Inequality bad for reconciliation - Zuma

2013-01-07 07:11

Durban - The inequality between black and white households was "bad for reconciliation", President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

Zuma, who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the ANC's centenary celebrations in Durban, said: "The situation that white households have six times the wealth of black households should be a thing of the past."

Zuma referred to the 2011 census which revealed that the income of the average white household remained six times higher than that of the average African household.

"It is bad for reconciliation and nation building and all of us, black and white, must work to reduce and ultimately eradicate such a massive gap in the second phase of our country's revolution."

Referring to the ANC's history, he paid tribute to those who had contributed to the organisation's successes.

He also urged unity within the organisation, saying this was good for the party as well as the country.

  • - 2013-01-07 07:23

    He spoke about this on his SABC 2 new years eve speech as well. Should I start to worry about redistribution of wealth?

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-07 08:11

      Zuma just spend 250 mill on his house, and earns some R2 million a month. If that's not inequality then I don't know.

      MagdaKus - 2013-01-07 11:35

      Kortbroek- my thoughts exactly!!!

      philip.harris.967 - 2013-01-07 13:56

      Pieter if you are a white person then the answer is YES. I think the ANC will make white people the scapegoat for their own inadequacies ......hardly original in post colonial africa.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2013-01-07 15:06

      Zuma is sounding more and more like Mugabe. Zuma and the ANC have failed their own people through their incompetence and greed ... now he keeps making racist statements to distract his own followers from the truth. The real reason that the unequality is not reducing in South Africa is due to the huge levels of government corruption and lack of economic growth resulting from failed ANC policies.

      vandal.svz - 2013-01-07 16:47

      If you were able to account for the costs spent on addressing the divide between blacks and whites since 1994 (granted the ANC has made some improvements). Against the total money allocated to each Department for this purpose..then the 'difference' would show the extent of corruption due to unaccounted funds! This inequality would have been a long way to been addressed in 2013.....if only for open, honest and good governance!! A politician takes office to serve, nowhere in the world under Democracy does a politician become millionaires, unless they are not qualified or not corrupt! Balance the books from 2008 to 2012 Zuma, i dare you, but we all know you can't and won't! I'd settle for one year out of the last four!

  • beverly.young3 - 2013-01-07 07:23

    Oh poor Zuma, he is unable to understand that the census is flawed. Look at the stats of how many people filled in the census forms? I wonder what he considers himself? His wealth/employment alone makes up for a goodly portion of the nation. I shudder at the outcome of the next few years.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-07 08:33

      The ANC going down, right down to China town. Makes me happy :)

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-01-07 14:12

      don't shudder, we're completely in the hands of the best politicians in Africa and those are ANC, DA and COPE members.

      jesibelle.krueger - 2013-01-07 15:30

      The census was not only flawed - it was loaded. The aim was simply to use it as a means to pursue the national theft of white wealth (wealth earned by honest hard work). Hence the call to boycott the census. During the next census there must be a complete boycott by whites - are they going to jail every white person in SA..? LET THEM TRY...

  • ben.nel2 - 2013-01-07 07:23

    Let's impoverish the whole country, then we are all equal (except some.) 20 Years of BBBEEEEE should have had a reasonable effect?

  • SkyeBenga - 2013-01-07 07:24

    I see a lot of the Unequals were partying at the ANC Celebration.

      MagdaKus - 2013-01-07 11:39

      Perception that people who are ultimately in charge of our country see it fit to splash out on luxuries instead of using these resources to fight poverty, combined with perceptions of corruptions (those proven & those not) sets a bad example to everyone below them and to investors. It is saying that is OK- those who govern do not care- you should not either. Which you clearly don't Mbongeni.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2013-01-07 07:25

    Your household has 100 times the wealth of the average black house hold. The only way is to eradicate all wealthy people, because the poor will never earn wealth under your illiterate leadership.

      grant.hide - 2013-01-07 08:45

      100 times? understated, actually 100 with another three zero's sir. that is 100 000 times more than the average household. Might be more.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2013-01-07 07:26

    Sigh. And the uneducated masses will swallow this without small step for zuma, one giant leap backward for south africa.

      nardus.jordaan - 2013-01-07 08:50

      As the masses are uneducated and will never be educated as the standards in school are dropped every year. The masses will swallow anything that the can get for free....

