ANC must cleanse itself - Zuma

2012-06-26 11:47

Johannesburg - The ANC must reflect on its character and "cleanse" itself at its four-day policy conference, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"To maintain [its] character, the ANC should be able to cleanse itself of alien tendencies," Zuma told delegates in Midrand, to a smattering of applause.

These tendencies included ill-discipline, patronage, careerism, corruption, abuse of power and a decline in the ideological depth of ANC members.

Zuma said the party had "taken action, and will continue to take action against anyone who crosses the line".

Voice of the poor

He said the conference provided an opportunity to reflect on the party's character.

The party's character was that of a disciplined force of the left, with a bias towards the poor and working class.

"The ANC has been the voice of the poor and the marginalised since its inception in 1912."

Zuma called on the ANC to engage in a fruitful debate, particularly on organisational renewal. The ANC must underscore the values of unity, honesty, discipline, hard work, constructive criticism and mutual respect, he added.

Earlier, Zuma received a warm welcome from some of the delegates.

As Zuma took the podium to give his opening address as the party's president, delegates from KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State sang: "We are going with Zuma, we are going with the president."

Other provinces and delegates sat back. KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC's biggest province and Zuma's home province, and has 540 delegates at the event.

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-06-26 11:52

    These traits are not alien to Africa. It is the African way.

      espanyol.mpumi - 2012-06-26 11:55

      Or the highway!

      Johnnys_Place - 2012-06-26 11:59

      My thought exactly. I also think the word "alien" was used very carefully... almost as if he meant "colonial", but I will not put words in his mouth.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-06-26 12:02

      He forgot to mention bigotry.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-26 12:02

      haaaaaaahahah by cleanse, zuma means shower

      Don.Tandy - 2012-06-26 12:10

      Pot calling the kettle............

      rowen.loretz - 2012-06-26 12:19

      anc should rather hang themselves.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-26 12:21

      Zuma, you mean cleaning the government bank accounts. ANC the most corrupted party in the world!!!. The king of thief's!!

      Johan - 2012-06-26 12:22

      Then put your money where your mouth is Mr Zuma - resign.

      WysJouMys - 2012-06-26 12:22

      ''Voice of the poor''??? Yet, they sit in the lap of luxury...

      farmfreund - 2012-06-26 12:23

      ask wouter basson to help

      Nicholas - 2012-06-26 12:27

      Agreed, I don't think these "tendencies" are alien at all, they seem to be ingrained and come quite naturally.

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-06-26 12:43

      Is corruption also an alien tendency? Or does that fall outside of the definition?

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-06-26 13:40

      BEE...BEE...BEE they will never ever stop this RASCIST ,STUPID, policy...!!! This country will never ever grow, but sink like a dead fish as long as The racist ANC and their draconian policy’s of racial segregation continues...AMANDLA to ALL the people, not just the blacks...and drop the STUPID comrade stuff makes you look even more stupid than you already look in the eyes of the world..!!!!!

      shudusO - 2012-06-26 13:46

      Maybe the president must stop abusing power 1st...give-up on the second term and perhaps he should have not married so many wife's just for the government to support them.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-26 16:05

      It will take a lot more than 4 days, more like 4 decades to cleanse this lot!!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-26 16:36

      ANC must cleanse itself - Zuma Is the ANC really this dirty??? LOL!

  • Jono - 2012-06-26 11:53

    start by stepping down as president and pay back some of your travel monies!!!

      Walter - 2012-06-26 12:42

      I'm surprised he didn't blame everything, once again, on apartheid! Never known such a load of clap-trap!

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-06-26 15:44

      Its actually laughable.. "To maintain [its] character, the ANC should be able to cleanse itself of alien tendencies," Zuma told delegates in Midrand..." Let see, These tendencies included ill-discipline - JACOB ZUMA, GUILTY! patronage - JACOB ZUMA, GUILTY! careerism - JACOB ZUMA, GUILTY! corruption - JACOB ZUMA, GUILTY! abuse of power - JACOB ZUMA, GUILTY! and (To allow) the decline in the ideological depth of ANC members - JACOB ZUMA, GUILTY! Err JZ, do the whole of SA a favor, resign now, we're tired of your double-speak. We need a leader that can practice what he preaches...we are tired of your lies!

  • Kala - 2012-06-26 11:53

    Jacob Zuma seems to have become a stand up comedian. "The party's character was that of a disciplined force of the left, with a bias towards the poor and working class." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA How can Zuma refer to these "alien tendencies" when they have become so ingrained in the anc that they are more like "normal tendencies" If they were to really cleanse the anc of these tendencies there would be no-one left at the end of the conference.

      Michele - 2012-06-26 12:01

      Perhaps he should go and have a look in the mirror and start with himself ? I cannot believe the hypocrisy of this man.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-26 12:03

      Michele I think he was talking to a mirror - all the things he SHOULD have done but didn't do.

