Changes bring uncertainty - Zuma

2011-07-09 18:17

Johannesburg - Change always brings uncertainty and discomfort, but an African solution was delivered to an African problem, President Jacob Zuma said in a statement on the inauguration of the Republic of South Sudan on Saturday.

"Today (Saturday) is a significant and most historic moment for the Sudan, Africa and the world. We are honoured to be here with you to witness the dawning of a new era," he said in a statement from the Presidency.

Zuma arrived in Juba to attend the inauguration of the newest country on the African continent.

He was pleased at the general acceptance of the reality of the independence of the South, and that the historic development was an expression of the will of the people.

He was accompanied by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the minister in the presidency, Collins Chabane.

Zuma praised the role his predecessor Thabo Mbeki played in helping bring about an end to conflict in Sudan.

Mbeki headed the African Union's high-level implementation panel which helped ensure a peaceful solution to Sudan's conflict.

"As South Africa we are truly humbled to have contributed to ensuring a sustainable peace in the Sudan.

"We have always aspired to witness the dawn of peace, security and stability prevailing in the whole of the Sudan. That dream is coming to fruition," he said.

South Africa had contributed significantly to the post-conflict reconstruction and development programme through a number of capacity and institution building projects in the Sudan since 2005.

South Africa also chaired the AU post-conflict reconstruction and development committee on the Sudan.

Zuma said both north and south Sudan needed to serve as an example and "a beacon of hope not only to the African continent, but to the world at large".

  • Isaac - 2011-07-09 18:46

    African solutions for african problems ...slow but interesting concept.

      Creeky - 2011-07-09 18:54

      Carried out on "AFRICAN TIME"...

      Francois - 2011-07-09 20:30

      It is even more scary if you add Zimbabwe to the African solution though up by "I am an African and a Racist"- Mbeki. Slow, bloody, non - democratic, no respect for human rigths - but interesting concept. Now let us not include, the DRC, Angola that Racist never wanted to visit, the Ivory Coast etc etc. Come on Racist Mbeki, speak to Bob, we know now that you can do it.

  • Nonyerem - 2011-07-09 19:01

    African leaders must unite and act boldly in the interest of our motherland. It is time to embark on a programme of education aimed at reprogramming the mindset of our people - the youth in particular. We can no longer sit and wait for the West and America to solve our problems in pursuit of their national interests. For through provoking comments, please access: We are pleased to see South and North Sudan declare their freedom peacefully. We congratulate Africa for this great achievement.

      lean - 2011-07-10 13:14

      Nonyerem - African leaders must unite and act boldly in the interest of our motherland. - It is our land too, so let White people have our own peace of cake! NEW ERA FOR OUR BELOVED MOTHERLAND!

  • Doublepost - 2011-07-09 19:08

    Yep, I say they need more of these such solutions. For all the different nations of South Africa. Far better than the situation now. The more these separations of other countries such as Yugoslavia and now Sudan happen. The more our right as a White minority in South Africa to our own country becomes just. Bring on the solutions ANC, all you are proving is how Apartheid in its most natural form is the only correct solution to all the problems of the world. The multi-cult is a failure, which honestly, was quite predictable. However, we tried it, it hasn't worked. Time to do the right thing Zuma, give Whites our own country exactly as all African tribes were given theirs under Apartheid. Or, Mr Zuma, are you in fact admitting that you are more oppressive than Apartheid was by not giving White South African's their rightful home.

      Anthony - 2011-07-09 20:52

      Yes let us whites live in the true South Africa from Cape Town up to the Fish river boundary and let the rest stay in Azanzi. I give it 5 years for the blacks to then want the south as well. Azanzi will be a dead wasteland like Zimbabwe where normal people eat grass, leaves and insects to survive.

      Marc - 2011-07-10 13:50

      Don't ask Zuma for his permission! In terms of international law every people has the right to govern itself in its own territory. We must, therefor, not ask but we should demand it on the nternational stage!

  • Mkhulisi - 2011-07-09 19:55

    Well said Msholozi!

