like him or hate him, the fact is Zuma does have direct contact with President Obama, and they do meet in person time to time, so to reduce President Zuma to some comments i am reading here shows lack of political maturity and total disconnetion to reality.