'Darkies': Nzimande should go, says DA

2011-02-16 16:29

Cape Town - The DA on Wednesday called for Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande to resign because of a statement he made in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Nzimande said: "If the matric results are bad, this is taken as proof that this government of darkies is incapable.

"If the matric pass rate goes up, it means the results have been manipulated by these darkies.

"Time and again Minister Nzimande has demonstrated through his words and his actions that he is not fit to be a Cabinet minister, let alone at the helm of a ministry that is supposed to be the custodian of critical and engaged thinking," DA spokesperson Wilmot James said.

"He is a disgrace to our parliamentary system and constitutional democracy."

James added that Nzimande's "latest reduction of legitimate criticism of President Jacob Zuma's administration to inappropriate and derogatory racial terms", merely confirmed his unsuitability.

In his speech during debate on Zuma's Sate of the Nation address, Nzimande, "lacking the wit" to address James's concerns about the state of education legitimately, decided to resort to "crude name-calling and portray the administration as helpless victims of a race conspiracy", James said.


James said Nzimande could play the game of racial victimisation as much as he liked in private. That was his business.

"However, in our country's most important forum for debating issues that affect the lives of all South Africans, he should at least treat the issues at hand with the respect that they deserve and not with utter contempt."

Parliament could not be treated "like the politburo of the South African Communist Party, where outdated rhetoric of battles long since fought are the order of the day".

James said he had raised legitimate issues of concern to all who cared about education in South Africa, specifically the question of the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu).

In his State of the Nation address in 2010, Zuma had pledged that teachers would always be in school and teaching, with no exceptions tolerated.


"Then, last year, the administration looked on dumbfounded as Sadtu brought the education system to a grinding halt for three weeks and, in certain instances, destroyed school property and threatened students and other teachers."

Sadtu's "activism" had been a leading factor in crippling the Eastern Cape's education system.

"Additionally, as far as matric results go, if Minister Nzimande is so confident of all the processes involved, why does he simply not state the facts?

"Well, perhaps it is because the fact is that the standards board, Umalusi, practised grade inflation, leaving matric results an uncertain determinant of education success, as most education analysts agree.

"We thought that the era of cheap racial politicking, President Mbeki's favoured response to criticism, had died with his administration.

"However, it seems that the paranoia that relies on such cheap ripostes runs very deep indeed. Minister Nzimande should be ashamed. He should leave and leave now," James said.

  • Vedder - 2011-02-16 16:38

    He is out of line fire the man.......but he is right!!

      wesleywt - 2011-02-16 16:41

      Actually he claims everyone who criticizes him is a racist. He is wrong.

      Mike Hoxbig - 2011-02-16 17:20

      wesleywt: he's out of order given the setting that he made the statement, and he's being an idiot for pulling the race card, but he's not entirely wrong about the sentiment expressed regarding matric results.

      grottobay1 - 2011-02-16 17:40

      Are there DARKIES in government ?

      Figuerro - 2011-02-16 18:14

      Yeah, the man is right. Everything the ANC does will always be regarded with suspicion. All its achievements will always be downplayed and when they stumble, that will always be blown out of proportion. Little wonder that they have chosen to adopt the attitude they currently have.

      Shamwari - 2011-02-17 10:39

      Aaaagh Nigga please!!!!

      exocist - 2011-02-18 12:29

      TO FIGURRO, what achievments have the anc made?,do they walk upright with pride and respect from all citizens not just the elite and there families?are they fair to the millions that support them? have they brought real freedom to the masses?we're not just talking about physical freedom what about mental freedom (STUFFED UP EDUCATION) stuffed up safty freedom (LAW & ORDER) and so on, i could go on and on naming why they stumble CAN YOU GIVE US REASONS WE SHOULD RESPECT THEM? PLEASE INFORM US BIGOTS WE ARE WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE

  • Altus - 2011-02-16 16:39

    anc = joke! everything is racist nowadays. and darkies should not be used. it is not necessary.

      thuthukag - 2011-02-16 17:32


      Altus - 2011-02-16 18:31

      he's from the anc! duh

      lloydkeys - 2011-02-17 08:11

      altus, he's the general secretary of the South African Communist Party, which pretty much makes him as much as a supporter of the ANC as Helen Zille.

      yolandie04 - 2011-02-18 16:35

      @lloydkeys your right that he is but a few months ago he is the one that said the media is a threat to democracy.....

