Zuma mourns crash victims

2012-12-07 13:43

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, has expressed his deep sense of loss at the death of six crew members and five passengers who died in a plane crash on Wednesday.

The South African National Defence Force personnel were on board the Dakota DC3 C47 plane in the Drakensberg area, en route to Mthata when the plane crashed in bad weather.

"This tragic incident has caused great anguish to the families and indeed to all of us. They perished on duty, while providing selfless service to the State and the South African nation. This is an incalculable loss not only for the Air Force, but for the SANDF and the entire country. We cannot even begin to imagine the pain that the families are going through.

"They need all our support as we collectively mourn our compatriots and soldiers who passed on. We express our deepest condolences, as we all try to come to terms with this shocking incident," said President Zuma.

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-12-07 13:47

    Yes we feel bad 2, we actually mean it though.

      nikondaniel - 2012-12-07 13:48

      I could not have said it better.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-12-07 14:11

      He's getting in some practice for when they lock the jail cell door behind him

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2012-12-07 14:28

      Yeah... shocking is the amount of people that die because our dearest government is self serving and just dot not give a damn

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-07 14:33

      "This is an incalculable loss not only for the Air Force, but for the SANDF and the entire country. We cannot even begin to imagine the pain that the families are going through." True and sincerest condolences. It is therefore a double shame that he did not express any sympathy for the families and the entire country, about the 43 people murdered on the same day. Nor same amount of women raped, the 3 children murdered or the 30 people killed on the roads. Nor mentioned the fact that this happens EVERY DAY........

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-12-07 14:33

      We can not trust words from the mouth of a criminal

      homes.zona - 2012-12-07 16:27

      Only reason he said "incalculable" is because he can't count

      fussed.anderson - 2012-12-07 16:46

      JZ (snif) how do I complete my house now. 11 less tax payers

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 13:48

    Thank you .....Presidente.

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-07 14:04

      Comandante!!Mind you

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 14:07

      Yes ....Commander in chief, Thanks.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-07 14:57


      lyellvanderwalt - 2012-12-07 22:48

      Don't feed the trolls.

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  • JohnDough - 2012-12-07 13:54

    Why don't you build another mansion or two to console yourself. As the C.I.C you have cut back on all budgets, scammed a few arms deals so it is no wonder they had to fly in some WW2 aeroplane. You should hang your head in shame.

  • ardenharvey - 2012-12-07 13:54

    this is what I read... BLAH BLAH blah blah blah... MEANINGLESS words Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma...

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-07 13:54

    As a country we join our mourning with u Mr President...our condolences to the families.....may their souls rest in peace.......

  • Billy - 2012-12-07 13:56

    thief, dont care what you have to say

  • ian.despy - 2012-12-07 13:57

    You ZOOMER should publically mourn everyday for the 50 people murdered in SA every day, All the woman that are raped every day and the genocide of the farmers, which you are held responsible for as the leader of this racist thieving condolances to the families of the aircrash victims.

      ardenharvey - 2012-12-07 14:04

      100% on! his apology probably stemmed from a media person hoping it would "improve" his public image... EPIC fail!!! He is only planning how he can next F*ck his countrymen...

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 14:09

      50 a day.... This Democracy is still better than the last regime. TTsssk Just a note, Murders and crime in general take place all over this Planet. This is not a South African phenomenon.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-07 15:02

      @zapadela if you are a criminal I would agree with you, anything goes in our new found democracy. But if you are an honest, law-abiding citizen I don't think that our so-called "democracy" is any better than apartheid was. At least the apartheid regime had the good sence to know he was a criminal and he spent 10 years behind bars

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 15:18

      Mr Duplessis, I know this is going to be a difficult one to swallow but YES YES YES, Life is better under a Democracy. I would die a Free man on my Feet than a slave on my Knees. I suggest you will never understand as you have only experienced the fruits of Apartheid.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-07 15:38

      @zapadela I would rather die knowing that my childrens future is secure in a stable country with sound governance, I don't want them to live in another Zimbabwe. I am prepared to die on my feet for that