      HRHWillyB - 2013-01-07 13:22

      sad but true...because most of our fellow citizens do not understand the law of averages...and neither does JZ. a small white population with a small percentage of the top earners earning CEO salaries will on average always show a higher income per household... a large black population with the same number of Black CEO's/Government Ministers, etc being top earner (same amount as white top earners) will average a lower income per household But don't let facts get in your way JZ

  • Tony-Lapson - 2013-01-07 07:26

    Great, not only must I struggle to meet my financial obligations, I must also be portrayed as a rich white man who stole what I have. 6 times more wealthy... What a load of crap. One can't help but wonder if this guy is deliberately trying to create racial divide.

  • Lukyan.Ahmedenko - 2013-01-07 07:26

    He said white and black household not himself... his the president he doesn't matter as usual!!!

  • sharkie.fin - 2013-01-07 07:26

    He is right. I saw a lot of black families on vacation this December with big fancy BMW's at the mall doing a lot of Christmas shopping. I wish it was equal.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2013-01-07 07:27

    Give up Nkandla to help tip the scale. It would seem racial statistics are quoted when it pleases the ANC agenda and favour it's supporters

      george.frangs - 2013-01-07 13:49

      It's amazing how he always wants to divert the attention off of him. He doesn't have Juju to do his bidding anymore, so he uses these tactics.

      carl.fourie.9 - 2013-01-07 16:02

      What about all the billions lost to fraud and dodgy tender processes but he still carries on about inaqualities. It would have made a significant difference in the uplifting of the poor, Zuma you are a clown

  • Derek Chapman - 2013-01-07 07:27

    JZ, let everyone live in Nkandla and hey presto, we all equal

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2013-01-07 07:28

    The ANC itself also contributed to the inequalities other than to alleviate it, the BEE deals that went to individuals connected, tenderpreuners, nepotism where uneducated and unskilled individuals got jobs and salaries they did not deserve. We cannot always blames apartheid, but have to ask ourselves. What did they do?

      marianne.jacobszkapp - 2013-01-07 09:14

      Agreed. The greatest inequality in this country lies between rich and poor, regardless of race. Mr President, next time you stop at a robot, look at the people in the cars around you, and also look at who is begging at those same robots - pretty much a mixed bag. You're trying out a trick you no doubt learnt from Mugabe - scapegoat white people to disguise the gross inequality that lies between your own wealth and that of your cronies on the one hand, and that of the general populace, on the other. Just how stupid do you think the people of this country are? Why don't you put your money where your mouth is? Take a cut in salary, stamp out corruption, ensure your ministers do their work properly instead of wasting money through crackpot notions and blatant inefficiency. The money thus saved could be put to better use employing more people to repair our roads, clean up our cities, provide more houses and restore the general state of things... or better still, simply remove yourself from office and let someone who will do all these things - and at the same time strive to unite South Africans, instead of feeding racial tension - take over the reins.

  • mark.bradshaw.50 - 2013-01-07 07:28

    1 story with a headline 0% pass rate and this one stating wealth distribution problems... I think I have found the basis for the problem???

      luke.gray.549668 - 2013-01-07 07:38


      pat.bromilowdowning - 2013-01-07 08:31

      Catch 22 situation. Keep power by keeping the masses uneducated or educate and lose power when they see what a bunch of thieves the ANC is.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2013-01-07 07:29

    Its sad that Zuma and his administration seeks to be equal....I aim to be superior....hence I have 4 white males on my payroll.....I dont give a dime if they want to long as we make business.....they can go do what they want....

      helizna - 2013-01-07 07:49

      And an extra thumbs up from me to you :)

      ken.koen - 2013-01-07 08:17

      Well done, my brother was employed by a very succesful black businessman way back in the early 1980's. What was Zuma doing then?

      peter.gibbs.5895 - 2013-01-07 09:12

      @ken. He was watching cattle and pulling his wire in the bush.

      rontheogre - 2013-01-07 09:19

      Tumisang, you warm my heart. In one paragraph you portray drive, ambition and good business sense. And I suspect that you see the calibre of your employees' work before you see their skin colour. But then you are not in a popularity contest to be voted president, you are in a fight to survive and grow your business, so are making decisions based on our real world.

      beverly.young3 - 2013-01-07 10:37

      Well said sir. I worked for a group of amazing 'black' bosses for years. I was a consultant for them and I loved every minute of my employment until I left/retired. You know, I learnt so much about 'family' from them too?