  • Njayam - 2011-02-16 16:39

    Blade was just saying what is in many people's minds.

      Neville - 2011-02-16 17:29

      Can u read minds 17 years already and u still read minds move on

      Njayam - 2011-02-16 18:53

      Neville,I suspect you might not be intelligent at all. Maybe it has been 17 years since any intelligent thought crossed your mind, thus I will move on from your mindless comment.

      cerveza - 2011-02-16 20:31

      @Njayam - whose minds did he read? the minds of people believing they are victims of a great invisible evil? These same kind of minds that Steve reads before he goes on his rants, these minds that Blade and the fellow minds readers read are the cancer of SA and needs to be removed

      Baboon - 2011-02-16 20:48

      @ceveza darkies are invisible?

      Iceman - 2011-02-16 21:40

      hahaha - u see sir - i am not racist at all - BLADE mentioned the word darky... I infact am black ...BUT i am "enlightened", in other words i no longer live in the dark, so i am no longer a "darky"...and because i a enlightened i will not vote for the Anal Nepotistic Corrupt party

      Jo - 2011-02-16 22:41

      It has nothing to do with colour, and everything to do with a failed and narrow-minded ideology that has hampered people like Blade from being able to foster a long-term plan that works from day one. The intentions were grandiose, but the policies are foul, the execution is shoddy and the money is running out. Blade can argue all day about how many communists it takes to split a hair fairly, but the literacy results are out there for all to see, and the academic standards are easy to quantify. He imagines that we can all be winners if there are no losers, that learners can all be geniuses if no-one is ever failed. Worst of all - apartheid may have told him that whites and blacks were different, Blade's crime is that he BELIEVED them....

      cerveza - 2011-02-17 07:37

      @baboon - the invisible that I am referring to are only seen by both a few darkies and whities, and they always have some idiot speaking the mind of the people, a select few people with a bigoted mind, that can only see what it wants so see because it is easier than to realise that you are part of the problem, maybe not personally, but at least "your people" are. It is time to admit we are all part of the human race and that is the cause of all man's problems. It is easy to abuse human rights if you don't think you are doing anything wrong

      modefan - 2011-02-17 08:05

      But Travor Noah then so brilliantly explained the difference between 'black' and 'darkie'...

      Picasso - 2011-02-18 15:15

      Njayam, somebody a while back said: you can think what you want, but you can not say what you want. Especially when you're a public figure.

  • Bluddy Agent - 2011-02-16 16:41

    Has the DA ever got their way with any of these requests and demands....I think not!!! Makes one think about their current tactics and their effectiveness.

      thuthukag - 2011-02-16 17:34

      Good observation. So well put that I cannot elaborate any further.

      emile.marais - 2011-02-16 19:09

      In due respect the DA is only an opposition party with 16% of the vote. The ANC on the other hand recieved 65% of the vote. The status quo is overwhelmingly in the ANC's favour so I doubt any requests or demands from the DA will ever come to pass. On a side note as a DA supporter, I'm dismayed at the DA's obsession with the ANC at times. I wish the DA would concentrate on proving why they should govern. Their tactics are ineffective in my opinion as these tactics risk marginalizing the very people they are trying to win over.

