Zuma avoids tackling corruption - Buthelezi

2012-02-14 22:36

Cape Town - Warning that corruption was on the verge of making South Africa dysfunctional, IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi told President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday that he was shying away from tackling it.

"Corruption is the bane of our country," he said during debate in the National Assembly on last week's state of the nation address.

Buthelezi described corruption as a fundamental threat to South Africa's constitutional democracy.

"Yet, sir, you shy away from this issue."

He said a measure of Zuma's leadership could be taken less by what the president had said than by what he had not said.

"How can we embrace hope when our leadership refuses to acknowledge the many problems confronting our country, or the causes that lie at their root? Year after year, the state of the nation address shifts, without ever addressing previous failures."

Buthelezi said it was an "unspoken fact" that corruption had resulted in the axing of two ministers, Sicelo Shiceka and Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

"The national police commissioner, Mr Bheki Cele, is still suspended pending an investigation into corruption.

"The speaker of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Miss Peggy Nkonyeni, and MEC Mr Mike Mabuyakhulu are facing corruption charges in court," he said.

Two of the nine provinces had "all but collapsed" and the administration of the state was "in shambles".


"Limpopo has been rendered bankrupt through corrupt activities and five of its departments have been taken over by national government...

"In the Eastern Cape, the education system has completely collapsed due to maladministration and corruption, forcing national government to intervene."

In Gauteng, the provincial government had sought help from the National Treasury for its health department, which was on the verge of collapse.

The Free State had sought help after discovering financial mismanagement and non-compliance in supply chain processes in its police roads and transport department.

"How, Mr President, do we explain the contamination of public service and commercial interests? It is fatal and yet pursued relentlessly from the lowest to the highest levels of government.

"Too many, and I dare say the overwhelming majority, are trying to make money on account of holding public office, being in politics or exercising public power."

Last year, Special Investigating Unit head Willie Hofmeyr told MPs that 20% of South Africa's procurement budget - between R25bn and R30bn - was lost to corruption each year.

"According to Transparency International's 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index, South Africa is perceived to be becoming more corrupt with each passing year."

This perception was rooted in reality.

"On a scale of 0 [being highly corrupt] to 10 [being very clean], we have fallen from a ranking of 5.1 in 2007, to 4.1 in 2011.

"The unspoken fact is that we are on the verge of joining the ranks of dysfunctional states, as the effects of corruption debilitate all spheres of life," Buthelezi said.


The IFP leader, who turns 84 this year, also criticised Zuma for his support, last Thursday, of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu).

"Mr President, you praise the trade unions, and even Sadtu, as if they should be thanked for doing less than the full measure of their destructive capabilities.

"Praising the SA Democratic Teachers' Union for its diligent teachers was a step too far in placating the unions."

The ANC-aligned union continued to act like an organisation "hell-bent on destroying the future of our children", and should be rebuked, not praised, for its actions, he said, to cries of support from opposition benches.

"Instead of acting like responsible educators, some members of Sadtu have, on numerous occasions, proven themselves irresponsible, unprofessional and unfit to educate South Africa's learners."

Buthelezi also suggested that the ruling party was too close to the country's four major banks.

"Another major policy mistake is maintaining the four retail bank policy and tolerating the collusion and other restraints of trade openly practised by our banks."

A lack of "real competition" meant they were not forced to take risks they did not want to take, forcing all the "risky business" onto the Industrial Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

"It would seem as if your government, Mr President, has a greater commitment to serving the banks than the people we represent."

No accountability

On the economy, Buthelezi said Zuma had not explained how two sectors that should be booming as a result of high international demand - agriculture and mining - were "in reverse due to government's many policy failures".

Another unspoken fact was that the latest Global Competitiveness Rankings of the World Economic Forum highlighted how corruption, wasteful expenditure and government red-tape was increasingly hindering business development, SMMEs and investment in South Africa.

Buthelezi said there was a "disconnect" between the government and the reality of everyday life in South Africa.

