Zuma violated his oath of office, says Lekota

2012-05-30 22:56

Cape Town - Shouts of anger erupted in the National Assembly on Wednesday when Congress of the People president Mosiuoa Lekota accused President Jacob Zuma of violating his oath of office.

Lekota said the president had failed to uphold his Constitutional obligation to protect the rights of artist Brett Murray, who depicted Zuma with his genitals exposed, and City Press editor Ferial Haffajee, who refused to remove an image of the painting from the newspaper's website.

"The president, whose bounden duty it was to uphold the Constitution, did not once utter a word of disapproval against his party leaders and Cabinet members resorting to fascist style measures and tactics to threaten those who were exercising their rights and waiting for the high court to deliver a judgment," he said.

Lekota was speaking during a raucous debate after Zuma delivered the presidency's budget speech.

"The president failed to uphold the right of Ferial Haffajee in terms of 16(1)(a) and of Brett Murray in terms of 16(1)(c) and he has failed the nation as a whole by not being faithful to his oath of office."

Lekota, whom MPs accused of shouting and treating the House as a "rally", said Zuma never once asked his followers to await the judgment of the court in the matter.

He said Zuma did not repudiate Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, who is also general secretary of the SA Communist Party, for "acting in direct contravention of the Constitution".

Neither did Zuma condemn "the fascist action" of Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile "who literally frog marched" Goodman Gallery owner Lisa Esser to make a public apology before the media.

"The shocking failure of the president to uphold the Constitution over the last fortnight ought to warrant a review by this House.

"The laws made in this democratic Parliament seem to be of no consequence and the role of the judiciary of no standing."

Not a shebeen

As shouts erupted in the House, Lekota asked Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo who was chairing the debate to protect him from being "humiliated".

Nzimande asked Mfeketo to rule whether Lekota could make such a "serious statement" about Zuma.

"If a member of this House can stand and make a serious statement that the president has violated his oath of office... Such a statement is a serious thing. Madam chair I ask you to rule."

Mfeketo said the matter would be ruled on later.

In a statement, the Office of ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said it was "gravely disappointed" by what it termed an "irresponsible and reckless" statement by Lekota.

"Parliament is not a shebeen where spurious allegations are made with impunity," it said.

"Lekota's conduct makes a mockery of this Parliament. His remarks are baseless, opportunistic, and silly and we reject them with the contempt they deserve."

It said Lekota had violated the proper procedure of the House.

"An allegation of violation of office by a head of state is a serious matter that cannot be made lightly or for cheap politicking in the House," it said.

"In terms of Parliament's established practice and procedures, an MP who wishes to bring allegations of improper conduct should do so by way of a substantive motion."

It welcomed the commitment by the deputy speaker to look into Lekota's statement and to make a ruling.

Motshekga's office was confident that Lekota would be instructed to withdraw his statement and apologise to the House.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:02

    Zuma>>>you going down! now is the time...Finally!

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:04

      Parliament is not a shebeen where spurious allegations are made with impunity," it said. It so is Mathole Motshekga, you trying to save your own bacon which is simmering on the braai...its getting hot!

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:08

      The time has come where each politician must seriously think what they are doing for the better of this beautiful country...

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:12

      And Lekota...The time has come! Well done for telling exactly what is happening in this country of ours. You have the balls to say what needs to have been said, coming from you, it is a giant leap for the people of South Africa!

      Musa - 2012-05-30 23:15

      are you going to take him down Chris senseless

      Musa - 2012-05-30 23:17

      are you going to take him down Chris senseless

      Ang - 2012-05-30 23:20

      @Christopher, if you want people to take your message seriously maybe you should change your facebook pic. I agree with all you say but I struggle with the pic, really after all the shyte that was borne therefrom..

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:21

      @musa...I am a south african wanting a better and safe life for all..if taking Zuma(the deaf and dumb mute) down is part of that...then hell yeah I am there.

