Zuma denies wishing to lead ANC

2012-07-23 14:35

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has denied ever wishing to lead the African National Congress or the country, and said he did so only at the behest of his party.

"I never had an appetite [to rule]...once the ANC says 'serve' I cannot be reluctant," he said in an interview broadcast on Talk Radio 702 and its sister station 567 CapeTalk on Monday.

Zuma was responding to an assertion by show host Redi Tlhabi that he had an "appetite" to rule.

Zuma has led the ANC for five years and the country for three years.

He said that if the ANC told him it no longer wanted him to serve as party leader, he would step aside.

"If the ANC says don’t serve today, I will walk away."

Zuma declined to comment on criticism by ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela of his polygamous lifestyle.

Asked if his personal lifestyle or choices had impeded his presidency, he said: "I don’t think so."

Zuma fathered a child out of wedlock with Sonono Khoza, the daughter of his close friend, soccer boss Irvin Khoza.

He said on Monday: "I don’t think it is wise to try and discuss personal things unless those things impact on what you do."

Zuma would not rate himself as a leader, merely saying: "All I can say is I have tried my best."

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-23 14:43

    Now we KNOW that he still wants to as this man talks mostly just bull.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-23 14:54

      No, I don't think he wants this tedious job of being president. He has to try save all his energy to keep his wives satisfied.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 14:58

      Ova you must have a few drinks in the morning before you get out of bed.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-23 15:19

      Well, he did not want to lead and now he does not. Explains a lot.

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-23 15:19

      @ oomkrummel.krummel: Where did you hear that? This is a quote from News 24 ” I don't think it's the correct statement to say that we are not making it a priority... We are not only dealing with the problem of today, we are solving the problem [of apartheid] that has affected us."

      el.torro.509 - 2012-07-23 15:25

      @ ova privileged, you are quite right, white privilege does not exist. There is no 1 white culture, ask the french for example what they think about english, or the english what they think about american culture. As for the pool table er well why is it the black ball and the coloured ball are all worth points? Is pool now racist? I didn't realise that we had spotty and stripey people!! There is something deeply flawed about using a theory that generalises all people with a similar colour skin as one homogeneous group and then using that to try and fight racism! So rather stop copy pasting and think for once

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-23 15:31

      I heard that he blamed the school book fiasco on apartheid...what an idiot..did they order the books that long ago..???

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-23 15:53

      @ovaprivilegedwhitey.john - LMAO and that has what to do with JZ not wanting to lead the ANC? Please get over your inferiority complex

      tony.wardle.75 - 2012-07-23 16:51

      Ova ... And your point is?

      neil.vanheerden.39 - 2012-07-23 17:36

      "Zuma denies wishing to lead ANC" Zuma... Your little african spear dangling in the wind begs to differ. Ding-a-ling..

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-24 03:29

      ovaprivilegedwhitey, Good sh*t you must be smoking!

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-23 14:44

    Zuma the liar must think we are as blind as he is. The presidency was the only way he could evade corruption charges that where hounding him. Not to mention the fact that he could barely afford to maintain his harem.

  • Jobho - 2012-07-23 14:48

    So what it means is that we have an un-inspired man with no ambition, wish or goal to succeed, leading us simpply because the cadres said jump and you jumped? Now i understand. So i won't blame you for all the wrong you have done becoz you don't even know why you are up there. all you know is that you were told to go up there and you complied as atrue cadre of the ANC would do. VIVA ANC

      Jobho - 2012-07-23 14:49

      OK after you became president did you even sit down to set targets or consider what legacy you are going to leave behind??????? oh boy we are doomed

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 15:01

      The first target Zuma said was to create 500000 jobs in 4 years. During that time we lost 1,6 million jobs. How is that for leadership and governance?

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-23 15:07

      He is still working on creating those 500000 jobs. But first he has to create enough children to fill them.

