SA needs wisdom of elders - Zuma

2012-09-30 21:53

Johannesburg - Older people possess the experience and the wisdom that South Africa needs, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"We urge older persons to join us in teaching our young people what it means to be good citizens, who are guided by the understanding of respect and ubuntu," he said.

"You spend a lot of time with grandchildren, and can contribute to inculcating these positive values at an early age, so that we can build a better society."

Zuma was speaking at the celebration of International Day of Older Persons at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria and said the day is an opportunity to celebrate senior citizens and to highlight their concerns.

The United Nations designated 1 October 1 as International Day of Older Persons.

Zuma added that the police have been instructed to ensure that the needs of elderly people and other people with special needs are taken into account when they have a problem.

He said women of 94 being raped, was not acceptable.

"Anyone who rapes senior citizens is not worth being called a human being."

The role of a grandmother was an important one as many grandmothers looked after children whose parents died, Zuma said.

He said that government extended the reach of the old age pension grant allowing men to obtain the grant at the age of 60 years.

"We trust that this has contributed a great to alleviating need and poverty amongst older men," he said.

"Older persons also qualify for free access to essential services such as water, health, housing, and energy. We trust that most of you know these services and access them."

Zuma also thanked the older generation for their contribution they make to society and their families.


  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-30 22:01

    Problem is young people dont listen nor respect elders

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-30 22:08

      No, the problem is the ANC - SA needs to get rid of the ANC, that is what SA needs...

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-10-01 04:16

      How about the ANC start running South Africa competently - like really tackling crime; stopping AA and BEEEEEEE; growing the economy; getting rid of corruption etc? See, you don't need old people doing YOUR job Zuma. Get off your behind and do what you're paid to do and stop blaming everything on Apartheid. - 2012-10-01 05:04

      The young masses of this country urgently needs good morals and wise disciplined role-models. The youth have been raised and indoctrinated with so much "Struggle" propaganda, hence why most of them believe everything is owed to them and one does not have to study and work hard.... most of this propaganda came from the ANC and ANCYL leaders themselves.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-01 05:07

      That is the problem, the world has change, you can't deal with it the old way. You need clever people ,people that know what they are doing. Not muti and that shat

      aarchaic - 2012-10-01 07:09

      Spare the rod... SPOIL the Child... thats our problem when it comes to Respect...

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-01 10:26

      wesley.nel.5 et al, Age has NOTHING to with the way you govern a country - what matters, is the matter between the ears; the grey matter, is the matter with the ANC, as it is the matter with all who supports it. The simple fact of the matter: 1. With the ANC = SA has no future. 2. Without the ANC = your children and theirs have a future. If you are happy to tag along, on the ship of fools going down into the eternal abyss, cast your inconsequential vote every few years and be a citizen of your own destruction. If not - organize yourself in a structure that will permanently remove the ANC in less than five years - it is the ONLY future for SA.

  • Ntambolicous - 2012-09-30 22:06

    I don't bily a word he says, his actions are in condradiction with his words

  • andy.brewis - 2012-09-30 22:08

    only if they are educated!!!

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-09-30 22:09

    Anything you say or do is unbelievable and not credit worthy. You're elderly but have zero wisdom so just shut up with your 'high and not so mighty' fancy mouth foot work. YOU are walking on quicksand!

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-09-30 22:14

    I don't know what the elderly think of JZ's government - is it not government failure when they get raped and mugged? Maybe if comptent people were to be employed in government (where no gender, race nor political affiliation play no role), SA would be a great place appreciated by all.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-09-30 22:15

    Your strategy is clear, President Zuma. You need your followers to vote for you, the older generation, and not for some young hothead who is determined to see the back of you. Ho frigging hum.

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-09-30 22:19

    Respect yourself first, than speak about respect, dont expect respect from us,if you dont respect your country, you and your boys killed Anc, now you killing SA,running the country like you are running your grannys business

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-30 22:23

    he say anyone who rapes a senior citizens is not worth being called a human being that person must be him.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-30 22:30

    Yes we know. But they are white.

  • mike.clery - 2012-09-30 22:32

    They should be advising, not in charge. SA doesn't need 70 year old leaders whose mindset is stuck in the 1950's.

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-09-30 22:48

    The wisdom of how many wives /mistresses /Showers ??? R20M upgrade to his house . Being a Herdboy however he knows how to round up mindless Sheep ---The Brain Starved useless ANC Voters !

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-10-01 02:50

      R206 M upgrade, friend

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-09-30 23:02

    Please retire mr president. The amount you've spent on yourself someone would think you've been running/owning a successfully mining company for 20-30years, not a president of a republic for only four years. Tell the gogo's you will be pensioning like them soon and maybe going to jail as well.

  • motleleng - 2012-09-30 23:04

    Oupa Jacob Zuma, our elders are still angry with the previous apartheid government, oooh so are you..good luck

  • Erna - 2012-09-30 23:21

    Hope you don't consider yourself as one of those elders, mr. President! Any advice from you would just be wrong.

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-09-30 23:21

    Zuma is just trying to suck up votes, especially from African rural traditional voters, a la Mugabe.

  • patrickchina.ngene - 2012-09-30 23:30

    Mzantsi needs wisdom of eldres -Zuma s out o4 his mind . Nw they destroyed this country, nd o4 late they think about elders 2 sort out their mess. Firstly they should hv started 2 the elders n't nw, bcz its already late. What s happening in African, s also cuming here in South Africa very soon.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-10-01 02:21

      What on earth are you saying?