He told Zuma his address had lacked accountability.

"[It] lacked accountability on the crisis in health, the crisis of education and the crisis of corruption.

"What you have said looks good on paper, but what you have not said can prevent the fulfilment of the best-laid plans."

  • Francois - 2012-02-14 23:00

    Hey, Boetielazy, you gave that man the extra votes that he needed to be so in power by staying in charge of the IFP for so long - in 1994 it was a party that won the your province (albeit by the courtesy of Madiba) - in 2011, it had to look for co - alition partners for govern a couple of cities and for all that time who was the leader? Was it not you? The votes that the ANC lost to Cope, they won from you and it is easy to know why: Even the most stupid of rural voter knows that you are stupid when you say the tripe that you just did. Sure the state is in collapse, but Home Affairs under your supreme guidance was a shining light of good governance, was it not? The first ID that was corruptly issued in SA was under your management, was it not? Why did not hear of you taking steps to root out corruption at Home Affairs, probably because there were so many to count and all those steps are so well entrenched that Zuma (the wife) were praised for getting the 17th clean audit - the only dept to do so since democracy? Why do we never hear you complain about the Zulu King's royal lifestyle (one will swear he defeated Argentina in the Falklands and built a strong navy that rivaled anyone on the uMkomaaz river)? Why do you complain at the four major banks when they are at the top 10 in the world and their risk aversion save SA from joining the economic meltdown in 2008? Do you bank with one of them? You are a worse hypocrite than Mbeki, at least the latter was an open racist.

      John - 2012-02-14 23:04

      ANC = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying South Africa since 1957.

      Taetjo - 2012-02-15 00:23

      You are drifting from the subject man. 1994 is a long long time ago. Forward we should be marching. Mr Buthelezi is concerned about the future of our country and his concerns are very genuine. If you do not have anything constructive to state I think it is better to not comment. Apartheid was a horrible system which South Africans had to endure. We do not need to be creating another disaster which will be felt by South Africans again. We need some serious intervention to help our lovely country to go forward. The ANC is not doing a good job. Not at all!

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-02-15 00:36

      Hey Fran├žois, Give Mangosuthu Buthelezi a lot more respect! He was around when your mother used Stork Nappy services or you have had not paid attention to South African politics for a very long time!

      Petro - 2012-02-15 01:06

      Francois nou praat jy strond. Francois know you are talking sheit. Francois whena kluma rubbish.... wake up my boetie and smell the the coffee without milk....

      John - 2012-02-15 03:49

      @John, ffs give it a break already, comment constructively or shut up, your ramblings are actually bluudy boring.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2012-02-15 04:09

      Umm... South Africa has been dysfunctional for a while.... to the core. Place is a dump.

      Dirk - 2012-02-15 05:02

      "--corruption on the verge of making SA dysfunctional"??? SA is already dysfunctional!!! And the concern is that there are so many who cannot recognize it. The country is ALREADY in an advanced stage of collapse.

      Jack - 2012-02-15 05:29

      Buthelezi is just pointing out the obvious and yes, his department was as corrupt as any other. It's actually rather pathetic that our ruling party (the ANC) and the official opposition (the DA) are almost identical in policy. The DA merely campaigns on clean governance using Cape Town as the jewel in their crown (CT functions well, but not nearly as well as it could). I wish the ANC would clean up its act so our politicians can actually start debating policy...

      Ben - 2012-02-15 07:25

      Francois your effort to collect thumbs down was successful, but it is not what this service is for. You are totally wrong to critisize a man who has said more for the future of our country that has been said in a long time. Maybe you will get some brains at the age of forty.