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-23 15:31

      @gerhard.kress.3 and the world wide financial crisis had nothing to do with that? Please read this article “Almost half of 1m jobs lost recovered” its also on news 24. What Legacy are European presidents leaving behind? And for the record, SA was one of the countries that absorbed the crisis well. The situation was far worse in Europe. Give credit when its due.

  • lulama - 2012-07-23 14:49

    Wonder what is cooking inside the president's head. May not like him but I love the way he played JUJU. Boy U got served!!!

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-07-23 15:24

      Zuma is a master politician, something is cooking.

      tony.wardle.75 - 2012-07-23 16:54

      Yeah, something is cooking... When the ANC GET IT WRONG zoomie will say ... Well you can't blame me I didn't want the job anyway.

  • thamsanqa.d.mahlangu - 2012-07-23 14:51

    hahaha....liar!!! The founder of corruption Zuma not even Chuck Norris can beat u on this one

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-23 14:59

      Zuma can make babies faster than Chuck Norris can count them.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-23 14:53

    deny deny deny....

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-23 14:53

    Oh gawd - now we play "The Reluctant Leader". Give my teats a break.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 15:04

      He really has never been up to it. The facts speak for themselves.

  • luke.gray.549668 - 2012-07-23 14:59

    I just to this thread, and the mud-slinging has already begun... *sigh*

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-24 03:36

      mud is better than what the government is slinging at us.

  • carlson.thipe - 2012-07-23 15:01

    Trying to be smart.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-23 15:05

    You said you wanted just one term. What happened to that? Aaaah, you've tasted power and your children became overnite millionares. Let us also not forget the prospects of having your corruption charges reinstated once you step outside the protection which your office offers. I still hope ANC sheep shows you the door at Mangaung though so that you can retreat to your harem in Nkandla

      thulanit3 - 2012-07-23 16:25

      You are lying,,zuma never said he wanted one/two term,,,u are simple hallucinating!

  • thulanit3 - 2012-07-23 15:08

    We want you mr pres for 2nd term,,,!

      thulanit3 - 2012-07-23 15:22

      No to Motlanthe/Tokyo

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-23 15:47

      Leave the "we" out of it. Who gave you the right to include all of us? Don't speak for me.

      thulanit3 - 2012-07-23 16:22

      @lynn,,,,shut up,,who said u are included..!

      rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-23 20:52

      may u ur a zulu,i dont c any reason y this stupid,arrogant,dictator,womanisor should come back.his ministers is busy reshufling because he does not know what he is doing,indecisivise

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-23 15:45

    No let me remind you Zuma. You said in your campaign \ you are busy beating a snake while you see it is dead already, but you are still beating it.\ Then now you never wanted leadership, no man give me a break mr president.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-23 15:47

    He doesn't lead - so that it explains everything.

  • mdandrease - 2012-07-23 15:48

    Truth be told he is a poor president

  • jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-23 15:53

    True cadres of the movement do not nominate themselves into positions and they do not announce their appetite for power in public. They rely on the movement to identify leadership qualities and to appoint appropriate individuals in leadership roles. This is the culture of the ANC, and I love it. Those who are quick to criticize and generally discuss things they know nothing about will see this as a weakness. Shame, This was an excellent interview!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Erna - 2012-07-23 16:02

      Obviously the 'movement' made a huge mistake this time round.

      el.torro.509 - 2012-07-23 16:13

      Well that's obvious Malema has already asked forgiveness for this mistake! Besides yes its true you might not nominate yourself but surely you can excuse yourself if you feel it would be more damaging to the country and the movement for you to be in charge? Lastly if we then accept that cadres have no choice - why then did he say he only wants one term before even taking office, surely this would be premtive and no doubt counter revolutionary to the movement?

