SA to assume Security Council presidency

2012-01-11 07:44

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma arrived in New York on Tuesday ahead of South Africa officially assuming the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for January.

"SA will utilise its presidency to continue exploring concrete measures for strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and regional organisations, in particular the African Union," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

Monyela said it was expected the South African delegation would convene a debate with the aim of adopting concrete measures to ensure greater coherence between the UN and the AU.

Zuma and Finland President Tarja Halonen, would co-chair the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's high-level panel on global sustainability at the UN headquarters in New York.

"We will certainly take advantage of these important occasions to advance our international relations policy objectives... with a view to promoting democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights," Zuma was quoted as saying.

  • Ben - 2012-01-11 07:53

    Please dont use this opportunity to ask for money.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-11 08:48

      Please don't embarrass us. Fat chance!

      RSole - 2012-01-11 09:16

      Well this should give them all that warm fuzzy feeling.

      Willie - 2012-01-11 09:21

      Haaaaw! we must slaughter a cow to celebrate! Umshini wam....Umshini wam!

      Ian - 2012-01-11 09:40

      Lol so now we have a person without a Matric, not only as our President, as the Security Council president?? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

      Gerhard - 2012-01-11 09:52

      Haven't you noticed, wherever Zuma flies, he comes back empty handed.

      Ronald - 2012-01-11 12:49

      Just keep them away from the money, contracts or tenders, pleeeeeez.

      William - 2012-01-11 13:54

      @Ben S: Kinda reminds me of this:

      George - 2012-01-11 14:33

      Tatta ma chanse tatta amma millions. We dont need to ask we take, do you have a problem with us

      Anthony - 2012-01-11 17:12

      @Ian, That is such a dumb, stupid and chidish comment !!!!!

  • Hugh - 2012-01-11 07:55

    ....dont know if i should be exited or concerned.....!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-11 08:48


      GWS - 2012-01-11 09:29

      This is the one and only time the Palestinians will get a mention. South Africa are their biggest fans. Prepare to be embarrassed by the illiterates.

  • Silver - 2012-01-11 08:00

    Never liked the UN. I was always of the opinion that the UN was just talk-talk-talk. Then came the AU that makes the UN look like Mr. Action. To be honest just imagining Zuma sitting there “giving his input” on behalf of South Africa and I assume Africa just makes my stomach turn. Wonder what the rest of the world thinks? I can just imagine. I think Zuma in that council is a lot like Malema here. Thinks he is in a position of power and that what he says is taken seriously when in the grander scheme of things it really isn’t. I get the feeling that Zuma (Africa) being there is nothing more than a liberal courtesy that is tolerated rather than appreciated.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-11 08:17

      A bit like Jackie Selebi that's why this time there is some supervision Piet.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-11 08:50

      We will be China's puppet.

      RemoteMedic - 2012-01-11 08:57

      Piet agree with you. UN = Useless Nations AU = Absolutely Useless

      Andrew - 2012-01-11 10:54

      Another hot air talk session with no concrete action, this sort of thing suits JZ as he has shown in the past, he is good at talk without producing results and or action. Both the UN and AU are toothless and do not have the respect that should be afforded them due to their inability to enforce their resolutions.

  • Phumezo - 2012-01-11 08:01

    We hope the issue of land and economic freedom as Dr. Kenneth Kaunda requested us to persue with the white leaders will be high up on the agenda!

      Paul - 2012-01-11 08:03

      You obviously don't know the issues that are dealt with in the Security Council my friend.

      Phumezo - 2012-01-11 08:31

      Land, economic excluvity or marginalization is a security issue to us Africans!

      NrGx - 2012-01-11 08:34

      rather remain silent and be thought a fool, than speak and remove all doubt

      Riaan - 2012-01-11 08:45


      spartanx93 - 2012-01-11 08:47

      Johan, economic freedom is a fallacy that just been created by the ANC fools. They can't even give a definition of what is actually means. @Phumezo - how about actually working for your land & economic exclusivity, rather than demanding free handouts from white leaders. That is why Africa will never be taken seriously....

