Zuma: Show restraint during protests

2014-02-03 05:30

Johannesburg - The violent nature of public protests, which has also seen the loss of life reportedly at the hands of police, was seriously concerning, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"The loss of any life through unnatural causes is painful to us as government and we need to do everything in our power, as society to prevent such loss of life,'' he said in a statement.

Zuma said the Constitution granted the public the right of protest, but this should be done within the ambit of the law, and in a peaceful manner.

"The Constitution states that everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions. We need to abide by this Constitutional directive," he said.

"There is no need to carry weapons, to burn public facilities and endanger the lives of others just to express a view about something or services."

Such conduct was unacceptable in a democracy, where there was a government which defended and promoted the rights of people to express themselves.

Zuma also called upon the police to exercise restraint and ensure they were well prepared for public gatherings.

"They should plan for any eventuality and should be sensitive and ensure that everything they do is within the law," the president said.

"The police now have tools at their disposal such as water canons, rubber bullets, shields and others that are non-lethal. There is a lot that they can do without killing people."

People should feel safe and protected when they saw the police, while at the same time, the public needed to respect the police.

"Police are our only buffer between order and anarchy. We all have a responsibility to support them in their work so that they can protect us all," Zuma said.

"Many of our police officials have been killed on duty, something we should also ponder and find solutions too, as communities, working with government."

The violent nature of South African society also needed to be attended to.

"We need to address the citizens of this country on the culture of violence that was inherited from our apartheid past, that we have not been able to shake off up until now," Zuma said.

"We cannot solve our problems through violence and anger. This is something that we must address at all levels of society as part of nation building and promoting social cohesion and progress."

  • Breinlekkasie - 2014-02-03 05:54

    Now we understand why Zuma needed R200 million's worth of security upgrades to his compound. Anyway telling peasants to behave is as useful as telling a rapist not to rape.

  • Teboho Motsoeneng - 2014-02-03 05:56

    Stop talking sh*t it is because of u nd your corrupt government, just step down and everythng will be back to normal

      Brenda Pretorius - 2014-02-03 06:00

      I fully agree!

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-02-03 07:50

      I can post 16 similar statements made by JZ & cabinet since 2008. In 2010 they promised that funds and assistance were being expedited to assist municipalities with service delivery. Yet here we are still in 2014. As always, addressing the wrong issue. Remove the reasons for protests.

  • Cedric Jonkers - 2014-02-03 05:57

    All of a sudden Zuma acts like a president (all mature and caring). Why didn't he say that at the time when all this chaos was happening? Could the upcoming elections be the reason?

      Spikkels NK - 2014-02-03 07:40

      Those words are written for him, he just reads them off a piece of paper without even caring what it says.

  • Anele Booi - 2014-02-03 06:08

    You see ds is de president, we don't need to rent face

      thuli.mbene - 2014-02-03 06:41

      Anele. It's better to be quiet and have people suspect you are a fool, than to open your mouth and confirm it.

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-02-03 07:57

      Yes the one who has the same old thing to say after the fact, yet is sill incapable of solving the underlying problems.

  • Dan Mahla - 2014-02-03 06:22

    You seem to be lacking some brains @breinlekassie. Get it out of the jar before it gets any smaller.

  • Clement Mokone - 2014-02-03 06:25


  • Hasani Booysen Hlungwana - 2014-02-03 06:40

    if ANC do to you what apartheid did to you, do to ANC what you did to ANC. only violent protest can take ANC down and its corrupt leadership

  • Barney Klaasin - 2014-02-03 06:59

    Welcome back JZ.The violent protest stern from months and years off non or or little service delevery without been heard or attended to.The Goverment seems to only act if protest become violent.Police Cmdrs some behave like rebels.

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-03 06:59

    I was starting to enjoy the peace and quiet until this retarded mamparra opened his gob again.

  • Jon Low - 2014-02-03 07:04

    Witness how peacefully and orderly the DA march on Luthuli House will be. That's how it's done, Zuma.

  • Jon Low - 2014-02-03 07:06

    "...the culture of violence that was inherited from our apartheid past..." Say what? Was Shaka Zulu a peaceful man or a cruel and ruthless tyrant?

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-03 07:07

    kube uSathane ethule. sikhathele amanga akho.

  • Richard Anthony Davies - 2014-02-03 07:08

    How the wheel has turned

  • jabulane.mbhele.9 - 2014-02-03 07:09

    Yes sir you got it right the majority of South Africans is behind you don't worry about minority who want to take us back to violence. Hope the Jozi weather stays like this 2moro and interrupt this plan DA violent march.

