Rule of law essential: Zuma

2012-09-24 22:42

Johannesburg - The rule of law was essential in creating a better world, President Jacob Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at the 67th sitting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York on Monday.

South Africa's foreign policy aimed to contribute to a better South Africa, Africa and world, which could only become realised via a global commitment to the rule of law and human rights, said Zuma.

He said South Africa was comfortable participating in such a discussion as South Africa was a democratic nation founded on the rule of law, human dignity, equality, freedom and the supremacy of the Constitution.

Supremacy of the law, and equality, accountability and fairness before the law were required principles to adhere to the rule of law, Zuma said.

"It also entails participation in decision-making, legal certainty and the avoidance of arbitrariness, as well as procedural and legal transparency."

He said the rule of law was an integral concept in the work of the UN Security Council, with the rule of law and human development inextricably linked.

Zuma said lifting standards of living for the disadvantaged through providing essential services and fulfilling socio-economic rights was part of promoting the rule of law.

'Unrepresentative and undemocratic'

Africa continued to play a role in maintaining peace, dependent on the rule law, through avenues such as bilateral and trilateral agreements, and mediation efforts around the world.

Promoting the rule of law at an international level was just as important as maintaining rule of law at a national level, Zuma said.

If this did not happen, the UN was open to accusations of hypocrisy.

Zuma said, "We need to consider the fairness of the rules of international law."

One means of doing so was reviewing the composition of the Security Council, as its present form was undemocratic and unrepresentative, which undermined its legitimacy regardless of its decisions.

"It is common cause that the current configuration of the council is unfair. It does not reflect the contemporary geo-political realities especially with respect to Africa," said Zuma.

As long as the Security Council, the UN's primary organ for maintaining peace, was unrepresentative and undemocratic, it had to be asked whether its decisions were fair.

Zuma said there was a need to ensure greater accountability for actions taken in the name of the Security Council.

He encouraged greater use of the International Court of Justice, the UN's primary judicial organ, especially regarding complex legal questions.

"Let me emphasise that South Africa remains committed to the global promotion of the rule of law, and will continue co-operating with the UN system to ensure success of the international human rights architecture," Zuma said.

  • paulus.deboer.3 - 2012-09-24 22:58

    This is like Humpty Dumpty telling people to be careful of high walls.

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-09-25 02:58

      Yeah, and when he abides with the rule of law and answers for his part in the arms deal, we might believe him. Right now he is nothing but a two faced liar.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-25 06:47

      this is like telling people please dont be corrupt,obey the rule of law! oh wait!isnt he the same dingleberry that got paid millions in dirty money so we could buy submarines and other toys! ps some clown crashed the sub on the ocean floor!probably employed a taxi driver to steer it!lol!!

  • John - 2012-09-24 23:04

    OMG! Someone please shut this man up - he's embarrassing us. I can just imagine the rest of the world leaders laughing at the shower-head man as he waffles along. I am cringing.. Eek!

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-24 23:30

      speaking of embarrassing - did he do the thing that he does with his middle finger?

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-25 03:32

      Looks like he's about to pick his nose.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-25 05:00

      I believe it's a tribal thing!

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-25 06:49

      lol.!! looks like austin powers!! shagadelic baby!!! lol

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-25 07:33


      JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 07:40

      @bb, wow that really was such I good comeback, you obviously put hours of thought into that brain fart

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-24 23:07

    Start by locking your @ss up you corrupt fool.

  • sarel.brits - 2012-09-24 23:09

    Rule of Law my fury lily white Dutchman ASS, Shake, Celebe, weapon scandal shall we go on Mr political solution.

  • abe.sheldon - 2012-09-24 23:10

    I wonder how far the DA is with those spy tapes. " Rule of law" my @ss MR so-called iligitimite president. When you were standing there waiting, you didn't say nothing about let the law take its course, and let a judge decide your fate. You as president made them protect you, and you promised to protect them and secure theirs and your rich future. Marikana, school books, Breytenbach, PIkoli, and so many others, well done Jacop, that is your legacy.

