Free State residents divided on Zuma

2012-12-15 14:51

Bloemfontein - Free State residents were divided over how they felt about President Jacob Zuma, ahead of the ANC's national conference being held in the province.

Smanga Mathe, 20, who was handing out flyers for Makro at a traffic light on Saturday said he wanted Zuma to remain president of the African National Congress.

"I like Jacob, because he helps the young people with grants and the old people with pensions," he said.

"He also helps the youth in terms of education."

'Zuma is a good guy'

Mathe said the ANC would make sure that it found a way to help South Africans escape poverty and unemployment.

"What they will discuss there [at the conference] will help me. The ANC looks out for the people."

Itebogeng Tshwepang, 28, who said he worked for a "private sector company" agreed with Mathe.

"Zuma is a good guy. He is the people's guy," he said while sitting at the roadside, waiting for a taxi.

He said the country could not have been left in "better hands".

"Things have changed since the ANC has been in charge. I was unemployed, but now I have a job.

"If the ANC was not in power, I would not be able to sit here and wait for my taxi," he said gesturing to the pavement.

However, William Matsekane, 32, a Fidelity security guard who would be working as a guard at the conference, said he was disappointed by Zuma, and wanted him to be replaced by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

"Honestly I don’t want him [Zuma] to stay at the top of the ANC," he said.

"I would not vote for him for president [of South Africa] again.

Everything he touches or says - no good things come from it. I don’t even listen to his speeches anymore."

He said the ANC's policy commissions would be a "disaster".

"Whatever they talk about won't be implemented. They are just talking," Matsekane said.

"They are going to promise things, but they are lying."

Julia Nkgwedi, 33, who worked as a cashier at an Engen garage said Zuma was a "good president" but he did not deserve a second term.

Service delivery

She also lamented the state of the ANC’s service delivery.

"Since we were small, we have been brought up with the ANC," she said.

"There are many things that have not been done - there are still people who live in shacks and they have been waiting for 15 years for RDP houses. He [Zuma] said the youth would get jobs, but they haven't."

She said expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema would return to the party to usher in a "change in the ANC".

"If Zuma is president, we will not vote in the elections. We will wait for Julius to come back, so that he can be president of the ANC," she said.

"He will be back. He is good because he has that element about him, you know? He keeps the ANC on its toes."

The conference is scheduled to start on Sunday. The party’s top six officials, as well as the national executive committee members would be elected by delegates over the course of the week.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-15 15:09

    Breaking news on BBC just came in : "BREAKING NEWS:Former S African President Mandela has operation to have gall stones removed"

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-15 15:44

      Whatever the thumb downers think that they know Sky News reported this at 15:30 SA time.

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-15 15:15

    Not free state but the whole country and if he'll be re-elected shame ANC will feel it during National elections. Come 2014 come!

      thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-12-15 15:23

      You have niled it.

  • B.b. - 2012-12-15 15:16


  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-15 15:47

    The education comment shows that it does not matter how you screw some people!

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-12-15 15:50

    "He said the country could not have been left in "better hands". Better hands of Zuma...are u serious now,wish these sheep can open there eyes.

  • nonofo.marokemosimege - 2012-12-15 15:55

    You like him or not msholozi will remain president on monday morning.Anc will win election on 2014 with 72 percent.cyril will be deputy

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-15 16:25

      flark, don't you have anything better to do in ZoOrania than pass your inane comments?

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-15 16:41

      ""Drunk party"" Post before indulging your lekkers at the Brewery......

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-12-15 17:15

      I hear what u are saying broer, but the big question is how will that benefit the people of south africa? Especially us, the poor?

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-15 16:12

    With 40 or more Zuma 007's hanging around I will also praise the hand that beat me.

  • LishaMgq - 2012-12-15 16:19

    i like zuma because he gives young people grants and elderly pensions and helps youth with education is he serious? cant believe he actually said that with a straight face! for your information idiot those things youre mentionin were in place before zuma. keep votin for him and you might no have those bloody grants youre talkin about and youre elderly their pensions. some people theres really no end to their stupidity!

  • Thabo Dijoe - 2012-12-15 16:31

    Can't you find and poll full literate people who can make sense News24? No disrespect but the people you interviewed just go no clue of what they are saying. Wasting our time reading stupid research.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-15 16:50

      But Thabo is it not the grassroot that's doing the voting. Do their views not matter? That is the way they think and it is their votes that is going to count in 2014.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-12-15 17:10

      Thabo shame, u must be a retired politician, how can u be so insensitive to people you consider to be below you in education, and mind you there are those who are above you, how would you feel if they say about you what you've just said about these 'low lives'

  • victor.mahasha - 2012-12-15 17:24

    Julia and mathe are useless just like all of them

  • Carlton - 2012-12-15 17:26

    Four people and u come up with Free State residents are divided... lol ai South African newspapers.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-15 18:07

    Reminds me of an old saying, IGNORANCE IS BLISS.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-12-16 03:56

    Two wrong don't make a right.. Nxe!

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2012-12-16 09:22

    a large percentage of free state people dont like zuma but this post doesnt seems to me somebody just got paid by JZ's cANCer to publish..

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-16 14:12

    "The country could not have been left IN BETTER HAND" what is wrong with this idiot - keep on smoking your "dagga" pipe - ZUMA is the worst President SA has ever had - STEALING money from people to the amount of millions is scandalous - He should be charged and be held responsible for all the millions he stole. What i do not understand is that Mandela gave him R1million to pay off DEBT - WTF how can he be in debt when he plundered millions

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