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Zuma should debate Zille - survey

2012-10-29 17:15

Johannesburg - Almost two-thirds of young South Africans think President Jacob Zuma should accept DA leader Helen Zille's challenge to a debate, according to a survey released on Monday.

"Young people are eager to see Zuma and Zille publicly debate South Africa's politics," said Shirley Wakefield, of consumer insights company Pondering Panda.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said Zuma should accept Zille's challenge, while 27 percent said he would be wasting his time. Nine percent were unable to decide.

Earlier this month, Zille called on Zuma to debate the state of the economy. Zuma turned her down.

Pondering Panda polled 2 874 respondents between the ages of 18 and 34, across South Africa. All interviews were conducted on cellphones with Mxit users between 22 and 24 October

When broken down by race, 77% of whites, 81% of coloureds, and 74% of Indians felt Zuma should accept Zille's challenge. This compared to 61% of blacks.

When asked who they would like to have as their next president, 32% chose Zuma and 24% Zille. However, 36% rejected both candidates and eight percent were unable to decide.

Most whites (62%) and coloureds (53%) said they would rather see Zille as the next president.

In contrast, 38% of blacks and 41% of Indians favoured neither candidate.

"If our leaders want to win the youth vote, public debates are something they will need to embrace to do so," said Wakefield.

"Our survey also shows that young people lack confidence in both candidates, something that a debate could help change."

Comments
  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-29 17:16

    And get his @SS kicked!!!

      loki.scribus - 2012-10-29 17:47

      @George: The option was there for anyone within the DA structures to challenge her. Seeing as she's doing her job, they didn't feel a change was necessary.

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-10-29 17:59

      @George - Do you even KNOW the history of Zille's ex leaders? I wont educate you on this, since I wish you would take the time to do a little research. But I know you wont, since vermin like you, want everything GIVEN to you! You're too rotten lazy to understand more than your narrow mindedness! Ah! I'll have to. Ok, I'll give you a hint. Black Sash, Helen Suzman, Colin Eglin, Frederick van Zyl Slabbert, Progressive Federal Party, etc etc etc. Google these people you illiterate troll! You know eff all! Now take your lazy fat self and do some research! Here's even a link to GIVE you information! TAKE it! Cause that all YOU lot understand! GIVE, DEMAND and TAKE!!!!

      georg.potgieter - 2012-10-29 18:00

      Zille will wash the floor with him. Problem is the floor will remain dirty.

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-10-29 18:01

      @George - the link is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_Federal_Party

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-10-29 18:01

      Zipper is not a politician. He is a dictator. it's not that he doesn't want to debate Zille, its because he has no clue about what politics is about. If he actually had a clue, then this country would be doing great.

      asdhasgd - 2012-10-29 18:07

      This will be the zuma vs zille debate in a nutshell: Zille "President Zuma, how do you claim to be have the poor's interest at heart when you put down a deposit for R250 million on a jet, spent over R100 million for your hometown renovation, spent also another 150 million on renovating your own house and also giving the king of Swaziland a R50 million loan when your own people are living in squander?" Zuma "Apartheid" the end.

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-29 18:13

      It.....hehehehe hascome..... To..... My attention....heheheh..... How much time do we have for such a debate?

      BulletProof. - 2012-10-29 18:25

      @Jackie, AND WHAT MERIT THE PRESIDENT DID SHOW IN IS CARREER TO HAVE ANY RATES?

      nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-10-29 18:32

      Naahh.. Zuma will do fairly well: He will send Mac Maharaj to the debate!