      Francois - 2012-02-15 10:04

      I think that Zuma knows everything that Buthelezi has said. Zuma cannot act on it as he is held ransom by Cosatu at the one hand and the very same corrupt cadres to which Buthelezi is referring too. There is obviously the very big chance that Zuma himself and people very high up in the ANC will also have to take a fall for corruption on the Arms Deal, the Eskom boiler contracts etc. Buthelezi splurt, though true to a large extent is not going to change anything. His speech will not even be read or heard by the majority of the people in KZN as they are either illeterate or do not have the means like a nice PC to get hold of it. The only ways that Buthelezi or the IFP for that matter is going to make a difference is to win more votes, not from the NFP, but from the ANC and to govern better where it still has governance. Buthelezi does not win more votes in every election, quite the opposite and the ANC loves him for that. Criticising the ANC is not going to change anything specifically in the position he holds. He can do the whole SA a favour by seeing to it that the IFP at last has its conference and properly choose a leader and get a clear strategy out on how to garner more votes and to get those votes from the ANC. It is a tough call as he started the rot in home affairs and the decline of votes for teh IFP - thus something is wrong. It better to admit it and make a plan than to criticize from the stands. Yes 1994 is a long time ago, please inform Buthelezi as well

      Robi - 2012-02-18 18:55

      Hat Off Mr Buthelezi,he is one of the best politician in the country. He is always close to reality and stating the facts as they are. He was suppose to be independent analyst than the leader of the party. He is one of the great mind in South African politics.

  • Shaun - 2012-02-14 23:02

    Well said.

      Ben - 2012-02-15 07:32

      Mr. Buthelezi, it was never in their planning to govern a country, but for a few to own it. All their decisions and actions prove this. The only obstacles in their way now are the information network and the Constitutional Court.

  • Michael - 2012-02-14 23:03

    Ditto....... I think i like this guy again.

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-15 07:01

      What he does not point out is the endemic character of corruption in African society. It is rife throughout the continent not only here - and it cannot be removed from the ANC it's too late - the ANC itself has to be removed to get a fresh start and then there's no saying it will not rise again. 'This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway Oh no, this is the road To hell' or Zim at least ...

  • ThandaMzansi - 2012-02-14 23:05

    Actually, contrary to what Francois had to say, this man almost earned my next vote with this speech. If it weren't for the worry of weakening the opposition, I would be quite happy to give him my 'X' in the next national election.

      Gary - 2012-02-14 23:18

      The Nation needs to be awakened by improving their focus on what is said in the last 6 months we do not want that speech again. The structure that deals with curruption is already there and there is no need to repeat that statement. We kept on criticising one another and we don't come with solutions. Chief Mangosuthu needs some rest as he is now a pensioner. I am going to make sure that my 'X' is next to the gorverning Party. Thanks Thanda.

      ThandaMzansi - 2012-02-15 00:26

      They're banking on that brother. And they are laughing at you while they stuff your pockets. The ANC is all about lies. It's a bit like there could be an elephant standing in the room with them, but they'd deny that the mountain of crap it created could possibly be elephant dung. It's time to put the tribal nonsense behind us - all of us, whether it's the Zulu tribe, Xhosa, or the Afrikaaner (yes, they're an African tribe too) and start voting with our heads, rather than our hearts. Otherwise, the ANC will just keep laughing at you while they stuff their pockets.

      John - 2012-02-15 00:28

      @Gary We not living in this country from the last 6 months !!!! There is no diference made since Zuma's First State of the Nation speech on 3th of June 2009 ...What are you expecting to happen from 2012 onwards? Who needs to be awakened and rouse from sleep?

      Petro - 2012-02-15 01:10

      yep thandaamanzi - which man are you talking about - zuma or buthelezi - if it is zuma you are giving your X to - go for it mate but dont send your wife around my house looking for a domestic job - send her to zuma....

      ThandaMzansi - 2012-02-15 02:26

      Did you read the bit about contrary to Francois? Or the bit about the opposition? Does any of that NOT give you some inkling that I would rather chew off my own hand than vote ANC?

      John - 2012-02-15 03:59

      @Thanda, I understood perfectly what you were trying to get across? Well said! If only we could educate the masses out there who vote blindly cANCer and by doing so help them fill their pockets as you so rightly state.