      cerveza - 2011-02-16 20:39

      @emile - I agree, I also feel they are more worried about politics that they are about the people. There are several well functioning ANC wards in the Western Cape, and if the DA really cares about the people they should acknowledge these ANC leaders and let them be an example to the people that fear the DA, or are pro-ANC till death, so that people choose prosperity over politics. What we need are independent leaders, from the community they serve. And some idiot with a shirt that shows a logo that the people admire

      marco - 2011-02-16 22:05

      I agree with the notion that the DA's way of doing their business needs a different approach.I'll take a leaf out of the American politics to make my point.Independence for them came in 1776 although King George’s men and it's Britishness only sailed out of New York City in 1783.In our case apartheidness and rule by a white person in the form of Helen Zillie hasn't quite caught on to black voters just yet given our history even if it has been 17years.Only in 1792 was the Democratic Party of the United States formed and the split between the two parties,the Federalists business oriented people and the Democrats/Republicans farming & state rights people,became most meaningfull.Not until 1854,a good 78 years,did the Republican Party developed to become the party as we came to know them today..."an answer to the turmoil that plagued existing political parties in America".Whether or not this kind of rebirth by meiosis succeeds in South Africa remains a point of concern.The ANC is good at reminding the black voting public of Helen Zillie being a white person and henceforth anyone white wanting to rule over them can only be bad for these poor bastards.Zillie exposes their corruption as best she could as it seems for her to be the only realistic angle to destroy the ANC's grip on power.She needs to address a major issue though that is more far-reaching.In America way back Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson had obviously differences it being the creation of the National Bank which polarized political thinkers and the upshot eventually became the two party system.In our case it's only been 17 years so expect the political landscape would still continually change and rapidly evolve until majority black people become confident enough to vote other than ANC.

      scorpio - 2011-02-17 07:45

      I could'nt agree more - The DA is a political party of whinners. I am looking forward to seeing an effective opposition party. One with real answers, and is able to provide meaningful strategies in the education, employment, health and police sectors in particular. I really wish the DA would focus on that implementation rather than whinge about the Government about absolutely everything.

      exocist - 2011-02-17 14:54

      to SCORPIO, how can the DA.focus on any concern if they aren,t given the chance to rule you wisearse, how can you implement laws that work without being elected and given a chance, you my friend should first give them a chance before you can say they can,t do the job, and isn,t the DA.DOING THE BEST JOB IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE MINIMAL POWER THEY HAVE, SHAKE YOUR HEAD AND LET YOUR EARS HIT YOU AWAKE you can only critizes them if they had a term to rule and stuffed it up

  • Ben - 2011-02-16 16:41

    Well, nothing left to say i guess

  • Peter - 2011-02-16 16:42

    He is only telling the truth. They are a bunch of bloody darkies. Everyone is just too scared to say so.Don't forget,he is also one.

      Clare - 2011-02-17 16:01

      Sis on u Peter - that refrain is not needed in this country anymore!

  • Bolognaise - 2011-02-16 16:43

    Hey Comrade Blade, dont you darkies come here with that white attitude man. You confuse things. Yours sincerely, Julius.

  • Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-16 16:43

    I think DA is just looking for attention, a week ago they wanted Bhike Cele to step down now its Blade. The only person that will be stepping down is Dan Plato, he is warming a chair for Patricia De Lil....

      thuthukag - 2011-02-16 17:40

      They irritate me. They are like that little squeeking noise you get in the ears sometimes. I hate listening to their little childish ramblings about as much as I hate listening to Celine Dion. "We condemn this, we condemn that. This person must step down, that person must step down. Goodness! New strategy, please! I think we need a new, strong, no-nonsense, razor sharp opposition that will bring a bit more than this childishness to the fore. Every article about the DA is the same, more or less.

      Iceman - 2011-02-16 18:17

      the whole bloody cabinet should resign and go back to 4th grade like zuma

      Skottie - 2011-02-16 18:19

      And what does the ANC do ... every time they don't have an answer to something that went wrong they blame it on something else ... it is apartheids fault, it is racism, it is not equal enough, bla bla bla. Fact is the ANC so called leaders are getting fatter and richer by the day and their OWN people are starving! Forget about the whites for a moment and focus on your own people, they are suffering more and that is due to your OWN ... not apartheid, not racism, not equalities etc. Not even mentioning crime against blacks .. committed by BLACKS! Is that your idea of being free ????

      theoldmanofthemountains - 2011-02-16 18:30

      Clearly thuthukag (what kind of a screen name is that?) you have little notion of what's in the job description of an 'official opposition' party in parliament. They're supposed to make a mountain out of a mole-hill, nitpicking the party who is running the show on almost everything that happens. So, pray tell, what would you expect a "new, strong, no-nonsense, razor sharp opposition" to do different? Specifics please. Elaborate, share your wisdom so that the rest of us may be dazzled by your exceptional insight. No no really, we really are quite breathless with anticipation... As for Halfwise - well your name says it all.