      Qxtsa - 2014-02-03 07:38

      Even the majority is slowly realizing the truth.. Hope you do as well one day..

  • Dave Abner - 2014-02-03 07:20

    Why don't you show restraint when you loot our tax money. Nighers.

  • Lee-Anne Benjamin - 2014-02-03 07:23

    You silly man are the reason why these protests are even happening! You thieve and lie and think you can get away with anything!

  • David Blyth - 2014-02-03 07:37

    When they wished it, the ANC encouraged violence and protests. They also destroyed infrastructure. Now due to their ineptitude, the infrastructure is crumbling, people protest as they have been led to believe was appropriate and the ANC doesn't like it! The protesters however have no right to protest - they have repeatedly elected the same people that failed to serve them, so they cannot complain as they are receiving that which they asked for!

      thuli.mbene - 2014-02-03 07:42

      Yes David, it a bit like someone complaining because the tata he bought doesn't compare with a mercedes.

  • Wotnext - 2014-02-03 07:41

    "Police are our only buffer between order and anarchy." Nonsense. The first buffer between order and anarchy is good governance.

  • Bhekinkosi Langa - 2014-02-03 07:42

    Thanx Mr Showerhead to expose your Leadership nd Supporters that there is aConstitution.To go to Sangomas to predict what the much will be is the one that causes problems as those who went to Sangoma will carry stones to defend nd start throwing them to unarmed marchers who cannot even carry 20lit full of Poo.

  • Master Builder - 2014-02-03 07:50

    His own government don't even listen to him when he tells them to please stop stealing so they wont listen to him when he asks his protesters not to be violent. The ANC even admit it by warning that they cannot guarantee the DA's safety. And he demands discipline. Zuma and the ANC speak with fork tongue.

  • mishackp - 2014-02-03 07:52

    We will solve like this as long as we have big heads like u in government. Respect the police, eh. Respect n trust are earned.i guess the 15yr old killed by ur killing force was carrying a weapon. So how many funerals shud we plan for every protest? The level of corruption tht your government has reached is alarming, that's u don't have enough water cannon for the country. Cry the the beloved country cry!

  • Jimmy James - 2014-02-03 08:02

    Why talk now Zuma??? Why not in the past...WHY NOW ZUMA your talking will not work......BOO.

  • Danny Letsholo - 2014-02-03 08:07

    Idiot shut up pls

  • Truth.speak - 2014-02-03 08:13

    Message to Zuma: the reason they are protesting in the first place is because you and your cronies are stealing their money and not delivering to them. Message to protesters: don't protest, rather vote this idiot and his cronies out.

  • Andrew MacDonald - 2014-02-03 08:23

    Yes yes "mr president" and yet you sing and dance like a fcken buffoon in front of crowds with such inclusive nation building themes like "awuleth' umshiniwami" and "kill the boer". You sir are not fit to lead and your party, by their overwhelming support at mangaung, have proven thrmselves devoid of ideas.

  • taerasmus - 2014-02-03 08:30

    Do what is required of a democratic society Mr President and you won't have "protesting rioters"

  • Glen Weller-Blaber - 2014-02-03 08:59

    I am so glad that the old regime is not in charge to blame !What now ANC ?WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL YOUR EMPTY PROMISES ????Housins ,schools,health ,army - no greed corruption you guys have failed admit it !!! You achieved nothing in 20 years you gue just f....d up !! Bunch of bastards people live in shacks without basic services f... u ANC !!!

  • Pogiso Mekgwe - 2014-02-03 08:59

    u n yr administration mst deliver den our beautiful SA wil b a peaceful country. Fire corrupt,underperfomin individuals n hire based on knwledge n integrity

  • Christian Evans - 2014-02-03 09:11

    Hey Zum Zum, since when has loss of like been your worry, this is the ANC at it's best. Rather worry about how you are going to put the stolen Billions that you and your cronies are busy with, time to boycott taxes!!!!!

  • Selby Nekhofhe - 2014-02-03 09:11

    m lost i dnt knw wich party mst i vote for.i remember mama mashele say a person cn promise to do wat its best for the country bt he wil star fixing his things like,house,to provide his family by decent jobs and liv a better life forgetting abt the country.

