No instability in SA, Zuma maintains

2012-11-15 20:41

Cape Town - The country is not facing instability as a result of violent wildcat strikes over the past few months, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

Opposition MPs took aim at Zuma as he responded to questions on the country's economic future in the National Assembly.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko went as far as accusing the president of not being capable of running the country adequately.

"Will he explain to the house, this house that elected him... that in the face of increasing economic instability under his leadership, why he deserves to continue his term of office as president of the Republic of South Africa?" she asked.

Zuma brushed aside her criticism, repeating the words "the country is stable" four times in his response.

"You go to old democracies in the world, there are strikes continuously... they [strikes] are a feature of democracy, they are not instability," said Zuma.

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini wanted Zuma to explain why the ANC wanted to put the brakes on the tabling of a vote of no confidence in the president in the National Assembly.

"How can you authorise your party, your caucus, to prevent this side of the house to hold a vote of no confidence, which will have an enormous impact on the credit grading of the country," said Oriani-Ambrosini.

The IFP MP charged that is was the same as not holding an election, which was vital to democracy.

Zuma denied being behind a move to block the vote, and said he was not an MP and did not participate in parliamentary processes.

"I do not want to enter into the details of the matter, which I'm not involved in," he said.

The president also defended his Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who was accused of making "destructive utterances" during her visit to the De Doorns area, one of several affected by violent strike action by farmworkers in the Western Cape.

Independent Democrats MP Lance Greyling accused Joemat-Pettersson of assuring protesting farmworkers she would speak to the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure all cases of public violence and intimidation were withdrawn.

"This is arguing directly against the rule of law in South African, and surely it cannot be the policy of this government, and if it isn't, will you then be taking harsh action against this, minister?" he asked.

Zuma said reports submitted to him indicated that the minister had intervened merely to mediate and try to calm tensions in the area.

"Perhaps I must have missed the news... I didn't hear the minister saying anything that you are quoting," Zuma said.

He was also asked how the contest for leadership positions in the ANC ahead of the Mangaung elective conference, coupled with Marikana strike and the farmworkers' protest actions, was affecting South Africa's image globally.

The president said none of these matters could be equated with political or economic instability.

"It's not a political issue caused by a political condition, it's caused by the conditions of farmworkers," he said as he responded to a grilling on the impact of the Western Cape farmworkers' strike.

Zuma said the contesting within the ruling party's ranks was a result of democracy and should be seen as a "plus" and not "minus" for the country.

"You cannot count that as a factor that influences the grading or degrading in this country," said Zuma.

  • henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-11-15 20:49

    Denial ain't just a river in Egypt buddy...

      Michael - 2012-11-15 23:31

      It definitely looks like the country is in a crises from other countries! Exactly when would Zuma rate a crises as a crises? He is living in a cacoon!

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-15 23:33

      Don't know what happened to all the original comments on this article. They seem to have disappeared, along with the truth. *serenades The Prez... How the hell can we believe you? You lie you bugger, you lie.*

      fedupandsad - 2012-11-16 05:32

      If what we are experiencing isn’t a crisis, then what the heck is this according the exalted brainy one??? Twat.

      art5SA - 2012-11-16 05:35

      Even the MURDERING OF the RHINO population went up since Zuma was placed in office! Wonder what else this idiot is going to screw up.... Roll on Mangaung.... give this idiot his "farewell party" and get over it!

      bafana.ndlwana - 2012-11-16 06:49

      thats what happens when you put an uneducated person on a driving seat- can even see the bumby roads his drove his country too... nxe this thing insults the african intelligence

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-11-16 07:47

      Really Mr president? When a gold miner is downgraded to JUNK status because of exposure to this country - then something is very wrong!

