Mbeki a committed cadre, says Zuma

2012-11-09 19:03

Johannesburg - Former president Thabo Mbeki distinguished himself in the ANC as a cadre and as a leader, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"Today we reflect on the legacy of our 11th ANC president. A committed cadre, comrade, leader and son of the ANC," Zuma said at the party's centenary lecture honouring Mbeki.

"For me personally he was a friend and a brother for many years."

Mbeki did not attend the lecture; his spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga said he was busy with the Sudans issue.

Zuma said Mbeki had played a critical role in the life of the African National Congress, and contributed immensely from the period of 1990 during negotiations for transformation.

"President Mbeki became one of the leading cadres of the movement that epitomised the ANC's beliefs."

Zuma was addressing a large crowd at the Sauer Park Stadium in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape.

This was part of the ANC's centenary celebrations. Each month was dedicated to a former president of the party.

While delivering his speech Zuma had a slip of the tongue when he said Mbeki was born in 1994.

He realised his mistake, chuckled and said: "He's not a 'born-free'."

Mbeki succeeded former president Nelson Mandela as president of the country in June 1999.

After almost two terms in office Mbeki tendered his resignation in 2008, following the ANC's decision to recall him.

This was after he was defeated by Zuma at the party's elective conference in Polokwane.

Before he started his address Zuma led the crowd in singing "somlandela uMbeki yonke indawo" [we shall follow Mbeki everywhere].

Many in the marquee at the stadium danced and showed two fingers, signifying a second term for Zuma.

The ANC holds its elective conference in Mangaung next month.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-09 19:09

    Zuma you idiot you back stabbed a former president with proper education, integrity, knowledge. Now it is time to kiss and make up to save your useless political future ?? Spineless thing !!!

  • lmphelasr.1 - 2012-11-09 19:15

    Truth be told JZ. I wonder what is going to be said about the 12th ANC president - JZ.

      alf.pop - 2012-11-10 20:05

      He is an opportunistic, self - centred, semi-literate, philandering individual, devoid of all moral worth, integrity or honesty! He may suffer from schizophrenic tendencies. How else does one explain that the man who was the driving force behind getting rid of Thabo Mbeki, now delivers a LECTURE!!!-(why do semi-literate morons deliver lectures?)- in his honour!

  • abraham.karelse - 2012-11-09 19:21

    Now I really believe in the saying\Fools rush in where angels fear to tread\.How dare you pulled a stunt like this Mr President after you humiliated him like you did,shameless,untactful,ill-avised of you.

      Kwajo.m - 2012-11-09 20:25

      Agreed. A bear in a sheep skin.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-09 19:23

    And you seem to forget that you Zuma and your then Mini Me Malema back stabbed your \committed cadre\ by pushing him out of the presidency so that you can rule this land what you think is a kingdom. You've learnt absolutely nothing from former leaders, you are an uneducated moronic dictator and thanks to you, I won't vote ANC in 2014. You are the ANC's downfall, I supported you then, but today, I regret voting for you. You make us all look like fools in the eyes of the world with your ancient believes and wicket ways. You are not my president!

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-11-09 19:24

    A brother for many years..... Et tu Zuma....

  • fnxusani - 2012-11-09 19:25

    Good speech indeed!!! But I wonder if kgalema will agree to deliver the lecture about the 12th president of the party!on december.

  • Anthony C. Onwudiegwu - 2012-11-09 19:26

    Vindicatuion time.\r\nWhere is Juliopus Malema?\r\n\r\nThere are those live to smile and those who will live miserably inspite of their wealth.\r\nRegrets dont come with age or time

  • casskot - 2012-11-09 19:28

    These people have no scruples or values left in them. Look at the irony and Deception involved. To think that we can Trust Them to Lead us ???

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  • Iprop Propagent - 2012-11-09 19:29

    all u short sighted ,u have a lesson or 2 to learn from zuma.stop being negative.what r u doing to add value in this country?all u do is attack while u offering nothing as alternative...

      Kwajo.m - 2012-11-09 20:30

      You blind fool. You are clouded by your fool leader.