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 15:52

      Well thank goodness you reside in RSA. Zim is across the Border

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-07 23:04

      @Zapadela, i beg you, please pass along whatever you drank or smoked, because I want to see life through your eyes. But unfortunately, right now, I see everything clearly, and although yes, apartheid was a terrible thing, current SA is in shambles. Yes, murder happens everywhere, but NOWHERE at the same rate in SA. We are a laughing stock to the world, and people are terrified to set foot here because of the muder/rape rates this country has. I dont care what you say, but not many people would rather live in a place where you have to have a set of eyes out the back of your head to ensure you arent murdered, raped etc, all due to government failure, as opposed to a place where yes, there were some crappy rules, but at least the safety of its citizens was secure, the people had money in their pockets, and their kids were safe! REGARDLESS OF RACE

  • webstorm.isp.5 - 2012-12-07 14:00

    Mr President, seems a lot of what you do is incalculable. My remorse to the families and sorry Zuma had to comment on this for some extra exposure.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-12-07 16:50

      MR WHO, (thief)

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-07 14:04

    Why no comments from the Ministry of defence and the head of the Airforce ?

      butch.poulter - 2012-12-07 14:10

      Havent heard about it yet

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-07 14:04

    That buffoon doesn't give a flying hoot about anything. he should include the 50 million souls whose lives he is busy screwing up in his thoughts My biggest worry is that he uses this as an excuse to build a replica of St Peters Cathedral next to Zumaville. Sorry, Nkandla.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-07 14:36

      He is not fit to be president by any strech of the imagination. He should go mourn in his orange overall in prison.

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-07 14:53

      Zuma is a disgrace

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-07 14:04

    Phishing for votes

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-07 14:08

    Come-on now people, this is genuine, his feelings are real. Can we leave corrupt acts alone for once.

      webstorm.isp.5 - 2012-12-07 14:38

      We will leave corruption alone when the corrupt are on the plane and not our hard working soldiers

  • butch.poulter - 2012-12-07 14:08

    Should have lent them one of your planes

  • Pete7930 - 2012-12-07 14:10

    May the next plane be much bigger, unmanned, filled with explosives and crash on Nkandla !

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-07 14:12

    Nope, he never said that ! he only read someone elses speech, ... O no sorry he can't read, somebody read it out loud to him so he could just repeat it like a parrot.

  • davy.botha - 2012-12-07 14:15

    I actually donot believe that he feels anything, he comes across as being a selfish thieving president!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 14:51

      More assumptions.....Lets ensure the Indoctrination fires are fueled....

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-07 14:54

      Yes because he is more than a thief, he's a lire too!

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-07 14:27

    Not to be insensitive to the lost lives but what would also be an incalculable loss would be for Mr. Corruption to be president for another 5 years.

  • mart.botha - 2012-12-07 14:29

    'Crocodile tears for the cameras'. I believe 'ZU ma-se kind' about as far as I could throw him. His act is so un-genuine that even blind people see through him ! -

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 14:49

      Did he communicate this to you or is this your assumption....???

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-12-07 14:30

    I have to admit it, it real, we have racists in this country, especially here at news24; and no racist must acuse me of bringing race cards here, because you can see that you fellows are indeed racists, Damn! DA must pay for your sins come 2014 elections.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 14:40

      Agreed.....Many angry people here.

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-07 15:24

      The ANC and especially Jacob Zuma must pay for their sins! You are as racist as the next one and blindly following a corrupt party and believing that it is serving the people , what a joke! But thanks for admitting to your racism, its sweet of you! VIVA DA

      michael.jackwood - 2012-12-07 15:54

      Charl Malan, why you DA dont go to the nearest police station and a case againts Zuma, the thing is you DA depend on the junk that the media feed you with to draw conclusion about people, some of the rubish you talk about does not even have substance what so ever, We as ANC members we will ensure that our organisation get two third majority, just to protect our people from racists. We have to stay in charge of this country.

      trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-12-07 16:00

      Micheal...go JACK IN THE WOOD

      kimard - 2012-12-07 16:36

      michael dont worry - the DA are working on it :) and get off the internet and go kiss zumas bazooka ass

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 16:46

      Dang , You okay there Michael. Seems several attacks have been launched against you mate. Should I call the Medics??