  • Nozulu Mpafana Thukela - 2014-02-03 09:13

    I always here ppl talk about human rights but ppl geting killed zuma come with his useless comment at last for what coz your children still alived and your wifes you should be ashamed zulu boy

  • Nozulu Mpafana Thukela - 2014-02-03 09:14

    Anc can be better if you can put mbalula as a president

  • Shuma Papa-Rifuwo Nkuna - 2014-02-03 09:26

    "Let's ponder for a moment Jacob Zuma our President. A position which places him as the head of our country and the image portrayed to the world of what South Africa is, has become and has yet to become. Our serving president came to power in a political putsch that ousted Mbeki and dumped us with him. We all know the cartoons with the showerhead, we laugh at him almost daily (just don't boo) and he's generally regarded by many middle class intelligent South African's as a complete buffoon. Let's take a step back for a moment to an era we'll call PS (pre-shower). Jacob Zuma was around 2000 already being implicated for taking back-handers that sold SA into a US$45 billion arms deal - for equipment that's hardly been used, is now un-affordable to maintain and really not necessary. Oh and please cast your mind back to what the Rand Dollar was when SA was plunged into that debt compared to where the Rand Dollar is now. Zuma was a key signatory to the deal and prima-facie evidence shows that he swayed it in the favor of specific companies through his little helper Shabir Sheik and sold the country into decades of debt for a paltry few million in his back pocket and much larger sums for cigar munching Sheik. Famously, Zuma giggled when Sheik declared that he helped his friend Jacob because he couldn't even balance a cheque book and "his clan had always worn cheap suits" Zuma as much as agreed with Sheik and was using the "well my financial adviser said it was all good... he he he" and he smiled and danced. South Africa giggled and pointed fingers "what a clown" Skip forward to an exceptionally serious charge of Rape. A crime that any reasonable and right minded person finds vulgar, dehumanising and is only committed by the dregs of humanity driven by self centered egotistic and wanton desires with no concern for human rights or dignity.The matter dragged on and on in court and armed with the best legal skills a limitless budget (paid by the state of course) Jacob Zuma looked more and more tired and weathered as it dragged on and looked pretty dire for him. The public started questioning why state money was being used to fund his excessive [defense] and why did he need so much security and fanfare every time he appeared? Enter magicians rule number on. Misdirection. A "sniper" was reported to be after Jacob and his security wasn't just retained, it was increased. (you'll understand the importance of this later) Armed by the best legal minds SA has to offer and a limitless budget, his senior counsel allowed Jacob to take the stand and make statements like "but she wore a short skirt.." and "she wanted me" and "I gave her taxi fare" and then of course our all time classic "I couldn't get HIV because I took a shower" The reporters were running for their laptops before the words were out of his mouth.What a complete IDIOT, clown, fool, what a total laughing stock. The press went wild and as they regurgitated his comments daily, Jacob sat and smiled. The seriousness of the charges forgotten. The laughter never really did die down - we still laugh at it now - but stop, think. The senior most legal minds in SA allowed him to take the stand and say those things? Do you REALLY think he wasn't coached to say exactly that? That he wasn't prepared with exactly what to say? Within a few short weeks, the case against him crumbled and was withdrawn. A complete laughing stock. But a woman was still raped- by OUR president. Skip forward a little to Jacob taking power. Firstly, Shabir Sheik is suddenly out on a medical parole as he's at death's door - funny how he's still alive and well years later and not in jail. Funny how Shabirs brother Mo continued to feed at the government trough - despite his implication in the arms deal with Zuma and Shabier. Today, we deal with Nkandla... Rampant waste of government money on an indulgence for just one man. Spending of your and my taxes on one mans house that could have housed tens of thousands in RDP housing. The heat is on - who authorised it, why did the state pay? What the heck is going on? Denial denial and clever word-play - but at the end of the day, the facts are laid bare and we've spent hundreds of millions on one single mans residence - and it's not even government property, it's HIS property and we're responsible for it's maintenance as long as he's alive as a former head of state. Along with this, we pay for his personal harem and their needs as "first ladies". In the midst of this, Zuma gives his nephew Khubulise millions of our Rands to "manage" for his foundations, his nephew flourishes as a BEE Entrepreneur... under his uncles guidance - the same uncle who "couldn't balance a cheque book" remember. When pushed for explanations about Nkandla, the public prosecutors report is withheld and suppressed with all manner of irrational argument. Jacobs people explain that the swimming pool is a "fire pool" and necessary measure.The words are hardly out and journalists while wetting themselves with laughter are writing it up. Last week, the return of magicians trick number 1- misdirection. A small article about a wanted criminal armed to the teeth and lurking near Nkandla. Luckily he's apprehended by the k9 unit from Durban (120km away!)who were "in the area" A clear justification of why he needs such heavy security measures at his personal residence. While everyone is laughing and shrugging it off as "what a clown" Jacob Zuma and the unseen cabal behind him are selling South Africa down the slippery economic slopes of poverty. Ever wondered why the government is SO determined that e-tolls must work? Go and look at where the government pension fund is invested. Look at who has benefited as contractors on the construction of the e-tolling mechanism. Ever wondered why Zuma isn't in jail? That's because right after taking office, he had the law redrafted so that a sitting president cannot appear in court. Haven't you stopped to ask yourself what happened to the woman he raped? Have you even wondered how in the name of anything reasonable we have ended up with a president who raped a woman, committed fraud and more -and is a bigamist? Is this the example we want for our children and our future? Is this what South Africa has descended to? Look at how the rand has devalued against global currencies in the past 5 years, look at the uncontrollable rise in the cost of petrol and electricity and basic commodities in South Africa. Ask yourself seriously if Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is still funny. Jacob Zuma and the cabal behind him are one of the greatest threats yet to face the future of our young democracy. If the "front man" for "team Zuma" is a rapist, liar and corrupt bigamist- dear god shouldn't you be asking and fearing what's hiding away BEHIND him? Never underestimate the power of 1.The power of one person to make an impact no matter how small. By standing up and educating yourself about what is happening in our country and looking beyond what you see in the newspapers you can make a difference. You can make a difference to South Africas future by opening your eyes and not falling for cheap magic tricks, by asking the right questions and debating reasonably. You can make a difference by resisting government attempts to hide corruption and suppressing freedom of the press. You can make your voice known - any time you CHOOSE. "Copied from a great mind".