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:23 know what... iam actually over that pic on my FB and I will change it, because times are changing we must move on!

      Ang - 2012-05-30 23:28

      Thanks bro, as much as we all agree what the painting was about, we just falling into the trap by keeping it up. Politics doesnt equate to logic..

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:30

      @ang...I agree...but I get very frustrated because the "powers" that be are not listening to the powers that are!!

      Ang - 2012-05-30 23:40

      @C, Look on the bright side. This sets a precedence about respecting each others (so called) dignity. ANC will maybe think twice about similar attacks on whites, I hope. They are after all setting a benchmark around cultural respect. Definitely reference to this will be made in future if it happens.

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:47

      @Ang...its not really about attacks on the white people..its really attacks on South Africans...Educated or not...thats why we need to uplift each individual person in this country, black, white, indian, coloured, whatever friggin colour...I seriously am not affected by the anc , but the poor the uneducated etc are...thats what I am fighting for!!A better south africa for all!

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 00:03

      And you little shi*ts that have no idea who Lekota is...Because this black person is now telling your president Zuma that he is doing a bad, well atrocious job, this is who he is and what made South Africa it is today... Lekota became a permanent organiser for SASO in 1974, but was imprisoned at Robben Island Prison for "conspiring to commit acts endangering the maintenance of law and order" during the same year. In 1990, Lekota became convenor of the African National Congress in Southern Natal and was subsequently elected to the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) and its National Working Committee (NWC).[2] He was appointed as the ANC's Chief of Intelligence in 1991 and elected as secretary for the organisation's electoral commission in 1992. After the first fully democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, Lekota was elected premier of the Free State province. He held this position until 1996.

      Ang - 2012-05-31 00:03

      @C, spot on. Most of us want that and are doing the same. People like you actually will make a difference. Getting emotional about public statements is what this forum has become about. So we all have a duty to expose the political BS and shine the light on reality.

      Paul - 2012-05-31 00:57

      I just figured it out !!!! I got no respect for Jacob Zuma ... there is just nothing he says or does that makes me feel better

      Nkululeko - 2012-05-31 07:04

      @Christopher, for your info bro, Lekota is fighting his own battle, grabbing all unneccessary nonsense to make big noise in the Chamber, let me remind you something, he is the one who discriminated the coloured people as he was a premier in Free State because of who they are. Was that fair? I think you are claiming that he is a good man. He is still fighting that defeat in Polokwane (2007). Barking in parliament like that is out of equation. He must show some growth, professionalsm and respect.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-31 07:11

      No place on this forum for serious comment today. Stop bickering children.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-31 08:44

      Brilliant. There were remarks of the ANC being Nazis!!!! Hahahahahhaahahahahahaha!!! Priceless.

      Frederik - 2012-05-31 10:34

      Zuma is wondering this earth, blind dumb and death, what a fool he is........

      Thabang - 2012-05-31 12:11

      Could these be the signs that the ANCYL warned us about when they spoke about dictatorship? - Marches and boycotts regarding the spear before the court decision? - Firing of some SABC staff and commanding the SABC to show more of JZ? - Banning of ANCYL members that held a different view from the ruling party?E.g. ANCYL PEC in Mpumalanga? - Appointments of people in the police force whom it is evident that they should be disqualified from holding such critical positions? Thou shall not ignore warning signs.

      Eduard - 2012-05-31 12:42

      Not Zuma's fault...he cannot read

      Gary - 2012-05-31 14:27

      Lets hope so, but I somehow doubt it, this guy is able to doge the most well aimed bullets!!!!

  • mkgatla3 - 2012-05-30 23:04

    Mxm Lekota a silli man...

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:06

      A South African Man...a beautiful one that says what is happening...respect Lekota!! RESPECT!!

      mkgatla3 - 2012-05-30 23:25

      He is just a hungry african man...dont mind him..