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-23 16:47

      @ El.Torro, how has Mr Zuma been damaging to the country. He is one of the best presidents we have ever had. The issue of one term is quoted out of context, he said he can do a lot in one term. And the media misquoted him and most people jumped into the band wagon. @ Erna, its okay if you don’t like him personally, we understand. But here now, in this country, people love him. fact

      NatashaDawnQuinn - 2012-07-23 16:54

      Sorry I thought I had come to the comedy page when I saw your comment about him being one of the best presidents we have ever had. Are you for real? Did the movement get it right with Mbheki? Obviously not. Did they get it right with Zuma, with the rate he is losing voters, obviously not. Will you be supporting your movement when eventually your movements selection runs this country into the ground the same way Mugabe ran Zimbabwe into the ground?

      el.torro.509 - 2012-07-23 17:12

      @ jacob I disagree, he has been far behind mandela and mbeki and even mothlante! He has damaged our image by 1) poor foreign policy, ivorycoast, libya and now syria its been totally inconsistant. You might retort with brics but we are not a true bric on account of our economy and growth rate being too low. 2) has failed to intervene and turn around our education system and similarly failed to get to grips with corruption. 3) has showed favouritism and inconsistancy with members of his own party and has excacerbated factionalism. 4) has been a president heavy on rhetoric but has failed in the implementation of policy.

  • donald.mokgata - 2012-07-23 15:54

    Ur best is not gud enough mr president, step down nd start focusing on ur music career coz its the only good thing you do

  • Lourenzo - 2012-07-23 15:55

    Denialism defines SA's current governmental.

  • Erna - 2012-07-23 15:59

    Could have fooled me - its the only thing that kept him out of prison!

  • Phelamanga - 2012-07-23 16:01

    Zuma is truthful in what he says about not wanting to lead. He deftly sidestepped the question and implicated himself by implying that he is merely a figurehead, a symbolic leader. The real leadership in the ANC consists of the men who were placed in cabinet positions to make sure he toes their party line. They took a highly compromised man with an insatiable greed for recognition and physiological satisfaction and placed him in harm's way, so that he could be the face of their ambitious plans to change the country into a socialist state. If that fails, these men would get off scot free while Zuma would get roasted on their behalf.In his interview, it's obvious that he places the ANC/SACP above the people of the country. He serves his masters, not the people. At the most, he symbolises the ANC today - a headless, rudderless organisation that bumbles on from crisis to crisis, and speaks a lot of hot air. There is no will to govern.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-23 20:42

      If he's only a figurehead, then who's really leading the country? Do tell!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-24 03:40

      boswell, someone is leading this country? could have fooled me (and 45 million others)

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-07-23 16:07


      thulanit3 - 2012-07-23 16:19

      Nxxx,,, Lindiwe mazibuko of all people.

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-23 16:34

      @ Prakash< Lindiwe mazibuko? really, on what basis? come on man.

      Michael - 2012-07-23 16:39

      She is currently doing good work, if she leave her post who is going to be the new tea girl for Madam?

      sibonile.ngubane - 2012-07-23 18:14

      Kodwa kwakhala nyonini ngaboMdabu baseNdiya madoda eish. Hleze bephuma eceleni njenge ''offramp'' ay mani... Lindiwe Mazibuko? Not even Patricia Delil? Never mind Hellen Zille bcos its clear mayb u've never heard of her... But Lindiwe Mazibuko for president?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-23 16:13

    You expect us to believe that Mr. Prezzie, we all know you for your double standards. Why are you pressing so hard for a 2nd term, you a playing chess with your zulu comrades. Hope some one knocks you off the board. Many on your own people dont support you anymore, they have seen how you have let those uho work for you enrich themselves at our expense. Goodbye and have a nice life.

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-07-23 16:14

    Do not worry Mr. Zuma - we will all stand on the side and say GOODBYE, and wave for GOOD RIDDANCE. Pity the next bloke will have a lot of extra work, thanks to you.