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-29 20:33

      ssmonareng, Dont be an idiot, thats exactly the situation, the DA is the biggest opposition for the ANC. As for the debate, all I can say is ZUMA does not stand a chance against Honorable Helen Zille, her reputation is not cluttered with CORRUPTION, CRIME, INCOMPETENCE AND IMMORALITY.... and that is also why the MINORITY vote for her.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-29 22:56

      With Zuma's limited education and his long pauses between sentences,Zille will be bored to the core after the first 5 minutes of engagement with Zuma the clown in any debate.

      aarchaic - 2012-10-30 04:22

      If Zuma accepts to debate with Zille it will sound like this... Amos Masondo tells madam Speaker, he wants to upgrade Johannesburg with new projects! Well, I think that's what he is trying to say! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94wnoIRTcGM

      sean.carbutt - 2012-10-30 08:31

      He will never do it. You need some balls to go up against Godzille. JZ only has a mangina.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-10-30 12:42

      Dumb ass would expose his lack of education and stupidity. A debate would just confirm what everybody already knows. Please Ali Zoooomer and your forty wives just debate your departure already...............................

      Elisha - 2012-10-30 14:37

      @Jackie. Zille is better than the President! So what is your point exactly?

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-10-31 12:52

      There are many reasons why, though most of us feel a public debate would be welcome, it is probably for the better it doesn't happen, and I shall elaborate why. A lot here feel we should emulate the American system but we should remember our politics are vastly different. Though there were debates prior to 1960 the first official presidential debate was in 1960 between a more experienced and fidgety Nixon and a more calm and relaxed with arms crossed JFK (check out a snippet of this debate on you tube). Since then they are a strong tradition of the American electoral process. This happened naturally and was not forced, and was mostly attributable to 2 reasons. First, in America they vote strongly according to constituencies, which places personal responsibility and accountability of those running above party loyalty or policy. Secondly, the Democrats and the Republicans are virtually tied, so they have to compete for votes at grass root or community level, this is further complicated by the fact that a republican can vote democrat and still remain republican, e.g.: Colin Powell endorsing and voting for Obama. Some states in the US, eg: Florida, Ohio, have no clear favourites, so a debate helps in getting a win from either party, remember in the States the national popular vote does not win an election but rather the number of states won, e.g. George Bush vs Al Gore in 2000. Tbc..

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-10-31 13:22

      ...traditionally incumbents lose the debates even though they go on to win an election, I think Clinton could have been the exception in 1996. Now, South African context...51million people (census 2011), 80% black, 10% white....18 years post apartheid , which reigned in for almost 7 decades ( that is approx. 400% of the time of ANC rule), plus a further 300 years of colonialism and imperialism, which espoused racial supremacy, where an average white salary Iis 6X that of their bronzed counterpart, where land is still skewed against blacks ( e.g. a huge bulk of land past Schemaskloof towards and including Mbombela is owned by Halls and Joubert and Sons), in a country that still votes according to racial lines. What is the motivation to Zuma for debating Zille to win a percentage of 10% of the population against losing the majority support of 80% of the population. Does that make sense to him? Further we vote for a party in this country not for individuals. Now if we are such a fragile country where the compilation of silly numbers like the census would spark such bigoted racial bile from both black and white equally what do you think a debate would do to this country? Take into cognissance a media that would sensationalise anything and everything in exchange of selling paper or getting hits online. A debate will do nothing to dissuade Zuma's supporters whose bulk have no access to a tv or radio or English.

      alf.pop - 2012-10-31 16:35

      A Debate with Helen Zille will not take place. Somebody in the Zuma Clan lost the family brain cell!

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-10-31 19:53

      Well said Dr.Nchabeleng. Hey, how about this, Let the DA pick its best candidate & the ANC pick it's best candidate to debate SA politics. I bet the closet racists would turn down the offer because 18 yrs of ANC rule is no match for 400yrs of white oppression!!

      Bobbycat - 2012-11-12 13:43

      Now we know why Zuma is building bunkers!

  • dick.muller - 2012-10-29 17:22

    He will NEVER do that. Has b@lls for one thing and one thing only...

      george.outremer - 2012-10-29 18:20

      Besides that, Zille has the unfair (educated) advantage. Mind you, Zuma has the 'ancestors' on his side (whooooa buddy)!

      SharonE - 2012-10-29 18:41

      He will send Mac or Gwede, it is his way.