      Jo - 2011-02-16 22:47

      What do you think an opposition party's job is? They are supposed to oppose, exert pressure to keep the ruling party honest. No matter who the opposition party is, that's their job. They're actually doing it for YOU - keeping your party honest and accountable. At least one party is delivering on their mandate 120% - the opposition party is opposing. Not trying to be popular, just doing their job.

      mshayafe - 2011-02-17 09:36

      i thought Dan Plato was warming th chair the power hungry Zille

  • zulufox - 2011-02-16 16:45

    Nothing wrong with calling black people darkies, it's slang (NB: if used in correct context)... But should not have been used in parliament... It was very mischievous of Blade to say such that thing.

      Mnumzane - 2011-02-17 08:03

      @Zulufox, did u listen to Blade or u r just making a comment here. Blade wass saying what most people are saying. Infact it is even wrong for the parliament to ban the darkies word. We use this word daily in our locations. It means us as Blacks. Its our name. If we allow this to continue soon we will remain with nothing. Recently the court banned one of the songs we used to sing.

  • Ryno Rousseau - 2011-02-16 16:45

    How did that fool make it all the way to Parliament?

      Skiballas - 2011-02-16 16:56

      he knew a cousin who new a cousin who new a cousin...its the way goberment works, not what you know, but who you know.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-16 20:11

      A doctorate in sociology? Any bloody monkey can do sociology. It's one course you can never fail unless you don't write exams.

      sakkie - 2011-02-16 20:40

      @tfela - honorary, from the university of KZN perhaps?

      Mnumzane - 2011-02-17 08:05

      A fool calling another fool a fool. The fool I know is you who is unknow.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-16 16:50

    Leave the man alone. As long as we can understand what he is saying, what difference does it make how he says it. We are not all snobs.

      rade8408 - 2011-02-16 17:48

      Because its supposed to be a place for intelligent debate. All blade did was throw out the usual race card instead of actually addressing the questions posed, he even did it in a childish, uneducated way. If the matric results really were an improvement why are they hiding all the information? We'll see by the university first year pass rates this year and next as to how accurate these matric results really were.

  • dgee - 2011-02-16 16:50

    I am not saying he is right to make a statement like that that Generilises how people feel (all critics are racist is how he is putting it!!) He used the statement but it is out of context - this was during a debate and as far as I am aware he was commenting that there were certain elements that would criticize the government regardless of what they do (and we have every right to that) and because they are black (incompetent is incompetent regardless of race) and was not giving his own view.

  • Onthou - 2011-02-16 16:52


  • jwbruwer - 2011-02-16 16:52

    People, this is how it works, in South Africa and in the USA: if a white man calls a black man a darkie, he is a racist. If a black man calls a black man a darkie, or whatever form of colour he wants to name him, he is his brother! We will not win this war!

      emile.marais - 2011-02-16 19:16

      Agree with you. Whites have already 'lost the war'.

      Picasso - 2011-02-18 15:18

      There has never been a war, only genocide.

      GTFO - 2011-02-18 16:18


  • Makutu - 2011-02-16 16:54

    One thing I hate about South Africans is that when you are white and you critisize them, you are a racist. when you are black and you critisize them, you are a snob. So, you can't critisize these guys. They will even go to the extent of making you feel bad for being educated in Harvard or UCT. They will tell you that your education is not special and stuff like that. Dear ANC you are plotting your own downfall. How hard is it run a country decently without victimizing genuine criticism? This is utter RUBBISH and pure stupidity. You are our elders, do something respectable so that we can congratulate you instead of critisizing you. All our parents and uncles struggled to set this country free. What happened to that spirit? SIES! PUKE!!!!! Disgusting idiots called the ANC members and supporters! What's happening in Ermelo will be a coutrywide phenomenon if you continue like you are doing! Watch this!

