Stop clobbering Nedbank boss - Buthelezi

2012-04-13 22:28

Durban - Nedbank chairperson Reuel Khoza did not deserve to be "clobbered" for expressing his opinion, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Friday.

Writing in his weekly newsletter, Buthelezi referred to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe’s statement earlier this month that Khoza should not be talking about politics, but rather about business.

“One could just as well say that all those well-connected ANC leaders who are involved in business should get out of politics. Politics and business are interwoven. Whatever is done in one sphere has an impact on the other,” the Inkatha Freedom Party leader said.

Khoza, writing in Nedbank's latest annual report released at the end of March, said South Africa's "strange breed" of leadership needed to adhere to the institutions that underpinned democracy. The political climate was not a picture of an accountable democracy, he said.

"Our political leadership's moral quotient is degenerating and we are fast losing the checks and balances that are necessary to prevent a recurrence of the past."

Khoza said South Africans had a duty to build and develop the nation, and hold their leaders accountable.

"We have a duty to build and develop this nation and to call to book the putative leaders who, due to sheer incapacity cannot deal with the complexity of 21st century governance and leadership, cannot lead," said Khoza.

Buthelezi accused Mantashe of "playing the man, not the ball".

"He [Khoza] is not only entitled to an opinion, but has the credibility to offer an opinion worth listening to.

"Dr Khoza expressed an opinion, one that was clearly shared by other leaders in business, judging by their response. He does not deserve to be clobbered for it.

Buthelezi said the ANC reacted like a bully to Khoza's statement.

  • Boy Bana - 2012-04-13 22:40

    it is dificult for some to hear the truth. not your biggest fan mr buthelezi but this time u are right. pity it is again falling on deaf ears.

      Sean - 2012-04-14 00:06

      Suppose the truth hurts !

      Helio - 2012-04-14 07:52

      @bluzulu...Mr Khoza was well within his grounds as a champion of business to raise his concerns publicly, afterall he is the chairman of an institution that has many investors and clients amongst the SA population.....take note that in the past champions of business like the Harry Oppenheimers also raised their concerns about this is just the norm. So be thankful that there are people out there that championing morals and ethics in our society.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 08:32

      Bluzulu let us be honest here, there was nothing to agitate the public there. Wait a moment, are you saying it is wrong to criticise the ANC in public? so the anc think we are not aware of this rampant corruption in the name of transformation?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-14 10:59

      @ Luviwe, ""Strange breed"".....This from an intellectual, Why the need for this aggressive protocol to get the message across. This is the agitation. Look out your window and you will see a domocracy, In this democracy one is allowed to air their views, sure enough. However complete this simple item without the use of provocative language such as ""Strange breed"".....

      bluzulu - 2012-04-14 11:36

      @ NEWS24, Why remove my post , hence I will remitt. The ultimate pulse to a nations health is it's GDP. Whilst the rest of the western world suffered checkout RSA's progress during this time.... Now once yous have digested this data, all these minor storms in teacups etc. means nothing as the rest of RSA are getting on with the job of tramsforming this country into the superpower it should have been today if Mr. Rhodes was never born. The fact that the GDP has tripled in the last eight years is irrefutable evidence that RSA is moving forward at a rapid pace. DONT REMOVE THIS NEWS24.

      Sharon - 2012-04-14 12:58

      @bluzulu - wernt you also one of malemas supporters who agreed with him in ths singing of the song kill the boer,and also agreed with him on his underhanded comments about hellen zilles office romps with males,your comments are worthless and show your mentality for what it is

      bluzulu - 2012-04-14 15:53

      No Sharon, I am and never was a Malema supporter. I do think he has some valid points like Nationalizing the Mines. As far as the Song goes, This is part of history and should remain so. You don't see the Americans banning the Southern flag even though this conjures the worst of the atrocities that were suffered by the African Americans. One must never be Bias.

  • villion - 2012-04-13 22:54

    "The political climate was not a picture of an accountable democracy." Corruption is a tree, whose branches are Of an immeasurable length: they spread Ev'rywhere; and the dew that drops from thence Hath infected some chairs and stools of authority. John Fletcher, The Honest Man's Fortune (1613; published 1647), Act III, scene 3.