      Cameronl - 2012-01-11 09:14

      @Hendrik Thank you, I believe you have said what so many of us dont even have to think anymore, but have come to believe in. @Phumezo A word of advice, close that hole below your nose, its ok you can still breath through your nose you won`t suffaaakate, in fact you will be better for the simple fact that no more crap will be flowing out of your hole (mouth) My wed u aaaa en embarrrrrresmint 2 efreakens

      Deon - 2012-01-11 09:18

      Economic freedom is easy: work for it. Malema's economic freedom is steal from others (whites) is not sustainable.

      RSole - 2012-01-11 09:35

      @PHUMEZO: You say it like old Kenny made a positive impact in Africa. Much like Bob Mugabe he was a dictator. You should perhaps try and find more respected leaders to quote and follow. You won’t even have to leave the boarders to find such a leader (and no I am not talking about Ju Ju jelly bean). Just saying, use it don't use it... And buy the way, that's not what the security council is there for, if it was then it would be called the "give me everything for nothing council"

      Celtis - 2012-01-11 10:00

      Listen Phumezo, what are you planning to do with your slice of land? Farm with pomelo’s Phumezo?

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-11 08:14

    Well at least Tarja Halonen Finland's President is co chairing so there is some supervision otherwise I would be very worried.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-11 09:07

      I totally agree, heavens know what fat boy would try get up to if he were not supervised.

      Juan - 2012-01-11 20:08

      So our comrades will just be window dressing

  • Solly - 2012-01-11 08:16

    Instead of applauding, these white people will be negative as usual (any way it's nothing new). I would like to congratulate our president and wish that we use this opportunity to advance the African course.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-11 08:25

      I am sure you meant 'cause' Solly and you are using the race card as usual(any way it's nothing new).

      Silver - 2012-01-11 08:29

      @Jaybee: not in out blood, in our history. We judge on experience and actions. @Solly: And what exactly is the African course and why does it have to involve the other countries of the world?

      NrGx - 2012-01-11 08:39

      @solly. do you not see the irony here. In the same sentence you manage to pull out (yet again) the race card AND wish to advance the "african cause" (ask for money) to the very same race you obviously hate so much. ITs a simple case of... I hate you white imperialists, but can we have some money!

      Alva - 2012-01-11 08:49

      Solly. It has nothing to do with skin colour or race. It has everything to do with national pride. Zuma is an embarrassment and is very unlikely to advance the African cause. The ANC have made a bad choice in leadership and are now paying the price.

      Cameronl - 2012-01-11 09:02

      simply put Solly retarded is the word that comes to mind after reading what you just wrote, did it take some time to think up those awe inspring words. Oh and if you want to see what a real african cause is all about, go visit Bob in zim, nows theres a gooooood example of how screw to a country PERMANENTLY. and the race card is really getting OLD. write something of intelligence or go sit in the corner before you open your mouth, moron

      Hendrik - 2012-01-11 09:06

      Solly, "white people being negative" is a bit rich, isn't it? How many white people are negative to the extent thaat they burn innocent fellow citizen's proprty during protests? How many white people gang up on suspected criminals and deals them a mouthful of jungle justice? No, you know what - you guys gave us governement, and dysfunctional state departments, yet we give them the benefit of the doubt, and we give them another chance .. We do not take matters into our own hands because we are negative about governments ability to serve us. We could perhaps all congratulate the prez, but it is a round-robin thing - it was bound to happen sometime, so he did not achieve anyhyting, really - he just had to wait for it. As for the African "course" - the UN SC is not a laugh-a-minute, who's on next about the woes of Africa .. it is a global forum, and there are issues that may need attention (if you can call it that) on a security level. I daresay if Ban Ki-Moon allows his SC to be hijacked for this kind of issues, the UN may need a new chairman.