      Skottie - 2011-02-16 18:21

      Makutu for PRESIDENT !!!!

      Felix - 2011-02-17 11:07

      well said!

      Picasso - 2011-02-18 15:19

      Thumbs up from me for Makutu. Now you will be called counter revolutionairy and a coconut.

  • - 2011-02-16 16:57

    Does this mean we're alowed to call them darkies?

      motsokwane - 2011-02-16 17:02

      I don't care.

      Iceman - 2011-02-16 18:18

      call a spade a spade

      emile.marais - 2011-02-16 19:20

      Who cares? Racist terms are stupid anyway...

      Felix - 2011-02-17 11:12

      Its not what you say but how you say it?

      Picasso - 2011-02-18 15:20

      Why not? I don't mind them calling me a whitey.

  • Julius - 2011-02-16 16:58

    Mirror, mirror on the wall ... who do I see.......... a darkie racist

      franssmith100 - 2011-02-16 17:18

      or mirror mirror on the wall, who is the darkest of them all...

      ManOTMoment - 2011-02-17 13:01

      Robert Mugabe....that oke is pitch black

  • exocist - 2011-02-16 17:03


      emile.marais - 2011-02-16 19:25

      Actually it's my understanding that the riots of 1976 started not due to 'Bantu Education' but because of the Afrikaans Medium Decree - I don't think you know much about South Africa's people pass your own hue.

      Mnumzane - 2011-02-17 08:09

      To its kinda like you are the biggest idiot. I will be shocked if you did go to school. If you did then you better go back to your Grade R teacher who did not tell you how to use capital letters. What an Idiot.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-02-16 17:12

    So Blade may be saying 'what the whiteys are thinking' in his opinion however his comments show just how juvenile he is and how much hate he has for whiteys. As a supposed leader this is poor and, what is more, he is poking fun at the whiteys who very much do think exactly what he is saying because of the incompetence in government. All people are not incompetent, but with bad resources at their disposal due to incompetence at government level, they are hindered and appear incompetent. The egg is on you blade, you darkie.

      DakaloM - 2011-02-16 17:20

      Now whose beter between you and Blade?? you also uttering hate speech. get out of here man!!!!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-02-16 17:27

      Oh so what I say is wrong but Blade is fine - and I am not in Parliament am I? And where is my hate speech dakola? Saying the government is inept is not hateful, it is true.

      Picasso - 2011-02-18 15:22

      Yes goyougoodthing, but anything true is racist.

  • Clive - 2011-02-16 17:12

    Fck DA get a life the word had fokol wrong with it, worse calling for people to resign or fired for such silly things makes even when you might be having a point to rather look childish!!!

      DieManVanStander - 2011-02-16 17:34

      Shut it Z.

      Neville - 2011-02-16 17:36

      Aslong it is a darkie that use that word if it was someone else yuo will toi toi move on

      rade8408 - 2011-02-16 17:53

      So if helen zille started referring to people as "Darkies" would it still be "just a word". I think not. F&cking hypocrites.

      emile.marais - 2011-02-16 19:33

      Why on God's green Earth whould Helen Zille ever want to use the word darkie? I refere to some of my white friends as 'honky' joking around. Does that make me a racist? Oh I'm white by the way... either I'm confused or something else because I can't see an issue here with the term darkie? I'm a whitey so what?

      Worldwise - 2011-02-17 09:36

      Ah Clive Sya Khumalo, I suppose your position at Ndumo Consultants: Architecture is a BEE appointment and your company gets many BEE tenders? Must be a BEE apointment because your spelling, language and grammar do not point to the university education you profess to have.

      Picasso - 2011-02-18 15:24

      Clive, Juanita du Plessis got hell from all sides for calling a darkie greenie. So that was ok.

  • Ho - 2011-02-16 17:13

    Takes a Duckie to know a duckie I guess...

