Cheers for Zuma

2013-01-12 13:04

Durban - Thousands of ANC supporters cheered for President Jacob Zuma as he took the field at King's Park stadium in Durban for the party's 101st anniversary celebrations.

Zuma walked along the edge of the field, smiling and waving at the crowds, who in turn danced and applauded him.

The stands at the stadium were a sea of yellow - the colour of African National Congress t-shirts.

Members who could not find a place to sit were moved to an uncovered side of the pitch.

A row of security officials and soldiers prevented the crowd from storming a covered area on the field.

The celebrations were threatened by rain earlier on Saturday, however the downpour abated later in the morning.

A white plastic floor had been erected over the rest of the pitch as most of the ground was waterlogged.

The advertising hoardings around the stadium were draped over with ANC flags.

A large stage was erected on one side of the pitch. It also provided covered seating for the ANC's national executive committee members.

Zuma was expected to deliver the African National Congress's "8 January" statement during the celebrations.

The statement traditionally details the party's direction and tactics for the upcoming year.

The ANC was formed on 8 January 1912 in Mangaung.

In 2012, the party held its centenary celebrations as well as its national conference in Mangaung.

Zuma was re-elected as leader of the ANC at the national conference.

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2013-01-12 13:11

    All I ever see this guy doing is celebrating some party or conference...

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2013-01-12 13:14

      The ridiculous in support of the obscene!

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2013-01-12 13:26

      How dare you!! He does way more than that! He gets married often, has showers, steals millions in upgrades on his resort, steal millions full stop, employs loads of his criminal buddies to run SA, denies corruption every day of his life, and, and. Please do not imply that all he does is party. He is a very busy man.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 13:37

      @sthembiso.jali.50 - as long as you keep voting for a negative, there will be no progress.

      rory.n.price - 2013-01-12 13:38

      Thabo your president he is as thick as HS

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-12 13:39

      Thabo.Mbewu. He ain't my president, you can have him. My eyes are open enough child, I have seen enough.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-12 14:31

      Wish the CHEERS meant goodbye for good.........................

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-12 14:34

      Hey Racist sthembiso if it wasn't for the whites you would still be living in a mud hut tending goats....................IDIOT

      innodrake.maque - 2013-01-12 14:35

      daniel you still have a big problem,shame on you babe, as long as he is not killing people like previous apparheid gorvenment,so think twice before you leap,

      indianajohn - 2013-01-12 14:53

      Thabo!? "Just open your eyes baba and see a bigger picture!!!!" "Do not let your opinion be selective, be open minded and objective in your observation of our president!" WE ARE. YOU ARE NOT. Unbelievable. Seriously. Absolutely unbelievable. Why don't YOU step back and see Zuma for the disgusting filth he is? The disgusting filth that the entire world recognizes as disgusting filth. The entire world except for one group of people in South Africa called ANC supporters. Doesn't that tell you something? Open YOUR eyes! This man you call president is a pathetic excuse for a man.

      richard.payn.12 - 2013-01-12 17:48

      Sorry Thabo, he is YOUR president as he was chosen by the ANC and NOBODY else.

  • ivy.malema.3 - 2013-01-12 13:12

    Zuma our President like it or not. He was voted by all SA races. Not some Presidents who were voted by a minority section of our population

      prakash.singh.169 - 2013-01-12 13:28

      Zuma was never voted as president. All the cadres, convicted criminals and fraudsters from the ANC voted for him. This is not a democratic process.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-12 13:41

      Ivy.malema.3, You are hard of hearing and learning. He wasn't chosen by ALL races, only by the ANC.

      paulgerber969 - 2013-01-12 14:00

      I did not vote for him

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-12 14:38

      Sorry malema never voted for him never will you can keep this corrupt uneducated showerman for good................there are many well educated, humble and honest black leaders I would be honored to call my president but not this idiot.

      jenny.nel.100 - 2013-01-12 15:10

      Ivy, just wondering ....... Do you know that Zuma and his wives, kids, women, more kids cost us billions every year? Are you aware that he is spending over R250 million of our money on his private compound? He has managed , with the help of his crooked cadres - to wriggle out of HUNDREDS of charges of fraud and corruption. Does the implication of this gross dishonesty not disturb you? If you hate white people so much, and it seems that you do, would it not be a greater victory for you to prove the whiteys wrong? To succeed, to improve, to show that the prophets of doom were wrong and that the people of colour in South Africa are intelligent people of integrity? It is admirable that you continue to support the ANC as the bringers of democracy, but they have long since ceased to care about the people who keep them in power. They have turned to greed and self enrichment, and that is not to be admired. When I see thousands of unemployed youth and people living in abject squalor almost 2o years after the ANC took the reigns, I get angry. I am a South African and I believe that we all deserve better than this. Zuma is the epitome of everything that has gone wrong. He is deserving of contempt. I did not vote for him - I will not vote for a person whose leadership skills are laughable, a man that treats women like objects and who has the morals of a dockside alley cat. Our vote is a precious thing and should not be wasted.