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 10:56

      @Xolani Ziqubu. Agreed..... You work for change and don't ask for handouts ! But that is not the African way. Please could you convince our brother's and sister's to work hard for what they want and stop trying to take it without any hard work. Damn the man, save the rainbow nation.

      NrGx - 2012-01-11 11:35

      @Xolani Ziqubu - "white people moaning"... what is sooo WRONG in, as you say, white people, wanting an high standards??? Or are you happy with with lowering the standards of everything. In the same respect, African ANC supporters are the ones that complain the most, "economic freedom" this, "nationalise" that, white supremecy here transformation there. the majority of our "complaints" stem from inadequicies with the government and beyond. And just for the record, politics ahould never be a belief, it is, at the most, an affiliation!

      Ronald - 2012-01-11 13:13

      Xolani,white people do not all run away when the going gets tough. Nothing can be done from 5000 km away. Yes, we criticise when things go wrong, period. not because of race, colour, religion etc. We strive, aspire and WORK to advance in life and do not stand with hands abegging for more. We stood on our own feet after the English occupation and made a life for ourselves, taking no handouts as we do have pride in what we create. Zuma has had many opportunities to justify the voter's trust in him and has fallen short every time, so why should we think that this occasion will be different.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-11 08:17

    Hasn't Zuma got enough to do at home?

      Beetroot - 2012-01-11 14:41

      Well if you had 5 fat nagging wives and 19 begging brats what would you do?

  • Riaan - 2012-01-11 08:35

    I feel sorry for the security council members.

      Juan - 2012-01-11 20:10

      I feel sorry for us. I dread the embarrings stories that's gonna be hitting the news again, like the climate summit abortion in Durban.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-11 08:43

    This is a proud moment for South Africa. Our President can now demonstrate the elegance of the blue light system and security council meetings can be opened with "Machini Wam!"

      Juan - 2012-01-11 20:12

      Maybe they can even get juliass to do ubula ibuni

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-11 08:50

    Zuma to co-chair??? Thats like sending Malema to Mensa to discuss Astrophysics.

      Cameronl - 2012-01-11 08:56

      hahahahahahaha couldnt possibly say it better :) well said

  • Cameronl - 2012-01-11 08:55

    Zuma please please please DONT embarrass us. one more thing, can someone please explain to me what the hell our army is hoping to achieve by working with the cubans?????? This sounds seriously retarded to me for some reason, or maybe as gareth cliff said this morning they can learn how to roll cigars between their fat thighs..... lol's

      Ben - 2012-01-11 09:24

      Remember what the cuban army did in Africa a few years ago and what they were used for?

      Cameronl - 2012-01-11 09:40

      Hey Ben S alot of crap of stuff has happened in afica over the past few decades, not to plead ignorance her on my part but what were the cubans used for? I just find it irritating that our army (if you can call them that) are off to go play, I stopped believing we had an army when they went on STRIKE???!!?? a few years ago, correct me if I'm wrong but isnt that a treasonable offense punishable by impronment or death

      Cameronl - 2012-01-11 09:41

      sorry that last part was -"a treasonable offense punishable by imprisonment or death"

      Lucien-Marc - 2012-01-11 10:45

      @Cameron, The Cubans were involved in the Angolan conflict to advance the communist agenda in that country. They did not cover themselves in glory so I am utterly baffled as to why we should want to invlove ourselves with them. Mind you, when it comes to Southern African conflicts over the past couple of decades we have the following result: Lesotho 1 SANDF 0. So perhaps we have something to learn from Cuba after all. And they have robustly avoided becoming USA's 51st state.

      Ben - 2012-01-11 10:50

      The Cuban army was used by some countries in Africa to fight the S. African army. I am concerned about their presence. I am only guessing so I would prefer to say no more about my concerns but hope that someone can throw more light on the subject.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-11 12:17

      Its not an army, its a mob. When you have to use please in an order then your doomed. The SANDF is now a shelter of employment for the lazy and poor disiplined.

  • RemoteMedic - 2012-01-11 08:56

    Oh crap! At this point when Iran/US war is possibility. Iraq is in shambles, North and South Korea are eyeing each other... oh how Useless does the Useless Nations want to become?