  • senzesihle - 2012-09-30 23:37

    Thanx to Zuma you have something to comment unfortunately he is clever and matured then most of you and your dumb comments

      sally.lewitt - 2012-10-01 02:15

      Dumb and Dumber..!

      Erna - 2012-10-01 08:34

      He is mature (old) because that comes naturally so I'll give you that. However, calling zuma clever is out of line - that would take some form of brain power!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-01 09:37

      Well he is clever enough to steal 206 million of our hard earned tax money to upgrade his house, he is clever enough to reward his supporters with nothing and enrich himself and his cadres at our expense, so I guess in a sick sort of way you are right, he is clever.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-30 23:53

    If their actions are regarded the actions of the elders, then South Africa is better off without it!

  • rudi.linsleynoakes - 2012-10-01 01:16

    This is so typical, increase ratings by playing caring President. Well my gran is in a old age home and her state pension barely keeps her alive whilst Zuma's wives spend a matter of thousands in Paris on clothing the state pays for? My friend said it best - you can't fool a fool

  • Hasani P - 2012-10-01 02:46

    They have the exprience and expertize we nEed

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-10-01 02:49

    Well what SA don't need are people like Zoomer, look where 4 years of his misrule got us, a ZOO

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-01 02:52

    The Zoomster will say anything to anybody to get votes !! Well lets sing Peckerspear a hymn...f*ck him !!

  • KennySven - 2012-10-01 03:12

    You wan't wisdom from elders,take a long walk on a short pier amen. No more problems.

  • ron.samuels.129 - 2012-10-01 04:18

    what SA needs are educated leaders!You are not in your zulu tribe where elders play a certain roll but you are leading a once very proud and beautiful country which you have managed to reduce to a truly 3rd world country!Just look at education,schoolbooks,water electro nothing is being delivered properly,reliable or not at all!

  • michil.chegwidden - 2012-10-01 05:12

    We are dancing on the celling because our house gets renovated for over R2 mil.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-01 06:30

    Is this the same wisdom that spends R200m on upgrading his homestead while the poor people suffer?...

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-01 06:36

    \Anyone who rapes senior citizens is not worth being called a human being\.....Mr Zuma anyone who rapes is not worth being called a human being period!!! Its all very well trying to educate the young but the majority of the youth don't want to be educated they don't want to have respect just take a look at the violent protests at schools and universities when things don't go their gets so bad that these places have to be closed for long periods of time. Nothing the elders say is going to change anything!!

  • thabang.v.maredi - 2012-10-01 06:43

    Yeah right, as if they'll vote 4him again... If zuma ddnt find among himself, den he mustnt use ada people to call peace,, he is going to be axed, lyk it or not...

  • zaks2217 - 2012-10-01 06:45

    No not really. Not if they are telling you to step down, then I'm sure they don't knw what they talking about.

  • B.b. - 2012-10-01 06:55

    Lol lol lol most of the comments I've read here are very funny lmaooo. They don't make any sense to me coz I've been searching for their source in every speech that the president delivers everytime. The speech is relevant to the event and sound. It's an international old people's day. He's suppose to be there as the president, he's not scoring for votes, but his haters do. Look at wat Motlante has said. Zuma respects his appointments. He didn't expell Malema. He has appointed people, not just people, but experienced law people to attend Malema in a professional manner. He doesn't just fire, but he looks at the tangible reasons to fire that particular person. I don't love Zuma, but I reason b4 I say stupid thing about anyone. Mayb if we can all do same, South Africa will produce leaders with respect. It's like when u r teaching learners who r actively participating in class, u feel like u must always set ur trends better than even b4. Let's speak our minds, not our emotions.

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-10-01 12:59

      clever people think like u< I just also dont get it about this comment thing because all of them they just puffing hot air which is definitive irrelevant. Maybe they must test thier IQs before they want to be analyst as they commenting nonsense all the time. Pres. does have respect for elders unlike them wish they can look in mirrors and see whats in there first, or is this comment block for illiterate people who are bored because bored peple never ever utter wise words out of their mouth only this kind of rubbish. Its time broadcasting cor. also monitor this type of block as it is degrading our thinking as SA.It shows how real negative/sick is our nation pshycologically- need serious counselling.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-10-01 07:26

    Mr Zuma is just opening his mouth to change feet again. Rape is not ever acceptable! Whether the victim is 94 days or 94 years. Yes, there have been 3 month old babies that have been raped! This man makes it sound as though this is an occasional crime - it is not, it is rife! He needs to bring about change and deal with fair punishment for the crimes being committed. Government has chased away the experienced citizens - and would prefer they leave the country. Forget about what they know and what they might contribute to the youth.

  • TdJ01 - 2012-10-01 07:47

    Hey Zuma you don't lookm like a young person so you must be an elder so you and the ANC's collective "elder" wisdom has got us to this point where basically EVERYTHING is a balls up!! WTF are you talking about - you imbecilous cretin.

  • ptmakgato - 2012-10-01 08:00

    Zuma I wish your grandparents played that part in your life cos clearly u missing that element in you. Stop warawarring u just an empty tin making lots of noice. SA is going down...all your works nx

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-01 09:47

    Zuma is not fit mentally to offer this sort of advice to anyone!He should be permanently strapped into a Shrink's chair getting his head sorted.Talk,talk and the lemmings nod their heads and lap up all his s..t!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-01 10:34

    Coming from a person who has no repsect for those he plunders on a regular basis, this is a bit thick, to say the least.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-01 14:12

    hunting for votes at old age homes now, or looking for a new bride?

  • teleki.maker - 2012-10-02 22:36

    Dancing for Marikana death toll.

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