      richard.payn.12 - 2013-01-12 17:51

      Ivy. You are so dumb. Not even all the ANC members got to vote. Just a handful of morons.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 13:14

    More of the same "we should have this, we need to do that", policy this, strategy that. We want to hear HOW and WHEN and of course, HOW MUCH. Less noise about the past please, more about concrete, measurable implementation plans for the future,

      louis.langenhoven - 2013-01-12 13:47

      can't agree more

  • Buhle Mjiyakho - 2013-01-12 13:18

    @Daniel...So what? pls get a life

      dee.980 - 2013-01-12 16:29

      I agree .... and feel the need to go take a bath after reading the 'from the gutter' comments here.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-01-12 13:21

    He delivered a well contructed speech, expecially with regard to the land reform issue...

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-12 13:59

      He read off a page, a Gr.2 can do that. Talking is one thing, doing is another. JZ very good at the first one, talking BS

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-12 14:42

      and you need a well constructed full frontal lobotomy...........

      indianajohn - 2013-01-12 14:57

      A well contructed speech? He didn't write it you moron. I just wish they would get an 8 year-old to READ his speeches. It would go so much faster. This moron speaks so slowly, I'm not sure how the hell you remember what he was talking about by the time the sentence ends.

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-12 13:23

    Boy oh boy but do these people like to party or what ? Don't they ever stop ? How about doin some real work .

  • jacques.jacobs.180 - 2013-01-12 13:25

    Do they really need to celebrate EVERY year? Last years centenary celebrations basically just spilled over into this years 101'st. How much more money will they have to waste before the masses wake up and smell the corruption? I hope at least everyone got cake this year.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 13:30

      Yep, got to keep everyone in the party spirit so that they don't focus on all the things that aren't being done.

      indianajohn - 2013-01-12 15:01

      It is quite unbelievable isn't it? It's all they know. If my company performed like the ANC in the last year, I would hang my head in utter shame at the thought of having a "celebration". These ANC people honestly do not appear to posess any integrity or, perhaps even more importantly, humility. Humility is something I've never seen from a single ANC politician or member. Think about it. Is it possible for someone to be born without shame? I just do not get it.

  • gniemandt - 2013-01-12 13:35

    Thabo he is your president as I did not vote for him nor his incompetence to run this country. How in your right mind do you think this a fully functioning country with "this guy" at the helm.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-12 13:37

    Are we going to have these celebrations every year now?. He walked at the edge of the field, smiling and waving. Our Nero is growing by the day.

      mholthuysen - 2013-01-12 13:46

      I think there is going to be one every week now...

      march54 - 2013-01-12 14:05

      He is going to apply to home affairs to change his name to Jacob Robert Gabriel Zuma, if he gets a chance between overseas trips, lording it in his overpriced mansion and partying.

  • boet.magundana - 2013-01-12 13:37

    It is a syndrome of any organisation that doesn't know how to lead the way to dwell on past glories. They focus on commemorations, erecting statues of past heroes, etc but do not pave a clear forward direction. All the ANC sadly has to show for its sorry existence is its glorious past.

  • ivy.malema.3 - 2013-01-12 13:38

    All freedom loving people whites included applaud what the ANC has done to the poor by providing electricity, water, and houses to all, not to a few

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-12 13:55

      Ivy.malema.3. Houses, water and electricity to ALL?. Wow, since when?. Come to think of it our Ivy is starting to sound like a troll.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 13:57

      Yes that is indeed a great achievement. Now how are all of us going to pay 16% electricity price hikes, every year for the next 5 years? A bit difficult when you don't have a job and are unlikely to ever get one.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-12 13:43

    Delusional sheep cheering a lying, criminal c**t! Perhaps they don't know better.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2013-01-12 13:44

    he then promptly starts his speech by reminding the crowd of every wrong that has ever been done to them in the past 100 years and in doing so ensure that division between groups is reinforced and the colours of the rainbow nation is drive further away from one another....I will never understand this. Where is Madiba? Can't he be reborn as a 25 year old to lead this country to success instead of destruction?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 13:55

      Yep, he always does this. Every single speech. It keeps people focused on the wrong things. Magicians do it all the time - making you look one way whilst they disappear the rabbit. In the case of the ANC they're making the entire economy disappear

      march54 - 2013-01-12 14:00

      The only way he knows how to rule is Divide and Rule.