  • Larry - 2012-01-11 08:57

    Here comes another opportunity to embarrass us on the World stage.

      busi.carol - 2012-01-11 09:30

      Lets hope he has taken an hour to look hrough his speech.

  • Frank - 2012-01-11 09:13

    will he be guided by the Ancesters?After all they have run Africa deep underground.Lets not loose the opportunity to finish off the rest of the planet in 2012

  • Deon - 2012-01-11 09:23

    Nothing will change towards Iran and Syria while Zuma is in control.

      Xolani Ziqubu - 2012-01-11 09:44

      Just like nothing has for the past 10 years. Whats your point?

  • TheSlip - 2012-01-11 09:33

    To paraphrase Trevor Noah on JZ's status update: "Jacob is feeling risky." In all seriousness, I kinda like JZ.

  • pasca.motaung - 2012-01-11 09:34

    i think you white people should start looking at the bigger picture instead of judging/pointing finger at Zuma... if your so knowing everything why are you sitting where you are now? whatever you guys are saying will never change the fact that Zuma aka Mshini wam is going to chair the UN and theres nothing you can do about it... even if you can guys can change colour. Big up to those of you who'll comment after the meeting unlike these self rightious bunch of extreme white people.

      Silver - 2012-01-11 09:50

      Obviously there are more then on “bigger picture” here. Pasca do you honestly think Zuma is the best Africa has to offer? What does Zuma bring to the table? The African plan? How much do you think the world cares about the African plan? What does South Africa have to offer the world that can’t be delivered cheaper and easier by any other African country? You don’t think perhaps that Zuma is *wink wink* someone’s puppet? I’ll take my hat off to the puppet master. He is playing his game brilliantly.

  • Blade - 2012-01-11 09:41

    So the head of the most unsafe country in the world now chairs the UN Security Council? Sounds like an episode of South Park.

      Blade - 2012-01-11 12:04

      @Xolani you must have typed that with your head firmly up your behind. Please do some research before embarrasing yourself.

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      Hunter - 2012-01-11 12:35

      @Xolani, SA made no 5 on this list published after 2010.

  • Moss - 2012-01-11 09:44

    Very bad timing for the presidency. We have Iran vs US, and the sanctions + Iran threatening to block the oil route. Then you have Russia and China not to mention Paris with their unclear foreign policy, Which I think it should be EU policy.

  • IrvinIco - 2012-01-11 09:59

    Congatulations to Pres Zuma on his appointment to the highest position of world decisions that shape the dirrection of world affairs.The power of the UN is within the Security Council.May the Pres use his temporary position to the benefit of Africa especially our region

      Blade - 2012-01-11 10:17

      When has the Pres ever done anything to benefit Africa?

  • Penny - 2012-01-11 10:06

    Oh the irony, what a joke and it is'nt even 1 April!

  • Xolani Ziqubu - 2012-01-11 10:24

    Firstly Zuma is not taking up any position on the UN. South Africa will preside over the security council. Zuma will co chair a meeting that speaks to sustainability. One meeting. Some of you comment without reading or any form of understanding on the matter.

  • Paul - 2012-01-11 10:38

    He supported Gaddafi and supports Mugabe, Oh Dear, Oh Dear, The UN is gonna be in for a treat.

      moikhethi - 2012-01-11 10:51

      Paul I think you have this twisted, Ghaddafi died because of Zuma!!!!!!

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 11:01

      @moikhethi. Is that what you think..... Zuma caused Ghaddafi death. Pull the other one. Zuma supports dick-taters , like Bob and Ghaddafi and does not take the high road and punish them. Damn the man.

      Xolani Ziqubu - 2012-01-11 11:20

      @jody. M curious how refusing someone shelter and agreeing on mass bombing of his country = surport? As for Mugabe you have Zuma confused with Mbeki. Get your facts right...