  • kindness.sweet - 2012-07-23 16:22

    I dont support Zuma, but do still support the ANC, though it is deviating from what it stood due power hungry few individuals. the organisation needs to be cleaned up, and all the bad stuff, taken out recycled. New Leadership can be welcomed provided they are competent. I dont foresee any other party leading SA provided, the opposition merge and form one Party. DA is still white and cant lead SA full of blacks, its just being too much ambitious. Lets face reality, up until there is a strong opposition that is equally represented, not what we see in DA (dominated by white people and have elected few black faces as a cover up), then we are in for a ride with the ANC led government.

      el.torro.509 - 2012-07-23 16:36

      If that's what you believe fair enough. Although I would like to ask the following, 1)why isn't there a new \representative\ (I actually hate that word as it detracts from merit) party emerging, one would have thought that it would, or is it because of this belief that there is no alternative to the ANC, in which case surely we are not truly a democracy. \r\n\r\nSecondly if we are seeking \representation\ then surely a break up of the ANC creating several smaller parties and the DA etc would be more representative?

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-07-23 17:35

      I think that it is high time that we give the DA a chance and see whether they can do what they are currently doing in the Western Cape on a lager scale. It is clear that with the comrade mentality, indecisive leadership, cadre deployment, corruption that prevails in the unholy Tripartite alliance, the country is doomed. If the DA fails, we can always remove them in five years. There are no signs of improvement from the ANC. They won't change unless we remove them from power democratically. They are taking us for fools, eg.\Zuma doesn't want to lead, but if the ANC...\ Now that's bullsh*t.

      kindness.sweet - 2012-07-23 18:40

      Forming a new party will not help, they wont have credibility to start with. They are not known, and people often prefer the devil they know than the angel they dont. so, it'll be wise for this minority parties to merge with DA, IFP, COPE and NFP etc, and then change the name as the name represent who you are. We will then see true democracy, but now, you have parties that just want to have a seat in Parliament and benefit from that. Its crazy if you really think about it, that our ballot paper has so many faces, that you dont get to hear about them after elections. These parties are not doing our country any justice. The ANC need to be shaken up by a strong opposition that is truly representing SA and not few elite. Some people pretend as if they like blacks, but when you come across them in private areas, you get shocked. This really need to change. Not all white people are racist so as not blacks are thieves.

  • NatashaDawnQuinn - 2012-07-23 16:38

    Then resign already! Even the ANC are getting pretty tired of you and your antics! We need someone to lead this country because they actually somewhat give a sh*t about the people and not what they can milk out of the country.

  • smalefane - 2012-07-23 16:57

    I'd rather stick with Zuma for another 5 years than give my vote to the DA. Heck, I'm tired of white supremacy. But on the other hand, give the DA leadership to a black person then I would know that they are a true representative of all South Africans.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-23 20:40

      5 more years of Zuma will be the death of us all.

      daryn.stewart - 2012-07-23 21:23

      You look a little old to be a product of an OBE education but assuming by that flashy suite you are wearing, BEE must be working for you. You can actually count yourself rather lucky considering SA is the only country in the world where EE actually has assist the MAJORITY to get jobs and taxes have to get raised on the MINORITY to aid the hand out out for the majority. Please tell me about how the ANC is helping the "struggling" black man get an education to get him skilled and educated for a job. Oh ya, you dont need it because jobs just get handed to untrained and unskilled people. FYI.. Hendrik Verwoerd would be so proud of our education system in its present form! HAHA he is probably thinking "damn, we should've handed the country over long time ago"! Get yourself educated and read up on the DA youth wage subsidy! I think its about time you get that chip off your shoulder and realise that being a South African is more than being a black man because your present government has proven time and time again that they do not have an effing clue about what they doing! If you want to see a true representative of SA, look at Lindiwe Mazibuko and Hellen Zille(both DA) working together to demand text books being delivered to struggling black kids in a province being put under administration because of a corrupt ANC that has single handed bankrupt a province and cant deliver text books to schools. Please tell me more about this white supremacy you are talking about....