      Herman - 2012-04-14 04:58

      Thus is the way many false men has proven to be just that, false. Herman Heil, 2012

  • Luviwe - 2012-04-13 23:13

    Dear Mr mantashe, Mr Khoza is a citezen of this country. He has got a right to voice his opinion about the state of affairs in this country, as you always do under the banner of anc. He was right about voicing how poor this breed of leadership is mismanaging the country. It was and is going to be difficult to sell nedbank when there is this uncertainty where is this country going. The governing party always debate policy without finality. Business does not like that kind of environment. Furthermore he is a man of honour who does not candy coat issues. As the majority we will continue to be unemployed as the FDI is shrinking ang the consiquence will be shrinking opportunities. I hope this won't be difficult for you to capture.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-13 23:43

      Leonard, maybe you did not notice "mantashe"

      Thenga - 2012-04-14 01:06

      Shame on u Mr Gwede try 2 use yo brain 2 think not yo dirty beard

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 07:53

      @leonard-the lowercase.

  • catcus1 - 2012-04-14 00:21

    Typical of our leaders - arrogant and un-democratic to the death - only reason ANC is still"democratic" is because they win elections easily. WAIT UNTIL THEY DON'T ! Think Mugabe !

  • Thenga - 2012-04-14 00:49

    Gwede yo coment 2 Reuel Khoza's statement was absurd n frivolous, the Anc is the ruling party n the man has the ful right 2 speak wen the Anc is leading us into a morass. Bcoz u r coward n brainless u c the man as a threat by questioning yo poor leadership n he being an eye opener 2 majority of this country. Politics is a way of life n it goes hand in hand with the growing economy of any country n the busineses as well, the decisions u(politicians) make 2day will determine the direction of this country 2moro. 4 yo in4 Khoza has neva failed, jst take a look in2 his credentials, now i c y u shud b replaced by Mbalula is bcoz u dont use yo brain 2 think but yo dirty beard.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-14 01:54

    Well said Mangosuthu. Pity the Anc are to busy stealing state funds to think before making pathetic statements.

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-14 02:05

    Yes there is a THIRD power, the economic power is no longer only whites, the black middle class is bigger than the white middle class, and they are 100% behind protecting this country, motivated and professional, and together we will succeed,

  • Rob - 2012-04-14 06:26

    Mphinde, get your point about Mr Buthelezi being addressed as Dr, I dont think anyone was being disrespectful in saying Mr Buthulezi,I for one do not think Dr Buthelezi would have been offended if I met him and said "Hello Mr Buthelezi" after he is Mr first before his a Dr, All the same - Well said Dr Buthelezi, you deserve applause for standing in support of Mr Reuel Khoza, against the ANC heavies.

  • Grant - 2012-04-14 06:30

    The attack on Khoza by Mantashe, Mthetwa and Manyi were all written in the same vein of deflecting away from the real issues, launching personal defamatory attacks, employing crude rhetoric and making unfounded statements. Not one of them is worth taking seriously

  • Rob - 2012-04-14 06:51

    Thando, it appears from your comments, matey, that any black person of any political status or business persuasion, that dares to disagree or put forward comments critisizcing the ANC govt is and Uncle Tom, mate get your head out your A-s and smell the coffee.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 08:03

      Thando we appreciate transformation as it is imperative for the country and us black africans. But labeling people when they point out weakneses with all sort of derogatory words is noy right.

  • Ester - 2012-04-14 07:03

    Mantashe keep your very ugly mouth shut about Khoza.He is just speaking the truth and we all know that the anc does not even know how to spell truth.People are beginning to see how rotten the anc is.

      Moss Molokomme - 2012-04-14 07:08

      I don't understand why ANC would go all the way to call Khoza names - because of criticizing them. Why don't they prove him wrong?Because he's right!

      Thando - 2012-04-14 07:23

      T R U T H

  • pws69 - 2012-04-14 07:53

    When people of Khoza's stature make comments like this, the ANC gets very worried, as they realise they are losing their grip on power slowly but surely. They then attack viciously, as they have no defense.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-14 11:43

      Mphinde, you made all that effort to write something we don't understand. What a waste of time.

  • Marie - 2012-04-14 08:11

    Well done Dr Khoza - there should be more people like you in this country!! When you speak the truth you get shouted down.