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-07 13:24

      Definately a Bells for you Tumisang. I wish more people can think like you. It really doesn't matter what race your employer or employee is for that matter, "lets do business and make money" should be our only motto. If we can get rid of the corruption in government there will be more money to uplift our poor citizens of all races. Best of luck and much more success with your business friend.

  • landie.potter - 2013-01-07 07:30

    why does it bother you so much what the white people are doing in the country, we are only 8% op the population and u are so threanded by us. we work for that money mostly through own bussinesses because we were retrenched at our jobs, so we dont steal or live of the country's tax paying money. to enrich ourselves, like yourslves. live your own damm live and start looking after YOUR PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR POCKET. THAT YOU ARE HELPING YOURSELF TO . i am so sick of you Zuma with your constant racist comment always blaming the wgite people . and by the way my house keeper live a wonderfull life working for med. and she loves my dog to bit. so much that so got her son n dog as well. rather learn from the white people rather than always blaming us for everything, the ANC has been running this country for 20 years and there is just no improvement, i have never seen so many poor blacks since u've been ruling this land. we are worse off when UUUUUUU took over,corruption , corruption from u . please get a life of move to Zimbabwe to your equallly greedy friend Mugabe.

  • dennie.dupreez - 2013-01-07 07:30

    Why do you not talk about the inequality between the rich blacks and the poor blacks. The gap between the rich blacks in particilar you mr Zuma and your rich friends is equally 'BAD FOR RECONCILIATION". Stop fuming racial hate and start governing the country like a true leader. Rather go on your knees and ask the almighty God to give you and your government a vision.

      luke.gray.549668 - 2013-01-07 07:42

      Well said Dennie

      jill.coppin.77 - 2013-01-07 08:53

      So agree with you.. Have a look around you on the Freeways and ask yourself who own the most BMW'S, Merc's. 4X4's, Land Rovers etc. some of those cars cost more than a hefty deposit on a house. Good for them but where does all the money come from if there is inequility? some must have very good jobs.

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2013-01-07 07:30

    I already pay a penalty for how much I earn. It's the way gov uses TAX money that is a problem. My greatest wish is that gov use it for education and upliftment programs.

  • Brandon - 2013-01-07 07:32

    Yes Mr Zuma, you have failed to educate your people properly and the only thing bad for reconciliation is the gap between the mega wealthy black people and the poor, don't blame me for working hard and smart to earn my 6 times more than the poor, the same people who seem to think they're all owed something for nothing, by your party!

  • Fernandes44 - 2013-01-07 07:32

    You wana know why there is a gap I have 55 staff working under me and they are all lazy . They always tiered always sick and never show any interest in the job never try and better them selves ... and the last thing on my bosses mind is increasing their salary quite honestly if they even tried to take a extra step but they don't .

  • robes.spear - 2013-01-07 07:34

    Educate the people Zuma. Fire Angie, raise the pass rate to 50% and eradicate SADTU. Stop playing the race card you racist!

      paddy.pereira - 2013-01-07 10:24

      cant fire Angie - that would dilute the Womens league support he currently enjoys

  • michael.heys.3 - 2013-01-07 07:35

    It is not unique to South Africa, it is the same all over the world. I wonder why?

  • Jo - 2013-01-07 07:36

    The worst part about all of this is that the masses will listen. Almost 20 years of failed ANC leadership and they're still blaming whites. I'm a post 94 young business man. I believe I got here despite the ANC government, not thanks to them. If the ANC declares war on it's white population, then perhaps it's war we should be preparing for.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-07 07:37

    Look whos talking all the way from Nkannnnnnnnnnnnnndla ville

  • gerhard.schutte2 - 2013-01-07 07:37

    I don't have words realy I can't believe the words out of this man's mouth. Mabe If you stop stealing money Jacob you could erradicate poverty faster and create jobs for our children. I'm sorry i have no respect for a humanbeing that is this stupid arrogant and theiving

  • alan.matthews.9066 - 2013-01-07 07:39

    The idea mr president is for to build your uneducated masses up to our level. Not to drag us down to theres

      rontheogre - 2013-01-07 09:30

      A recent piece I read in a book called Chronicles of Han Storm the author describes different levels of society, where race plays no role, only the level you allow yourself to rise to; "In some areas they are called the poor, the servant or labour classes, or the ones without hope. Yet they have the ability to lift themselves up to higher positions of standing, to get up and do something for themselves, if they so wished. They are easy to manipulate, easy to be used for abusive reasons. Most of these souls merely exist for the sake of existence, waiting to be maintained by others that feel pity for them." Rings a bell, doesn't it?