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-09 20:42

      @kwajo,truth be told,you are the kind of incompetency that clouds our beloved land,instead of being Mr know it all,why dont you put in something for you it nad stop being a loud-mouth

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-09 23:09

      @Iprop...lets stop telling these people the truth,they would love to see this nation go down,imagine the hypocracy of that...

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-09 19:31

    ZUMA musn't lie i can recall many interviews he had while thabo mbeki was still a pres nd he used to say a lot of bad things about mbeki.

      mlungisi.mwelase.9 - 2012-11-09 20:23

      Just say one not two!

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-09 20:44

      come on now...dont watch politics on TV politics...inform yourself...N24 is not politics

      lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-09 20:50

      he once said dat mbeki is a dead snake.

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-09 23:12

      @IVH...dont lie here,u r talking to me,not the people you drink with,i know this thing,whateva you deduced was wrong...they are cadre's.

  • Iprop Propagent - 2012-11-09 19:31

    TM accepted defeat.why cant u?r u gona spend the rest of yo life crying for TM?by the way,he was outclassed by zuma democratically.cant u accept democracy?

  • roiyen - 2012-11-09 19:31

    Stop yada yada-ing and go and kiss Mbeki's smart ass you fool. I cannot wait for the lecture on the 12th president next month. You can go to kiss the presidency goodbye you fool.

      michael.jackwood - 2012-11-09 19:57

      Roiyen, ey you are empty my brother, your comment lacks substance! Have you been drinking? Please tell us something good to read. Criticise Zuma, but remember to do it in a decent manner, repect readers of comments here at news24; I dont want to call you an idiot, but today you left me with no choice!

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-09 20:15

      @ michael.jackwood? you call him empty? Do you know what we call Zuma supporters like you? Moronic stupid fools. How dare you mention Zuma's name and the words \decent\ and \respect\ in the same post? Maybe you should learn to respect others views brother.

  • Iprop Propagent - 2012-11-09 19:35

    roiyen,u being so childish.cant u use yo brain to engage & persuade?y do u use such a bad language?do u eat with that dirty mouth?

  • nick.holmes.184881 - 2012-11-09 19:43

    Zuma: A committed thief. The end.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-09 19:47

    You plotted him out and continued with your plotting after being elected. Mbeki knows you are a snake!!!!

  • THABOM85 - 2012-11-09 19:49

    Dear News24 Editor, i think it's about time u add (News24 KIDS) for matters involving the anc. This party is becoming a pandemic.

  • abdulbaith.sayegh - 2012-11-09 19:50

    Perhaps you Iprop Propagent? needs to use your brain and grow up. Do u know that a donkey is actualy an ass? Don't come on sites like this and insult others who speaks out against your ass of a president you stupid ass!

  • Rhulani - 2012-11-09 19:51

    Why praise mbeki now? Big head thinks we are easily fooled, but this is just a plan to win mbeki supporters ahead of mangaung. We know mbeki is a good leader and we don't need someone like shower man to remind us...

  • everlas - 2012-11-09 19:53

    President Mbheki did not attend the lecture because of knowing that Mchini-Wami will lie in front him and even acting as it if the is nathing between them. If I was Mbheki I would also do the same thing.

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-11-09 19:55

    'For me personally he was a friend and a brother' Zuma( a useles fake) make stupid lies and fake applause of T Bose the Great(Thabo Mbeki)to score cheap political points here.What a poor lecture of an intellectual leader by an IDIOT!!

  • david.diale.75 - 2012-11-09 19:57

    bla bla bla yada yada yada rotten eggs.

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-11-09 20:00

    Nice said about TM, what do you think will be about you Mr President? Rapist, Thieve, Corrupt, Uneducated, justice system polluted, Education a crises, Health a crises, Failure to deliver your promises on job creation, Hundred wives with no dignity and thousand children to feed lastly Nkandla. Hmm. It shows you didn't think before you act.

  • mbulelo.somzana - 2012-11-09 20:01

    What a great leader we have in Mbeki,my congratulations go to him for being selected ''2012 AFRICAN OF THE YEAR'' i.e for the significant role he has played in bringing peace and stability in Sudan.