  • marc.schnehage - 2012-09-24 23:11

    \Committed to the rule of law\. Said he who wants to review the judgments of the superior courts; said he who manipulated the legal system by appointing a cronie to ensure that corruption charges were dropped; said he who told Parliament that the majority have more rights than the minority in SA. I'm sure the delegates at the UN almost died laughing at this idiot. Can't understand why they still allow him to speak at all at the UN.

  • Jacques - 2012-09-24 23:17

    This really is a tad rich coming from him, I'd say. He personally has a few questionmarks hanging over him, SA is one HUGE question mark regarding 'rule of law' (considering our stuff going on) and to somehow insinuate that the UN should confrom to accomodate Affrica into its ideals isn't a wise thing either. I don't think many world leaders would take him seriously, even if he makes a few good points, they'll just say 'look who's talking' and change nothing. Sorry Zuma (or whoever wrote your speech) but perhaps we should wait 10 constructive years before we tell the UN how things should work.

      tw2066 - 2012-09-25 06:24

      Been better if we had hung him over some question marks...

  • andre.joubert.37 - 2012-09-24 23:23

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha- Chortle - hahahahahahahahahahahaah

  • social12345 - 2012-09-24 23:24

    Public Enemy #1 - The Nature of the Beast (in the DNA), Murderers, Rapists and Thieves. Their brains are designed to act on two impulses only, 1) Consumption 2) Destruction. The scourge of our planet, they are neither Human or Animal, they are "The Unreconstructable Neanderthals!"

      social12345 - 2012-09-24 23:26

      and, "Yes?", they?...Wear Suits?...:-D....MWHAHAAA!

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-24 23:25

    Supremacy of the law, and equality, accountability and fairness before the law were required principles to adhere to the rule of law, Zuma said he did not finish his sentence!! He should have added: "Unless you are one of the chosen, as the chosen are above the law, beyondreprisal and untouchable"

  • KeeperofChaos - 2012-09-24 23:42

    WTF? Too much gummiberry juice!

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-09-24 23:45

    Smoking Mirrors.. Ai!

      cliff.eric.94 - 2012-09-25 05:14


  • tommo.too - 2012-09-25 00:40

    Can someone please remind him to take his medication!

  • juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-25 00:54

    Somebody who had 783 corruption charges against him squashed wants to give us a lecture on rule of law hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!! My God only in Africa

  • barry.j.eslick - 2012-09-25 01:22

    Rule of law? What a load of BS! Law is a concept created by money-grubbing lawyers to justify their rotten existence and to protect their wealthy clients - to the detriment of the poor. What is required is the rule of justice. Next time you see the statue of Lady Justice, take another look. She is blindfolded and holds the scales of Justice in her hand. That is what should be upheld, not the bloody law. Hitler's cohorts said they were obeying the law and look what happened there. To hell with the rule of law - damn it to the abyss where it belongs.

      B.b. - 2012-09-25 07:00

      Why don't u form ur own political party so that u can become a president and deliver ur own speech which says 'The Rule of justice', coz u seem to be more wiser than the government at large....mayb people will believe in u. Try ur best,,,this is South Africa,,,everyone has a right to start his or her political organization to lead or mislead people. Go on,,,take the opportunity!

  • pisciotta - 2012-09-25 01:41

    SA is the poster child for "Democracy Gone Wrong".

  • HakeemLibala - 2012-09-25 03:20

    where are the tapes Prof Orchid

      cliff.eric.94 - 2012-09-25 05:11


  • neil.lazarus.7 - 2012-09-25 04:52

    Ha - I can't believe he has the nerve to discuss law and and the rule of law. "We are all equal , but some are more equal than others "

      Erna - 2012-09-25 09:04

      Never mind ACCOUNTABILITY!!

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-09-25 05:00

    The so called uneducated boy from Inkandla, becomes a President and a polygamist, he changes and shuffles almost all, teaches democracy at national level and now teaching Law at an international level. Orchid, how did Juju get a warrant of arrest without charges???

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-25 05:33

    The rule of law is great; especially when the respective heads of the prosecution, police and judiciary are your pals...

  • Gaoboihe John Kgasane - 2012-09-25 05:33

    @PJP, Please check your brain and mouth, you talk a lot of crap. Bloody nincompoop.

