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Struggle not over: Motlanthe

2012-10-27 14:15

Johannesburg - The struggle for freedom and democracy, which was led by people such as former ANC leader Oliver Tambo is still not over, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe said on Saturday.

"South Africa today...faces complex tasks... [such as] consolidating unity, non-racialism, non-sexism and striving for prosperity," Motlanthe said in speech prepared for delivery at the opening of the OR Tambo national heritage site in Wattville on the East Rand.

"As we take this moment to pay homage to his [Tambo's] memory, we should always remember that the struggle he lived for is neither over nor nearer to its conclusion."

He said if the current tasks of the African National Congress and the country were "not properly handled", the gains since democracy would be reversed.
"We therefore need to work harder to keep at bay any threats that may undo the work of many years of struggle to bring about national reconstruction, peace, stability and social cohesion, among others," Motlanthe said.

"Today, the world would do well to take a leaf from the book of humanists such as OR Tambo in striving to improve the lot of humanity."

Comments
  • ahpretorius - 2012-10-27 14:19

    We have been struggling more and more each day since 1994!

      kim.buren - 2012-10-27 14:29

      Indeed, we also have to struggle with how the hard earned taxpayers money is p!ssed up against trees

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-27 14:37

      Yes you have been, and will continue to struggle for eternity... ever took some time to figure out why???

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-10-27 14:40

      "Today, the world would do well to take a leaf from the book of humanists such as OR Tambo in striving to improve the lot of humanity." Yes sir, maybe you can take a leaf out of his book book the next time you feel the urge to spend R7 000 000.00 on chartering a jet (while the air force has at least 7 other planes in good working order, for your disposal?). And somehow you find it in you to point the finger at me when your ANC voters enquire about their "economic freedom".

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-27 14:56

      I am struggling to pay for Mothlantes Jet charters I am struggling to pay for Zuma's home improvements I am struggling to pay for Zuma's new road I am struggling to pay for Malemas Limpopo rip offs I am struggling to pay for Zumas last 3 weddings I am struggling to pay for Zuma legal bills I am sick and tired of struggling Please tel me when it's over

      smellarat.smith - 2012-10-27 17:06

      Africa's struggle will never be over until Africa's leaders finally embrace the aggressive pursuit of education, birth control, security for all and women's rights. Those values separate the developed from the developing world. It is not a race thing, it is a matter of priorities. And no, the piracy that is now apparently taking off on Africa's West coast, is not a legitimate form of entrepreneurship - one actually has to produce or create something. Unfortunately it is always easier and more convenient to externalize problems. And to propose various forms of handout solutions that promises all, but will take away, and deliver nothing. Like land grabs and nationalization. And when everything eventually fails, like in Zimbabwe, you just reframe it as "African style" success, while blaming the resulting hardships on the legacy of Colonialism. Who will wake up first - the African electorate or the leaders? Until then Africa will continue to suffer without hope.

      Vince.York - 2012-10-27 18:08

      Motlanthe - the quiet one who doesn't even want or need a salary because of the massive rewards he and his concubine obtain through his inflated oil & minerals deals is it? South Africa - for a long time you are with the devil no matter which way you turn - can you not all see the little tokoloshe's sitting on each of these 'suddenly exhorbitantly enriched leaders' left shoulders? And YES - South African horizons are extremely dark from the shadows of all the black piglets flying through our skies cutting teh atmosphere to shreds with sharpened trotters.

      daniel.jacobs.3766 - 2012-10-27 19:15

      Yup, it sounds just about right. At last a confession.

      vuyisan - 2012-10-27 20:25

      and many white people voted against continuation of apartheid and you still can say that?

      tw2066 - 2012-10-28 07:52

      Intersting thumb count on my comment. We really are in deep doo in this country.