  • motleleng - 2013-01-12 13:50

    Corrupt cadres and poor Zulus cheers for him....morons

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-01-12 14:17

      I think you are being tribalist: the buses came from all over south africa: by being tribalist you actually making people who think otherwise but are Zulu to vote for the ANC because they get tired of being ridiculed as stupid people, which is not true

      chris.phago - 2013-01-12 14:19

      Zulus cheers 4 him 2 steal our moneyzuma ke mpsa

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-01-12 14:36

      Chris I saw Jassie, Hanekom, Ramaphosa, Mantashe, Pravin, in the crowd that was cheering: you see what I mean when I say you are making it hard for the Zulus to think of an alternative: now you want to perpetuate the perception that if you are a Zulu you are ANC and stupid, don't you think the Zulus will go all out to prove to you that they are not stupid and will vote ANC cos you discriminate against them:

      george.mabena.146 - 2013-01-12 14:40

      True hence the increase in kzn,even inkatha lost out because most didn't vote for the anc but a zuluboy.zulu will always be tribalist

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-01-12 14:57

      Gearge ha ha I thought Inkatha was for the traditionalist Zulus,my knowledge is that the President of the IFP is the Zulu prime minister as well, if your logic is correct aren't you contradicting yourself or I am being a stupid Zulu again:

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-01-12 13:52

    Isn't it joyous? Of course it is! 20 yrs ago I was arrested by white men for being in an urban public area after 18:00 and now not anymore. Surely you people can understand this achievement!!

      louis.langenhoven - 2013-01-12 14:34

      Sam - it is joyous and it is a wonderful achievement...but it happened 20 years ago- 20 friggin years bru!. Even if its the best thing I have ever achieved in my life it gets a bit old if I keep on repeating it for 20 years?. I simply cannot see myself still telling my friends about the day I won a 100 m race in gr1 whilst I haven't achieved anything since??? Or if I have achieved anything recently focus on that! You are only as good as your last game they always say.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 16:23

      And 20 years later you can now be smashed to pieces on the road, stabbed, shot, raped, tortured and have your body dumped in a field - at any time of day, in any neighbourhood.

  • athalia.maabane - 2013-01-12 13:53

    Hmmm, pity hey!

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2013-01-12 14:05

    Cant they donate the millions of rands they spend on party celebrations to charity?

      chris.phago - 2013-01-12 14:15

      Gud idea Mpho

  • - 2013-01-12 14:11

    Zuma my president, whether u like it or not, He is myn and yours President, whites, indians, coloureds, all races voted for him that why he is our president, Ayobaa Msholozi Ayobaaaaaa, He will make u sick if u r his opponent lol, so u better join him bcos u cant beat him, m joining him, myb ill get a tender or two

      chris.phago - 2013-01-12 14:15

      I don't hv thief presidenhe's ur pres

      Shane Kelly - 2013-01-12 14:45

      I most certainly did not vote for him and neeeeeeever will.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-12 14:49

      joy please start by getting an education............

  • chris.phago - 2013-01-12 14:12

    Cheers 4 tazzbean head

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-01-12 14:16

    Why must I go to the stadium to listen to the same speech since 2007? Can anyone tell me the difference in zuma's speech? We will create jobs we will fight poverty we will fight inequality all these problems were caused by apartheid. He doesn't say how and when he is going to solve these problems The ANC must understand that they can't have Cosatu and expect investment.Who would want to invest in a country where production must stop because of the strike every year and your business burnt down every year?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 14:27

      @thembinkosi.jozie - sorry can''t help you there. I can never stay awake long enough. I do know that life for most of us tomorrow and the day after and the day after that etc will just be more of the same, no matter how many speeches he makes or parties he throws.

  • JohnDough - 2013-01-12 14:17

    If only the headline "Cheers for Zuma" meant he was leaving.

      lynn.adams.7161 - 2013-01-12 14:26

      Who cares?

  • paul.vermeulen3 - 2013-01-12 14:52

    Why are they trashing the Rugby stadium, right next door is the white elephant Moses Mabhida, they could have fitted way more people in there, and it has a canopy so they would not get wet. And the council could charge tham a few million for the venue!

  • Juju - 2013-01-12 15:13

    Moderator who did I insult with my comment? (Lank lewe my ANC.Mag aan die mense. Amandla!, I might not be there buy it’s an occasion I shall observe) What is freedom of speech to you?

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-12 16:29

    Houses could have been built with party money

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-12 20:02

    In a country where the majority of the people are on the left side of the I.Q. Bell curve, how can one ever be surprised at the level of ignorance. The masses are uninformed feeble minded sheep.

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