Buthelezi interrupts Zuma speech

2013-02-21 16:42

Cape Town - In an unusual move, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi jumped up and interrupted President Jacob Zuma during his response to the State of the Nation debate in the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday.

The Inkatha Freedom Party leader, affectionately known as "Shenge", was reacting to Zuma's off-the-cuff remarks about opposition parties joining forces to table a motion of no confidence in the president.

Buthelezi had previously complained that Zuma had not responded to his letter outlining why the IFP was supporting a move to table the motion by, among others, the Democratic Alliance, the Congress of the People and the Freedom Front Plus.

Zuma said he had no problems with political alliances.

However, he implied that the parties were deceiving their voters.

The president said parties were voted into power because people supported their policies, but when they came to Parliament they aligned themselves with other parties and pushed different agendas.

"Some identities are beginning to disappear," Zuma said to applause from MPs in the African National Congress's benches.

Opposition party MPs responded with loud heckling.

Zuma said he had not responded to Buthelezi's letter as he preferred to call for a meeting with "Shenge" if there were issues to discuss.


Buthelezi later stood up, switched on his microphone, and asked NA Speaker Max Sisulu if Zuma would welcome a question.

ANC MPs shouted "Ha, ha" and "No".

However, Zuma accepted the invitation to be questioned.

Instead, Buthelezi started telling Zuma about how his ministers had chided him during the debate on Wednesday.

An irritated Sisulu ruled that this was not a question, and allowed Zuma to carry on with his speech.

Zuma, who was on the podium for over an hour, was clearly still battling to shake off illness.

"If I clear my throat, let it not be known that I am proud. I'm still dealing with the flu," he said as MPs and guests in the house smiled.

The public gallery was a sea of green, yellow and black - the colours of the ANC.

Members of the ANC Women's League, dressed in green and black, and others wearing ANC T-shirts packed one of the gallery bays - a place usually reserved for VIP guests like former presidents and foreign dignitaries.

MPs were more formally dressed, although not in the silks, laces and expensive materials which were on display when Zuma delivered his opening address last week.

  • konrad.bosco - 2013-02-21 16:47

    Give the tzotzi hell chief

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-02-21 17:12

      Viva Buthelezi viva, Compound Zuma is a useless corrupted lying thief!!!

      joe.porchy - 2013-02-21 17:13

      This has been circulating for 14 months and has been sent to over 22 million people! Please keep it going! To show your support for President Jacob Zuma and the great job he is doing, please go to the end of the list and add your name. . 1. Mac Maharaj 2.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-21 18:45

      Permanently interrupt him please.........we don't need to hear ANC propaganda.......

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-21 18:49

      1. Mac the Mouth 2. Shady Shaik 3. Greasy Gupta 4. Ever Reddy 5. 6. I think you can circulate for months and you would still have these 4 corrupt cadres at the top of the very short list.....

  • magomarele - 2013-02-21 17:03

    Our political leadership is a joke.

  • mark.singh.9889 - 2013-02-21 17:10

    "Zuma said he had no problems with political alliances. However, he implied that the parties were deceiving their voters." Zuma should know best, his ANC are experts at deceiving their sheep, i mean voters

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-02-21 18:58

      The most useless and corrupted leader in the history of SA where not voted for president by every voter. Only by a hand full thief and bafoons!!

  • joe.porchy - 2013-02-21 17:11

    This has been circulating for 14 months and has been sent to over 22 million people! Please keep it going! To show your support for President Jacob Zuma and the great job he is doing, please go to the end of the list and add your name. . 1. Mac Maharaj 2.

      sharyn.dabbs - 2013-02-21 18:39

      2. Jackie Selebe

  • Ubonile Seyani Chombo - 2013-02-21 17:27

    objections objections,but J.Z got flu since day1 he got in power

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-02-21 17:32


  • Cornelius Chikandiwa - 2013-02-21 17:38

    Buthelezi reporting to Zuma for being harangued by minsters? Politics is not for the faint hearted Shenge! Ship out if the house is too hot. SA politics has gone to the wire really. Another interesting thing: there are 149 political parties opposing the ANC and some1 also announced this week to add Agang to that! No wonder why Zuma is keeping smiling!

  • Sbusiso KaNcube - 2013-02-21 17:47

    If Mugabe was to criticise Zuma he will be hailed as a heroe by news24 readers ,Zuma always triumph against his enemies because they are blinded by their hatred of him ,he has triumphed within the ANC and everywhere else ,

      jenny.nel.100 - 2013-02-21 19:42

      Subsist, do you enjoy watching your country die? Are you happy that so many people are still - after almost 20 years of democracy - living in absolute squalor while your president spends their money on a monstrosity of a compound for himself alone? Are we to assume that it does'nt bother you to know that our youth are angry and unemployed while your ruling party spends billions of our money on Zuma's wives, mistresses, kids and hangers-on instead of training programs and study grants. I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone can support the ANC, and thereby sanction their ineptitude, greed and blatant corruption.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-02-21 17:53

    Nothing that Mangosuthu says will be taken into account by us we all know he was killing innocent ANC comrades in the 90's and should've been charged for crimes against humanity!!!

