ANC needs accountable members - Zuma

2013-01-12 07:48

Durban - The ANC needs responsible and accountable members, President Jacob Zuma said in Durban on Friday.

"Remove the perception that is often created that almost every cadre of the ANC is corrupt. A cadre must inspire confidence," Zuma said at a fundraising gala dinner.

This need had led to former ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe being appointed to lead the party's recently-announced political school.

Zuma gave no hints of what he would say in his speech to the party faithful at Durban's Kings Park Stadium on Saturday, at a bash to celebrate the party's founding 101 years ago.

Zuma pointed to the success of the African National Congress and said there were few parties in the world that had been in existence for a century.

Referring to the attention given to the party's recently held 53rd elective conference in Mangaung, Zuma said similar events held by other political parties in the country had gone almost unnoticed.

"I think it speaks volumes of the political landscape of this country."

He said many people were in the comfortable situation of criticising the ANC without providing alternatives.

  • pdvermaak - 2013-01-12 07:55

    O SH*T, there go's the current management. I dont think the president understand the meaning of accountable.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-01-12 08:33

      From the master himself ha ha ha

      carl.fourie.9 - 2013-01-12 10:40

      He and his other cadres do not understand the term accountability and honesty. Lying and being corrupt is part of their make-up

      saintbruce.bruce - 2013-01-12 11:42

      Uh, DUH ! Mr President the entire reason for being in Government and leadership is to be accountable! A bit slow hey? Now sort out your house, clean it and get rid of any hint of wrong doing including yourself if need be! Takes a real man to be accountable.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-12 12:17

      Blaauwen. Hij is niet goed wijs, is also a Dutch Proverb. Rather appropriate for Jacob, don't you think?.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-01-12 16:24

      Say whatever you want to say, Zuma is our president until 2019 and beyond if he likes...

  • thebe.tau - 2013-01-12 07:56

    As soon as a good alternative is created, the ANC will be in trouble.

      Erna - 2013-01-12 08:56

      Can' wait.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-01-12 16:26

      What a joke

  • gideon.walt - 2013-01-12 07:56

    Just words with no substance. "Remember the party comrades, and see that we do good things for SA"

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-12 07:57

    Been there,got the tshirt and all that.

  • nick.crossley.395 - 2013-01-12 07:57

    OK Zuma, hand over the tapes,publish an account of Nkandla and prove where the money came from. If there were any dubious transactions, STEP DOWN.

      bhekisd - 2013-01-12 08:06

      Well said Nick.

      amanda.khumalo.1291 - 2013-01-12 09:08

      and don't forget the evidence that is sitting in Mauritius too

      rontheogre - 2013-01-12 10:26

      What about the boxes and boxes of evidence offered by the Swiss courts that have not yet been collected. This evidence regarding Swiss, German and French companies colluding with companies and individuals in SA has been waiting for two years to be collected by the NPA or Hawks, but the head of NPA would not give permission. It was in the news last year, so read up on it.

  • BrandonFaber - 2013-01-12 07:58

    It starts from the top... So be accountable then and resign.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-01-12 16:26

      he will resign in 2019

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2013-01-12 08:00

    do accountable cadre take on the consequences of their actions and face the music when they are guilty. For example Siceka, found guilty but given a state funeral and made a hero. Did he pay any of the money back. Nope. Not that he died a poor man but its not like he could take his riches with him. What about Angie and the textbooks? And Nkandla? And the prezzies wife for building with out approval. Will the music be faced?

  • elkita.robbertse.96 - 2013-01-12 08:01

    Well Zuma turtle that is easy.You are all balls and no milk.Change by firing yourself.

  • Pieter Strydom - 2013-01-12 08:01

    if you want accountable members, then start by stepping down!

      jacques.stander - 2013-01-12 08:07

      Yes please !!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-01-12 08:02

    zuma, start with yourself and be accountable and responsible. A good leader always sets a good example! The corruption in the anc starts from the top!

  • MJS1234 - 2013-01-12 08:04

    No it needs an accountable leader!

  • bhekisd - 2013-01-12 08:05

    How ironic! Accountable members to be led by a nonaccountable leader. Someone pass him a dictionary!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-12 08:35

      He probably doesn't know what the word accountability means. He is just rambling a script off a piece of paper that Mac wrote down for him

      danny.zulberg - 2013-01-12 08:49

      Won't help - he can't read.

      indianajohn - 2013-01-12 15:05

      kortbroek: You know what's scary? There is actually a chance that you are right. I honestly believe that Zuma doesn't know what accountability is. He has proven that he doesn't know what democracy is. It is not at all far-fetched to think that the man responsible for our country has a primary school vocabulary. And the world laughs.