      John - 2012-10-30 06:49

      Incredible - the fact that people cannot grasp the value of such a debate. Even more astounding that a man, who 'holds all the power’ as our country's President, will allow a situation to develop where his unwillingness to participate reveals him to be intimidated by the confrontation. To drop the cherry on top – he is a ‘venerated’ black man not rising to the challenge of a white woman. Ashamed much – all of you who support him without question? I for one would want someone that I regard as leader, to be courageous, not be intimidated by an intellectual challenge and who is a person with strong conviction and would relish an opportunity to show my followers that I have what it takes to win a public political battle. But then again... I’m one of those evil whites.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-29 17:23

    She'd wipe the floor with the zipper man.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-29 17:43

      As would a cockroach. Ol' showerhead would be confused if there were 10 spades and 10 forks against a wall and he was told to "take your pick". Debate is out of the question, his advisors would never allow it.

      art5SA - 2012-10-29 23:36

      Zuma is a "LEGEND".... in his own mind! I personally think a Std 4 learner, from Zimpopo, would OUT DEBATE Zuma.... If his skin was lighter... his face would permanently be a dark shade of red!

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-30 08:21

      Check the wikipedia on zuma. A std4/grade6 would masacre him

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-10-29 17:23

    None of the ANC leaders will ever agree to debate the opposition for they know they have nothing to stand on and that will look very bad for them to the public.

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-10-29 18:22

      There is no reason to debate because the people don't elect the president.

  • thefat.canarie - 2012-10-29 17:25

    I think the ANC knows that if the question of a sunset date for BB-BEE is discussed they would not want to hear of it ... neither about HOW they (THE ANC) messed up ESCOM, THE SABC, THE SAA and TRANSNET!

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-10-29 17:47

      Its a single word to describe what cANCer has messed up! "Country!"

  • werner.m.strydom - 2012-10-29 17:26

    Much like the case against Zapiro being dropped, our beloved Zuma knows he will lose, and look a fool.

      paul.chick.501 - 2012-10-29 21:05

      Spot on

  • liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-29 17:30

    surely he should.....this is supposed to be a democracy for crying out loud.....all politicians should be super skilled at debating....herein is where the problem lies for the anc.......they are not a political party capable of leading a country as they are and always will be a struggle movement only.... either way if it happens it would be super frustrating for us as educated folk to watch because cadre deployment only allows for repetition...

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-29 17:31

      long story short.....hell get his @ss handed to him...

      SharonE - 2012-10-29 19:11

      One important point to raise in the debate: Do minorities have equal rights to the majority? Jacob does not think they do - I for one would like for him to elaborate on this point, as it will show his understanding (or lack thereof) of our constitution.

  • victor.tshikovhele - 2012-10-29 17:31

    He must face it.He is the president of the country.He is afraid of challenges as ussual.Coward and brainless.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-10-29 17:33

    For what? Why not Lekota, Holomisa, etc. What is so special about Helen. Zuma is a busy Man, running the country and Helen does not have much to do thus why. Let her debate with other opposition parties, that should serve her well

      commissar.siya - 2012-10-29 17:47

      Its because Zuma is the president thats why he is so "special" to have been chosen for the debate. He must show hes accountability for his decisions..It's nothing personal!

      omrisho.za - 2012-10-29 17:53

      jackie... running the country, oh please tell me that you are joking...

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-10-29 17:56

      ANC is not going to change how they do business just to appease DA leaders,if they want a debate they must just win the election and then they can change how the election is run in this country. Why don't the Oppenheimers take their party back

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-29 18:34

      What was the US "attached" to? I refuse to equate myself with the former gardener who now robs his people blind. I at least have a fairly decent education (Iknow the difference between "attached" and "attacked"), fairly well clued in on world politics as well as local politics and I am no thieving, corrupt wannabe. The office of the Presidency is another matter, when showerhead shows his respect for the office then maybe the people will accord him the same respect, until then, you, his voters and he can rot in hell.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-10-29 19:06

      @rodney.bevan.58 I am sure wise people got the message, it is usually empty tins like you which makes a lot of noice

      rohann.geldenhuys - 2012-10-29 19:48

      Im sure he is to busy watching idols to do the debate, and by the way there is only one official opposition party, THUS the DA cannot debate with other opposition parties. Maybe we should first learn some basic politics before we can comment.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-29 19:54