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-08 13:08

      Michael Jackwood, yes you will make sure the ANC get the majority, by hook or by crook. Nothing new under the sun. You know nothing about the DA so stop making assumptions after reading the papers, upside down.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-07 14:32

    And you mr fake presidante, realize of course that this happened while you were awarding medals to yourself for selfish reasons and to soboteurs killing other innocent people in the line of terrorist duties!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 14:48

      More Fairy tales from the Indoctrination files

  • alan.delossantos.792 - 2012-12-07 14:34

    incalculable loss ????? I am surprised you could even spell it??? YES a sad loss – like so many that died each day because you Mr Zuma who could not care a toss and with your perfetic ANC you run a lawless country. South Africa will never be any good all the time you load of rubbish run it.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-12-07 15:02

    They died as a result of your incompetency Zuma. How can they still be flying in a WW2 plane? You are a good for nothing commander in chief. You don't act the part, and you don't deserve it.

      ian.despy - 2012-12-07 16:18


  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-07 15:20

    Commander and chief hahahahahahahahaha, what a lag! I mourn the fact that JZ is still in charge, still alive, still stealing from us and still getting away with it! He's day will come!

      sechaba.magubane - 2012-12-07 16:38

      Ha Ha Ha any relation to the late D F Malan Charl?

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-07 15:23

    these comments makes me think its not about Zuma..u hating so much...but a person of his skin type u hate to lead nd govern u....

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-12-07 15:27

      Well done for pulling the inevitable race card, we want someone who can lead you fool! And jacob zuma doesn't know how to spell the word lead! Go fly a racist kite!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-07 15:40

      Charl....You are all about race bud. I suggest you revist some of your posts on this very article

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-12-07 16:12

      If he could lead and govern people wouldn't be hating... regardless of skin colour.

      ian.despy - 2012-12-07 16:26

      Mbuso, yes there are unfortunately racists on both sides of the spectrum. The majority of South Africans do not care about a skin colour. All this is about is total incompetency of the current government, the thieving that's going on. The failure to delver the common basics for all across the broad spectrum and the ANC governments racist tendencies. This government has failed all its people in most respects.

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-07 22:41

      You are so right

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-08 13:11

      Mbuso Siera, desperation making you grab the race card?. So corruption, stealing and incompetence is fine with you as long as the skin is dark enough?. Zuma is not fit to rule, even if he was lily white.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-12-07 15:55

    his mourning his GRAVY train coming to an end....

  • kimard - 2012-12-07 16:33

    im so sorry for the loss of these people and their families but zuma only mourns 11 tax payers

  • zakazarurwa.vuma - 2012-12-07 16:49

    maybe there were anti zuma who let them fly in bad weather condition,crocodile tears indeed

  • shadrack.motshwara - 2012-12-07 16:54

    Da dark cloud has fallen on us dis is not da right tym 2 point finger on an individual lets unite as a nation n suport those families who r in tears

      kimard - 2012-12-07 17:14

      yes support the families - not zuma, and the issue is zumas fake tears right? it will be more appropriate if he mourns the hungry and shelter "less" south africans - he is living in luxury with the money meant for them. where is his tears then?

  • bless.boswell - 2012-12-07 17:17

    Mr Zuma, if you spent less on yourself maybe this would not have happened. Their blood is on your hands. You should be ashamed oh yourself you shapmeless hypocrit. Their blood is on your hands. Stop crying crocodile tears.

  • george.pito - 2012-12-07 17:17

    What service they probably got an aiforce taxi home. Last month this article Note the date a month ago Do they actually fly a plane for Madiba to take his medicine.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-12-07 17:22

    No Mbuso, it's not his skin. Colour, it's the fact that he is stealing from and cheating his own people. He is nothing but a disgusting thief. And yet you guys still vote for him ...

  • Jurie Pohl - 2012-12-07 18:57

    peter u really know nothing about aviation! it might be a ww2 plane but its been completely upgrade. only the body is original. the engines radios instruments have al been upgraded to today's technology

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-08 13:13

      Jurie Pohl I don't know any thing about aviation so please tell me why the wings of this plane could not be de-iced?.

  • Silas Hlahla - 2012-12-07 19:28

    The truth is u want hellen zille cod she is white

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-08 13:14

      Silas.Hlebe, the truth is you don't know what you are talking about.

  • lungelo.nsibande.7 - 2012-12-07 20:13

    Dear fellow country man and women your comment show that the Country is still racial divided! I hope u will find it to yourself that this is a tragedy, it can not be politicize. The families are grieving, u found it as mockery for political segregation. My our combatant soul rest in peace and their family found peace. We are all affected as this combatant we also responsible in looking after our great commander.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-08 13:01

    Commander-in- Chief of the armed forces and the taxpayers money.

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