  • rod.baker.376 - 2012-09-25 05:45

    "Supremacy of the law, and equality, accountability and fairness before the law were required principles to adhere to the rule of law, Zuma said." What utter hypocrisy.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-25 05:50

    JZ you are not qualified to talk about the rule of law until you have had your day in court and answered all the corruption allegations against you

      B.b. - 2012-09-25 06:40

      Lol u r not updated,,,He denied a chance to go to court and answer questions, it's just that there were no questions to answer lol lol lol,,,if there were questions to be answered he would have attended the court case just like all others like Selebi and so on

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-25 07:06

      B.b, you are wrong. The courts were threatened by the anc and judges told they were anti-revolutionary. The unions also threatened that there will be bloodshed if the charges were not dropped. And finally, that lackey Mokotedi Mpshe plagiarised an irrelevant Australian judgment and withdrew the charges against this idiot Zuma. So how was he denied anything?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-25 05:56

    Rule of law?? This man's convictions as a person, as a president are so few & far between he got away with rape & corruption. More living proof that crime does pay in SA!!

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-09-25 06:01

    The pot calling the kettle black

  • Erna - 2012-09-25 06:02

    How about zuma being 'open to accusations of hipocracy'?

  • ron.samuels.129 - 2012-09-25 06:05

    you Sir are a hypocrit!Equality?Not in this country!What a terrible speech,full of bs and big words!I'm sure he had a hell of a time pronouncing them!If you continue leading SA like you have so far,it was your last speech at the UN,because the rest of the world will sanction the ANC and therefore all of SA because of inequality!

  • B.b. - 2012-09-25 06:30

    Wat 'n groot toespraak deur ons president! Ek is so trots om 'n Suid Afrikaanse! Haters must go their coutries and listen to speeches being prepared by their boyfriends and girlfriends. They do not belong to South Africa. Those who belong to SA know what democracy means to the. I'm so glad he opened the meeting which means South Africa is widely recognised in the world. Poor haters...the world doesn't care whether Zuma did get a chance to learn under the aparheid government or not. All they consider is that Zuma is the president of The Republic of South Africa. He never attended school just because he was busy busy fighting for a big name 'Liberation',,,Just imagine an uneducated knew wat liberation means...mmmm awesome...phambili Mzansi phambili!

      Johnson - 2012-09-25 06:51

      Education will be an excuse for the next 300 years - now its not apartheid but ANC text books, so the next generation may continue with the very same excuse you are presenting. Wake up and smell the coffie - we are now in the 21st century and you are still giving out pap and have affirmative action to compete on the same level. Excuses will get you everywhere but no where on your own

      Johnson - 2012-09-25 07:04

      Polokwane - A police patrol team found a 5-month-old baby crawling alone in the streets of Zone F in Mankweng, Limpopo, on Saturday night. "this is not how you do it in a civilized country -

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-25 07:09

      How did Mandela and other anc leaders manage to study and fight for liberation at the same time? Zuma could not because he wasa too busy chasing women and making babies

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-25 07:36

      B.b. Do you think Zuma wrote his own speech? On which planet do you stay?

  • Johnson - 2012-09-25 06:34

    he was the first president of SA to doge the very same rule he is speaking about "Rule of Law" - Mr Zuma like your political party you dont understand the basic's of human rights let alone the rule of law

  • mshiniboys - 2012-09-25 06:37

    Charity beins at must tell that to politicians and police to stop abusing power right here before preaching that in foreign countries Mr President.Good point wrong place.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-25 06:49

    Says the lecherous and corrupt a*shole who sings bring me my machine gun !!

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-09-25 06:53

    Our President(Jacob Zuma), is a true description of a HYPOCRITE. Subliminal messages i see.

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-09-25 06:59

    We are slowly shifting to a centralized state, where every individual is going to be told what to do and what not to do. Mind controling tactics. *shaking head*

      jacobus.moropa - 2012-09-25 07:06

      if zuma win at mangaung malema will join da nd his fellows

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-09-25 07:05

    What is this man talking about? Does he know that he and his ruling party totally contradicts what he is saying?