      edward.patterson.923 - 2012-10-28 12:29

      Dear Mr. Motlanthe: "struggle: to contend with an adversary or opposing force" Why do you and so many in leadership in SA use terms like this? It wasn't that long ago that SA was on the verge of a civil war because of the "struggle" between the ANC (et al) and the Nats government. SA has much that it needs to accomplish but right now it has as much "freedom" and "democracy" as the ANC led government will allow the nation to have. The ANC is fully in charge, fully. Yes others may hold some of the economic reigns but with BEE even these companies have a significant presence of ANC members. You should be very familiar with this process. The struggle is OVER now is the time for governance. Yes it might be politically popular to use the term "struggle" but be careful, it may come back to bite you. Now it's the miners (being worked up by Malema) who are "struggling." Remember, "struggle" implies an opponent. Who is the opponent now? You may think that it is the mines owners, but not really, they are foreign nationals for the most part. Even now they are preparing their exit strategies from SA. And when the protests turn violent, as they recently did, who do the strikers struggle against? No, the struggle is increasingly an internal one with in SA. I would lose the word struggle and find others that would heal rather than divide. That's just one opinion. But you may like it because it makes good political sense but I would ask; is it good for SA?

      netswera.livhuwani - 2012-10-29 11:11

      you are right it was expected that whites will strugle a little as they will from 1994 have to share the riches of the country with other races in the country.so true it was expected ahpretorius.

  • paul.malherbe.7 - 2012-10-27 14:24

    YES WE CAN SEE MOTLANTHE, LOOKING AT THE REST OF AFRICA, THEY WILL STRUGGLE FOREVER, YOU CANNOT PRODUCE OFFSPRING UNCONTROLLABLY WITH 100+ WOMAN AND EXPECT THOSE WHO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND PLAN THEIR FAMILIES TO PAY FOR YOURS EDUCATION AND EVERYTHING ELSE AND EXPECT TO PROSPER, NUFF SAID, PERIOD.

      vandross.ntshegi - 2012-10-27 15:55

      That's the truth at its hardest core

      kimard - 2012-10-27 17:54

      my fave from boetcker: "You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-28 08:04

      @kimard Brilliant

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-28 22:40

      kimard - never a truer word spoken. Always been excellent in my opinion ! Thanks for reminding me of this !

      Vaal Koos - 2013-11-02 19:08

      MOTLANTHE WTF DO YOU REALY WANT?BE A MAN AND SAY IT.

  • calliedj - 2012-10-27 14:25

    While we have a corrupt government, the 'struggle' will never end

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-27 18:45

      Ja they struggle now to get there hands on the tenders

  • om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-27 14:26

    What a hypocrite!!!!!!!!!! Living the life of a billionaire off tax payers money & then having the cheek to lecture the nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • donald.perumal - 2012-10-27 14:28

    @Motlanthe ".... the struggle for Freedom and Democracy is not over" .This coming from the Deputy President of Democratic SA one wonders who in govt are preventing Madiba's freedom and democracy from getting to the people. I believe you should go and have a word with your campaign manager,Idiot Amin on how he enjoys this freedom and democracy,especialy in Limpoopoo before you shoot your mouth off! Anyway,you are in govt:what are you doing about it?

      damien.bako - 2012-10-27 17:51

      @Oliphant instead of making stupid comments about Donald, why don't u use your time more effectively and learn how to spell.

      emile.marais - 2012-10-27 20:57

      Spelling is an art? Obviously an education is an abstract concept to this oliphant person.

      willie.botha.9480 - 2012-10-27 23:00

      @oliphant. Yes, an "olifant" is a huge and intelligent animal. One of the most gracious and majestic animals in the wild. Just a shame people like you try and dishonor this majestic animal by claiming you are like it. With this in mind and if I look at the words you are farting out I would say change your name to idiot.mzolisi. It suits you much better.

      emile.marais - 2012-10-28 00:13

      You dishonor the animal unfortunately. Elephants are intelligent and not vindictive. And really now, I'm insignificant? That insignificant that I warranted a response from you? Shame. And take the compliment. I have many more for you if you wish to hear them :)

      tw2066 - 2012-10-28 07:55

      olipant wt r u trng 2 sa? Mab u rn rsol r n id 10 t?

