No double standards in ANC - Zuma

2012-07-23 13:08

Johannesburg - The ANC did not have double standards in disciplining its members, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday in an interview broadcast on Talk Radio 702 and its sister station 567 CapeTalk.

He had been asked why the African National Congress did not take action against its spokesperson Jackson Mthembu when he was arrested for drunken driving, but did act against former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema on a range of charges.

"If you take Jackson [Mthembu], he did not violate the ANC rules, he violated what you call public kind of rule, and the law enforcement dealt with that issue," said Zuma.

"Why should the ANC punish him again because that was dealt with in terms of the laws of the country?" he asked.

Mthembu was arrested on March 11, 2010, for driving drunk on the N2 in Cape Town. He was fined R12 000, of which R6 000 was suspended for five years. He was also fined R500 for driving in a bus lane.

Zuma said the ANC did not treat some issues differently from others.

"It looks at the gravity of the issue and whatever consideration put there are structures that deal with these matters... and it has been very fair."

Malema charges

Zuma denied that action was taken against Malema only after he insulted Zuma, and not after he insulted former president Thabo Mbeki before the Polokwane conference.

Malema was charged in August last year with sowing division and bringing the party into disrepute, partly relating to comments about effecting regime change in Botswana and for comparing Zuma unfavourably to former president Mbeki. Malema was expelled from the ANC.

Zuma said that when he was removed from his position as deputy president in June 2005, the ANCYL insulted Mbeki, and he called it to order.

"I stood up in many public meetings to say it is never done. That is not allowed. You cannot do it. You cannot deal with the president in the manner you did."

He also dismissed claims that he had compared Malema to former ANC president Oliver Tambo.

"On the issue of Julius, where I said there was a leader in this young man, I did not compare him to Tambo. I said there was a potential of a leader in him.... I still hold the view in him [Malema] there is a leader."

Zuma said he was not in a position to discuss Malema further.

"Whatever Malema says, I do not think it will be fair to engage him.... I have decided that Malema must do what he thinks is good for him.... I think the ANC, not me Jacob Zuma, has engaged him in a process..."

He said it was Malema's own choice to question why charges against Zuma had been dropped.

"That is his view.... I do not want to engage in that issue."

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-23 13:18

    Zuma is a joke. he must just do the honorable thing and resign. I know I am asking for too much.

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-23 13:35

      @Tuco, Why are you taking such an extremist view?

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-23 13:46

      @ jacob.siyanda what is so extremist about my opinion. Its obvious he is over whelmed by his lack of leadership. Even a blind man can see right through his inability to lead. SA has been a captain-less ship for long enough now.

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-23 13:55

      TUCO - Klap JACOP, maybe he will catch a wake-up -

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-23 13:18

    "I think the ANC, not me Jacob Zuma, has engaged him in a process..." - Zuma really has no balls at all... This is the worst president ever to be elected in the world!

      Stirrer - 2012-07-23 14:52

      No, I think George W Bush still holds that title.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 09:48

      He was NOT elected!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-23 13:23

    Class A chop.

  • Wouter - 2012-07-23 13:23

    As far as discipline is concerned the ANC has buggerall standards, let alone double standards.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 13:23

    Is JZ joking again?

  • ambauli - 2012-07-23 13:24

    Psychologists say the ability to lie this easily is the mark of a sociopath. I wonder. . .

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-23 13:40

      There's a thought.

  • marinus.bell.7 - 2012-07-23 13:25

    Double standards pertains to Shaik and Selebi, now THAT's another issue. It does not matter HOW you go about reasoning this, from Selebi's so called 'debt' he owes to the state (which he most probably will never pay back since he is without a job) till the fact that Shaik heartily plays around in his golf cart, I cannot get over any reason offered.

      Hermann - 2012-07-23 14:42

      Marinus are you a golfer? If so, then have you not heard of the competition called terminal survivor?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-23 13:33

    Every thing that comes from JZ's mouth is a lot of tripe. And every time he says something, he digs a bigger hole for himself. I say, let him blabber along. Its just a matter of time.

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-07-23 13:47

    Because he is an embarrassment the ANC. That's why! So a fraudster and a thief in the public light can remain a full-on member of the ANC if he does not violate ANC rules? Sounds like double standards to me.... sigh

      jwdupreez - 2012-07-23 17:23

      Why should he resign if Zuma remains in leader / like follower

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 09:53

      The ANC is an embarrasment to the ANC.

  • Matthew - 2012-07-23 14:03 no double standards my Ass. wheres the 3billion then? why were more than half let off the hook. buddies from poker night?

  • vuledzani.vule.5 - 2012-07-23 14:45

    I think our president should do an onourable thing and not stand for reelection in mangaung,surely he doesn't want to be recalled before his term lapses in 2019.

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-07-23 14:46

    THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT SOUTHERN AFRICA The “poor” anc: The truth from a black man: mugabe (South Africa’s future with Julius Malema??)

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-23 15:00

    Does Zuma even know what 'double standards' mean? How can there not be any in the ANC? I'm pretty sure if I commit fraud I would go to jail and not get a final written warning...With all the corruption in the ANC government and all the money that's 'lost'...nobody gets blamed or prosecuted.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 09:56

      You need to learn how to apply ANC reasoning. If you steal, and you get caught, just pay it back and try again without getting caught next time. I think it also is, if you murder, just have another child to replace the lost life, then you can have a pardon and go free.

  • shirley.friedman - 2012-07-23 15:10

    There are no greater hypocrites in the world than the ANC except perhaps the Commies!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 09:57

      There's a difference?

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-07-23 15:24

    Mr President, you may think we are mushrooms kept in the dark and fed on manure, we are here watching and becoming increasingly concerned about the ANC and this country. This is what worries me you are not in touch with your own party you can't see the divide and nor are you being honest with the people. What a shame!

  • omzinzi - 2012-07-23 15:39

    Double starndards.this guy is a hypocrite of the worst kind..

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-07-23 15:47

    Our President is absolutely right. There are no double standards in the ANC. To have double standards, would by default both imply and allow a 3rd party to deduce that there is a standard from which to base something on. Is there even a standard, does the ANC even know what it is?

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-23 15:55

    As long as you do as i say and not as i do.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-23 18:06

    prof jy is dof.....

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-23 18:58

    No double standards in ANC - Zuma That is because there are no standards. Just a double thick shaiks.

  • polelo.phokwane - 2012-07-23 20:17

    If my memory serves me well there was a time when one the anc alliance cricised zim and swazilnd govmnts and they even wished to cross borders in protest,but the anc didn't utter a word as they did with ancyl when talked about it no double stds?

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-23 20:19

    I dont understand... if you break the law, that is drunk driving, fraud, corruption and so many more, the ANC will not disipline you as a member... but if you insult the President, then you get the full might of the ANC against and apon you. This is not only double standards... it shows what you feel about, and think of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-23 21:08

    "For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members." JFK [}

  • markpnaidoo - 2012-07-24 06:23

    This man must surely rate as one of the most stupidest persons in the world

      mteshie - 2012-09-06 12:13

      come Decenber, JZ is elected as the ANC President......surely you will be sticking your finger deep in your ass Moron!!!!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-24 07:35

    Hmmm what? Oh we don't have any standards so how can there be double size fits all!

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-07-24 14:48

    Ja, this is what one uneducated fool will say of another uneducated fool.. this poor multi-wife, few brain cells man still feels "there is a potential leader in this young man Malema but he needs to be guided properly". What a joke.

  • scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-26 09:45

    I am sorry, but you are all wrong. JZ is quite correct, there are no double standards in the ANC. In fact there are no standards at all.

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