  • pensioner - 2011-02-16 17:22

    I would like to have heard the reaction from the ANC if a white had stood up in Parliament and used the word " DARKIES "--the person would have been made to apologise or thrown out of the Chamber. With Nzimande the Speaker is still deliberating on a ruling--- JOKE

  • pensioner - 2011-02-16 17:26

    I would like to have heard the reaction from the ANC if a white had stood up in Parliament and used the word " DARKIES "--the person would have been made to apologise or thrown out of the Chamber. With Nzimande the Speaker is still deliberating on a ruling--- JOKE

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-16 17:30

    What is wrong He only is being truthful for a change. Nothing wrong fits the desciption perfectly.

  • Stephen - 2011-02-16 17:32

    He was right He speaks the truth.. He is just as stupid as the whole ANC led government but seeing hes black,can say as do as he pleases...!

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-16 17:38

    At times defending the ANC Leadership is like catching your wife and a neighbour having sex in your bedroom and you turn against your neighbour accusing him of tempting your wife. You say your wife is not part on this nonsense going in your bedroom but the man is on top of her and she is jumping up and down with pleasure. How can that be in your own bed and bedroom?

      Skiballas - 2011-02-16 17:47

      the man is on top of her as she jumps up and down...boy, your wife is strong :-)

      emile.marais - 2011-02-16 19:35

      Zakhele you having marital problems?

      Jo - 2011-02-16 22:52

      exactly, Zakhele - very smart analogy. It all makes us quite tired, and ashamed.

      exocist - 2011-02-18 13:34


      exocist - 2011-02-18 13:40


  • Skiballas - 2011-02-16 17:50

    Basically, he is deflecting criticism by making a rant like this. Instead of listening to criticism and trying to improve on current performance (there is always room for improvement), he now turns around and basically says that the criticism is only there because of the colour of his skin. Hence he is stating that nothing is wrong with the education in this country. Now, if you believe there is nothing wrong with education in this country, then it can only be that you are the result of education in this country...

  • Allin - 2011-02-16 17:52

    I agree, the darkie should go.

  • birdman - 2011-02-16 18:01

    Only blacks can call other blacks "niggers" Why? If a white man does it - it's racist! Only blacks can have the Black Lawyers Forum. If there was a white lawyers forum, it would be racist. Only blacks can have a black chamber of commerce - you can see where this is going! Unfortunately the race card is played by small minded polititians whenever their actions are questioned by anyone with common sense and they are cornered. We see this all the time whether its straight politics or sport! It's time that the blacks in this country act like the leaders that they assume that they are and stop their snivelling! Act like leaders, and you may surprise yourselves! But this is like trying to get water to flow uphill.

  • - 2011-02-16 18:04

    BN has done nothing for higher education and training apart from causing uncertainty and changing what has been working well. Could this man still be in struggle-mode - every speech is filled with anger and fight. Was this a coloured or white using the derogatory term darkie, therewould be an outcry coupled with an expulsion from Parliament. Higher education and training - somebody surely needs it.

  • Boetman - 2011-02-16 18:26

    I recommend Mr James use the same term (i.e Darkies) to refer to the Government when debating them in parlement. Not only will it be factually correct, it would also show up the hypocricy of the ANC. Blade is a closet racist and our most unsophisticated cabinet minister ever ~ including Zuma!

  • To The Point - 2011-02-16 18:33

    DA wake up if the "darkies" want to call themselves "darkies" what has it got to do with you - concentrate on winning the election or that Fransman is going to take the Cape - stop telling them what to call themselves - it is a free country. Or are you being nice to the ANC or are you A.. creeping the 'darkies' because you all want to join ANC like that 'NAT' 'veraaier' Martinus what’s his name?

      saliem - 2011-02-16 18:49

      @To The Point It's Marthinus alias "kortbroek"

      emile.marais - 2011-02-16 19:38

      Well said.

  • Fanie - 2011-02-16 19:34

    Well He calls a spade a spade......

  • Werner - 2011-02-16 19:58

    Usually, I lean towards the negative when thinking about ol' Blade. BUT, I think this champ has actually taken the time to read "Politics and the English Language" by Eric Blair. Good for him.