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 11:52

      @moikhethi. Like Zuma's didn't support Ghaddafi before his fall. He was put under pressure from the rest of the world to not help! How many other terrible leaders got asylum in South Africa to a massive out cry.... Just like any other government you need to peal away the propaganda to see the truth.

      moikhethi - 2012-01-11 11:52

      @jody.beggs Wrong, Zuma voted with America and France(Imperialists) for the no fly zone which ultimately led to the death of Ghaddafi. Mugabe is no friend of South Africa especially Zuma, revisit your history you will learn that, Zuma as a mediator for SADAC in Zim has no guts to face Mugabe.... He is stupid and uneducated and for that reason I think he must vacate the presidency.....

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 12:14

      @moikhethi. Agreed but under pressure , Zuma can't make a decision without someone holding a gun to his head or holding his hand. Google is your friend ...... Next time you want to make a statement make sure you can't find evidence on the contrary on the inter-web. Zuma loves his dic-tators ...

      Xolani Ziqubu - 2012-01-11 12:17

      @moikhethi. You are not making sense. Zuma is not SADC, politics dictate that he does not act as hegemon. He takes his que from Mozambique which as the helm on SADC. SA (not Zuma) tried to force change these past couple of years and Mugabe then asked Zuma to step down as mediator as he felt he was not fair to ZANU PFs plight. Before shouting learn what you gonna shout about...

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 12:18

      @moikhethi. Zuma and Mugabe do clash but has he done anything to better the lives of ours neighbors. But he still bails Mugabe out when he needs a hand. Damn the man.

      moikhethi - 2012-01-11 12:56

      @jody.beggs The problem is you rely too much on the media you stupid specimen you ?!!! Zuma can't do anything to better the lives of Zim people, he is a mediator with no guts that's all. Ultimately Zim people must help themselves by voting Mugabe out. I agree that no one placed a gun on his head to make the decisions he make/making, I just think he can't think and he is stupid. But of course I can hear that you support European countries and it's bound to happen, after all you are a white man and you have a right. I am not going to apologise for my dissatisfaction for the assassination of Ghaddafi, as for Mugabe Zuma does not support him that is a fact.... @Xolani Ziqubu You are a blind loyalist, I see it in all you posting to defend this stupid..

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 14:04

      @moikhethi you really show your intelligence when you resort to insults. I support South Africa 100% and strive for a better life for all, unlike you , who clearly suffer from tribalism. If Africa doesn't stand together and focus of growth instead of money then we all are going to suffer. By any chance did you take part in the Xenophobic attacks ?

  • moikhethi - 2012-01-11 10:44

    President Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3,Standard 3

  • Assis - 2012-01-11 10:45

    Lets hope that South Africa foreign policy will improve towards what our constitution stands for and not towards supporting rogue dictators of this world.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 10:46

    I wonder if he'll take his shower with him ?

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  • Sedick - 2012-01-11 10:50

    Hope this job comes with a shower as standard....

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-11 10:53

    Damn but there are a lot of negative people on her. Why always assume the worst. Let the man do his thing and if he f*cks up, THEN we can grill him.

  • Paul - 2012-01-11 10:59

    Zuma supported Gadaffi and supports Mugabe. Oh Dear oh dear. Well maybe the UN council should push Zuma for Mugabe's arrest like Milosovic. Between 1983 and 1987, Mugabe authorised the massacre of about 20 000 minority Ndebele inhabitants of Matabeleland and in the Midlands provinces who backed Joshua Nkomo's defunct Zapu party.

  • swavka - 2012-01-11 11:12

    Disaster waiting to happen. Mayan Prediction end of the world 2012 - maybe this is what they meant, but couldn't quiet put it into words (or in their case in hieroglyphics).His ego is already over inflated - now more than ever. Wonder what he gets paid for this?

  • Johan - 2012-01-11 14:06

    Sqeegee he will embarras us!

  • George - 2012-01-11 14:31

    UN Security Council getting there first lesson in:- eisch, angaasie, she is gone to my pocket sorrieee

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