  • emilyjane.elson - 2012-09-25 07:06

    Was he going in for a "Quick Pick" there? Gross

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-09-25 07:06

    Mr. President, Rule of law? Which law? Is this a known law? Is this a secret law? Do we know this law you are talking about? Did this anc party not say during the struggle that they would make this country ungovernable? Please help me understand,,, You want to make things ungovernable for everyone else but not for you. May I once again remind you that this nation needs to learn the English language to grasp the very thing you are talking about. You know who we are talking about. One word that's got you and your party stuffed is FREEDOM. Learn the meaning of this word and teach it to the nation, then, and only then, maybe you can talk about Law and order. You have taken the Law out of the equation with your Freedom speeches over the years and now have no Idea how to stop it. You cannot blame any system or any person for this mess. You have forgotten that with any action there is a reaction. Ignorance is a bitch!!!!

  • Asdiedamwalbars - 2012-09-25 07:17

    That beautiful things Zuma tell the world about, does not happen in South Africa. Sounds more like talking about somebody elses dream. Come to the real world mr Pres Zuma, you don't bluff nobody.

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-25 07:18

    Rich in irony!This President has pulled every trick in the book to avoid the ROL to stay out of court!Remember Shaik?Who anyway in the UN would believe anything from Zuma?

  • hilda.mulder.50 - 2012-09-25 07:22

    Practice what you preach

  • eugene.kemp2 - 2012-09-25 07:24

    Well said President Zuma! Looks like most of the people commenting on Zuma are so consumed by their hatred of Zuma and the ANC, that they have missed the point completely. Yes Zuma has made many blunders,and you may not like him, but we do not need to stoop to this mob mentality, where everything he does or says is shouted down with personal insults and without any objective thought. In the context of the UN Security Council, and international rule of law, Zuma is obviously referring to illegitimate wars waged on countries in the past few years, mainly with the guise of bringing democracy to the countries, etc, etc, as well as blatant murder of certain leaders in many countries, followed by regime change when the old guard dictators were no more useful to their masters. One cannot go around the world, killing millions of people, and assassinating their leaders. These issues need to be taken to an international court of law.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-25 08:23

      Bwahahahahahahaha yet another tool in zumas rusty old toolbox

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-25 07:25

    EXCUSE ME?????? That is rich comming from you! I nearly choked in my cornflakes!

  • thapelo.matima - 2012-09-25 07:26

    I think this guy actually believes this sh*t he saying. What a moron

  • JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 07:27

    Equality, where exactly because I haven't noticed any? Accountability, ja right when we have ministers like angie of basic education saying 'is not my fault, I wasn't there' and her cretin goes to private school. Jacob should learn to use a few words that really apply to him and his guavammont, like liers, thieves, unable, unwilling.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-25 07:30

    Johnson,if my memory serves me well, then the Roman empire ceased to exist about 2000 years ago. I may be wrong, but about 400 years ago Jan van Riebeeck made the wrong turn and landed here in South Africa.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-25 07:32

    I could not be less interested in anything anybody has to say.

  • shade.f.reaper - 2012-09-25 07:38

    "Dignity, equality, freedom" mmm keep telling yourself that Zuma, and keep lying to the world for us won't you

  • Zahir - 2012-09-25 07:40

    What country is zuma referring to switzerland he reads out these speeches with big words but understands none of it pointless?

  • Siyabonga Dludlu - 2012-09-25 07:49

    yol 2 negative! wl said Mr president n 2 doz who wnt 2 join DA go ahead it showz u dnt understand da strugle

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-25 08:21

      And it shows you want to live in your shack forever, better your life man, vote someone else

      Erna - 2012-09-25 09:09

      And I can't understand what you wrote!

      martin.brink.965 - 2012-09-25 09:43

      Twat! The struggle is survival, not history! 18 yrs later and .... What do we have to show for having believed in your empty promises?

      lihle.majozini - 2012-09-25 17:12

      Being Nagative is totally different from being Stupid...and that is what u are my friend

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-25 07:50

    Bwaaahahahaha the worst is that he is bulldusting himself,if he had to excercise the rule of law he will lose all his votes.

  • robert.nel.9 - 2012-09-25 07:55

    when do you know our leaders are lying ,, as soon as you see there lips move