  • Fabian Feleciano - 2014-02-03 09:47

    Zuma how can we cooperate with goverment while our meyors are corupt even ministers some of them u terminate their contract. Acording to my mind people burn the municipal offices be cause is where they pay their monthly services, as we know many people are not working but they are supose to pay to avoid electrical disconected, because some municipaliti like SECUNDA municipaliti provide electricity sodat if we dont afford to pay municipal bills it means we dont qualify to have power in our houses. Also the problems of roads sewege. Another problem no SouthAfrican shops are operating only foreigners which most dontpay tax

      Mulalo Liphadzi - 2014-02-03 10:30

      Fabian if u are fighting with ur parents are u going to burnt his/her house ?do n't be stupid ma boy like ur parents

  • Marc Moon - 2014-02-03 10:10

    Zuma, show restraint when spending our tax money...

      Mulalo Liphadzi - 2014-02-03 10:18

      Moon I u raised with both parents? We are not talking about ur tax here ma man ,how can u protests carrying petrol bombs and unlawful weapon when u need water and house plz citizen of SA let's carry pluk card box and memorandum so we can solve dat unnecesary deaths of our loves ones

  • Mulalo Liphadzi - 2014-02-03 10:22

    Zuma u were talking seriously things dat everybody must know his/her rights when they are protesting for service delivery not carry weapons like we are fighting and let's educate our people how to strike n what we supposed to carry during protests

      Conrad Van Der Merwe - 2014-02-03 11:41

      Mulalo The problem is for the past 10 years the government has turned a deaf ear to normal demonstrations. This is now the only way to get attention. If the hand over a memorandum and disperse peacefully nothing will come from it. In Brits they asked for the water to be fixed for 18 months. Then they start burning things and within 3 days water have been restored. I do not think their actions are right but I do understand why they doing it. Maybe it is time our government start remembering that they are there to serve the people and not the other way around

      Mulalo Liphadzi - 2014-02-03 13:28

      Van der merwe u a rite ma man but I think the problems are in our municipality

  • Edward Radingoana - 2014-02-03 12:59

    As if he cares. Loss of unrelated life to him is nothing because if he was feeling it, he would have not spent R 215 000 000,000 just for himself. This is the man the dying community like so much that they pay with their lives as well to protect him from stealing from them. Amazingly those who are stuck with service delivery will be the same people to place him in power again saying "You can reap us further Msholozi".

  • Martin Bekker - 2014-02-03 13:32

    No sh$t jacob,,where have you been ......

  • Margaret Cox - 2014-02-03 15:00

    Zuma - show restraint when spending the tax-payers money.

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