      Kobus Erasmus - 2013-02-21 18:05

      Oh, and the ANC never killed anyone. Remember mama winnie's with our necklaces and boxes of matches speech? Remember the landmines, church street bomb, camp quatro? Google it

      Tommy Hains - 2013-02-21 18:32

      So were the ANC seems you mister have hidden agendas. Where is your morality. Speak out against your comrades doing wrong. Stop the rot in your own home before you look at others mess. Yes mess. Compared to your parties ROT. Nothing you say will we believe as all you. ANC supporters and members speak with forked tongues. Yours and your Comrades day of reckoning is coming. One more thing i have no respect for lawyers or politicians. Both lie for a living. Become a man and do a mans job.

      arcticencounter - 2013-02-22 00:26

      There has never been any evidence put forth that the IFP had been the aggressors at the time - not even by the TRC. I suggest you read The People's War by Dr Anthea Jeffery to enlighten yourself instead of listening to the ANC propaganda Machine. They are hardly a bastion of truth, even today. It is true that of those who have nothing to say, few are silent.

  • Aphiwe Mayola - 2013-02-21 17:55

    Isn't he more affectionately known as 'Gatsha' (excuse the spelling)? Doesn't make a difference but I'm thinking that's what he is more affectionately known as... (Could be wrong).

  • vic.hammond.77 - 2013-02-21 17:58

    Zipper Zuma said that they were voted into power because people supported their policies, yet he has the audacity to say that opposition parties were deceiving the voters ! What the hell have the ANC been doing over the past 18 years? At a luncheon last week at New Age nogal, he also had the cheek to say that violent crime in South Africa was a result of Apartheid, Blame someone else, why don't you, useless President.How can he even attribute the likes of severe rape cases of children and the elderly to Apartheid. This man needs to be replaced, and the voters educated.

  • carel.merwe.7 - 2013-02-21 18:02

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-02-21 18:03

    you are nothing but a traitor Shenge you sold us to the NP now it's the DA whats wrong with you

      arcticencounter - 2013-02-22 00:32

      For your information, the ANC absorbed the NP when they crossed the floor in 2002. You sold yourselves out to the NP. God, I hate it when people shoot from the hip when their guns aren't loaded. It is the pure pure laziness and ignorance they display that I abhor!

  • Jaco Scholtz - 2013-02-21 18:46

    Keep on fighting each other soon there will be no South Africa to fight over. Goodbye Freedom Fight, Goodbye Grants, Goodbye Goodbye! Hendrik Verwoerd is laughing all the way!!!

  • Motsarami Christiaan Mahasha - 2013-02-21 19:06

    Your flu is not our concern but the way the public purse is being misused is what we care about.

  • ian.d.samson - 2013-02-21 19:19

    The subject is all about Shenge interrupting Zuma, but the story concludes about how ANCWL people were dressed. WTF does that have to do with the subject? Clearly trying to inject another difference of opinion and not provide us with sufficient detail. BOO!

  • Modise Moletsane - 2013-02-21 19:21

    Who is a better fool among the bunch of fools?

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-21 19:40

    This Zuma MP who are also corrupt like him, l feel sorry for them, nothing last forever, ask National Party if you dont believe. Your going down slowly slowly, and then it will be the end of ANC. 5Million young people are not working and the number is still going to go up.Be prepared ANC because your going no matter what.

  • jenny.nel.100 - 2013-02-21 19:46

    He speaks of deceiving the voters - he should know. He has even lying and deceiving his poor, ignorant supporters for years. I use the word "ignorant" not out of disrespect. These staunch ANC supporters from the rural areas do not know what they do not know, and the ANC ain't telling them. Zuma is a disgrace. The country is on a downward spiral and neither he nor any of his aged, arrogant, greedy cadres are a damn.

  • TawwaTienie - 2013-02-21 19:53

    All the best to ALL opposition parties and ...... Read the Hanzard. Wonder if the mafia "tzotzi" are scared for the motion? There is no confidence because crime rules this country. What about all mafia "tzotzi" return corrupted money on all levels of government with 20% interest and pay SARS. With all that money: Opposition parties can invest in the creatiom of millions of jobs, rebuild all roads, put some money into medical care, enough educational institutions for each language group, build more houses and send illegal immigrants back to their countries. Mafia Tzotzis must stop playing "klei os", this is the real South Africa. Take their rights away.

  • Likeledi Letsooa - 2013-02-21 22:32

    I've seen pre-school kids more dignified and mature than those sheep.

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