SA must let go of anger, Zuma urges

2012-10-30 22:42

Cape Town - Deep-seated pain from the past cannot translate to violence, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"Our society is very angry. When people quarrel, they kill one another. Taking the life of a human being has become very simple," he said at an interfaith dialogue in Cape Town.

He said people also demonstrated their anger by burning community halls, libraries and other public property.

"That is an anger which is abnormal. It needs collective leadership."

Zuma acknowledged that a "horrific past" had caused much unresolved pain.

"There was never enough time to cry or mourn in 1994, as we had to start working immediately to build a new country. Also, the message, correctly then, was for people to move on."

He called on citizens to complete the healing process by channelling their anger towards solutions.

"The task to remove anger, violence, crime and immorality is in the hands of all of us."

The government's "potent" tool to resolving conflict remained constructive dialogue with various sectors of society.

It also relied on the work of many religious leaders to instil morals and values.

Zuma called on religious leaders to pray for government.

"You are charged by God to do so," he said.

The president was welcomed at the Good Hope Centre on Tuesday by hundreds of singing members from different faiths and backgrounds, including Christianity, Islam, Rasta and the Khoisan.

Politics was not left out of the event, and political songs praising Zuma and the African National Congress echoed the centre.

Many called for Zuma to serve a second term.

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-30 22:50

    from where I sit, the majority of the anger, from black and white is over corruption, tender fraud, theft, government ineptitude and lack of decent planning, be it schooling, housing, infrastructure or whatever. Very little to do with the past inequalities. Stop trying to move the spotlight Zuma, it just won't wash anymore. You talk a lot, but you say nothing.

      evan.connock - 2012-10-30 23:09

      As usual I like your comments

      rozannne - 2012-10-31 08:06

      fully agree with you. The sooner the govt comes down hard on ppl found guilty of corruption, nepotism, tender fraud, theft, rape etc and the courts allocate realistic sentences, the sooner ppl could start working together. At the moment there are different judgmental rules

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-31 09:50

      rozanne, but it is the government that is guilty of all these crimes, they are never going to come down hard on themselves, we need to get them OUT of government.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-01 08:17

      Zuma wants us to hand over taxes smiling while he missuses them to build fancy homes and throw lavish parties. One of my close friends agrees with how our government is stealing money - he claims that the apartheid government did the same and that the new government has every right to behave in the same manner - sadly i hear many think like my friend - with this type of thinking we are doomed to a life of poverty and helplessness. They want to cut their nose to spite their face... and this is sad. Im trying to look to the future but so many are focused on the past

      denis.gomo - 2012-11-01 09:04

      The strange thing about SA is that of most post-war or post-traumatic period nations I've heard, it's SA that still harbors a propensity for violence and killings. Something must be wrong with our psyche.

      NickvanGraan - 2012-11-01 10:45

      Doesn't look like you are going to get away with those warm and fuzzy comments Mr Zuma. We will let go of our anger when you stop driving this country into the ground...forget about the past, most people are concerned about what is going on now.

      amelia.basson - 2012-11-01 14:57


      firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-01 17:05

      SA is run like a spaza shop

  • - 2012-10-30 22:52

    Why don't you let go of some of the money FAT cat?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-31 08:20

      Maybe let go of Inkandlagate, then some of the tax payers will let their anger go as wll.

      handy.andy.3990 - 2012-11-01 11:36

      My anger comes from being treated like a slave - I work hard, and Zuma takes the money and lives like a rock star on MTV cribs. Give us back the R240m wasted on #Nkandlagate, and maybe I'll be happier.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-10-30 22:53

    Good start would be to let Zuma go

      Tebz001 - 2012-10-31 08:18

      Don't let him go, arrest him!

      aristar.aristary - 2012-11-01 20:57

      I am sure we can let him go - out of his new airplane without a parachute and he can take his dicknified hole contingent with him.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-30 22:57

    Pray for the present looting of the tax payers money as well.Let go of tenderpreuniship and corruption, talks without action.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-10-30 22:58

    This is ALL the ANC is good at. Talk talk talk but no action!! what is the ruling party actually DOING to combat this problem?? are they setting up job centre creation centres in imporvernishes areas? NO! Are they hosting bi weekly meetings to encourage the people who feel angry to stop inflicting violence?? NO!! THE ANC IS SO PATHETIC.

  • Jean-Pierre Wolf - 2012-10-30 23:00

    Elections should be a yearly thing ....that should put a spark under there arses .