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-15 08:36

      well said tanda.... im glad to know that depite out poor education system we still have educated people left in this country even if we make out the lower regions of 20%

  • Marcell - 2012-02-14 23:21

    One Zulu to another. He should've spoken in Zulu so that zoomer could understand it.

  • Jessica - 2012-02-14 23:38

    Its so depressing to read these things. I need a change. This country needs a change, who wants an overweight bald and uneducated person for company let alone running the country, especially the corrupt ones. I thought the ANC was supposed to be about the betterment of Africa. It sounds like our government only in it for themselves. And the party ... yese those failed nights MILLIONS have spent on. Ugh . Its just bad people.

      Max - 2012-02-15 04:30

      Couldn't agree with you more, I think by now their isn't one South African left that still doesn't know that the ANC is a corrupt organization. The different levels of admitting this fact in public is determined by each individual's interest in the ANC, be it a grant, tender, position etc. Anyone that still believes that the ANC is able to govern South Africa to become the prosperous country we all hoped for is sadly mistaken. Maybe there are still some individuals in the organization left that want to achieve this but the ability of the ANC to deliver on these hopes is gone.

  • Freddie - 2012-02-14 23:39

    Rather than comment on what the man had to say someone was bound to attack the messenger. However true they may be it's misguided as the contents of Buthulezi's message is true whether it was said by Mango or by Julius..nevertheles I had to laugh at an e news morning viewer question. They were asking if SA should follow suit in Obama's proposal to up the tax rate on the Super Rich. Maybe we should start by actually spending the public's money more wisely i.e. the R25 billion lost through maladministration? That would go a long way before we should even think of pouring more money into the black hole...

      Arvin - 2012-02-15 00:13

      Black hole? is there a pun intended? LOL !!!

  • jofouche - 2012-02-15 00:02

    yeah the party is over the guests are starting to realise that they might have danced on a few tables too many..

  • brettcch - 2012-02-15 00:26

    Say what you like about Chief Buthelezi, he is certainly a politician, but as a critical thinker he has very often shown up the ANC. Not on all issues, but a good many. He always has a constructive contribution to make and the fact that he is still around despite being targeted is a credit to him as a politician. Remember, this guy was talking to western presidents as well as the apartheid government while many now in the SA government were screwing around "in exile". That's quite a feat when put in that context.

      Petro - 2012-02-15 01:16

      Well said my friend...Buthelezi would have run this country really differently... Thumbs up for Boeta lezi...............

  • Robert - 2012-02-15 00:31

    good article

      Mantsho - 2012-02-15 00:47

      Yes indeed

  • reynard.j.debeer - 2012-02-15 01:12

    Mr.Buthelezi got balls! Buthelezi for president!

      Taetjo - 2012-02-15 09:34

      There is nothing to be afraid of.

  • Pawel - 2012-02-15 02:24

    Some very hard facts...

  • Marcell - 2012-02-15 02:26

    I don't think that he was quoted out of context. Perhaps zoomer is not getting it in context?

  • Jimmy - 2012-02-15 04:07

    Why is it that when I speak to Black people about government stealing and corruption, they seem totally unaware of this reality ? The BIG denial perhaps ? They've got freedom, the vote and nothing else - they're happy.

      Marcell - 2012-02-15 04:46

      They see it as stealing from the whites. It hasn't come full circle yet where they realise that it actually from themselves.

      John - 2012-02-15 05:15

      @Marcell, absolutely 100% in a nutshell!!!! One would think that after almost 20yrs of it cANCer supporters would realize exactly that, the opposition should concentrate more on educating the unwise.

      Ziggie - 2012-02-15 07:15

      Perhaps born with the genes (;-)....... Look into their history before we got here, steal wifes, cattle, children. That;s the way they operate!!

      Sydney Matubandlela - 2012-02-15 08:10

      That's mainly because we dont dscss politics with people, coz we know what your intentions are and what u want to achieve is exactly what we are trying to prevent...and also what we want to achieve is what your to prevent, you guys are happy with black people lower down economically and u people higher up there, your complains and whining have got nohing to do with corruption, i mean all the whites that i know who are in business are corrupt, your problem is that u are no longer getting business from government period!!!!