      Kala - 2012-06-26 12:05

      All those clueless expressions in the audience would have been like looking into a mirror.

      J.A.Rademan - 2012-06-26 13:41

      Zuma YOU are the alien, who inspires all these tendencies.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-26 11:55

    The anc has "alien tendencies"! Boycott the anc in the next elections and "cleanse" the country of this scourge! To put is straight... vote DA!

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-06-26 15:45

      VIVA DA, VIVA!

  • chris.grobbelaar1 - 2012-06-26 11:56

    So start cleansing from the top down...Starting with the president's part in the weapon's honest about that!

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-06-26 11:57

    "alien tendencies"? wtf? you invented most!

  • Barry - 2012-06-26 11:57

    It all starts at the top, by example and by ensuring accountability at all levels of responsibility.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-26 11:57

    The blatant hypocrisy is sickening.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:57

    Cleanse? How? LifeBouy?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-26 12:19

      No OMO it washes twice white

      Michael - 2012-06-26 12:41

      the people who've been in power the last 10 years are rotten, and uncleansable - throw all of them in the sea and let's start over.

      stevie0064 - 2012-06-26 15:32

      Well, it can't be Skip either as that only keeps your whites whiter and your colours brighter.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-06-26 11:58

    What does he suggest? taking a shower??!!!

  • Henk - 2012-06-26 12:00

    Protex? Palm Olive? Life boy? Sunlight?

      andre.burrows.92 - 2012-06-26 12:05

      Botox da buttocks

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-06-26 12:08

      Jeyes fluid!

      stevie0064 - 2012-06-26 15:40


  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-26 12:01

    Zuma is now using party politics to bambooz the uneducated to utilise his speach as a political campaign strategy.The prove lays in the pudding

  • Michaele - 2012-06-26 12:01

    Is this the holy baptism of the ANC [religeous foundings] to rid their sins. Like Sunday, go to church, and Monday scr&w the neighbour, again!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-26 12:03

    I guess the problem for the anc is that if Zuma's statement is taken seriously AND used as a quality standard for future appointments it will so reduce the headcount that they will all fit into one Putco there is a thought.......

  • heather.stip.7 - 2012-06-26 12:04

    Shall we start from the top, Mr Zuma?

  • Vicky - 2012-06-26 12:04

    If it weren't so very sad it would be laughable. What a load of cobblers. Stand down, you moron, and take those greedy lazy and incompetent cabinet members with you. We need a government that at least pretends to have an interest in a better life for all.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-06-26 12:04

    BREAKING NEWS: Shower sales sky rocket as the ANC begins it's cleansing process.

      Michaele - 2012-06-26 12:28

      Zuma is used to this, he even "cleansed" himself by showering after shagging a woman with AIDS!!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-06-26 12:07

    TALKING doesn't make a different, DOING DOES.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-26 12:40

      I concur!

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-06-26 12:08

    So, based on what Mr Zuma says, the entire ANC government/party must be removed...

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-06-26 12:09

    The ANC must cleanse itself of curruption, abuse of power etc. Does that mean Jacob Zuma is resigning???? - 2012-06-26 12:46

      anneck no such luck, not with his monthly salary ..

      Johan - 2012-06-26 12:59

      No, he has too many wives and kids to feed to resign...

      philip.venter1 - 2012-06-26 13:52

      Zuma is the 4th highest paid president in the world relative to the income of the average citizen. He receives around R200 000 a month while 89% of the population all earn less than R10 000 a month and therefore don't qualify to pay taxes. That means that 11% of the citizens are carrying everyone else including the president with their tax money. It's amazing how this country hasn't collapsed yet. I applaud the 11% for sweating blood so that the president can live in his mansion and support all his wives and children while the majority keep on voting him back in power because they get free chicken and a yellow t-shirt. If not for you then this country would have been reduced to nothing but famine and and filth a long time ago.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-26 12:10

    The ANC like conferences, traveling the world, talk shows, party politics, and of course big chuncks of monies to live in the clouds.Shame nothing get s done practically and the poor people are still suffering after 18 yrs and suffering even more than before bottom line.I think we should give the real settlers a chance to govern lets hold a referendum and have some khoisan candidates .Is and will that be possible ????

  • - 2012-06-26 12:11

    Ha ha ha ha! Cleanse the ANC of patronage (cronyism), abuse of power, corruption! Coming from Mr Zuma its like the devil saying we must go to church. LMAO.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-06-26 12:14

    'Anarchy Nepotism Corruption' - for me this represents exactly what the ANC has become, with the likes of showerhead and his cronies at the top of the heap being the worst. Get real showerhead - who do you think you are fooling?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-06-26 12:18

    So now the whole ANC must go stand under the shower head!

  • Henk - 2012-06-26 12:21

    Where are the cANCer trolls?