  • jacques.stander - 2013-01-12 08:06

    Saying all the right things .............. With no substance ......... No meaning ............ The worst one leading the way to better government ...... I don't think so ?!!

  • - 2013-01-12 08:07

    The ANC needs an accountable president.

      Chris - 2013-01-12 08:24

      your country needs a president

  • - 2013-01-12 08:07

    Starting with you Zuma

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-01-12 08:09

    OMG that is side splitting coming from you know who!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2013-01-12 08:13

    Eish Jacob, seriaaas! when are you gonna start? You show us the way oh great leader, the others are sure to follow. Start by admitting your own corrupt ways.

  • brandon.stephenson.946 - 2013-01-12 08:13

    Oh please . You keep talking the talk (sometimes not) but there is never any definitive action and progress . Please stop waisting out time with your false and untrue statements and speeches !

  • - 2013-01-12 08:14

    How about starting with accountable leaders?

  • walter.o.latham - 2013-01-12 08:14

    Good god, and I have to listen to this bilge and the dreadful sounds coming from the stadium whilst trying to watch some decent golf. No, I'll definitely put the TV on mute and hope that the golfers can concentrate amongst all the din!!! Yesterday was bad enough!

      elspeth.hassall - 2013-01-12 08:33

      Well said Walter!

  • markus.ippy - 2013-01-12 08:18

    Oh what's that ?Oh was just the easter bunny flying by at my house .

  • ianthe.exall - 2013-01-12 08:20

    Starting with you.

  • Twolips - 2013-01-12 08:22

    Well, everyone has already said what I was thinking. That's so rich coming from the chief crook himself.

      Chris - 2013-01-12 08:25


  • alwyn.vantonder - 2013-01-12 08:23

    What a dumb idiot! It's time they do psychological tests on this senior citizen.. He is losing his mind!

  • womba.wonder - 2013-01-12 08:27

    The perception that every cadre is corrupt is more than just a perception. It's a fact.

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2013-01-12 08:29

    "He said many people were in the comfortable situation of criticising the ANC without providing alternatives" If there was ANY truths in this, tell me you dumb fool, why is the ANC running scared and inciting violence in the Cape? Why are you sending busloads full of people to strike in the Cape? The ANC is losing power, and they're running scared..

      abner.malema - 2013-01-12 08:34

      Accept the fact that the ANC is the majority in the country and will be so for the coming elections.

  • abner.malema - 2013-01-12 08:30

    A Pastor preaches about good behaviour whilst we know most of them sleeps with woman worshipers, should we not take what he says and say he should not be a pastor. There are a lot of leaders world wide who don't walk their talk

      nick.crossley.395 - 2013-01-12 08:53

      Do not try and justify his behaviour by citing other pastors and leaders that also do these things. It still reains wrong.

      heibrin.venter - 2013-01-12 11:02

      @abner: so you admit Zuma is a corrupt, lying fraudster?

  • nick.crossley.395 - 2013-01-12 08:30

    This oke has got to be brain dead as he clearly does not understand the speeches that are written for him. Or he is the World greatest blantant liar.

      ronald.stilianou - 2013-01-12 09:27

      No, he just doesn't get it. He's drunk with power.

  • reine.marais - 2013-01-12 08:31

    President Zuma. This message is to you. You need to lead by example. When you show that you are accountable, which you haven't really done to date, then you will find that the people who follow you will also be more accountable.

  • chikunga - 2013-01-12 08:33


  • ron.hobson.313 - 2013-01-12 08:35

    There's no need to look for accountable members start with yourself Mr.President then responsibility will filter down. When we positively criticise u

      tuscartau.tau - 2013-01-12 09:14

      And this is coming from the man who spent 248 million rands using tax payers money to upgrade his private property

  • corrupt.anc.3 - 2013-01-12 08:35

    The ANC needs an accountable * leader * and the country an accountable president. One that faces his corruption trial head-on One which the nation knows is squeaky clean

  • difa.mashwama - 2013-01-12 08:36

    zuma we love ANC but tired of empty promises especially when it comes to unempleyement , inequality and Racism.

      Brian Dorning - 2013-01-12 08:52

      So true! But cankt you see that this is how a party gets the support of the masses? You promise someone who has nothing ie: promise a poor unemployed person a job or land, and of coarse they are going to vote for you. When you don't fulfill your promise, you blame it on the wrongs of the past, like apartheid or whites. This provokes racial now you have people voting for a party only because of it colour regardless if its right or wrong....and we all know what race race the masses are, and who they vote for, and its not because they are doing their job well.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-12 10:13

      The ANC you love(d) is gone, Difa. Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki wouldn't recognise their party now.