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:41 seem to be worrying where your next pay cheque is coming..

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 07:04

      at least he can spell.

      shereen.vanschoor - 2012-05-31 09:21

      A silly man with some words of wisdom Mkgatla. What is funny for me is how it is ok for anc members to march, threaten and intimidate anybody who doesn't agree with them but the minute someone like Lekota stands up and just simply says things in Parliament it's wrong and he needs to be expelled and apologise. Everybody always has to bend over backwards because the ANC SAID SO but yet the ANC doesn't even want to budge! And his right Zuma NEVER EVER tells his people to stop being rude and offensive when it comes to covering his asse. Look how long it took him to do something about that other stupid child, Malema...but the minute he said something about Zuma, he was expelled! SO PLEASE! We no matter what colour, the educated and well informed of South Africa are over all this BS! REALLY NOW!!!!!!!!! I'm as frustrated as Christopher and fully agree with him!

      chikunga - 2012-05-31 10:49

      Of coz you will get hundreds of thumps down. An opportunist trying to save his political life rant and raves about the rights of a few racist people with no regard of other people's cultures or beliefs by drawing a phallic art of a naked incumbent president. Before their rights can be proteceted have they actually tried to respect and protect the rights of the president, the right to dignity.As they argue that he lost his dignity out of his own , does that then mean we must then trample on his rights just because he has done whatever you call wrong in your eyes.Lekota you are pathetic.

      Kirsten - 2012-05-31 15:22

      Chikunga the word is thumb- if you want to get thumped say what you do in public and not a forum. Also- Zuma does not deserve respect- respect is earned.Luckily I'm happy as i write this imagining a phallic organ where your brain was supposed to be!

  • Ang - 2012-05-30 23:09

    Politics is about staying in power, in any democracy wherever you go its the same. To me the spear debacle is politics at its finest. Cant you see that this is what keeps ANC in power. The more they racially divide us the more they garner support. This is a very concerning development in our democracy, watch this space plenty more to come.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-31 09:01

      This is exactly why we should depoliticize the management of our country as far as possible, and scrap the archaic political party system. We need knowledgeable individuals of integrity in cabinet and legitimate representatives to govern the direction.

      Sinjoku - 2012-05-31 10:05

      I agree completely.... This is a perfect stage to rally the masses behind him again.

      chikunga - 2012-05-31 10:56

      did the ANC even start this confusion.Didnt the ANC commented after two days specifically the day when those TWO guyz vandalised the painting. How did the ANC politicise this then if they only responded after the chaos was there.Oh I get what you think should have happened,The ANC shopuld have forseen that Murray was going to paint this art and then contain the situation then OR the ANC should have save the gallery from abuse by the masses and media.God help africa, so many have been brainwashed to the extent that they even believe and lick the asses of the masters of brainwashing.

      Kirsten - 2012-05-31 15:25

      Chikunga Phallic brain- YOU "have been brainwashed to the extent that you even believe and lick the asses of the masters of brainwashing."

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-05-30 23:10

    I said it before the SPEAR SAGA its not over, you thought you have heard and seen it aLl well guess what now the real story begins 1st its was tea girl now and now not weLl coping Lekota and remember there stil IFP,ACDP,UDM

      Marion - 2012-05-31 07:46

      @neo - referring to Lindiwe as a tea girl is so passé. Guess you are one of those who will support a traditional leaders bill that will apparently relegate women to being barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-31 09:11

      Marion : Most of us prefer women barebreasted, un-pregnant and in the bed. Mind you, the kitchen is O.K. too...:-) Just joking. Actually the Spear saga is just about one man. If this man objected, he should have taken up the matter with the gallery and / or court or whatever. This is what anybody else would have done. I guess the ANC just could not let such a nice opportunity to racialise something, pass. Polarisation and division always were their strong points, in a weak society.

      chikunga - 2012-05-31 11:02

      Marion what neo refers to by saying tea girl to Mazibuko is actually about how she serves the interests of the white minority who continue to infict untold suffering to the blacks through instruments of the media, the judiciary and west sponsered civic organisations. The brainwashing that she has done she seeks to influence other blacks to believe in it. She is a puppet who can not be saved albeit only with a miracle becuase she beleives in the message she was send to say.