      donald.perumal - 2012-10-28 17:14

      @Oliphant Mzolisi Seriously,my brother you need to debate the points raised;forget this nonsense about medicine. Just before negotiations,around 1982 we were tasked to prevent Black people from being "kicked out" of so called white areas and we were also asked look at some of the needs of the "poors".We did this in the name of ACTSTOP and reported to the ANC,that was some 30 years ago.Suffice to say,not much was done about these problems!Our comrades just filled up their pockets. Why are our actions not different from what has transpired in the rest of Africa,our comrades were better educated,had a greater sense of responsiblity and were morally just.What happened?Too busy with tenders!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-27 14:29

    Yebo Motlanthe. The struggle will only be over when when the corruption-riddled, political elitist, money-grabbing morons are turfed out of parliament! Then only, will the masses be free! Sekhunjalo ke nako!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-27 14:30

    The actual struggle taking place is by the politicians and other fat cats with their connections to high places to stay in their undeserved privileged positions.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-27 14:32

    The new struggle for freedom and democracy is a struggle against the ANC/Alliance sell out government.

  • steven.douglas.165 - 2012-10-27 14:38

    Ag please man,cry me a river!!You lot will still be struggling in a thousand years time!!

  • Leonore Engelbrecht - 2012-10-27 14:41

    struggle, apartheid, whites, freedom,democracy. there is your backbone of every single speech. you know little else M!

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-10-27 14:53

      @ Leonore Engelbrecht: Actually, you've summed it up for all ANC politicians (read criminals).

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-27 14:44

    The struggle now is to get rid of the criminal ANC and their cadres. This is going to be one hell of a struggle, could take another 20 years.

      Vaal Koos - 2013-11-02 19:10

      Motlanthe,you had twenty years and a lot of money.Why don`t you admit failure?

  • asdhasgd - 2012-10-27 14:55

    "The struggle for freedom and democracy, which was led by people such as former ANC leader Oliver Tambo is still not over" YU GUYS CAN WALK ANYWHERE YU WANT AND YOU KEEP VOTING IN THIS PATHETIC ANC!!! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT??

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-10-27 15:04

    Its a BIG SHAME it seems all black africans have no capability to rule, Once in power they do the opposite. Hail chinese laws corrupt officials are hanged or shot in public but here they are untouchable and cant even go to prison,what they do is to twist the constitution to suite their early prison release cause politicians lately are gangsters.

      ant.duke - 2012-10-27 16:55

      No one would like it more if you could use our money to end this struggle. But you won't. You will take it, put it in your pocket, walk away and blame the next white you see for the problem. Your struggle is with reality.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-10-27 15:15

    Right you are indeed Mr. Vice President, looks like your business is primarily focused keeping the whole nation in a continued state of struggling; 'Cause for as long you keep milking money from the taxpayers and, instead of channeling it to the poor/needed areas, you keep on lying to this 'struggling' proportion of the population by letting them believe that the economically active sector of our democracy is the causing agent of their woes.

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-10-27 15:21

    Your struggle will never be over...you were born with your problem and NOTHING can fix that. Shame.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-27 15:40

    What about starting a struggle for non-corruption?

  • mike.clery - 2012-10-27 15:50

    The ANC keep "the struggle" alive because it's the only card they've got left to play. Without the never-ending call to struggle against the remnants of a long-dead apartheid system, they'd have to compete based on how they're performing NOW. And we all know how they'd fare in that case.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-27 15:52

    The struggle for freedom and democracy is not yet over... Really? Who write your speeches? Did you read them in your luxurious hotels before you come to the stadiums and make fools of yourselves? You've been living in luxury like billionaires and kings and queens without any form of hard work or education for the past eighteen years, what more do you want. Charting luxurious jet fit for billionaires without any qualifications. Duh, they say these days! Yah! Of course you are right, the struggle for freedom for those scavenging in the rubbish dumps. Those without jobs including of course those jobless graduates. Of course those living in shacks. I still remember you called four-roomed houses built by apartheid government match-boxes. What you built was dubbed by General B. Holomisa as Fiat Unos which is half of the match-boxes. Yeah you're right the struggle for freedom and democracy is not over. Clever man indeed.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-10-27 16:59