  • johnvkaraoke - 2012-10-30 23:08

    when u deal with the murder of whites and your so called police force do nothing makes me think what the hell are u trying to say. you have destroyed all believe in u by whites and blacks by your lack of goverance

      mabosigo.molamu - 2012-10-31 13:28

      what about the murder of blacks....more black people get killed in SA than white people....most criminal live among the innocent poor black people therefore the innocent poor black people are more at risk of crime than others.....GO READ THE POLICE STATS

      alistair.parkinson - 2012-11-01 10:36

      Look at those stats in relation to the respective white/black population......

      sibusiso.hlongwane.92 - 2012-11-01 11:51

      What a load of nonsense, 2010 stats show that 11000 black households were victims of murder one way or another, the numbers for other population groups are there but too small to provide accurate estimates on. Page 51:

  • evan.connock - 2012-10-30 23:08

    Indeed, there are many angry people in South Africa, we are angry primarily for two reasons, the first is that what was once a beautiful country has been ruined by a self -serving government, secondly, that same self serving government is abusing our tax money to enrich themselves instead of using it to provide services for all South Africans, whether it be better roads, better education and better security, the list goes on. People will remain angry and many more will become angry if this government does not stop it's corruption and it's lies and start taking responsibility for being so innept.

  • lulu.shezi - 2012-10-30 23:09

    how about we let go of you as well mr president?? Yes?no??

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-31 06:50


  • paul.selepe - 2012-10-30 23:09

    people are not angry about the past, but they angry because of the current leadership in the government that doesn't take its people serious.You cannot have a president who dream of R230M security while his people don't have the basic needs.

      jacovniek - 2012-11-01 10:55

      Absolutely Paul! Just imagine spending R230m to fund new small businesses for new and upcoming entrepreneurs...

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-10-30 23:14

    Blah, blah, blah, the past, blame YT, steal, destroy, steal, corrupt, blah ,blah. Wow, he rehashes the same speech daily.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-30 23:15

    zuma+zuma+zuma oh what a chancer south africa is such a wonderful country 3 years without a president thats a record.

  • Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-10-30 23:19

    Yes I agree on this one,but stop leading us to anger by building\NKANDLA HEAVEN on earth\ and submit those tapes. MR,,

      mathabiso.machogo - 2012-11-01 11:44

      I agree with you though I doubt these tapes even exist. I mean Zuma was facing jail so I'm betting they cook up this conspiracy bull***t and made up the tapes story

  • abie.wantza.9 - 2012-10-30 23:29

    Lies, corruption, self-enrichment, mismanagement in government, Zumavillegate, no service delivery, poor education system,strikes etc. etc. For sure there will be anger and please don't blame it on the legacy of apartheid when the goverment / ANC fails people of this country.

  • deon.meiring - 2012-10-30 23:29


  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-30 23:32

    stop trying to shift the focus from the things we REALLY want answered zuma ! forget the past, and why are you and your fatcats stealing our money ? youre answering nothing no one is asking !

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-30 23:35

    it is YOUR JOB to give collective leadership... where's that ???? leading what to where ????

  • Prince Bird - 2012-10-30 23:36

    Zuma ur such an ignorant Parent,i wonder if those 20 kids of urs respect u. If u'll be re-elected at Mangaung. I'll start a new party and i promise ANC will not win next elections.

  • shamus.mossop - 2012-10-30 23:40

    I am not angry and i have a solution... Kick Zuma and all his useless money grubbing cohorts out of their seats of power and put trained QUALIFIED leaders in their place to try and save what is left of our countries respect for the government? (and our county)

  • vusumuzi.zidane - 2012-10-30 23:45

    No comment I'm tired of this clue less president,this is not abt the past but the present situation we are finding ourselves in.

      B.b. - 2012-10-31 01:19

      Y fighting urselves? It's because u r clueless,,,when someone has ran out of ideas they start fighting one another,,,u have just provided a good response, but it describes u (u r one of those people the president was addressing in order to calm down and stop fighting to focus on building the nation collectively )

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-31 09:53

      B.b. no it is people like YOU that are part of the problem, you support this corrupt bunch of mongrels, vusumuzi is just one of many educated people that have had enough of this BS.

      jacovniek - 2012-11-01 10:58

      Can't you guys spell? It's so irritating trying to read your horrendous comments? Learn to spell please... (and no, English is not my first language.)