      Kala - 2012-05-31 15:03

      @chikunga - That is the funniest comment I have read all day. Hhahahahahaha. Thanks for the laugh Dude!

      Kirsten - 2012-05-31 15:35

      Chikunga Phallic brain you seem to know an awful lot about what OTHER people you havent even met mean. Now Marion annoys me but not half as much as you do- so if you are going to tell us all what OTHER people you don't know meant- please do so in well spelt and properly constructed sentences as you lose content this way. And please dont go on to say you didnt learn to spell because white people took away your right to education. You can afford internet (or have a job).

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-05-30 23:15

    I have always liked Lekota. Lekota for president. He has backbone and moral fibre we can all look up to. ! He will make a good president and take this country foward.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 23:56

      Lindiwe is way better with no baggage.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-05-31 07:48

      I think Mmusi Maimane is also awesome presidential material! :)

      Marion - 2012-05-31 08:03

      If there hadn't been all those shenanigans with 3 leaders of COPE etc., they would have my vote today. Think there were way too many die hard ANC supporters who infiltrated COPE to destabilize the party. Wonder if COPE and DA could find enough common ground to merge. That would make for interesting times.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-31 09:43

      Yeah it would. Lekota is just not scared to speak up which i like about him.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-30 23:16

    JZ does not fight his own battles, he lets others do it for him. Congratulations Mr Lekota for raising the issue. Jacob and his government have failed us all, and ironically that is the underlying theme of the painting.

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 01:03

      I have not heard Jacob Zuma talk or make a defence for himself with the painting and the guy that Mistakingly dropped a drink onto his head...He is a muppet...not even a puppet. He is ther eot be laughed at. Imagine the Queen or for that matter any other president that he has to show his face to, what they must think of him? brrrrrr...sends shivvers down my spine...because we were a proud nation, now we are a corrupt nation...

      chikunga - 2012-05-31 11:08

      Christoper be qick to think but slow to speak. If he was stupid as you want to imply then you will I agree with me he wouldnt have been the president today.He does unspeakable things according to western values, make wrong decisions in appointing, he might be corrupt but never forget that more than 750 cases against him were dropped and he became the president. He is extremely cunning and shrewd and for that the more you should be scared if you think he will just go lying down

  • Adrian - 2012-05-30 23:18

    Lekota for president. The man has balls.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-31 00:45

      Ok Kenny, so when I want to buy Mrs Balls Chutney, I just ask for chutney or should I ask Mrs No balls chutney, guess it will not taste the same LOL!

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 01:06

      @Kenny... HAhahahahaha... Funny!

      chikunga - 2012-05-31 11:11

      what balls,he is sinking in political oblivion and is trying to be come relevant

      lesangnanikim - 2012-05-31 13:14

      Not in this country a men who became disrungled forever he is still fighting Polokwane battles which have long past.

  • Godfrey - 2012-05-30 23:19

    Chief Whip...the amount of noise (from ANC MP's) sounded like a group of soccer fans watching Chiefs vs Pirates in a local shebeen.

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 01:07

      And they did not know who to support!

  • Seena - 2012-05-30 23:20

    i say please president zuma fight for the constitutonal rights of the poor...we see a lot of conspicous consumption by those that control all the means of production.....working hard or hardly working?

  • Musa - 2012-05-30 23:22

    Lekota is a joker we ca'nt take him seriously

      Ang - 2012-05-30 23:31

      I would tend to agree. So easy to be righteous when you on the losing bench.

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:40

      @Ang...Hahahahaha... 100 percent!