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-23 17:03

    ....'once the ANC says 'serve' I cannot be reluctant' - Uhmmmm.. O.K. but what happens if the country start saying that its time for you to go, why are you THEN so reluctant to listen to your country? Why do you need the ANC to tell you this? Wait, are you saying that you are just a puppet on one of the ANC strings?

  • jacob.mphatswe - 2012-07-23 17:33

    I have tried my best means i have done all i can and can't do further than this.When a leader fails to defend his own record he has reached a sad state of affairs.Worse of all admitting it was not his intention to run for presidency,but got the position through a divisive vote at Polokwane.This complexity is very interesting.

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-07-23 18:01

      Very interesting Jacob, and that may be an indication that he doesn't know his job description. Thus he won't be able to deliver.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-07-23 17:43

    I don't want to rule, but if the ANC says lead I can't walk away. Now that's bullsh*t. And for your information, your best was not good enough. So vaya joe, hamba, VOET**k!

      pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-07-23 18:54

      I think you went into the overdrive with your gratuitous criticism of the President, this is quite offensive and not constructive at all, it is also a shame coming from a fellow African!

  • keabetswe.leshumu - 2012-07-23 18:04

    mr president,you are not that smart,we do not need to read between the lines,your greedines is telling you to turn our country into nkandla republic so our tax feeds you twenty something kids,peace

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-23 18:12

    If you do not have a wish to do something, you should not do it. This was a telling admission by JZ. It means that he does not have a passion for his job. The Proteas are doing well because they have a goal to be the best side in world cricket. Imagine if Amla did not really want to bat at number 3, but did so just because the coach picked him to. He would never have been the world beater that he is. I heard that interview and our prez was well-coached on his answering. He was able to duck and dive all of the major controversies. But that one response kind of blew his cover. Nice try JZ, but it may surprise you to know that South Africans are not idiots. You may have many battling to get a decent education under your reluctant stewardship, but you cannot touch intelligence.

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-07-23 18:40

    ANCYL ifuna Motlante ngoba phela uvuma zonke, sizofana neZimbabwe maduze nje.

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-07-23 18:40

    These comments are devoid of any logic as they are purely driven by rabid hatred of the President, some of the writers , I beit, cannot even manage their own miserable little lives, why all this obsession with Mr Zuma? Give the President a break!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-23 20:34

      Of course the president's Behaviour and proclivities are of importance to the people of South Africa. He is expected to lead by example - don't screw around you may get aids - look what he did - is that a good example? As the paitriarchic figure in a large family, he wields little discipline - his nephew and son owe millions in unpaid debts - had they been imbued with respect for money and the lives and possessions of others, these situations might never have arisen. His continued sweeping of Crime under the carpet is a disgrace. His philandering ways are a disgr

  • - 2012-07-23 20:28

    In 2007,he 'zuma' promised to serve once for presidency

  • - 2012-07-23 20:29

    In 2007,he 'zuma' promised to serve once for presidency

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-23 20:37

    I swear: stroosbob this is the best comedy page! krkrkrkrkr best jokes ever krkrkrkr

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-23 20:38

    hahaahaa,this gentleman is still interested hence he is busy c\r\nhasing away those who criticise his leadership style,

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-23 20:38

    hahaahaa,this gentleman is still interested hence he is busy c\r\nhasing away those who criticise his leadership style,

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-23 20:38

    hahaahaa,this gentleman is still interested hence he is busy c\r\nhasing away those who criticise his leadership style,

  • james.otter.10 - 2012-07-24 16:17

    Some are born great and others have greatness thrust upon them. Leadership is an art form (particularly in this case)

  • kolekile.snama - 2012-07-25 08:34

    How can they force you mr president to do something you do not want to do. You will only earn a salary and do nothing ofcourse.

  • kolekile.snama - 2012-07-25 08:36

    How can they force you mr president to do something you do not want to do. You will only earn a salary and do nothing ofcourse.

  • frack.dat.5 - 2012-07-26 01:04

    He's like a child.

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