Motlanthe bothered by govt criticism

2012-08-30 08:07

Cape Town - SA Council of the Church's (SACC) criticism of the government's credibility bothers Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe a great deal, he said on Wednesday.

The fact that the SACC thought there was a credibility deficit in government set off alarm bells for him, he told reporters in Cape Town.

"Once government has a credibility deficit, it just creates a ripe situation for all manner of machinations to flourish.

"It's always helpful if government is credible, so everybody knows it’s a government of the people, by the people and for the people," he said.

Motlanthe said he had taken the church leaders' views back to Cabinet, which was focused on the matter.

"We are trying to correct that perception," he said.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-30 08:19

    Well, Motlanthe should be bothered. The ANC government is screwing up big time.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-30 08:25

      It's not just the SACC that think like that... It's the whole damn SA!!!!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-30 08:34

      Exactly Michael. When the citizens of the country say the government has no credibility the anc doesn't pay any mind to it. But when the SACC says something then they pay attention. And where have the SACC been for the last decade or so that they have only now woken up the the fact?

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-08-30 08:42

      Not only is it the whole of South Africa that thinks so, it is the whole of Africa and the rest of the World that feel the same way. Obama is paling up to Nigeria as they will soon be the super power of Africa. South Africa HAS all ready become the basket case under Zuma that Zim has under tyrant Mugabe.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-08-30 08:50

      Yes, Motlanthe, it's not only the SACC, it's Thuli Madonsela, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Reuel Khoza, Moeletsi Mbeki and - oh yes! - every other intelligent person in South Africa as well. The ANC is a right mess, and plainly not fit to govern this country.

      SharonE - 2012-08-30 08:51

      Is he bothered by the criticism, or the fact that there are valid grounds for it?

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-30 09:15

      No Michael,exclude The majority of south Africansin that maybe white south africans who always cries even if things gets better.They are crying for apoartheid to come and benefit them as it used to.they must ust forget about it and if are unable to cope with the fact that ANC is ruling they must then excuse themselves.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-30 09:26

      @ morama.sebata - Why on earth would I want apartheid back??? All I want is economic security, safety and good all round government managed services to be adequate! EG Hospitals, Police, Schools etc. It's ignorant black people like you who keep this country on it's knees cause you still live in the old apartheid days!

      abram.spamers - 2012-08-30 10:24

      @Morama - The ANC may be a sort of liberator for you but that does not mean you owe them blind loyalty. They have done their part for South Africa but that does not mean that they must rule forever. Yes things are getting better (depending on your point of view), but they could be MUCH better than they are now if some of the obvious mistakes that were made were just avoided.

      grant.hide - 2012-08-30 10:41

      Reverse apartheid making the rounds, wait till ther is no taxes to full the coffers. Very silly times ahead.

  • dawid.vandervyver1 - 2012-08-30 08:22

    "... correct that perception" It will take some doing.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-08-30 08:23

    Unfortunately as long as the ANC is at the helm you will never correct that perception.

      ingi.raikes - 2012-08-30 08:29


      morama.sebata - 2012-08-30 09:17

      QI,forget it....DA would never rule this counrty in our life time.VOTE AZAPO OR PAC.

      Sandy - 2012-08-30 09:27

      morama.sebata - YOU are a RACIST! You show pictures of weapons and live in Peru - hypocrite!

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-30 09:41

      Why are we talking about RULING?? Are we a kingdom? We are not supposed to be ruled by anyone. We are supposed to be a democracy, which means that the people should "rule". But Africans have all through the ages chosen to be ruled over by kings, I suppose...

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-08-30 08:27

    After all the years of warning the alarm bells only goes off now? At least Rip van Winkle only slept for 20 years.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-30 08:36

      whaaaa - and to the ANC - also R.I.P.

  • louise.cook.127 - 2012-08-30 08:33

    Motlanthe, are you trying t correct the "perception" or the FACT? Because it's more than just a "perception" - it's a FACT! And it's a disgrace that you're only starting to get bothered NOW!

      lsfreak - 2012-08-30 08:39

      Hmmm....Wonder if there is some sort of election coming soon :/ Wonder if the "Spear" has seen the light aswell or is he still living in the dark like most poorer South African's...

  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-30 08:34

    Are you for real? I thought you were one of the few sensible people in government. Clearly not if it took you this long to realise that. And it's no perception, it's a fact.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-30 09:35

      It just proves how far out of touch the government is.

  • indianajohn - 2012-08-30 08:35

    "The fact that the SACC thought there was a credibility deficit in government set off alarm bells for him" Only NOW?????? Honestly, it's just amazing.

  • justin.massyn - 2012-08-30 08:39

    Sheez, the government aint to sharp are they. Many other groups including your voters have been saying this for ages. But just let the churches say something, "eish we got a problem". Nice one chaps.