  • nthato.thema1 - 2013-01-12 08:36

    Nothings changed,still the same old Zuma,dwelling on past ANC achievements and not initiating anything in his regime. Those who wanted his 2nd term will be over joyed when the country goes down. Our ANC needs a smart president.

      Erna - 2013-01-12 08:45

      A cheetah doesn't change its spots. People must be hugely disappointed if they expected a changed zuma!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-12 08:38

    Wow, when this c**t opens his mouth he literally contradicts everything he does and stands for. Shut up you useless excuse of a leader.

  • muhammed.bhyat.12 - 2013-01-12 08:39

    Mr. Zuma must set an example and take accountability of the allegations of corruption against him.

      Kganetsi Gusteau - 2013-01-12 08:46

      look whose talking mxm accountable se foot or is dis way of trying to change people perception abt da ANC,m nt gonna listen to any of dem dis tym around m waiting for 2014 to talk with m vote n hope more will do the same

  • jerome.appollis.1 - 2013-01-12 08:41

    Asof jy accountable is gorman

  • - 2013-01-12 08:43

    The ANC was a respectable organisation before you took over and killed it!!! Things were fine before you used the tripartheid alliance to force your way into power you fool. Because of you I will never vote ANC again.

  • boet.magundana - 2013-01-12 08:45

    And accountability starts with you, Mr President. The way you conduct yourself both in your public and private lives leaves a lot to be desired. The ANC of today is viewed by the members as a vehicle to advance one's personal riches and not an institution whose purpose was to bridge the gap between the haves and have nots.

  • danny.zulberg - 2013-01-12 08:48

    How can you say a stupid thing like that, when it is very clear to the whole world that you aren't accountable? Explain that!

  • zebedee.kok - 2013-01-12 08:50

    The showers running but no water coming out!

  • nomzingisi.msezeli - 2013-01-12 08:54

    Oh please, says Zuma the Master of Corruption. Hope the people that allowed Zuma for another term are happy.

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-12 08:54

    We need an accountable president.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2013-01-12 08:58

    Ha Ha Ha! This from the ANC's Liar and Thief-in-Chief? You couldn't make this stuff up!

      sikhulile.fakazi.1 - 2013-01-12 09:09

      Christopher I'm sure you are 1 of apartheid regime,you call your president a Liar,people like you have no place in this democracy and I assure you ,you will drown with DA,uthanda ungathandi ,ulele noma uphupha President Zuma is our leader no matter how bad you hate him.I will die where he dies,,,and I warn people like you to respect the President,let's work together and build S,A.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-12 12:37

      Sikulile.fakazi.1. Yes and he will stay the president as long as he has the support of the blind, deaf and mute. So take a hike with your warnings. Respect is earned and none of you deserve any.

      indianajohn - 2013-01-12 15:07

      "you call your president a Liar,people like you have no place in this democracy" And there you have everything you need to know about ikhulile.fakazi. Go look up the meaning of democracy you moron. Unbelievable.

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2013-01-12 08:59

    Another case of pot calling the kettle black

  • - 2013-01-12 09:01

    Unfortunately, whether Zuma is talking to an ANC gathering or to a group of Zulu tribal leaders, he is still the titular head of the whole South African nation in all its diversity. He therefore represents all citizens, even those who have been forced to live abroad through the policies of his regime. He is accountable to all of us, no matter our language, race, religion or social standing. He must bear this in mind every time he is about to put his very large foot in his mouth. He must be accountable for what he says. So, the whole process of accountability starts with him, otherwise it's just empty words from an empty mind.

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2013-01-12 09:01

    Do you actually believe this ""Remove the perception that is often created that almost every cadre of the ANC is corrupt. A cadre must inspire confidence," Zuma said at a fundraising gala dinner" Mr. President? Let me assure you that as long as you continue to espouse Africanheid you will not be believed or trusted.

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-12 09:01

    I'm sick of all the racist people blaming appartheid when zuma is currently the biggest problem here. News24 mods mostly only delete the minorities comments and comments which get people thinking asking question like on the comment about the muslim man and th cop who was killed in the oxford rd accident! There never was a seperate past present and future because time is manmade today is tomorrow and tomorrow today would be the past therefor the most important time is the current time because our children children will not know apartheid they wil know the suffering Zuma started. They will have their own issues. If we can't fix things today tomorrow will be too late.

  • fef.gericke - 2013-01-12 09:03

    Its nice that News24 is now featuring a Joke of the day section!

  • dave.harris.90260 - 2013-01-12 09:09

    Seriously.... come on, please