      :) Jackie, you do make me laugh, I might make a lot of noise, but at least the noise I make makes more sense than the noise you make, as can be seen by the amount of likes my comments generally get as opposed to yours. Keep up the good work dear, it's people like you who make people like me look like total geniuses. ;)

      tamlynloraine.liebenberg - 2012-10-29 20:09

      Jackie the USA is a first world country, the SA president cannot spend the money as the USA president. The poor in this country are just getting poorer, how can you justify the money spent on the president when there are people who have nothing. I have no problem paying taxes, I have a problem with the misallocation of funds by the ANC. It's heart breaking seeing how people are struggling and nothing is being done!

      Zahir - 2012-10-29 20:16

      The greater the support for zuma the lower the voter iq yours is heading into negative

      JohnB - 2012-10-30 03:05

      @Jackie, This article was written by a foreigner for the likes of you: THIS IS MORE THAN A QUOTE...IT IS AN INDICTMENT OF THE LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. "The danger to South Africa is not Jacob Zuma but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Zuma presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Zuma, who is a mere symptom of what ails South Africa. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-30 06:43

      Busy running the country into the ground, yeah!

      indianajohn - 2012-10-31 14:29

      "Zuma is a busy Man, running the country and Helen does not have much to do" sigh

      mpai.bucibo - 2012-10-31 17:03

      He is the president for crying out loud. He is running around rather than run the country. What can he say when he can hardly read let alone write a speech.

      sybil.schneider.96 - 2012-11-12 14:33

      Oh Jackie, what standard did you pass at school? Don't seem to know a lot about ANYTHING!!!???

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-29 17:36

    He knows that he is only good for committing crime poor bugger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-10-29 17:37

    At the risk of getting loads of thumbs down from just about all camps, may I please say something. South Africa needs a proper representative intelligent government to make real world progress. Will Zuma's government do this ? No! If Zuma loses at the Mangueng, will we get anything better ? No !! With each successive so called leader since Mandela, it's gotten exponentially worse. The Deputy Prez is basically a Malema supporter. If Zille debates now, she will win (no doubt), but this win will tip the scales toward the Devil you do not know. Shelve the debate until next year or we will all suffer. Please think about this really, really carefully. As crazy as it sounds, Zuma is the only hope we have at Mangueng !! It's not a very palatable thought, but it's true.

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-10-29 17:51

      Unfortunately I must agree, I am hoping for zuma at second term as well, so many anc supporters will change their vote or not vote at all. This is what we must hope for because the blind sheep will follow even beyond a zimbabwe.

  • sipho.skepu - 2012-10-29 17:38

    Zuma wants to debate in Zulu,because he is fluent in that language, anyway helen is just a premier of western cape so she can debate with any premier of the 8 provinces under anc rule. She must take on noxolo kiviet or casel mathale.

      julio.sanfona - 2012-10-29 19:11

      Hey Sipho, let me correct you here. Helen Zille isn't just the premier of the Western Cape, she is the leader of the official opposition and that makes it legitimate for her to request a debate with the president. If you truly value our democracy, you should not only welcome such a debate, you should demand it.

      abram.spamers - 2012-10-30 00:52

      What exactly are you defending sipho? Is it offensive to debate about policy? Your argument makes no sense, neither does it make sense for a president to avoid talking about what he is doing in the public eye. Every other country in the world is debating the crap out of their problems but our leaders don't seem to have the time. Also they can get translators... Zuma can do his debate in Zulu... Zille can do hers in English... since when is that a problem?

  • Benjie Blumears - 2012-10-29 17:39

    SA is going down on a drain..becuz everybody want to play Tom n Jerry with our beloved president..if Zilla wants to be a president y dont she buy all races to vote for her.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-29 18:18

      @Benjie Bloomers. There is no more money left to buy anything after your prez' went on a shopping spree.

      jenny.nel.92 - 2012-10-29 19:28

      Beloved president - please tell me you are joking. Zuma is contemptable, loathsome, dishonest, greedy. What's to love about that??