  • onetickie - 2011-02-16 20:50

    Like it or not, Nzimande is right! Fact of Life: There will always be "darkies" and "whities" - that is until someone comes up with a skin exchange :)

  • onetickie - 2011-02-16 20:52

    Like it or not, Nzimande is right! Fact of Life: There will always be "darkies" and "whities".

  • troppie - 2011-02-16 21:01

    So what is the essence of this all? Ignorant in regard to his portofolio and knowing the can of worms in regard to the doctored results to be disclosed shortly..what does he do? Attack being regarded as the best defence... Another stooge confusing position and salary *AND EXPENSIVE CAR* with intelligence and competence.... He is highly incompetent...above his mediocre intelligence, modern day Tsabalala-Msimang (was she not the best?) no Zuma will come first.. This pea-brain was taught in Moscow in the bad old days.. he just cannot face reality...and does not give a damn about facts,one he has no conscience two like Zuma he feels he only has to cater for illiterates who will forever be thankfull for what Mandela and the likes did, believing the majority voters being idiots...which they are not going to be forever...will just follow the LEAD He clearly does not feel at his position, he buhhers it up even more than Verwoerd could ever hope..... So get out the race card.. in anticipation of what he already knows will be revealed... These idiots just can't live with a liberal democracy..... they are a disgrace to the Mandelas and Sizulu's(even though one idiot by that name charade as something in Parlaiment itself protecting a most disgraceful incompetent Minister...

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-02-16 21:10

    Actually, I thought the minister's subsequent riposte was far more interesting. In his attempt to denigrate Ms Mazibuko, he quipped "It is a disadvantage not to have grown up in a township". Does this mean that all who did not grow up in townships should be classified as "previously disadvantaged"?

      King - 2011-02-17 08:14

      Actually, it was a snide comment from Blade. He's basically calling her a coconut for getting offended by the word Darkie. He's calling her a surbuban black and a white-man's lackey (because she's a DA member).

      pointblankza - 2011-02-17 09:55

      The racism, in all forms, are clearly on display today by the ANC. Why even now they are starting to attack black people born fortunate... just because they didn't grow up in a township that they now not "one of them" ... it goes to show the lingering effects of "victim mentality" displayed by our politicians, people in charge, people who have an agenda, people who have so much to lose if people dare think differently...

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-02-17 22:52

      King Shaka, make no mistake, I thought the comment was beyond snide. Pointblankza characterises it as an "attack", and I agree. This is the sort of nonsense that spews from the mouth of a bully, as he pushes his victim around the schoolyard with taunts of "so you think you're clever". It is the hallmark of intellectually challenged thugs. That it should emanate from the Minister of Higher Education, no less, makes it abhorrent in the extreme. I agree with the DA that he should go, but I know that others are also correct when they predict that he won't. The ANC is succumbing to hubris.

  • Bluescreen - 2011-02-16 21:55

    Comrade 'Blade' .... More proof that 'If brains were dynamite, some would not have enough to blow their noses'.

  • Jo - 2011-02-16 22:36

    It has nothing to do with colour, and everything to do with a failed and narrow-minded ideology that has hampered people like Blade from being able to foster a long-term plan that works from day one. The intentions were grandiose, but the policies are foul, the execution is shoddy and the money is running out. Blade can argue all day about how many communists it takes to split a hair fairly, but the literacy results are out there for all to see, and the academic standards are easy to quantify. He imagines that we can all be winners if there are no losers, that learners can all be geniuses if no-one is ever failed. Worst of all - apartheid may have told him that whites and blacks were different, Blade's crime is that he BELIEVED them....

  • Paco7 - 2011-02-17 08:40

    at least he is being honest,the darkies are manipulating the stats to pass their brothers and sisters and then give them jobs in government which they screw up royally and we the taxpayers then have to wait 6 months for a utility bill which is over inflated...welcome to Africa

  • Fredster69 - 2011-02-17 08:54

    Just imagine if a white MP said that...

