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Zuma to attend CAR summit

2013-03-30 11:31

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma is set to attend the Extra-ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to discuss developments in the Central African Republic, on Wednesday.

Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of State Security Dr Siyabonga Cwele and the Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Maphisa Nqakula.

The Summit has been convened by the chairperson of ECCAS, Idriss Dby, the President of Chad.

Zuma will also address the memorial service in honour of the 13 South African soldiers who died in Bangui on Tuesday, 2 April.

Mac Maharaj, spokesperson for the president said: “The President once again extends his sincere condolences to the families and relatives at this difficult time.”

Comments
  • John Smith - 2013-03-30 11:46

    Private CORPORATIONS' contracts, are being protected by our SA troops lives, stealing the resources of the CAR!

      JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-30 12:52

      "The rebel now in charge of the Central African Republic has said his government will look into mining contracts signed with South African and Chinese companies by the ousted leader." BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21977438

      Mauser Boot - 2013-03-30 17:47

      John Smith would rather see his motherland's private corporations make those lucrative contracts, stealing the resources from the one passport local people like they did with the Afrikaner and other locals from so many moons ago. Some people have no shame ever.

      Danie Theron - 2013-03-30 18:51

      The figure at the centre of the web is the politically connected businessperson and fixer Didier Pereira. Pereira is currently partnered to the ANC security supremo and fundraiser, Paul Langa, and former spy chief Billy Masetlha. Their group has initiated several business projects in CAR, including some involving diamonds. Previously, he partnered with ANC hard man Joshua "General" Nxumalo and the ANC funding front, Chancellor House, in an initiative that involved security and attempts to gain a diamond export monopoly in the CAR. The above is an extract from, http://mg.co.za/article/2013-03-28-00-central-african-republic-is-this-what-our-soldiers-died-for An urgent court interdict must be attained to stop ALL SA's (military and other) involvement in the CAR, pending a full investigation into deals by Chancellor House and all other ANC fronts/connections, how it correlates with government policies and the use the country's resources to augment such deals. It must also include the "deals" made at the recent BRICS summit. Eg, When the USA wants to invest in SA (eg Walmart) the ANC takes them to court, yet when the Chinese arrive the ANC lay out the red-carpet, strewn with rose-petals and one deal after the other are coaxed through. SA's resources are NOT the ANC's personal property to serve them till Jesus comes. There is more than enough to support the balance-of-probabilities that the ANC regime is using its position in government to do ANC-business.

      Mauser Boot - 2013-03-31 08:48

      The real Danie Theron did not fight FOR British Empire expansion in Africa. You should change your name to Jan Smuts.

      Danie Theron - 2013-03-31 13:14

      Mauser Boot, If you are anything but a regime-agent-provocateur - in sheep's clothes naturally - please point your 'mauser' at the common foe. William Wallace was (equally) painted as Franco affiliate just because he had the cognitive capacity to speak good French... Focus friend - we are going to need everything we have between our ears, to fight this demon that fights with everything it has, between its legs.

  • Sello Motlogeloa - 2013-03-30 12:12

    CAR. What's in it for SA anyway?

      Ansie Fourie - 2013-03-30 12:31

      Diamonds for the ANC

      Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2013-03-30 13:18

      Nothing for SA. The Mail & Guardian this week discloses documents showing Zuma's deal with the ousted CAR President as a business deal. Made in 2007 for five years and renewed last year, SA promise military equipment and manpower. It was not an inter-government deal. The CAR party was a company there called Ilana Centrafrique and the SA party is a company called Serengeti. No member of the SA government is a shareholder in Serengeti, but a prominent ANC businessman is. One can be initially surprised that such a paper trail exists, but then the Party needs political and legal clout for the profits. Stephen Whiteley

      Ushir Sahdao - 2013-03-30 13:30

      There's also a link to Zumas nephew Kulubuse Zuma and oil deals happening in the CAR abd DRC. His nephew was involved in the Aurora asset scandal. Another link is Zumas lawyer Michael Hulley involved in a R10 billion tender fiasco and links to mining rights in CAR.

  • Snakes Mamba - 2013-03-30 12:17

    We must go back to car 4 revenge

      Mc Segal - 2013-03-30 13:10

      Snakes ..I like the we part.. Glad you will be coming along to extract revenge..

  • ernest.letsoalo - 2013-03-30 12:19

    I'm sorry but I have to say this,I don't LIKE my president,and for so many reasons..nothing he does will ever make me see him otherwise..ow,and his puppets!!

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-03-30 12:49

      Ernest: Welcome to democracy mate. I'm glad you said "my president" because that's what he is. You don't have to like him either but if you took part in elections and you got the leader you did not like then, hey, stand behind your country until the next time round when you might get a president you like. Some folks take part in elections and when they don't get the person they want they call that person "your president". They're exercising their democratic right to freedom of speach, I guess. Most (but not all) of us who voted in 1994 and got the president voted for and liked. However, realpolitik is such that you don't always get the man you want. I didn't like Mbeki but when he went out and represented South Africa I waved the flag coz he was my president. I'll do the same with Zuma. The "his puppets" bit is rather heavy Earnest, don't you think?

      Joao Nunes - 2013-03-30 14:13

      Mr Joseph Dlamini..........you remind me of the guy who works in a bank and gets arrested for stealing pencils.....