  • Ndu - 2012-04-14 08:47

    This goes to show that the ANC is full of dictators as Malema said, Dr Khoza was not only speaking as someone who is in business but as a South Africa_so if they say a South African must not comment on issue like this.....who should comment? Them? Isn't that a sign of dictatorship?

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  • Futhi - 2012-04-14 09:06

    It seemed some among us wished they could charge Dr Khoza for treason for saying what he said. I thought fought for freedom of speech for all to enjoy.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-14 09:17

    Unfortunately Mr Buthelezi although you are 100% correct,you are shouting against the wind. The amc is a law unto themselves and anyone who dares stand up in defiance is quickly squashed!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-14 09:41

    Mr Khoza is qualified in economic issues...which one of the "TOP 6 " have even 1/4 of his back ground in this field? Instead of attacking Mr Khoza they should consider what his point of view is and try to improve the matter.....but stupid people always cover up their ignorance with arrogance.

      Thando - 2012-04-14 18:20

      Gwede Mantashe has masters in economics......FYI

      Enhle - 2012-04-14 18:48

      The ifb is the shirt of the last year anc is the money school, jobs, computer and eny things

  • Phori Curtis Maelane - 2012-04-14 09:55

    The recent South Africa we see today cannot continue with the minds that shaped it.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-14 11:38

    Buthelezi should know by now that you are not allowed to say anything negative about the ANC. Helen Zille on the other hand can be insulted as much as you like. What a bunch of hypocrites.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-14 11:45

    strange breed indeed- i believe what he is referring to is a type of "leader" who cares exlusively for his/her own pocket and not a damn about the people who should be lead. "Leader" is this context is a misnomer in itself

  • Thando - 2012-04-14 12:15

    There goes news24.......wher r my comments??....mnxm

  • Jean-Louis - 2012-04-14 12:22

    For those who understand - shorted version Like rev.Scnorr said "think about it" Le premier qui dit se trouve toujours sacrifié D'abord on le tue, puis on s'habitue On lui coupe la langue on le dit fou à lier Après sans problèmes, parle le deuxième Le premier qui dit la vérité, il doit être exécuté. J'affirme que l'on m'a proposé beaucoup d'argent Pour vendre mes chances dans le Tour de France Le Tour est un spectacle et plaît à beaucoup de gens Et dans le spectacle, y'a pas de miracle Le coureur a dit la vérité, il doit être exécuté. À Chicago, un journaliste est mort dans la rue Il fera silence sur tout ce qu'il pense Pauvre Président, tous tes témoins ont disparu En chœur ils se taisent, ils sont morts, les treize Le témoin a dit la vérité, il doit être exécuté. Le monde doit s'enivrer de discours pas de vin Rester dans la ligne, suivre les consignes À Moscou, un poète à l'Union des écrivains Souffle dans la soupe où mange le groupe. Le poète a dit la vérité, il doit être exécuté. Ce soir avec vous, j'ai enfreint la règle du jeu J'ai enfreint la règle des moineaux, des aigles Vous avez très peur pour moi, car vous savez que je Risque vos murmures, vos tomates mûres Ma chanson a dit la vérité, vous allez m'exécuter

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-04-14 12:36

    For the record, Dr Khoza didn't single out a specific political organisation or leader. His analysis was based on the general leadership landscape. Now why is it only the ANC that takes him to task over his utterances ?. Or is it a case of if the shoe fits...?

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 12:56

      I never saw that one coming.

  • lytteot7 - 2012-04-14 13:24

    Malema said Zuma is a dictator, that means ANC if full of dictators and poor Malema was bashed for saying what he feels. Though Malema has his own flaws like everyone it seems like he is being prejudiced whenever he says something regardless of what it is. We are also guilty of playing Malema not the ball. ANC is full of dictators now I believe.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-14 13:27

      I'm happy that we have realised that at last, but it's still not late.

  • Thenga - 2012-04-14 14:03

    Gwede jst take a look in2 Khoza's credentials and u wil start talking sense and stop making yo absurd and frivolous statements, use yo brain 2 think abt the future of this country not yo dirty beard, u old boring outdated fart!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-14 15:37

    The ANC leadership is so internally focused they're crawling up their own arses! Excrement rolls downhill..everything starts at the top..Nedbank's boss is so right! Dr Khoza you have my vote!!

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