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-29 17:44

    I don't favour either of them 2. Zille is ok 4 opposition but not as a president.

      abram.spamers - 2012-10-30 00:55

      That is the kind of thing a 9 year old would say when asked a difficult question. Eventually you need to give an answer.

  • pjbadenhorst - 2012-10-29 17:44

    He's too clever to get himself caught in a debate with Zille. He only fights battles he can win.

      julio.sanfona - 2012-10-29 19:14

      I agree, he is clever because he realizes that he is stupid.

      brendaanne.anderson - 2012-10-30 16:44

      Clever ? No way ! More like cowardly !

  • brad.ken.18 - 2012-10-29 17:45

    Even if it were multiple choice, Spearhead would FAIL dismally! He's illiterate,and would shame the nation. Best there is no debate! We know who the smart one's are and indeed the people that have the NATION at heart!

  • Rhulani - 2012-10-29 17:47

    Honestly speaking Zuma won't stand a debate. He doesn't even have facts from his public speeches. He doesn't have reasoning skills nor communication skills. I use to listen to his speeches in parliament and he always famble, he can't even read from his mind. To be corrupted is when you can't even, comfortably, explain your belongings. \r\n\r\nI doubt if he knows South AFrican English atleast, or he doesn't need anger management instead.\r\n\r\nI can't remember Zuma debating for his possition. He didn't work for it like Obama and Hnr R N Mandela.\r\n\r\nHe must just comeout and go down and be sent to Thabazimbi correctional services (National Hotel) for free breakfast and bed.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-10-29 17:48

    if Zille wants to play school debates she can start with JuJu Malema, now that is one debate i want to experience, the President has no time for career building wannabes, there are matters of much more importance on his table

      omrisho.za - 2012-10-29 17:56

      you too... please bngani, what could be more important, new wife maybe... f'n 'ell

      jenny.nel.92 - 2012-10-29 19:33

      Yes, like using state funds to upgrade his personal residence, using state funds for his court battles, using state funds to support his gaggle of wives, kids and hangers-on ..... It must be exhausting. Dont be such a fool - think of the terrible damage that he and his cronies have done to our country and vote with your brain instead of your hatred for white people.

      Zahir - 2012-10-29 20:01

      Like spending R250 million to build sun city in nkandla

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-30 08:44

      Bongani, ur president has no time for anything but to worry about hus R230mil upgrade. Thats the only imortant thing on his mind. He knows he's gonna get trashed by Zille because he wont have Mac by his side to help him answer.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-30 09:40

      Like seeing how much he can steal before he loses his highly paid job.

      vernon.wolf - 2012-10-31 12:03

      yes, indeed, a very clever reply...almost as retarded as your dimwitted president are you?

      dan.kolosa - 2012-10-31 13:25

      Bongi bra, are you as dumb as comrade Juju?? Why not ask them to debate and get solutions fr all. black, white, colored, indian!!!!

  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-29 17:49

    Zuma has no vision at all that's why he keeps turning her down, grab that dude by his sack zille!!!!!!

      ayanda357s - 2012-10-29 18:27

      Zille is not as nice as you think she is ma man, should she win, you in for a surprise:-)

      indianajohn - 2012-10-31 14:35

      ayanda, what makes you say that?

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-10-29 17:50

    We all know he will loose the debate, that's why the excuse is it's a waste of time :what are we paying him for if he can't even work for 30 min. Bull !!!

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-29 17:51

    Simple reason.Zuma lacks intellect so knows a debate would expose him for what he is!If he had any intellect he would have long ago realised that he is not fit to be Pres of SA & done the right thing and stepped down.But hey..being Pred keeps him out of court!

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-10-29 17:54

    Hoe ws allowed to debate piet botha during apartheid u a making noise ,,,,,no debate she cn make meeting wt dose lost black nation hu dnt understand hw we hv been treated in the past....,,, she think she master of everything call julias to shut her mouth,,, then she need apology .......,

      frans.vanderpoll - 2012-10-29 18:06

      Huh?! Duh!! I know what you are trying to say but I've developed a headache trying to figure it out.