  • Eric West - 2011-07-09 19:59

    REMINDER: What has just happened in the Sudan is nothing less than APARTHEID: Muslims in the north and Christians in the south. It might be apartheid along religious lines, but it is apartheid, nonetheless ... and no different to our own apartheid era! The late honourable Dr Verwoerd must be smiling in his grave. :)

      Francois - 2011-07-10 09:54

      Nope Eric, wrong again. South Sudan is a seperate country with international recognition. Apartheid at best was homeland that was considered only by SA to be seperate countries and the people of South Sudan themselves decided to go and the North let them. Our aparthed era led to everything being black being bad whilst the overwhelming majority of SA know (now) that it is not true. In the Sudan it was not a case of being black being bad, maybe along religious lines, but then the evacuation of the French Hugenots would have been a better example than apartheid.

  • cgtours - 2011-07-09 20:14

    Mr President Zuma, I do not hope they start to pillage the money for themselves, like you did=and that the poor people may benefit!What has happened by the way Sir, against all those charges against you for fraud/everthing possible under the sun-for gods sake abourt 700.Yet you think you can go around the world-just Smiling DOING BUGgERALL else.YOU R the BIG next AFRICAN DESPOT!AND YOU THINK YOU ARE OUT OF IT! DOCTOR JACOB ZUMA- WHAT DOCtERATE DID YOU GET!we ALL ALL WANT THE SAME?- YOUR DOCTERATE / WHERE AND HOW/ aRE YOU PREPARED TO WRITE THE EXAMS /PASS THE EXAMS.i mean, wRite the exams to get it, together with us, that would mean a great deal for you and your ability to the President, if you actually wrote and passed together with us!??wILL YOU NOT PLEASE Sir come and write the exams to desErve it LIKE us- sIR. YOU ARE NOT A dOCOTR IN ANYTHING!! AND YOU DO NOT DESERVE IT- THIS HAS TO STOP- oNE must deserve AND EARN A dOCTERATE-- sORRY sIR, YOURS IS A JOKE AWOUND THE WORLD BEHIND YOUR BACK !!

  • crackerr - 2011-07-09 20:18

    MANY YEARS and MANY DEATHS later at last the recognition that squashing people together is not the solution. Much of the world's misery has always been as a result of majorities or those who assume they have the power on their side to impose themselves on others. South Africa needs to seriously look at a solution in which groups have their own homelands as security centres. Race is being raised in this country daily and threats made against whites AND other minorities. The ANC must not pretend that it isn't happening. We are waiting for the ANC to take decisive actions against for example the threat to dispossess whites (and others, make no mistake) and the singing and foot movements for the killing of whites. What do we see instead? The ANC actually defends the singing and dancing for whites' demise. Let's find a solution suitable to the vast majority of ALL South Africans. It will at least save the ANC and some other black organisations in this country the later guilt or their genocidal complicity in the death of millions of whites and people of all other colours and shades. Harsh words but we can no longer pretend there is not a huge tragedy starting to unfold. We need preventative measures and sooner rather than later.

  • USSA - 2011-07-09 20:42

    Speak for yourself A$$hole shower scalp. Change is the ONLY constant, and in Africa, "your African ways" have not worked at all.

  • stuzaza - 2011-07-09 21:32

    "We can no longer sit and wait for the West and America to solve our problems" evolution imminent lol

  • jm21 - 2011-07-09 22:19

    Over 2 million people killed in the Sudan civil war. Freedom has come at a high price for the Southern Sudanese but it has finally come and it makes everything worth it. Amandla Southern Sudan!!

  • JohnJ - 2011-07-09 23:42

    More verbal diarrhoea from the "saviour" of Africa. Sky news today have had coverage of the inauguration and comments on the countries bleak future. No road infrastructure at all, no health service, no education system, 90% illiteracy, no defined border with the north. Oil deals with the north are now null and void. Do we honestly believe that there will be lasting peace between the Islam north and the Christian south. Not on your nelly. But hey any trouble call in JZ and maybe that idiot JM. That being said I hope that the new South Sudan will be allowed to grow and prosper and that the exuberant massses can find peace.

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