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-26 12:23

    I hope on their agenda is to change the name of Cape Town to Hu-Gaeb after the Khoisan

  • wizeman.slim - 2012-06-26 12:24

    "These tendencies included ill-discipline, patronage, careerism, corruption, abuse of power and a decline in the ideological depth of ANC members." In other words: "We ADMIT that we can not behave ourselves, am unquallified, greedy, biased, thieves and BEE is wrong!"

  • mlungisi.crush - 2012-06-26 12:25

    Juju go hang yourself Tokyo and Yengeni they won't make it in Mangaung!!!!!!

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-06-26 12:27

    Just wonder if he means it!

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-26 12:28

    We need to cange Cape Towns name to Hui~Gaeb with immediate effect!! I have consulted Harry the Khoi Khoi and the Gods was not crazy with the change of the name.Gui-Gaeb !!! Gui~Gaeb, Gui Gaeb come on all together lets practice to pronounce the name Gui-Gaeb what a wonderful name .

      catgirl1971 - 2012-06-26 13:00

      Idiot it's //Hui !Gaeb. Get your facts right before making a total prat of yourself.

  • Archie - 2012-06-26 12:30

    There are approx 350 tons of fat sitting in that conference that needs to be cleansed.Will the toilets cope?Will they run out of food?Will anything good come out?or will they be fatter than before?

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-26 12:31

      Brilliant Archie. Bunch of lard@sses.

      Michaele - 2012-06-26 14:56

      If there was any food left it would have been put into plastic bags as take-aways for later!!

  • Dane - 2012-06-26 12:38

    Zuma just pin pointed everything his NOT!

  • Craig - 2012-06-26 12:43

    First off, Get rid of BEE and Affirmative action, you will see more educated doctors, teachers engineers etc remaining in the country and not leave to have a better life in another country where they can actually get work.

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-06-26 14:05

      Craig,This country is going one way...It seems the ANC will NEVER give up being the masters, no matter how stupid it is.BEE and affirmative action is going to kill this country, for sure. The big shots must know that, but the poor ignorant voters think it will help them to earn big money for doing nothing, and the ANC will remain the fat cat masters of a dumb nation of fools...!

  • Dyecha - 2012-06-26 12:43

    They can never clean up they are all born to be bloody thieves no amount of reform can help these things

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-06-26 12:44

    Take a shower

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-06-26 14:31

      Ya whilst we all bend over....

  • - 2012-06-26 12:45

    Would be good if Zuma took his own advice.

  • NeoAcheron - 2012-06-26 12:46

    All I hear AGAIN is bla bla bla bla bla bla!

  • enock.maswanganyi - 2012-06-26 12:52

    shower is number for Zuma to minimise everything yhaa neee,

  • Ken Jay May - 2012-06-26 12:53

    The ANC must cleanse itself!...and they must start with you, you Fool!

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-06-26 12:54

    Best laugh I've had in a long time whilst reading this. JZ must've been smoking some Durban Poison whilst making this speech. Jah rules. Peace mon.

  • jocelia.petrick - 2012-06-26 12:57

    Blah Blah Blah Mr President. Stop talking and start doing something.

      kenny.liebenberg - 2012-06-26 15:01

      @jocelia - He is not worth of being named that, more like TSOTSI!

  • braamc - 2012-06-26 13:03

    Cleanse yourself of your filthy thieving corrupt cANCer

  • Dean - 2012-06-26 13:09

    Zuma you are the most corrupt of all of them, enjoy ur sorry days!!!!!!!!!!

  • Provence - 2012-06-26 13:13

    Take a shower and cleanse yourself.

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-06-26 13:19

    Wrong, wrong no direction second transition/(coming) hahaaah?!

  • Gerald - 2012-06-26 13:35

    his speech is from the Jungle Book

  • wesley.heever - 2012-06-26 13:41

    And so the before election lies starts again........cleansing (should this not have been done some time during the 18 years the ANC was in control????)

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-06-26 13:47

    Well, Zoomzy said it all! At last. So, start right at the top with you because from what we all know, you have availed yourself of the 'of alien tendencies' such as 'ill-discipline, patronage, careerism, corruption, abuse of power...' And I do not think a shower will do the job; it has to be more fundamental than that, dude, like handing over to someone more capable and trustworthy but granted, that may be a very tall order for the ANC but at least there are a few less tainted than you are. In the eyes of millions of South Africans your represent all 'these alien tendencies' and you are totally discredited. So, start the cleansing with you for starters.

  • oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-06-26 13:50

    If you always do what you'v always done,then you'll always get,what you'v always got...DROP THE BEE THING AND THINGS WILL CHANGE...!!!

  • crystal.gillam - 2012-06-26 13:52

    Said by the man with 6 wives, who lives in oppulance, who is a known corrupt official, who cares less who goes to bed hungry and cold..... yes, and we all wait with baited breath for your next guidance....LOL!