      So right Take the matchbox houses, they were a disgrace; but they are still there, after sometimes 50 years. Well build. They are used by the people as a start to build on, when they start doing a little better. These days RDP's are smaller, and crumble within 3 years. The struggle is not over KM.

      stoffel.matya - 2012-10-27 17:03

      you are 100% right Mnguni only the poor people feels the pain.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-27 17:11

      @oliphant.mzolisi: I am not only taking medication, I'm busy with my exams educating myself I'm not gravitating to any \leader\ trying to ingratiate myself. I am nobody's sycophant, neither I'm nobody's spineless cheerleader.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-28 20:46

      @siphom you are speaking the truth. The struggle is no longer one struggle for all black people - some have to struggle more than others, and its more of a class issue now. The elite should catch economy class planes and drive humble cars, etc. That goes for all politicians regardless of the colour of their skin. They should set an example. People are more concerned with their status, with conspicuous consumption, than with the poor. But I say this aware of my own hypocrisy, as a white privileged person. The government is elected to lead though; we're in need of true leaders who care about the poor.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-27 16:10

    Motlanthe doing war talk to appease the Youth league? Seems so!

      dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-27 19:00

      True. Even more so considering his friendly sentiments toward Malema. We have trouble looming with this fat cat.

  • Andre Kritzinger - 2012-10-27 16:23

    Struggle is over bro. You run the country, problem is you struggling to do that.

      stoffel.matya - 2012-10-27 16:51

      who was not struggling?

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-10-27 17:09

      When you ANC guys & girls take all I got, (in the name of justice that has to be done), take over the debt, too? FNB is on my case, and I'd rather start over with nothing then with R1.000.000+ in debt. Just a suggestion.

  • Amused-Reader - 2012-10-27 16:38

    I am almost always impressed with Motlanthe. I hope he is our next president. (Albeit that I would prefer Zille)

  • silas.matlala.9 - 2012-10-27 16:56

    mr deputy president if and only if you can come clean and tell us how you acquired your economic freedom like the rest of your colleagues maybe we can listen..our struggle currenlty is how to get rid of you and your\r\ncorrupt colleagues for a clean and corruption free gvnmt for ALL....this country deserve a gvnmnt that will steer it towards an economic freedom whether under white black or whateve r the colour it might be president...

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-28 20:49

      @Silas you are completely right. Sadly the economic challenges probably won't improve and provide a decent chance for all for some time, but good governance would be a good start.

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-10-27 17:02

    The struggle is definitely not over it has only just begun with these corrupt idiots, some democracy we have when even e tolls are shoved up our ass but we will take it no more!! Revolt is near

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-10-27 17:24

    Well the ANC patriarchal dinosaurs are making sure that equality for women remains firmly oppressed and they are fully supported by the lily livered members of the ANCWL. Perhaps if self enrichment of the NEC and others was not such a priority, the rest of the population might see some progress toward equality

  • jacobusm1 - 2012-10-27 17:44

    If there is no freedom and democracy in the country yet,what does mr.Monthlanthe actually mean by that? Non-racialism and non-sexism? Does he want to change nature to suit the politicians? Everyone to be reduced to one man one vote and no character,no race,no sex etc. My understanding of what the politicians are heading for becomes more vague by the day.The only i grasp from it,is only the ANC has a right to all and nobody else should earn or collect anything.They have dismally failed to exploit the opportunity given to them openhanded and they will never pin this cloud and what they dream off.