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-31 00:03

      @musa, or is it samoosa, your an idiot, can we take your comment seriously?

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 01:12

      @Kenny...Me too..I too have a new found respect for Lekota...He deserves it though...Thats probably why he left the anc and started COPE because he knew the sh*t that was coming and when Zuma became president he knew that he and his governamnt will suck South Africa for all its worth..

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-31 20:24

      He's on too many prescription drugs scripted by the DA Matriarch.

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 21:57

      @Tampon...that is why I have respect for him.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-30 23:28

    And Lekota for president huh? I guess he is tired hearing Hellen Zille

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 01:13

      I am glad there is no street named after you!

      John - 2012-05-31 02:58

      @Christopher. Can you imagine explaining to someone where you live, FM

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-30 23:31

    Tribal Trash don't accept democratic concepts! Some hillside trash don't even understand the basics of life - just surround themselves with a brigand of goons and bully their way practically under the swirling skirts of the rest of the little troop holding an entire nation to ransom AND ABUSE EVERYTHING & EVERYONE.

      Lourenzo - 2012-05-31 09:39

      Give this man a 'Bells'

      chikunga - 2012-05-31 11:14

      why when white racists insult and undermines blacks their posts are not removed on 24

      Rocky - 2012-05-31 15:07

      chikunda - for the very simple reason: 24 belongs to whites - keep to the subject!!

  • Keith - 2012-05-30 23:37

    Well done lakota man with iron balls

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-05-30 23:42

    Lekota ur lost give cope direction 1st. Mathole Motshega dont disrespect our shebeens they are our therapeutic places.

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 00:45

      COPE direction has come to the fore... from his statement Nelson Mandela would have a beautiful smile on his face...

      Anthony - 2012-05-31 06:17

      I have always said, I dont give a flip who ran this country, black or white as long as this country was run by ethics, well now is the time for Zilla and Lakota to sit down and do some serious brainstorming.

      tony.deldae - 2012-06-03 20:21

      Very funny D i needed this im tired from church.they were casting demons out of me.Shebeens a therapeutic places hahahaaaaaa

  • Christopher - 2012-05-30 23:54

    Zuma violated his oath of office, says Lekota Who begs to disagree? I surely do not.

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-31 00:01

    In actual fact if Rev Zuma was a real president Blade and Paul should be unemployed just like us and mantashe facing possible expulsion for dividing South Africans along racial lines.

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 00:12

      I agree...the thing is they know each other, they know each other for many years. during the struggle, imprisonment, so they are loyal to each other, but loyalty can go so far. And if you the prsident your loyalty lies with the people of South Africa and not people that you struggled with if they do not want the better of South Africa...At the end of the day why was Zuma in jail for ten years? he fought for the better of South Africa, which now,,he will look back and say I was such A Di*K that I put myself first before my country, which I fought and got imprisoned for to free South Africa...He has made it like old times again...Apartheid Rocks hey Zuma...Well black Apartheid!

      Luviwe - 2012-05-31 00:25

      Chris what about the oath of office?

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 01:27

      Luviwe...look at your, if it is... your beautiful son on your fb pic. Education? hospital care? is he getting the best? Your best for your son? do you want better for him?

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 01:28

      Or are you happy with what you and your son has?

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 01:32

      I am scared about South Africa at the moment. Every governmental dept. is screwed up really...If my child was sick I would never go to a government hospital, this is why I pay medical fees, to make sure if one day that my daughters sons had to go to hospital , they must receive the best treatment...and Zuma is not doing that. No one is...Hail corruption!

      Lourenzo - 2012-05-31 09:46

      Give this man a bells

  • - 2012-05-31 00:10

    So Nzimande is accusing Mr Lekota of making a serious statement in parliment? I was under the impression that parliment is a place for serious matters... Regardless, I do wish then that Mr Lekota follows correct protocall and makes his voice heard in parliment.

      oupa.seletswane - 2012-05-31 05:36

      Lekota is Terrible hopeless perfectionist as his name pro- nouns (Terror).