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-30 23:58

    president idiot cant u see that we are pissed off with you cant you go somewhere and die pls?

      B.b. - 2012-10-31 01:15

      If he's an idiot,,,have u ever attended any public event where u get to see him live? If yes, wat did u do or say? If no, do u think u r making sense? The only way to get rid of an idiot, is to vote him/her out,,,but if many people like him,,,it means u r an idiot,,,u must start checking ur level of thinking and political understanding

      allan.keyzer - 2012-10-31 07:58

      B.b the people of South Africa do not elect their president this is left to a select few in the ruling party. If we had the same system as in the USA do you think the South African voting public would vote for Zuma?

      jmlongwe - 2012-11-01 19:44

      allan uhmm i agree zuma is a failure but our democratic system is exactly like the US, the republicans/democrats for example choose who will represent them themselves and put that person forward to run as candidate, the country then votes for the party, i know they make it look like you voting for the person, e.g Obama but no, its the party. How is that different? The only difference is Americans know how to vote for who they think will run the country best unlike most of us voting in a 5th grader.

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-10-31 00:03

    I do not believe a single word that Zuma's spin-doctor writes in the speeches. How dare he spout forth these words at a "religious" gathering. I wish people would not invite him anywhere to proclaim his political view.

      jmlongwe - 2012-11-01 19:47

      I always imagine some high guys on weed, writing nonsense and just waiting for him to actually say it loud and crack up when he actually does.

  • Jean-Pierre Wolf - 2012-10-31 00:12

    If you dont know how to run the country then dont ..... oh wait you doing that already!!!!

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-10-31 00:15

    collective leadership

  • thozi - 2012-10-31 00:28

    Then stop annoying them...

  • B.b. - 2012-10-31 01:02

    People of Cape Town want Zuma for second term? Wow u Msholozi ayi I'm failing to understand the type of person u r,,,that's y Lekota and his cronies want to apply democracy in a wrong way,,,,we the people vote for our leaders,,,if we don't want them we don't vote for them,,,Lekota and ur cronies, the reason y u r not voted as president it's because many people don't want,,,don't try to manipulate the parliament,,,last time u wanted to steal ANC members by proposing floor crossing with ur seat to another,,,ANC warned u, but u didn't listen,,,then the ANC snatched many members and u started complaining,,,,no, this floor crossing thing must be banned,,,,lol lol lol

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-31 01:09

      whats your point dumb? cant you leave lekota alone and start focuss on this sinking sh..t called cANCer?

      B.b. - 2012-10-31 01:26

      We are raising the same point, don't u see? I like it when an idiot is repeating someone's idea lol lol lol

      B.b. - 2012-10-31 01:28

      U see that first 'like' on ur response? It came off my fingure,,,,

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-31 02:07


      aarchaic - 2012-10-31 10:13

      "no, this floor crossing thing must be banned,,,," Here i Aggree with you! if a party doesnt matter of its ANC IFP DA COPE or who ever if you walk over to another party the Seat/Key remains that party thats been voted for!

  • osama.pascal - 2012-10-31 03:05

    Mr President we hear you but it is the order of the affairs of our present state that makes everybody angry. GREED and arrogance of our leaders is the order of the day. We can't have a collective government when we are dictated. Voicing our concerns is like putting fuel on an already existing fire.

  • StephDeGoede - 2012-10-31 03:18

    This is all wonderful rhetoric, but what is your actual plan, shower man? Wha does building a multi-million Rand house help, while the international community is withdrawing investments? Lead by example. If not you, then your party. Do something. Say about the DA what you will, but at least they have a clear plan to reconstruct the economy, create jobs, reform education, increase national growth, etc. Where is your plan? What is your plan?

  • duncan.phopi - 2012-10-31 03:22

    zuma, what do take us, anger will never go away as long as we still hav oppressor in ruling power.

      majoro.simon - 2012-10-31 04:35

      let pres zuma to retain the presidential position for another 5yrs there after he will have to excuse the nation

  • ed.jacobs.50 - 2012-10-31 05:16

    What we want is "collective leadership"? Is that one better than the collecting, thieving leadership that we currently have?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-10-31 05:25

    The anger of the nation resides on you MR ZUMA. You have let us down as a nation. And made us the laughing stock of the world. Your morals don't justify bringing GOD into it. I always thought that one leads by example. What a role modle you are!!!!