  • brett.michielin - 2012-10-27 18:27

    It will never be over cause you, malema and the rest of the boys become obsolete. You and I know that Motlanthe its your job to make sure the masses never know the secret. Viva you idiot Viva

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-10-27 18:30

    Since when Mr Motlanthe? You woke up this morning and realized that,or after your nomination to contest for presidency that's very sad. In Africa we are blessed or cursed with greedy leaders who are obsessed with positions and because we are fools we always believe what they say,whether it make sense or not. It's high time South Africans to wake up and vote for a better future,Now before it's too late

      Tim Elliott - 2012-10-28 07:36

      well said.we desperately need our black fellow south africans to see through all this ANC bulls..t and vote for a better future

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-10-27 19:16

    A threat is Zuma.

  • erik.prinsloo.1 - 2012-10-27 20:00

    Next struggle is to get rid of an incompetent goverment and corrupt officials who only think of their own pockets. They don't care about the initial \struggle\ - oinly use it to score some brownie points!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-10-27 20:31

    its getting harder and harder to blame whites for the state of the country. Seems the anc is getting ever more desperate to find a scapegoat.

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-10-27 20:38

    What do they want? At end of the they want all whites out and I hope their dream comes true so that they can finally get it while the hunger pains finally end their demise. Laat hulle frek van die honger.

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-10-28 05:43

    The struggle has never stopped since 16 December 1838!!

  • rayno.grever - 2012-10-28 09:13

    18 years and still struggling, at least there is one thing in this world you are good at. I normally expect this speech just before elections, why now? And where are the people's free t-shirt and streetwise 2.

  • peter.vanachter - 2012-10-28 11:37

    This is realy getting on my nerves,get over it already it has been 20 years, the reasons there are no improvements is due to the old guard realy keeping on to ensuring their pensions are met...get on with it and if you can't govern then get out of it.

  • edward.patterson.923 - 2012-10-28 12:26

    Dear Mr. Motlanthe: "struggle: to contend with an adversary or opposing force" Why do you and so many in leadership in SA use terms like this? It wasn't that long ago that SA was on the verge of a civil war because of the "struggle" between the ANC (et al) and the Nats government. SA has much that it needs to accomplish but right now it has all the "freedom" and "democracy" as the ANC led government will allow the nation to have. The ANC is fully in charge, fully. Yes others may hold some of the economic reigns but with BEE even these companies have a significant presence of ANC members. You should be very familiar with this process. The struggle is OVER now is the time for governance. Yes it might be politically popular to use the term "struggle" but be careful, it may come back to bite you. Now it the miners (being worked up by Malema) who are "struggling." Remember, "struggle" implies and opponent. Who is the opponent now? You may think that it is the mines, but not really, they are foreign nationals for the most part. Even now they are preparing their exit strategies from SA. And when the protests turn violent, as they recently did, who do the strikers struggle against. No, the struggle is increasingly an internal one with in SA. I would lose the word struggle and find others that would heal rather than divide. That's just one opinion. But you may like it because it makes good political sense but is it good for SA

  • ernest.gouws - 2012-10-28 14:05

    Instead of struggling, try working. The results are amazing.

  • kevin.jacobs.1044 - 2012-10-28 17:19

    I think he means that they have not stolen enough money yet

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-28 17:23

    yes the ANC is still struggling...struggling to rule the country!!

  • anelda.bernardo - 2012-10-28 20:11

    Ek wil nie die dag by wees as julle uit die slaap uit struggle nie, die ontnugtering gaan geweldig wees.

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-29 08:52

    The struggle will only be over when the ANC have milked the country dry.

  • miyo27 - 2012-10-29 10:15

    the struggle is not over until the ANC loses power

  • willem.d.jager - 2012-10-29 11:31

    The sentimental ring to "the Struggle" is fast fading, Mr Motlanthe, together with South African taxpayers' money into the abyss of classic African despotism. The A N C cannot even maintain that which it had been handed on a plate!!! Stop the struggle spin, park the Mercedes and go and look at the children sitting in the dust instead being in school. You'll find much better things to do there than sounding important. Prosperity can not be built on corruption. NO to the African National Corruption.

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