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-11-16 07:59 Zuma, you're so worried about you compound, ooops, your homestead, ooops, your extravagant wasteful expenditure of a home that you don't even realise what's happening!! And do you even understand the factors, the influences, how things like strikes affect the country, the Rand and the economy? I doubt it. And why take my post off news 24? I was posting a link to your website before!

      andrew.arde - 2012-11-16 09:22

      The word delusional springs to mind......

      gideon.walt - 2012-11-16 09:45

      Saying something doesn't make it true. ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      craig.thom.376 - 2012-11-16 13:41

      It's as stable as his grey matter..not sure if there is much

  • kim.buren - 2012-11-15 20:50

    OMG he woke up to say a few more stupid words. Go back to sleep. You a disgrace to this nation

      bergie.sean - 2012-11-15 21:08


      art5SA - 2012-11-16 05:38

      Sounds like someone else... JSUT BEFORE HE GOT RECALLED!!! "CRISES??? "There is NO CRISES in South Africa"!!!!! And wehen he woke up, he did not live in "TUINHUIS" ANYMORE.....

      erich.goosen - 2012-11-16 10:45

      You are right, mr Prez. SA is as stable as the St Andreas Fault in California.

  • chirnsidep - 2012-11-15 20:50


  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-15 20:52

    Eish, look, Zuma pigs and THEY FLY!

  • Jack - 2012-11-15 20:52

    The emperor has no clothes..Who is brave enough to tell him. Clearly not the cANCer society feeding at the trough of public money. Like all addicts the fix has to get bigger and bigger...

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-15 20:52

    they [strikes] are a feature of democracy, they are not instability," Yeah, but they [overseas strikers], are killed 34 each time? Or kill policemen? And attack old people 81 years old? Or the police shoot and kill farm workers?..... Duh......

  • ndzalamah - 2012-11-15 20:53

    yes, maybe in nkandla but thr is a crisis in s.a.

  • teresa.naicker - 2012-11-15 20:57

    Oh Zuma, Please f****&* grow up, This country is like the epidemic you supposedly showered off yourself!!! Your corruption is everywhere, what do you care, its not like you battle to pay your bills and put food on the table for your kids, we do it for you!!

  • manie.vanwyk.12 - 2012-11-15 20:57

    F x F x F x F x F= = = = = SOUTH AFRICA,,,,

  • pdvermaak - 2012-11-15 21:02

    Hear no evil, see no evil..............flippen idiot....

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-15 22:00

      You all bear symptoms of sever Zumonia.

      flyswat - 2012-11-15 22:02

      Oi! Don't be insulting idiots! They're waaaay above that league.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-15 21:03

    I think he is Bipolar!!! .... no concept of reality!

  • lbrandcarstens - 2012-11-15 21:03

    I wonder what country Zuma is president of?

      SharonE - 2012-11-15 23:36

      Cloud-cuckoo-land, renamed Zumatopia

      wendy.burrows.71 - 2012-11-16 13:52

      I am sure if you asked him, he would deny that too

  • ntsiki.mdeni - 2012-11-15 21:08

    This guy just admitted that he is not aware of what's happening in RSA..

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-16 06:58

      No , I think he drinks,he's probably drunk most of the time that's why he's oblivoius to what is happening.

      Elisha - 2012-11-16 09:32

      Yes he did. By saying that SA is in a stable condition, that is admission that he has no clue what is going on!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-15 21:10

    Your lame replies to simple questions says a lot. Please do not fool yourself.As a matter of interest, what is being done to groom future leaders of the anc? I can only see one suitable canditate,unfortunately because of her stance, the anc will soon get rid of her.spearman,we are on a downslide, ADMIT and rectify. For starters,fire your sidekick mac.

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-11-15 21:10

    ANC do yourselves a favor at least acknowledge when crap is hitting the fan, please realize that the uneducated masses might fall for this crap but every time you spew crap like this JZ foreign investors pull out and the rand shoots up another 30c. The rest of the world is not uneducated, and there will be no point trying to remain in power in a country that has gone down the toilet.

  • Erna - 2012-11-15 21:12

    So VIOLENT strikes are a sign of democracy - wow! And just because zuma didn't hear tina say those things doesn't mean she didn't say them because she definitely did - I heard it.

  • rob.munro - 2012-11-15 21:12

    Whilst this man is not protected by a law restricting insults.... he's a retard (to use Coulter's term appropriately!)