  • chris.phago - 2012-10-31 05:48

    The people r angry cos of ur leadership\u don't hv vision mr zuma.I'm no longer took u as a president of this country\I'm gaatvol\U r a tribalist,u r corrupt mr,u r misleader

  • Mafetsi Portia Moseki - 2012-10-31 06:04

    zuma is blonde, people will let go of anger if he steps down. now shower man is the moegoe of the decade

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-10-31 07:11

      Moegoe of the decade!!!!! Hahahaha u made my day

  • bheki.shabangu.10 - 2012-10-31 06:04

    Not like in Kwazulu Natal;KwaNongoma,EMsinga,Enkandla...etc were u Zulu's kill each other everyday

      philas.ntuli - 2012-10-31 09:54

      That's nonsense!! You di**k head

  • richard.madhopershad - 2012-10-31 06:06

    Theres a time to come and a time to go, Mr Zoomer, the time has come for you to go!!!...and how about standing in court for your arms deal!!

      jacovniek - 2012-11-01 13:41

      Actually, it's "zipper zoomer"

  • Lehumo Lee Moyo - 2012-10-31 06:10

    Its too late for him to urge such. I think people will be happy once his term is over!

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-31 06:10

    Get out of politics, Zuma, and then we'll stop getting angry at your stupidity. Kathy

  • mosamedi.ephraim - 2012-10-31 06:12

    God fearing people will not judge others but help each other.The president is a human and is bound to err at some point.People are deceived the have higher IQ to that of the president.He was elected by majority which means we are a country of fools.Who is fooling who,a bunch of rented critics using the media as platform.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-31 06:17

      The problem is that the president errs at every point! Kathy

      Zain Jobe - 2012-10-31 06:25

      Please dont come with that tactic now. Yes we all err but to err for so long a bunch of fools have been voting. keeping the masses ignorant is what He and his bafoons do best while stealing the countries money. Pray for them, the people need to see the light the ANC only cares for them. The country consists of Black, white, coloreds & Indians this is a rainbow nation get it into your thick skull the ANC cant be the President you need to be for the people ass!

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-10-31 06:26

      Sir u seem like a religious man. When Saul was persecuting and killing God's children he was hated and criticized, until he became Paul, we see Mr Zuma like Saul now. And from where I'm standind, it'll take a Jhb-size comet to hit the world until Showerhead can change. So let us critisize him, that'll relieve the anger he's mumbling about. And I didn't vote him.

      Siegfriedt Eckert - 2012-10-31 06:34

      Nothing will change until we change our system of goverment from an ineptocracy

  • abdulwahid.ebrahim - 2012-10-31 06:15

    Dear Mr President. There is no quick fix to curb the anger and violence that prevails in our society. Basic human vaues have been discarded by many of us. We have a lovely contitution and our laws are generally well thought out. What is missing? Basic humsan values like honesty,sincerity, selfless service, humility, tolerance,kind words and deeds, and a knowledge that our Creator is aware of all that we think, plan, do or hide! Let's start with strengthening of the institution of the FAMILY. And build good future leaders! Corrupt leaders are merely a reflection of our society. Want a real change of leadership ? Let's work together to devlop a better south Africa (and a better world)!

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-31 06:17

    Stop the corruption and uselessness as a government!

      celokuhle.khumalo.7 - 2012-10-31 06:41

      U useless urself!!!

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-10-31 06:17

    What would you do Mr President when people you've voted to better your life ONLY improves their own families and cronies life and rub it and spit it in the face of the poor by driving fancy cars and live in mansions? Politicians call it jealousy at whose expense and money Mr President? TAXPAYERS!

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-31 06:20

    Stop YOUR HATE SPEECH and singing kill the boer or umshini wami!

  • lucia.vanblerk - 2012-10-31 06:23

    1994-2012 nothing is going write in our country nothing . If our leaders get morals n respect 4 the people n stop cheating on what our country should get then we will be on the right track* look a whole minister of education with 100st of pupils that dnt hav books * is she still sitting on her chair ; let's look @ this thing we all know education is important ; then why is most graduates sitting @ home n uneducated family sitting @ higher positions and making dictions 4 our land, bcoz the fathers was in the struggle my dad was a fist colored that was carried out of his home in Heidedal with a ANC flag on this burial day bt today wen I say I'm van Blerk I dnt get a job, there is a couple women is our Leadership that I can truly see they r doing there work bt the rest : sitting with a political mind in a chair with not build our country. We will pray Pres Zuma we will!!