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-11-09 20:02

    Why did you recall him then. U just need sympathy to b re_elected. I don't no wht thy will say in you lecture.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-09 20:04

    Careful david.diale.75, the Zuma supporters might start calling you \childish\, \empty\ and \idiotic\.

  • phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-09 20:16

    I wonder how he felt when his malema insulted and booted Mbeki, and only now that tables are about to turn now he sweet toks him. sickening let him vamus

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-11-09 20:21

    If I had 2 predict this 1,its obvious now that the anc its falling apart is no longer ppls party so the plan was to use mbeki to lure back supporter.they also our money with monopoly moneys.anc is not getting back on its feet not now not ever.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-11-09 20:25

    if he wins a second term he might buy durban

      Kwajo.m - 2012-11-09 20:33

      You killed me. Durban.

  • richard.laros.77 - 2012-11-09 20:30

    Is that right President Ninja-Turtle. So how come you had no problem in the world colluding with the rest of your rabble to oust him? He made the single best call when he fired your ass. So what now, are you hoping above all hope that he will back you at Mangaung? Me thinks NOT.

      Kwajo.m - 2012-11-09 20:35

      This party is blindly lead fool of fools who do not dream of the future.

  • Spha - 2012-11-09 20:31

    interesting enuf: Mbeki "was" a friend and a brother,what happened to "is"

  • salthiel.khalushi - 2012-11-09 20:35

    their are people who hate the president with their hole heart. personal I think it's known becoming a sick.

      lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-09 20:42

      i admit da i do together with my family my friends nd coleques.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-09 20:55

      Everytime I see him on my television screen I change channels. He makes me sick

  • John.Yossarian22 - 2012-11-09 20:38

    Does anybody actually care what he reads, I mean says anymore?

  • duduzile.nkosi - 2012-11-09 20:41

    If charm and and charisma were the only qualities needed to be a great president Zuma would get even a 5th term

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-09 22:03

      Are you hoping to becomes his 13th wife?

      duduzile.nkosi - 2012-11-09 22:17

      I prefer them young and single nt 70 and taken

  • mbulelo.monone - 2012-11-09 20:42

    Our country would've been defferent if he waz stl the president.

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-11-09 20:43

    T Mbeki will.never be like u that's why he did nt bother to attend dat lecturer cause he doesn't wanna meet u!

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-09 22:05

      True that Trevor. You are know with who you hang out, and obviously Thabo knows better.

  • maverick.generators - 2012-11-09 20:52

    Like a chameleon, change colour according to the background. Only in Africa.....

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-11-09 20:55

    And was not corrupt

  • Ntshobs - 2012-11-09 21:04

    True son of African soil

  • bulelani.sodia - 2012-11-09 21:10

    ZOOMER your moerr where are these million jobs you promised us, dont make ppl stupids da whole world knows you have backstabbed TM the tru LEADER an AFRIKAN indeed unlike u with faulty leadership skills. Go to hell ZOOOOOOMMMMMaaaaa

  • lesetlam - 2012-11-09 21:14

    Zuma is actually making hiself a laughing stock. Did he not call Mbeki a snake when things were still going grate between him (zuma) and Juju. Today he is calling Mbeki his "friend". Cummon Zuma, don't be knife with two cutting edges man, grow up!

      philas.ntuli - 2012-11-09 21:35

      He never said that!! Where did u gt tht anyway? Nx sies

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-11-09 21:16

    The african national congress there is no leader. Mbeki there is nothing better he has done the better he has done is just the people VOTE him to be the President. DOWN WITH CORRUPT LEADERS.

  • maxrainer - 2012-11-09 21:39

    That's politics for you...the art of treachery

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-11-09 21:44

    Steven Lol!! you either drunk or very stupid what are you saying??

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-09 21:52

    MBEKI iwill remember you when u said i have seen corruption of minds and soul in the pursuit of an ignoble effort to perpetrate a veritable crime against humanity

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-11-10 08:26

    Mxxxm,moron president.

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