  • catherineangelique.swarts - 2012-11-15 21:16

    Zuma is smoking chilli pips. our country is in anarchy. not once since the Anc's centenary bash have I heard zuma calling for peace. he just chants \kill the boer\ . your time will come you utter idiot!

      chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-11-16 06:22

      Judging by the photo of ontlhabetsesteve.baepile the comments made is that of a child listening to dyed in the wool Luthuli House deployed trolls and knows that he can get a job at LH if he just keeps of writing drivel that is supposed to distract thinking South Africans.

      suash - 2012-11-16 10:25

      ontlhabanetsesteve.baepile - So were you never civilised before? Still don't think you civilised cos you can't spell. Retard

  • Zahir - 2012-11-15 21:20

    Zuma is like the captain of the ship that sunk in italy he was having a jol while the ship was sinking and he knew no wrong

  • Gert van Coller - 2012-11-15 21:42

    Is he even speaking of SA??

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-15 21:43

    Bongani pls go on twitter ,your president is trending ,#zuma. i think SA Citizens are not happy,Zuma is quickly becoming the most hated man in SA

      lientjiew - 2012-11-15 23:38

      I totally agree with u.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-15 21:44

    yes there is Mr Zuma and you will see the affects over the next year or two where retrenchments will take place within the mining sector and most likely in the farming industry too!!!! I also would like to add that although we may live in a democratic country the ANC do not practice democracy we see this with intimidation, in-fighting and wanting to change laws to suit only the ANC!!! I could go on but then I would be writing a book!!!

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-11-15 21:45

    If there is instability in SA, all whites would have left, or maybe they dont know what instability refer to, people dont know what Zuma did in dealing with Malema, that boy was going to show them what instabilty means! Ask that British journalist from BBC!

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-11-15 21:45

    Please give our most enlightened president a tv and some news to watch for the last 3 months. he should also get out a bit a nice stroll in the vineyards. Or a picnic on the koppie at Marikana. Or even a tour through jhb...on the roads with no lines. But they have the damn cheek to charge us for roads we already paid for. It all about the backhands and dealings. The coverups...bad ones as well. Real clever for some but very obviously not well thought of by for others *facepalm*

  • Danie Gerber - 2012-11-15 22:01

    I think and even the whole world knows that we have got the dumbest president on this planet and even in the whole universe.

  • lincoln.nkosi - 2012-11-15 22:03

    Mr President if you are admitting this then why are you building bunkers?? We are very suspicious that you are building bunkers with our tax payers money. Mr President R248million is being spend in your home how you do not know this really shows how irresponsible you are at managing our country and taxpayers money. You are leading the cabinet and have at the forefront of expelling those found to be misusing funds. Did you not fire Bheki Cele Sir. So please fire yourself!!!

  • philip.mostert.14 - 2012-11-15 22:19

    I heard Zuma has no education? Hes highest achievement is apparently grade 6. Is this true?

      jackbongani.phala - 2012-11-15 23:21


      gesigboekie - 2012-11-16 00:04

      If this is true, then why should applicants for jobs have matric to qualify?, hell if you can run a country with std 6, surely you can be a freakin' admin clerk with std 4! well, no, off course I don't really believe that, it's just an example of the double standards this country has.

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-15 22:23

    He lies again.This country is in a terrible state because Zuma or the anc cannot and will never be able to run a country.Bunkers cannot help you.There is somebody that is going to get you It will be one of your own people.Enjoy your bunker the taxpayers paid for.You are a shameless turtle head.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 22:29

    I personally blame our good heart for the instability because foreigners rule and the local guys and dolls suffer.

  • felican - 2012-11-15 22:31

    WHICH PLANET HAS 'OUR PRESIDENT' EVOLVED FROM PLEASE??? I am seriously starting to believe his head is stuck up his backside.... There is an old saying that you cannot buy respect as respect is earned. Well yes there is a load of buying going on and boy oh boy it is no way respect that is being bought..