      Maverick82 - 2012-10-29 19:18

      You seriously need to go back to the school that you attended and ask for a refund. Spelling and grammer sure is your weak point,

      carel.scholtz.16 - 2012-10-29 20:20

      what refund????? He didn't even pay in the first place!!!

      Zahir - 2012-10-30 07:56

      Your comment proves the anc job too keep there voter iq as low as poosible is working well

      bobby.boon.18 - 2012-11-06 15:16

      edgar.mooi You are such a great example need I say more and no I am not complementing you

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-10-29 17:55

    Zuna should accept challenges to debate.Zuma has no vision at all that why he keeps turning her down.

  • teboho.martin.3 - 2012-10-29 17:58

    I think he should accept the challenge to debate,I think he's got all the answers for what he has been doing for the past 4 years, and why he need another 4 years.and that will show the people of this country how democracy work in SA

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-29 17:58

    Helen should be more concerns about WCape as it is in shambles before entertaining the thought of engaging Zuma in some pointless debate. Let her first practice those policies in the WCape and prove that they are effective then she can challenge the government to follow suit

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-29 18:12

      Writing your idiot ideas down in public is not a good thing.

      greg.molato - 2012-10-29 18:16

      Come on JZ what are u afraid of..?

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-29 18:21

      CAREFUL Zondi --A branch just broke on your tree .

      dehlia.fredericks - 2012-10-29 19:26

      the best of the best...western province!

      Zahir - 2012-10-29 19:55

      Research has proved the greater the anc support the lower the voter iq its a fact

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-30 08:49

      Nhlanhla! The WC is doing far more better than all 8 ANC provinces. I was in joburg two weeks ago and it is a disgrace. Roads are breaking up and the place is just dirty. But thats what you get when the ANC runs thing. They have no worries where this country goes so long as the money keeps flowing into there fat corrupt pockets. And the sooner you idiots catch a wake up the better it will be for this country.

  • vic.hammond.77 - 2012-10-29 17:59

    Please !! She will outsmart the uneducated, and he will leave the debate with his tail between his legs! He knows full well that the economy is in a shambles. And before anyone gets on their high horse, this is NOT a racist remark !

  • John.Yossarian22 - 2012-10-29 18:00

    Putting myself in Jacob 783's shoes, I would also rather use any excuse not to have the debate. If you can only lose, why fight? It would be like clubbing baby seals for Zille.

      andrew.schonfrucht - 2012-10-31 09:17

      True but clubbing baby seals is cruel and inhumane.

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-10-29 18:02

    He was pushed in as head of the country but he is too dumb to debate with a child.What i can't understand is that he is proud of this dunbness he has..Why are you scared to debate with Zille?Show us your guts and debate with her or are you such a big coward?You are losing the countrie's respect for you,not that there was any respect!!!!!Sis

  • ross.purdon.5 - 2012-10-29 18:04

    "Zille's work as mayor, and in particular her successes in tackling crime, drug abuse and unemployment in Cape Town, led to her selection as World Mayor of the Year in 2008 - from a field of 820 candidates. She was also chosen as Newsmaker of the year 2006 by the National Press Club in July 2007, and is a former finalist in the South African Woman of the Year Award. Zille speaks English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa as well as German, the language of her parents" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Zille "Zuma has faced significant legal challenges. He was charged with rape in 2005, but was acquitted. In addition, he fought a long legal battle over allegations of racketeering and corruption, resulting from his financial advisor Schabir Shaik's conviction for corruption and fraud. On 6 April 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority decided to drop the charges, citing political interference" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Zuma Read for yourself, who should be leading this country?

      carel.scholtz.16 - 2012-10-29 20:32

      10 OUT OF 10 for that!!

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-29 18:04

    Spearhead is a chicken, a yellow belly chicken.

      Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-29 18:24

      you so stupid its not even funny you moron, JZ has no time to entertain fools like you. He has more pressing issues to concern himself with

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-10-29 19:18

      Yeah like to steal more money from the tax payer to keep his Ho's and dozens of illegitimates!