  • Ansie Fourie - 2013-03-30 12:31

    Diamonds Diamonds Diamonds. Zuma moet die diamante gaan beveilig.

      Sello Motlogeloa - 2013-03-30 13:11

      Couldn't have said it better Ansie.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-03-30 12:34

    If it was my son or husband who died in CAR, condolences would not be enough. I would want to know how and why.

  • Dave Subkleve - 2013-03-30 12:43

    So our President,our Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Minister of State Security and the Minister of Defence plus their extended families/entourage will fly to CAR on a VERY EXPENSIVE private jet to stay in a VERY EXPENSIVE 5-star hotel and eat and drink themselves silly on VERY EXPENSIVE food and liquor to discuss economic developments in CAR. Never mind the failing economy in South Africa Mr Prez, looking for a new source of income maybe?????? And what if you made the same amount of cash that your little expedition is costing you and your cronies available to the families of the fallen soldiers????

  • Daniel En Julia Rossouw - 2013-03-30 12:59

    The more people say things will change the more they stay the same. Zuma is going to protect his own family interests in CAR. He doesn't even care about SA why would he care about CAR.

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2013-03-30 12:59

    Maybe Zuma AND Mac Maharaj must both go so they can stay there - PERMANENTLY. Just get our troops back, with a bit of luck both Zuma and his partner in crime Mac Maharaj gets caught in crossfire. So...go Zuma pls just don't come back.

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-03-30 13:27

    Mmmm.... a lot more to this than we know-something that is filling cadres pockets!

  • Majaheni Alfred Magagula - 2013-03-30 13:36

    As Africans we need to grow up and come to our senses. U cant be fighting for resources and sticking to power by force. It just doesn't work instead it brings a lot of suffering to both the perpetrators and victims. Africans must rid themselves of the jealousy, devilish motives and greed which has kept the continent underdeveloped for centuries. With sharing everyone survives happily and peacefully, but with jealousy, malice, devilish motives, selfishness, corruption and greed comes endless violence, strife, wars and suffering. My question to the whole of Africa is, How long will you be dumb and stupid?

      Ernica Stanford - 2013-03-30 16:07

      Well said Majaheni!

      Shades - 2013-03-30 23:28

      I like your thinking!

  • ronny.makhubela.98 - 2013-03-30 13:38

    anakin you make me laugh ,but I disagree with you man I mean the world is like a mirror it reflects in what you do lol, n I suport zuma and hiz goverment south africa is a big country in everything you can try to compare wt any african states, if zuma dnt go tl car and see that ther is peace ther all CAR people will flock to south africa for help just like nigerians,zimbadwe,mozambique etc,so we want space n mzansi to avoid that zuma must make sure dars peace in africa man .

      Pheello Maleleka - 2013-03-30 13:49

      your love for zuma clouds your judgement. you dont make any sense. i even doubt if u understand what you wrote here

      ernest.letsoalo - 2013-03-30 14:51

      SENSELESS!!

  • Enlightened Bowman - 2013-03-30 13:50

    CAR, please, someone explain to our not so learned president that this is NOT about hime getting a new luxury CAR at the tax payer expense

  • Joseph Dlamini - 2013-03-30 13:57

    Mr John Smith, please adduce better and convincing evidence against the President. This one won't stick. The whole world knows that South Africa and others were mandated by the AU in 2005, 2006. Zuma wasn't even there. It was former Defence Minister Lekota who signed the bilateral agreement and the Commander in Chief was former President Mbeki. Honour our SANDF heroes and celebrate their heroic exploits, breaking out of a 1km ambush, killing 400, fighting from 9am to 10pm and forcing commanders of a 3000 - 5000 enemy army to raise a white flag and propose a ceasefire. Long Live SANDF!

  • Rampant - 2013-03-30 14:04

    Get your act together at home before you preach outside of our borders.Please do not try to save Africa when you cannot save South Africa.

  • Joseph Dlamini - 2013-03-30 14:06

    Don't worry about Djotodia, he won't last in that position. The puppet master is going to remove him. He's mistaken, South Africa doesn't own any mines or oil blocks in CAR. Our involvement is principled, based on UN and AU prescripts and our foreign policy objectives. The so-called Dig Oil is a DRC co, not South African.

      Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-03-30 16:36

      Shame on u Joseph!!!!that all I can say to u,anyway do u have evidence Dlamini????....

  • thabo.swafo - 2013-03-30 15:29

    We are still waiting for the clear answers from Jacob Zuma and Nosisive Mapisa Nxakula,I they must stop joking with the citizens.No political scores here,let's faith the truth.Why only the South African soldiers involed in that fatals?We are still having the wounds of Marikana,now is our soldiers,actualy what's happening with this government?or maybe Cyril Ramaphosa and Guptas are owning some of the mines and oil in CAR?there is something behind this.Our soldiers just died outside of their own country for nothing.We don't have the political instability here,but why we pannic for other countries political battles?and again no soldiers for CAR who died.This is serious.

  • Piero Mendace - 2013-03-30 18:53

    As long as we have inexperienced, greedy politicians - to Maharjeni. Majority vote is not indicative of a qualified decision. You should have to qualify to vote. Voting should not be a right.

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-31 12:08

    Off to protect his investment.

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