  • janet.pretorius1 - 2012-08-30 08:40

    The only way to change this perception is through right action i.e. when the comrades and cadres are found guilty of fraud, mismanagement of funds, outright theft, blue light abuses and ACTUALLY punished for it by standing trial and being sentenced and ACTUALLY paying their debt to society by staying in jail full term - rather than what is currently the case - and that is being rewarded and promoted for raping the people of SA financially and by lack of service delivery. ONLY THEN will credibility return. Until then the current government is a global embarrassment.

      butch.poulter - 2012-08-30 09:31

      Not gonna happen.

  • ingi.raikes - 2012-08-30 08:41

    Ag shame! Wake up my China's, it's already tooooooooooooo late! Foreign Investors, white S.A. Citizens, Tourists.............your MOST important supporters! But don't worry about them, go on letting in all your comrades from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland etc into S.A. who have brought in crime, corruption, drugs, disease, unemployment............! VOTE FOR CHANGE, VOTE D.A.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-30 08:49

    Only now is he "Bothered"? The place is falling apart, in every section of civil society, because of ANC Government incompetence and Corruption. Now he is bothered?

  • herman.heil - 2012-08-30 08:50

    Sounds like he is turning his back on zuma.....

  • jacob.mphatswe - 2012-08-30 08:53

    Thank you Mr President you are an honourable man

      indianajohn - 2012-08-30 10:45


  • kgolane.thulare - 2012-08-30 08:54

    ...Motlanthe ,reversing 300 hundred years of oppression wont be easy. We as Africans will always keep in mind that a lot of the problems SA faces are partly the result of the 'evil' regime that raped this country for centuries...looking forward we are ready to embrace the challenge.

      herman.heil - 2012-08-30 09:01

      hahahahaha, you raped yourself when you moved south to SA to see what the white man was building up down here, should have stayed in the barren land your ancestors came from

      Keith - 2012-08-30 09:11

      Sad- so very sad, that even with all the facts on the table, the fall apart of a wonderful country, and you still defend the cANCer. We as Africans did not rape this country, we built it....

  • jocelia.petrick - 2012-08-30 09:00

    O my goodness! What was he thinking? That we are all happy with how the ANC runs this country to the ground! Stupid!!

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-30 09:00

    Motlanthe you fail!!! Do you really think the country is so stupid?? You have known for years now that the ANC is corrupt and only interested in its own gain and not the country! The whole country has been saying this for years and only now because the Church says so you are scared because you know so many people follow the church more then they follow you.

  • helmut.smrz - 2012-08-30 09:01

    Oh it had to be pointet out to him

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-30 09:04

    It took criticism from the SACC for him to notice that they are screwing up!! Sorry brother, if you were not aware that you were screwing up, then you are not fit to be deputy president! Or do you sit at your big desk every day with false visions of grandeur!

      allan.keyzer - 2012-08-30 09:46

      Could not have said it better. Shows how far removed he is from reality and he is one of the options we have for President?

  • Phelamanga - 2012-08-30 09:04

    The only way that the cabinet can correct this perception will be by enforcing control over the media and the erosion of our freedoms. They will do what the Soviets did - write their Truth, their perception and anyone who disagrees with this will suddenly disappear. The cabinet will not be able to see beyond their flashy cars, houses and very high salaries. It's time the churches said something as they are the ones who have tacitly agreed with everything up till now. They should start to demand a morally acceptable president who can be a unifying force for the whole nation. In fact, they should distance themselves from the atheistic tendencies of this government and insist on supporting one which promotes the values, principles and morals of all religious persuasions in our country's leadership.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-08-30 09:08

    Motlanthe is possibly the only ANC cadre who 'appears' to have just a little common dog f%$#. The question is, just what are the ANC doing to change this perception? To people who have their eyes open, it's just mor of the same BS, every day. It is not enough to correct perceptions with smoke and mirrors - some hard core action would be most welcome by the thinking contingent of the SA public, Mr Deputy President.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-30 09:09

    Next headline to read...Montlanthe finally realises there are so few real Government jokes because most of them are true stories!

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-08-30 09:15

    But he's obviously not too bothered by the criticism from the general public.

  • nathi.ntshobodwana - 2012-08-30 09:28

    Can the Deputy President please stand up and be our President.

  • linda.l.mndayi - 2012-08-30 10:05

    Okay, now I believe he will contest Zuma for President

  • Riffak Traws - 2012-08-30 11:35

    Bothered? Tlhante should be depressed.

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-08-30 13:43

    KM its not a perception Mr. VP its reality, keep that in mind towards December.

  • Anton Van Schalkwyk - 2012-08-30 14:53

    ya, good luck with that, you idiots should have fixed all this rubbish by now instead of making stupid excuses and allowing rampant corruption to cripple us!

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