      Lunga - 2012-02-15 09:04

      Blacks are well aware of corruption in this country.. is it pure ignorance? no i don't think so.. the reality of knowing that your grievance would be shoved aside has made us to look the other way.Its painful i know but what can do and plus our elders are stil in that mentality that they never vote for a'' white'' party as long as they still breathing.Which i partially understand if you look back what they went through under apartheid for this country.

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-02-15 04:30


  • Haveyoursay - 2012-02-15 06:09

    How can you fight corruption when you (Zuma) is the most corrupt of them all? The ANC are very quick to defend the dysfunctional and corrupt.

      Anele - 2012-02-15 08:11

      agree with u fully on that one ''well said''

  • Kim - 2012-02-15 06:14

    Give Buthelezi a Bells. It appears that he is one of the few who's brain actually functions and can see where SA is going being led by these fools.

      Francois - 2012-02-16 06:51

      Kim, everyone except the NEC of the ANC and the uneducated poor can see that SA is led by fools, well drunken, sometimes raping, stealing fools. He is part of the rot.

  • brianmacza - 2012-02-15 06:24

    A pity that the message either went over JayZees head, or will be ignored completely.

  • Johnson - 2012-02-15 06:30

    Head of the corruption unit is Juju - South Africa will go down - its 100% for sure, there is no political will to stop corruption under ANC rule.

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-15 06:40

    Nou ja toe!!!! On the one hand he has to tackle corruption, obesity, sleeping on the job - laziness, bribery and all the rest. Problem for him is, if he does tackle the lot, half his parliament will be on suspension. Talking about lower ranks, them too......

      John - 2012-02-15 09:13

      Ziggie, besides he's got a house full of wives bitching about having to travel in separate planes for overseas shopping trips, hell that would drive me to corruption.

  • Tony - 2012-02-15 06:51

    Zoomed has no problem tackling the chicks or the media or the courts. But the youth leagur,corruption and his own putty ... Well these present ."challenges" to him... D00s

  • Kungfumouse - 2012-02-15 07:02

    Just take note that it was some thwat in the ANC that wrote the adres, Zuma only read it. He has done a lot for the people on the floor, theres is way to many though... We need to create the UAP - United Allied Party, where all parties work together to stop the ANC. I big party vs all the 99 small parties. The head office can be parliment.

  • Richard - 2012-02-15 07:05

    Comments on this forum serve a very limited purpose - unless we do something about it. I doubt those who need to know ever read them! Most who love this country want to do something about it, but the question is what? A new political party with hugely achievable solutions is easy to propose and articulate, but would go through hell-fire if proposed by a white leader, sadly, even if it was intended to raise the quality of life for all, equally, and fairly. So, what else can we do? Before the info bill gets passed and ensures that the items in the article multiply 10 fold, blindly and without accountability, let us consider ways. We complain (all races) about the fact that we can do nothing. What if each started to influence as many as we can in a simple, clear and non-abusive or confrontational way, ie those we know who cannot see or get the facts for themselves. Don't tell someone they are stupid and their government that they voted for is ... The walls go up and you waste your time. What if: we explained over, and over again that the government we all hoped would better the lives of us all has let us down, is impacting on the future so badly that it will hurt every one of us... Give sane examples at their level of life... I'd love to go on, but this becomes huge. Let me know what you think and if there are any people (and sadly, I have to say it - of all races) who want to really leave a legacy and a chance for this country and its myriad of beautiful people.

      Agedah Alex - 2012-02-15 07:34

      Why is nobody making a comment? Just what SA needs is on this comment above,if there's a total breakdown everybody suffers(all races). Corruption is killing SA ,we need come out of our races to save ourselves

      John - 2012-02-15 09:20

      Good worthwhile comment, if only we would. Trouble is when one is faced with this corruption thing everyday with no end in sight, ones natural reaction is to lash out in a destructive fashion. Huge pity!