  • Clive - 2011-02-17 09:10

    Like his earlier comment about a free press being a threat to our "democracy", such rubbish emanating from the mouth of a dyed-in-the-wool communist comes as no great surprise. But it is a sad day for the country when the minister of higher education spouts such nonsense. It is no wonder that education in this country is in such a shambles when supposedly well-educated ministers lack the common sense to think before opening their big mouths. Not very sharp is our blade!

  • Fred - 2011-02-17 09:29

    Isn't it very sad that when somebody tries to improve things for the average guy, the government resorts to racist, childish behaviour, by trying to inforce a decent standard of education for all is now deemed a racist attack on the ANC, what planet is this idiot from.

  • mshayafe - 2011-02-17 09:38

    Well said Blade

  • pointblankza - 2011-02-17 10:03

    The immaturity displayed by our fat and pasty politicians... eish.

  • Ashoka - 2011-02-17 10:09

    On an unrelated issue, can someone explain to me why there are so many Pakistanis and Indians who are living illegally in SA?

      Nkandla - 2011-02-17 10:28

      Now I know some whites are just stupid

  • unrealchris - 2011-02-17 10:42

    Go James! Blade is an idiot in anycase

  • Savito - 2011-02-17 12:05

    i agree fully with what Dr Nzimande,u whiteys can dish it but u cant take a punch.U can say it is rhetoric or whateva but 2 us who were oppressed for decades and centuries,we will make sure that we hit where it hurts especially to armchair critics of our government snf movement in our quest of making a better life for all.Pity the rules of parliament dont allow the use of the word DARKIE as per the rulling,but thats basically what most whites and especially those in ipposition parties refer to us.You can deny that until you are pink,that fact wont change and whilst still on that we as the majority of the people we will once again in our millions go and vote for the ANC singing our beloved freedom songs,AYESAB`AMAGWALA!!!!!

      sydney706 - 2011-02-17 16:15

      Maybe you should go back to school and learn how to read and write. You clearly haven’t mastered the art of grammar and yet you believe that your right to an opinion could be used as an excuse to pretend you it could make a useful contribution. A revolution has got two sides and it is a bit unfortunate that the masses will see through the charade eventually but then real democracy will arrive and bite the ANC in the ass! Go ahead and sing your beloved song. It is old, outdated and irrelevant! You don’t know what it is about anyway!

      inglorius b - 2011-02-17 22:51

      The majority may have the numbers and win the election, the educated and empowered have the true power. They turn the wheels of the economy!

      noctus - 2011-02-18 14:06

      Actually we can, we have been taking it for the past 16 years. You dont even grasp the the validity of the arguments made here. By voting ANC you will never uplift yourselves, because it is always catering to the lowest common denominators of society, the cheats, thieves, greedy, corrupt and just plain stupid. The only way a society can evolve to freedom is to aspire to higher things. A watered down matric is not the way, what will you do when your boss asks you to do some maths, or argue a poiny to a client. You wont be able to, because you had a useless qualification. Not all people can and should pass matric, or even varsity. Not all people are equal. You have to work at it, and aspire to the highest, that is what qualifies you for the exclusive(note the use of the word) lifestyles of the succesfull, not the fact that are a card carrying member of a nursery school playground where he said she said is at the order of the day. WAKE UP AND WORK PEOPLE.

  • outoftheblue - 2011-02-17 15:46

    brilliantly said, Wilmot! Nzimande is a disgrace to his people and to the ANC. How can he suggest that Umalusi's adjustment of matric figures can be seen as a racial conspiracy? Unles, of course, it WAS aconspiracy, and that is why Umalusi has refused point blank to say exactly how the figures were adjusted. And there must have been huge adjustments. When kids don't apply to go to university because they think they won't pass, and then discover on 6 January that they have pssed after all, and then storm to the universities for admission, then we all know something is terribly, terribly wrong. Whether the darkies or the lighties have been responsible makes no difference: it is a corrupt and unreliable systme, and Nzimande should be sorting it out, not looking for people to blame. VOTE DA FOR AN EDUCATION SYSTME THAT WILL WORK.