Zuma leaves SADC summit early

2012-08-17 12:06

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will leave Mozambique, where he is attending a SADC summit, to visit Rustenburg, where more than 30 people were shot dead by the police, the presidency said on Friday.

"Zuma is to cut short his attendance of the 32nd SADC Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, in order to visit Rustenburg this afternoon," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Those killed were among a group of protesters from Lonmin's Marikana mine, who went on strike last Friday.

Maharaj said Zuma had asked Southern African Development Community chairperson, President Armando Emilio Guebuza of Mozambique, to excuse him so that he could return to South Africa in the wake of Thursday's deadly shooting.

"The president is concerned about the violent nature of the protest, especially given that the Constitution and labour laws allow enough avenues to deal with issues, and is sympathetic to calls for a commission of inquiry," Maharaj said.

Police ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said that the final death toll had yet to be confirmed, but that "over thirty" people were known to have been killed. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said 36 people had died.

Another 10 people, including police officers and security guards, have died in separate incidents since unrest at the mine began last Friday.

The protests are believed to be related to union rivalry between the NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. The striking workers have also demanded higher wages.

  • mihaip007 - 2012-08-17 12:08

    FINALLY!!!!! - 2012-08-17 12:27

      30 less chance the anc will be voted in again

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-08-17 12:48

      Too late. The blood has dried.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-17 12:52

      Yes, it took 30 plus for him react, ten only was simply a matter of events.

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-17 13:26

      Zuma is a chop!!

  • smalefane - 2012-08-17 12:10

    Good call Mr President.

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-17 13:31

      Why bother zuma...its because of you are we have this bloodshed.

  • Willie - 2012-08-17 12:10

    "...Zuma is to cut short his attendance..." And then what ?

  • ant.abomb - 2012-08-17 12:10

    Too little, too late Mr Zuma. You should have got your union alliance partners in order a loooong time ago.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-17 12:11

    For what? Campaigning to Marikana? He is the cause of this ill-disciplined masses. No respect for law, if we continue killing law enforcers then who will enforce the law

      sean.carbutt - 2012-08-17 12:28

      I can finally agre with you on something Peter. Yes, 100% correct.

      mnathisto - 2012-08-17 13:22

      Peter...r u a retard or wht, thts why a pres has a minister and a commissioner to look into policng....yr level of thnkng is questionable

  • raath - 2012-08-17 12:13

    So people have to die first before he does something?

  • grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-08-17 12:14

    To celebrate this, will Bob kill 300 Matabele?

  • jbm.moate - 2012-08-17 12:16

    Oh please this man was probably kicked out of the meetings... this situation had escalated long before he even set his foot in the plane, how many people must die first before he realizes that this is an urgent matter.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-17 12:16

    Just public relations at this point. He needs to do something about this culture of violence.

  • christo.bokhorst - 2012-08-17 12:18

    Its too late now, should have been briefed earlier. should have instructed to get the situation resolved even befor the ten people died last week, Lets try to get PROACTIVE instead of reactive. Does the body count determine the Precidancies involvement.

  • sphelele.genqese - 2012-08-17 12:18

    Khawuleza msholozi your country needs its leader right now ......spear!!!! Spear!!!!!!spear!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-08-17 12:20

    this is one of about a thousand items that need his zuma's attention. let me try and predict what will happen here. he'll setup a commission of enquiry - then will then study the incident for about a 18 months, they will then draft a 4000 page document. the document will be delivered to zuma by the same dudes who took the textbooks to limping popo. JZ will then 'study' the document and in 2017 he will take action. SA is ruled by the ANC NEC - similar to way ancient rome was ruled. and we all know how that ended. the only thing the ANC knows how to do - is nothing. and nothing is why we are up 'that' creek, without any paddles.

  • graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-08-17 12:21

    Hey Zooma - take control of your Tsotsi's! When the workers see you and yours get away with corruption and theft they also want more than they deserve. It's a recipe for disaster that lays squarely at yours and the corrupt ANC's feet!

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-08-17 12:21

    Too late jacob, instead of NUM adressing the issues they were busy camapaigning for you to be re-elected. Talk about not knowing where or what are your priorities are.. Just like you, zuma Frans beleni does the opposite. You compromise SA, for the sake of power!!!!

  • Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-08-17 12:22

    Personally I think there are enough Idiots in Rustenburg. But can't hurt the situation any more......or can it?

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-08-17 12:22

    too late jacob, your num boys have failed the workers. where were they all along? busy campaigning for you? such a disgrace

  • Erna - 2012-08-17 12:25

    At last - a reaction. Hopefully he will also speak for himself now, and not as the 'presidency' via his numerous spokespeople!

  • stompie.mcgwapspap - 2012-08-17 12:25

    Heyyy Double Bouble!! Don't forget to bring T Shirts And Food parcel's with!

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-17 12:25

    Why? he going to be just as useless here

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-08-17 12:31

    No doubt he will spew some mindless, meaningless rhetoric. Visit the families of the dead and act like he gives a damn.

  • michael.taylorw - 2012-08-17 12:31 look at the pictures, look at the the guy licking the spear. These guys were out for blood

  • sbu.mahwai - 2012-08-17 12:32

    Oh well Mr President let's hear what you have to say but you have missed the boat by the way

  • stompie.mcgwapspap - 2012-08-17 12:35

    only leaving the summit early because this made international news

  • Hangwanie - 2012-08-17 12:35

    This looks like an election campaign strategy. This is not only the violent situations we had.

  • madile.moloi - 2012-08-17 12:39

    Skiet maan !!! Majority of those employees on strike look like Ananias Mathe. there's a lot of hooliganism going on there. le t the law be enforced we can't have cops slaughtered with machetes and defend with water canons. Dubula !!!

  • glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-08-17 12:39

    Don't blame the police! Blame the leaders! Why do we always blame the police? Why must the police always be the brunt of our disagreements. People must know that if they break the law or try and takeover with unruly behaviour the arm of the law will step in and there will be consiquences.

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-08-17 12:39

    If it had been Zim police the whole world would have been screaming Mugabe this Mugabe that Zanu murderous put more sanctions.Now it is Mzansi lets see what those bloody colonialist will say.Shame on their double standards

  • nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-08-17 12:42

    Oh we have a president after all... finally!!!!!!!

  • B.b. - 2012-08-17 12:45

    Good decision president. If u were to wait there untill the end of the summit, many of us would pour a massive complaints at ur office. I like that. The reason why they are angry it's because u've vanished the loophole where they were aiming to attack u. Leave the president alone to do his job as the president not as ur women competitor. Some of u hate u for exercising ur cultural rights and judge u against it.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-17 12:49

    10 was not enough for him to react, but 35+ got him running.

  • mncedisi.budaza - 2012-08-17 12:49

    2nd term campaigning at its best, he is trying so hard

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-08-17 12:49

    Uncle Mac: " Hello, hellooo, Jacob? Mr. Zuma: Yes uncle Mac. What is it? I am busy. Uncle Mac: No, no Jacob. You must see what they wright here on News 24 because you are not here to addressed the Rustenburg issue. You must come back right away please" Mr. Zuma: " Ok, I will come back when I have finish here." Uncle Mac: No, no. You must come now. Manyi..manyi!!!! Mr Zuma:"Ok uncle. Tell all I am coming and arrange 5 buses of supporters and food for them."

  • cagahan.ozturk.7 - 2012-08-17 12:50

    we need some changes..

  • jackmoz - 2012-08-17 12:50

    \The president is concerned about the violent nature of the protest, especially given that the Constitution and labour laws allow enough avenues to deal with issues, and is sympathetic to calls for a commission of inquiry,\ Maharaj said. \r\n\r\nWTF!?!?!? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?\r\n\r\nThe president is worried about the 'violent nature of the protests\....?!?!?!?!\r\n\r\nWhat about the fact that the SA Police have MOWED DOWN almost 40 people?!?!?\r\nWhat about worrying about that?!?\r\nAnd the 30-odd families who's father and bread winner have just died...?!?\r\n\r\nThe SA government has never had their priorities straight.\r\nNeither does the president of South Africa.\r\n\r\nPeriod.

  • senzo.mncwango.5 - 2012-08-17 12:53

    Hurry up Mr. President this needs you in person. Unfortunately this is unprecedented may be you could have acted a little bit earlier.

  • gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-08-17 12:55

    No JZ - stay there please, what you gonna do if you come back? You haven't a friggin clue whats going on in your own country other than trying to find wife number 33

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-08-17 12:57 we'll start seeing Yellwo Kaspirs again in the the streets and Ratels in the Townships...

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-17 12:59

    To do what????? He should visit these union fat cats and demand explanations from them!! Then he should go and look in the mirror and ask himself some questions!!! Zuma, you took this country back 30 years!!!

  • mpmbilase - 2012-08-17 13:02

    Yes, that is fine but too late, the damage has already been done to your voters at ground level. The bright picture of south africa under our democracy has been badly damages worldwide and our economy also is to be detrimental affected. This massacre has now dented the ANC led government to an extent that now it is on record for slaughter people who are legally demanding their rights. I hope this time the president will put his house in order by encouraging officials to avoid taking indecisive actions for the sake of protecting their interests.

  • lulama - 2012-08-17 13:05

    Great call honorable mr president

  • lebogang.ramagaga - 2012-08-17 13:11

    Despite the fact that it would not bring the dead alive but I appreciate that the President is prioritizing this. There is a need for immediate intervention so as to prevent the on going unnecessary bloodshed! I trust the presence of the President will calm and bring the situation to rest.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-17 13:12

    Hang on chaps, you can't roast both sides. People ridiculed the fact that he was always out the country. Now he cuts short his visit in the wake of tragedy to attend to this matter and you want to roast him again. I have no time for Zuma myself, but at least he is doing the right thing here, albeit window dressing. At least there is some reaction. If he achieves nothing with this visit, then we can roast him again.

  • delani.madela - 2012-08-17 13:14

    Ancyl asked for them intervene early and now people have died, we should stop this attitude of attending to matters once people have died, I think the lack of leadership will always haunt us as long a we dont deal with matters appropriatel

  • JJ - 2012-08-17 13:15

    To those complaining, what exactly do you want? In this case Zuma was damned if he didn't and damned if he did... He is doing the correct thing honestly.

  • lovemore.mutawu - 2012-08-17 13:18

    yesterday's bloodbath will indeed have serious repercussions on Zuma's political future as he seeks a second term in office!

  • delani.madela - 2012-08-17 13:19

    we have not heard anything from the new police commissioner after the death of the miners and this has been bad publicity of our police force and will also have serious implications to the SA economy as whole since we are trying to lure the investors to invest in SA. creative thinking is lacking and problem solving skills

  • daan.phalaborwa - 2012-08-17 13:20

    Te laat aap. Die popo het klaar die fan getref. Gaan rits maar nog so bietjie rond.

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-08-17 13:21

    He has to rush home so that somebody can eeee wite another eeee speecch eee for him to try eeee and read eeee eeee eeee eeee ....... Mr Banana President!!! I think the sooner Mothlante takes over the better or maybe eee eee eee ???

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-17 13:21

    There come the populist who have no I deal how to run a country ,sorry to late

  • kwenam - 2012-08-17 13:22

    Thank you my leader for hearing our concerned, we appreciate... Now someone between Government, Unions or Mine should take over the responsibilities of those bread winners. Their children should get free education until they finish tertiary