  • Michael - 2012-10-31 06:24

    Mr Zuma is saying something very good here, I was expectimg all people to comment something positive for the very first time, but it does not happen here at news24;infact it seems this social forum has become a platform to insult the President of this country, thats very sad to see people not even reading the whole article, only when you see the photo of Zuma and the head line, you immediately dish up rubbish, look guys, this behaviour of yours is helping some of us to further undertstand why we can not vote for a party led by a white person such as Helen Zille, you people cant transform to be true democrats who want to build a non racial society, you are not ready to lead our nation.

      Zain Jobe - 2012-10-31 06:35

      Micheal the day i apply for a job or bank account etc and is not asked my racial background is the day we a democratic country. And dont use America who has independence after so long that they still doing that...we are unique Madiba showed that so where did it all go wrong? Apardheid government stole right, then democracy came not just did the ANC steal and please tell me i am lying here they plundering till today when questioned everyone is racist take that and shove it. So back to your comment this smoke screen they can wipe there ass with. We need a new government that can take SA to new hights build our economy not bring it down and say all is okay buil a village of 2.5 million and say corporate CEO's must take wage cuts and u The President says he cant stop it if he is given an increase when wait for it most people are living in poverty really who are the criminals of this country they sitting in Micheal think again we not negative the truth is there wake up.

      thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-10-31 07:04

      Well said, hope all the people got message.

      malizole.mkosi - 2012-10-31 07:19

      Micheal people have a right to say whatever they feel they wana bt its not baseless, it emanates somewhere. Bt myself personally I call it channelling their anger the right direction on the poor service delivery and all the basic socio economic rights that people are being deprived of.

  • Nigel - 2012-10-31 06:28

    I disagree. The entire nation has every reason to be angry and very upset. Keep that anger but direct the energy from that towards the real problem - ANC and their useless government. And to our fellow Black S/Africans, I say the same - stop directing your anger towards Whites. Your problems (and mine) are being caused by government.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-10-31 06:28

    MZumane , I am angry ,eintlik , mad as hell ! Reasons : a you are corrupt useless leader , you are dividing the nation as leader , you are appointing your useless cadre friends in strategic government posts , I have so much to tell you and I can't get anything out right now due to my level of anger at you as the President . I need to tell you to your face baba ! And please , stop stuffing the country , there won't be any angry , desperate people !

  • eben.potgieter - 2012-10-31 06:29

    Dear mr Zuma, just a quick note, the anger the people have is NOT of historical activities(pre 94Y as most of the angry mob is still \youth\ Also please allow me to just quickly give you another reason for the anger. Textbooks, non service delivery, corruption etc. This would have been hillarious if it wasn't so serious. Idiot!!

  • kgotso.selome - 2012-10-31 06:33

    I think its about time Zuma and Zille debate. the thing is on the outside, people seem to be angry at service delivery, but actually people are angry at this continuing corruption by the leadership of this country.

  • louis.vanrensburg.50 - 2012-10-31 06:37

    How can such an ungodly man even be allowed to speak the name of GOD...countless wives and sleeping with random woman is definately not Godly.he talks of a horrible past...what about the horrible present.we live a culture of fear and death.thanks to the so called previously can anyone be positive in this corrupt land.use our taxes correctly and deliver on your promises mr president so that your folk will stop blaming the past.they use racism as a weapon to justify their seems they should 'get over it' the way I'm not racist,if a white man was In power and was doing what our government is doing my comments would be far harsher.feed the hungry and protect the children..give them a good example..all you are doing is teaching the next generation of black children that its ok to steal and kill the white cos they deserve it and you are proving to white children to fear and hate blacks.

      sipho.skepu - 2012-10-31 07:06

      You are brainless zuma is a child of God,everybody is,infact the bible promoted polygamy,get a life apertheid denialist your people brewed our anger.

      Nigel - 2012-10-31 07:30

      No sipho - you brew your own anger because unfortunately you choose to believe the BS your useless government shoves down your throat. You and millions like you are looking for something, someone, anything to blame and unleash your anger. Your government (who have caused 95% of all the current BS in SA, then stands like an innocent traffic cop, butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, pointing their fingers at the White man - redirecting all blame away from themselves. Because of Apartheid, which nobody can deny was completely wrong, the White man then becomes this very convenient scapegoat. Please - try and wake up and see what is really happening.

  • mahlubi.john1 - 2012-10-31 06:42

    Down wth anger