  • errol.wagner - 2013-01-07 07:39

    The way you close that gap is: (1) provide good education and (2) create an environment where people can be employed. Is that so hard to understand? The ANC has had 18 years to do just that and have failed. The Nationalist Party achieved that for the poor Afrikaner in the same time -the tragedy is that they did not do that for all South Africans, but they did it for the people who voted them in - something the ANC has not achieved and would appear they will not achieve in another 18 years. Mr Zuma, the DA will achieve it, and that is what you are afraid of.

      harold.stewart.184 - 2013-01-07 16:17

      well said errol! We never had luxuries or fancy food or toys, but we had no debt and we paid off our house as quickly as possible and saved,saved saved. Teach our people to save some of their money each month and their lives will change. We had no grants or freebies, so if the money was finished, that was it. Too easy today to put hands out for hand outs,

  • justin.parks.75470316 - 2013-01-07 07:40

    He omitted to say that a primary reason is that most whites want to work whilst the previously disadvantaged want everything for free. Whites are industrious / the majority - not so much. Also to insult the highest earning highest tax paying classes is a slap across the face. We pay so we stay. #gofindanotherwife

  • emmanuel.baloyi.75 - 2013-01-07 07:41

    Mr President!dont do it for the party but for the country

  • chirnsidep - 2013-01-07 07:43

    I love how when it suited the ANC They never spoke about blacks vs whites it was non-blacks vs whites now that so many Indians etc have worked hard and taken advantage of the opportunities given to them to make successes of themselves they are left out of the equation and the ANC now just focus on blacks vs whites on order to try illustrate the racial divide that they need to maintain in order to maintain power!

  • davy.botha - 2013-01-07 07:46

    Blame the white man, that race card always work. If they get educated they will improve there standard of living. I myself am not educated to grow in my carrier but I will not blame the government!

      robes.spear - 2013-01-07 08:19

      Until you blame the government for not educating your children nothing changes! Look at how the educated people are scathing of ANC and their educational achievements and pathetic pass rate. We ALL need educated people to make this country great.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-01-07 07:49

    Inequality should be the thing of the past. So how r u going to fix this problem? U have been saying this since 1994. The ANC cadres don't know how to create wealth.All they know is just to grab the wealth that was created by others and enrich themselves while blaming apartheid

  • emilyjane.elson - 2013-01-07 07:50

    Sjoe.. Try as I might I could NEVER respect a face like that.. Not one sign of intelligence on it!

  • mcsquire - 2013-01-07 07:50

    ayi, ayi, ayi, yes it is a problem, it will remain a problem, but on the flip side this once again boils down to education and skills development, this gap will never narrow as long as black communities have a sense of entitlement and no work ethic, we cannot get our kids through matric less university, we as a nation have the ammunition to lessen this gap but if the poorly trained souls do not want to engage and get qualified, i ask again mr zuma who's problem is this gap?

  • ricardo.sotomaior.7 - 2013-01-07 07:51

    For 18 years ANC has been in power of South Africa. What have they done to close the gap??? Spend R250m on presidents home where is the logic in that?

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-07 08:38

      That money could have been given as study grants for poor people who actually qualified to get into university.

  • mike.langdon2 - 2013-01-07 07:51

    Average income airhead. White household number 4 income R10000. Average income R2500. Black household number ??? (Mother father granny sister brother kids etc) income R10000. Average income ?????

      paddy.pereira - 2013-01-07 10:27

      precisely , when breeding at the price of a paw paw is the paradigm , the household per capita funds dwindle . If ya cant feed , clothe and educate 'em , don't breedem

  • emmerentia.fischer - 2013-01-07 07:52

    And I thought the sensus info is confidential!? None the less it's incredible that education makes the difference and when do we actual get people in SA to accept white South Africans and start looking past the colour boundaries and accept everyone on even grounds!? Get people educated on the same standards as others have in the past and that gapp will become something of the past, but Zuma doesn't get it and I wonder why!????