  • ISO - 2012-02-15 07:06

    I wonder why? Some skeletons in the closet!

  • lindsy.williams - 2012-02-15 07:33

    That's cause Zuma and the rest of the ANC are all corrupt @sses

  • Marius van der Sandt - 2012-02-15 07:34

    Blame it on the white guy that wrote the speach for Zoomey.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-15 07:44

    Of course he is avoiding it.... how do you think he got to where he is today???

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-15 07:44

    Buthelezi hit the nail on the head , corruption is rife in SA from the metro cop to the president , everyone is doing it , if Zuma wants to stop corruption he must start at the top

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-02-15 07:46

    How come my black people are quiet here? Corruption is a cancer,people are so dumb thinking that is just taking money away from white people. The DA should be focused more on educating us the black majority

      StarStruck - 2012-02-15 08:07

      This article is a chilling reminder of what our future holds with the ANC. The facts are everywhere and those who cannot see follow blindly into the pit of destruction. I certainly cannot raise children in this pit.

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-02-15 07:46

    How come my black people are quiet here? Corruption is a cancer,people are so dumb thinking that is just taking money away from white people. The DA should be focused more on educating us the black majority

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-02-15 07:46

    How come my black people are quiet here? Corruption is a cancer,people are so dumb thinking that is just taking money away from white people. The DA should be focused more on educating us the black majority

      John - 2012-02-15 09:27

      Adedah, hear, hear. I've said it before, the DA should be focusing on educating the masses as to the real destructive nature of Corruption and it's effect to ALL of us, especially the poor who are being deprived of service promises because of it.

  • Antoinette Jordaan - 2012-02-15 07:47

    GO Buthelezi!!!

  • koketso.moikangwe - 2012-02-15 08:06

    The Problem I think with us Black people is that, when white people raise issues with the ANC and how it runs things. we turn to think its a attack on blacks rather than the government. I pesornally don't care about any party in particullar. We don't owe the ANC a lot for liberating us but what is the use of liberation if you don't have a country left after all is done. One other problem is that the educated, interlectual black people in this country al have nice jobs in big coporates that they couldn't give a rats ass about politics which is sad becuase they seem to be running these companies rather well.

  • epxaba - 2012-02-15 08:09

    100% sure, and a big thanks to Chief M G Buthelezi, this country is going to be dysfunctional if we as voters don't want to act as a change agent more particularly the youth, the ANC used food parcels and empty promises to topple their votes, my question is that : when are we going to fight corruption by voting out the ANC in power?

  • 22ACC94B - 2012-02-15 08:11

    First of all I think that Mr Buthelezi's criticsms is based on fact. The promises made by President Jacob Zuma in his state of the Nation address seems to be unrealistic based on the current financial and economic status of the country. One has to wonder was the state of the nation address merely to obtain public popularity? The president only focused on what he would like to impliment whereas the actual difficulty which should have been address was how implimentation of the presidents goals would take place. The presidency each year makes promises in their state of the nation address but never reflects back on the strenghts and shortcomings of the previous year. The president in his state of the nation address should focus on reassuring the public by facts and not unrealistic promises.

  • Thabani - 2012-02-15 08:18

    Most people commenting here are so emotional and racist and fail to reason on issues. They want to make this a black issue whereas its a South African challenge. If truth be told Zuma is tackling corruption. The fact that the National depts are intervening, investigations are happening by SIU, public protector and so on means there is movement. Which corrupt activity that has come to light that Zumas government has not attended to or addressed?

      John - 2012-02-15 09:35

      Thabani, all his attempts at addressing corruption are just "blowing smoke" you show me one conviction that has stuck....not pardoned shortly afterwards to the golf course.

  • Riedwaan Jefferies - 2012-02-15 08:44

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! This man's got Balls!

      Riedwaan Jefferies - 2012-02-15 08:51

      and give this man a Bells :-)

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