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-15 22:54

    Zuma you live in cuckoo land if you had brains you could be dangerous!!!!nanother imbasile performance what. Moron

  • rudie.marais - 2012-11-15 23:13

    This man i NOT a leader. A leader is a person with an open mind-that can put a stop to an issue like the farm strikes and disruption. This man lives in denial. He is either blind or cannot see the reality of SA going down the plughole. If the violence and corruption will continue in SA there will be NO infrastructure left in 2 years. Look at healthcare-conditions of hospitals-education-come on man. Yu MUST be blind not se see this. And you wont believe what is the western worlds opinion about SA_shocking. I am South African-and believe me if i say i have NO urge to come back there. Every country have his issues-SA ids just on e BIG issue. Leadership is where the biggest problem is!!!

  • gesigboekie - 2012-11-15 23:18

    and all this time I refused to believe Aliens's clear now, they do..Zoom zooom is definitely from another planet and is clearly confusing the two.

      deepak.bhana.75 - 2012-11-16 18:11

      your the one who is confused. you don't like your circumstances that surround you, yet you do nothing about it.

  • Odwa DjSbu Mdzeke - 2012-11-16 02:22

    denial denial denial .....need to move to another country, this one slowly deteriorates and one doesnt acknowledge that there are great challenges......thinking of australia

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-16 05:36

    Wake up and smell the coffee! If you call this democracy, then it confirms your IQ as a single digit!

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-11-16 05:38

    Is he just plain stupid?

  • braamc - 2012-11-16 06:19

    Dude are you for real, either, that we know stupid, spineless and a thieve on top of it. Go already!

  • spyaffe - 2012-11-16 06:20

    Zuma does not see the instability as he lives behind his secure home. He does not realize the impact the strikes are having on the every day South African. We are all struggling mr president and if you do not address this important issues now an learn to face the truth. South Africa will be worse of than zim.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-16 06:24

    Democracy Libya, Syria, Isreal and Zimbabwe style! Be careful what you wish for.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-16 06:59


  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-11-16 08:21

    "You go to old democracies in the world, there are strikes continuously... they [strikes] are a feature of democracy, they are not instability," said Zuma. lets look at one of the oldest democracies and see what happens there... Switzerland has for many decades enjoyed relative stability in labour relations, with most conflicts being resolved amicably. The basis of the "labour accord" goes back to 1937, when the trade unions and employers in the metalworking industry signed an agreement to regulate the conduct of disputes. On the one hand, the unions undertook not to use strikes as a weapon to settle grievances, while on the other, the employers agreed to accept arbitration to resolve wage claims. As a result, strikes are rare, although occasionally workers may stop work for a few hours as part of a campaign. Lengthy strikes are even more unusual, although not entirely unknown. and if they have strikes then they don't damage other peoples property, burn tires, stone cars and kill people... JZ you just didn't get it up to now... but there is instability in this country because of you and your thieving cronies.

  • christoffvstaden - 2012-11-16 08:36

    On which planet does this dickhead live... Weak currency, importing of basic foods, etc, etc... OH, wait, only until all the wheels have come off will he admit this mess and blame it on apartheid and accuse the media for misquoting him... I don't get this guy at all!

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-11-16 08:42

    No zuma, there is no instability, the country is burning you idiot.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-16 08:47

    For the love of South Africa can this idiot just be forced to step down!!!

  • murray.wood.923 - 2012-11-16 09:01

    I remember years ago there was a National Ad on TV - with the slogan of Ama Glug-glug. I'll stop there.

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-11-16 09:07

    does this TRAITOR actually live in this country or even on this planet for that matter? Or is he so well established on planet corruption so that he does not know anything or even care?

  • Elisha - 2012-11-16 09:28

    Zuma really is a tit. what a complete an utter chop. Wish someone would just take hime out. Let a young african, with brains and no hatred and greed rather take over Government. Let a young African man/woman with integrity and a vision for this country take over and run it. Madiba, what do you have to say regarding the actions of this ANC government? Madiba, is this what you had envisioned?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-16 10:18

    Do you still believe a word coming from this man?.

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-11-16 10:32

    Deny, deny, deny........

  • augustia.krause - 2012-11-16 11:40

    No one is as blind as one who do not want to see.....who is he bluffing.