  • emilyjane.elson - 2013-01-07 07:52

    Give up some of your wealth then! Your over-earning, over spending cronies should do the same..

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2013-01-07 07:55

    It's all in the figures! You do need an understanding of maths though, it's in the ratio of black to white. Obviously because there are so many more poor black people, the average will be less. The average civil servant today is not white and have a look at their salary packages. Constables and beginner teachers all earn more than R6000 per month and the majority of them are not white.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-07 07:57

    LISTEN ZUMA: 1. Grouping people instead of addressing individuals is diversionary and cowardly. If you must go after the few really wealthy white families then do so as well as blacks in this category, but to create a division that puts (all) blacks against (all) whites is inflammatory racism. 2. Rather don't even bring the skin pigment issue into it. What on earth has that got to do with anything except moronic racist rhetoric. Talk about economic differences and ways of bridging the differences between economic groups by increasing the wealth of the poorest groups through education apportunities and work. 3. Stop pretending that wealth is limited to one group based on skin colour. You are a gross example that this is not true. 4. Continue putting the anc before the country, it will be good for a diminished anc majority in 2014.

  • stuart.bigmore - 2013-01-07 08:00

    I dont understand what reconciliation has to do with wealth, just because the ANC cant keep to its promises of wealth distribution has been due to the few very few rich individuals who are riding the gravy train of which our dear prime minister is also guilty of? In any country you have this wealth divide its yet it has no bearing on reconciliation. In short our dear prime minister is admitting after 18 years of change that we still havent reconciled the people of this country, then the Anc policies have failed to which its now being directed as failing because of a money issue? its failed because of the greed and corruption of a very few select individuals who dont have the country at heart.

  • ali.makhadzi - 2013-01-07 08:00

    Errrr, if only u can 1st bridge the gap btwn 1. yo standard of living

  • JohnDough - 2013-01-07 08:01

    So I suppose there is no inequality between your shack in Nkandla and Sipho's shack in Diepsloot? Become a MAN Zuma and resign.

  • Adolf - 2013-01-07 08:01

    Zuma's housefold remove any inequality between white and black household's. He must remeber however that to develop whealth is a "whiteman's" thing and not part of the African culture.Besides that he must also remember that this inequality shows clearly who the major tax-payers are.

      maria.roth.589 - 2013-01-07 17:08

      Adolf anybody who can talk such bilge as Zuma does cannot understand your argument nor is he interested in it. All he wants is money, money, money, money and this is not a recent thing, he has sold South Africa out for money. Racist fossil.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-07 08:04

    Perhaps the headline should read: Zuma dissappointed that all whites are not reconcilled to giving their wealth away to well connected blacks

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-01-07 08:04

    so, 2013 will be the year when the head man will be beating the the racial drum

      pieter.potgieter.7583 - 2013-01-07 14:05

      Yup, for lack of real messaging and results, Zuma & Co. will, in order to "drum" up support for the ANC election campaign, rally followers behind racist arguments focused on Die Wit Gevaar who continue to be the supposed bane of black existence in South Africa.

  • Earl O Tool - 2013-01-07 08:04

    i am sure of that mr Zuma. most of my house holds goods and my car is already in the hands of black people. all i got now is debit. but u r the president of black people, not the country hey!

  • lloyd.wyk - 2013-01-07 08:05

    The inequality between "you and your comrades" and the "rest of South Africa" and is disturbingly bad for reconciliation...

  • reine.marais - 2013-01-07 08:05

    It is exactly this kind of comment that causes racialiam. Does our esteemed president not understand that?

      maria.roth.589 - 2013-01-07 17:11

      Who esteems him?

  • odofad - 2013-01-07 08:05

    practice what you preach!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2013-01-07 08:06

    And this coming from the biggest void in the galaxy. I wonder if he himself has ever worked a honest day in his life. Its easy to sit on his throne and spew out garbage. Practice what you preach and lead by example. Does your identity book not look the same as everybody else is SA.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-07 09:06

      Adrian.k.andrews. You are starting to sound very juvenile, go read a book.