      Zahir - 2012-10-29 19:50

      @zondi your support for jz is not only blind but dumb.

      ross.purdon.5 - 2012-10-29 21:35

      what how to please all six wives? and 20 something children?

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-10-29 18:06

    Thanks Wakefield for the survey keep on doing more survey ,,,,,,, un4tunately barack obama is in america he is good for debate you cn send zille there to debate on why yaser Arafat been killed?????

  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-29 18:08

    Earlier Zuma moaned how the media keeps focusing on \PERCIVED\ anc battles but he keeps on avoiding issues that are vital! What does this dude want mare?

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-10-29 18:16

    Why does he have to debate???he is already getting paid so fxxxx sa.and the people that try defend him are his sheep. 30 min is all it will take.

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-29 18:20

    Do you actually think that people who still support the ANC are in any way capable or rational argument or interested in facts? Wake up people. You don't matter, bitching here doesn't matter.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-10-29 18:22

    who would want to listen to anything Zuma says/ can Zuma say anything that is not written down for him? Thats how much respect i have for the president and im black

      Suzette Diedericks - 2012-10-29 18:27

      thank you my friend... I'm glad u pointed this out to the other blind people out there.. God bless.

      Maverick82 - 2012-10-29 19:08

      Haha 2 thumbs up for you sister! It's so true, if it aint written down on a piece of paper for him he won't have a clue what to say.

      TheFatCanary - 2012-10-29 19:42

      Wonderful, your generation is actually questioning the vile man's character... there is indeed hope for our country!

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-10-29 18:22

    His Debate= Its apartheid..........

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-10-29 18:23

    This is not USA there they vote for who can do the job.not who is more corrupt.he is stealing food from your mouth and you still support him ,wake up

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-29 18:23

    He wont coz he is scared.

  • ayanda357s - 2012-10-29 18:25

    The ANC doesn't represent the people if South Africa, they play the race card " if you don't vove for us, apartheid government of Zille is what you'll get" they remind me of George W Bush.......

  • papy.ngimbi - 2012-10-29 18:25

    If democratie is anything then it time to begin witnessing those kind of debates between zuma and zille! It the only way we can have idea of wich kind of leaders we got in this country!

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-10-29 18:26

    Zuma wouldn't know what democracy is, even it hit him in the face.

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-29 18:27

    Pondering Panda's surveys make me lose hope in humanity... a third want Zuma to stay as president? That's a huge percentage of the sample comprising purely of blithering idiots. Then again the mxit scene is hopeless. Why don't they track activity and gather data from social networks instead?

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-10-29 18:28

    ANC is too powerful for a debate and too powerful to do their jobs.viva

  • profesas1 - 2012-10-29 18:28

    The debate won't change anything, I hate those 2

  • diewitbaas.seplathand - 2012-10-29 18:34

    Die miesies gaan die showahead sy gat laat sien. Dis wat gaan gebeur.

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-10-29 18:34

    True that!!

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-10-29 18:37

    Yes u are doing it your own way.we can see that

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-29 18:37

    There should be news worth reporting than this one.This Pondering Panda seems to be obsessed with President.We are cutting and pasting our views we made the day this topic came out and today we see people saying Zuma will lose,Zille should focus on her job as a Premier.News24 seems to have run out of stories to share with the readers.We are still eating same junk but on different day.

      carel.scholtz.16 - 2012-10-30 07:32

      If you are sooooo BORED with news24, rather go and play with your toys on the train rail instead! I bet you will if Zuma tells you to!

  • moeletsi.litabe - 2012-10-29 18:39

    I think Zille should debate with who ever will win the race at Manaung, if Kgalema M wins I think Zille will struggle and will get embaressed*my opinion*, but anyway talking is one thing and doing is another. So if you want hope vote COPE(hehehe)

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-10-29 18:42

    Is Zuma capable of debate? Whenever he speaks publicly all I see him do is clear his throat and adjust his glasses.