      Marion - 2012-05-31 08:05

      @pieter - if you saw the tv broadcast you would know that he definitely made his voice heard. Agree with them that he was shouting. @oupa - we all know that Terror was his nickname when he played soccer.

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  • PainPunisher - 2012-05-31 00:17

    Hay Lekota wa phapha, straight

  • papi.koko - 2012-05-31 00:25

    Anc used their bullying tactics as usuall... thats why goodman gallery nd city press were forced to remove the picture, they did nt wait for the court's judgement on the matter, anyhow wat cn we expect? i am always worried with a person with 2much power. it is said when the hammer is the only tool u hve then every problem starts to look lyk a nail...

      Luviwe - 2012-05-31 00:30

      For starters there was no case. Withdrawing it was a face saving exercise. It is a lesson to us not to give them this much power as they are abusing it.

      Rocky - 2012-05-31 15:10

      papi - well said ........!!

  • Thabo - 2012-05-31 00:36

    Lekota must get over it Polokwane is over I'm surprised to see signs of stress I though he had enough therapy n coped very well until he see Zuma throwing another opportunity to score political points, we seek to provide a better life for all if Lekota sees this as an opportunity to revive his soon disappearing polical career he may ask ,we just ask Brett to stop painting Pres.Zuma genitals we didn't ask to be jailed so he is available to paint him n no one will cope with to weeks of drama that he will course. So please support the cause let him get the painting for Godsake Brett Murray won't cope with him as is natural destructive.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-31 00:39

    I think Congress of the People and the DA should get together for 2014. With publicity like this (the truth) the two hand in hand with maybe another party will take out the anc in a lot of provinces...Its about the good for South join hands and become one!

      Luviwe - 2012-05-31 00:52

      That will be a political suicide for DA.

  • Dave - 2012-05-31 00:52

    Actions speak louder than words, what is done is done and cannot be undone. To correct unjust actions it is the avenue of righteous men of good conscious to put right what is wrong.

  • Dave - 2012-05-31 00:52

    Actions speak louder than words, what is done is done and cannot be undone. To correct unjust actions it is the avenue of righteous men of good conscious to put right what is wrong.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-31 00:56

    Zuma violated his oath of office, says Lekota Well...yes he did. Next statement? Zuma Violated the South African people, Says the people of South frica Ummm...Yes he did.

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-05-31 00:58

    Interesting ...

  • SLVimbani - 2012-05-31 01:42

    True,even I could've handled it better....all this was about Mangaung,I tell u

  • tlethwane - 2012-05-31 01:42

    de public eye turning against's starting 2 seem like de spear was jst one of de first tactics 2 try overthrow jz...n wow now he violate his plan is working very well Hummmm.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-05-31 02:23

    Down, with Zuma, freaking, brainless, useless, rapist president.

      dmpakati - 2012-05-31 02:51

      Don't you dare call Zuma a rapist president! During the rape trial, the court failed to prove he's a rapist. You'd better swallow those words and not utter them again. Zuma is not perfect in everything just like anybody else.

      khathatso.mokoena - 2012-05-31 03:05

      Herman the only brain less person here is you. Your comment is very rude and offensive. Its excetly why our country is in a bad state because of people like you and Brett Murrey.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 07:17

      Just because the state failed to prove it's case doesnt make Zuma innocent dmpakati.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-31 08:36

      Khakhakso, you say his comment is offensive, and yet insult him in the same breath? ANC in its very essence! You hypocrite pickle.

      Paul - 2012-05-31 09:45

      The country is bad state because of the ANC. How is peaple like Murry ??

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-31 12:32

      Zuma is a maadhir chouwd of a rapist

  • boykie.nkosi - 2012-05-31 02:38

    Zuma violated his aoth of office, says lekota. TRUE or FALSE

  • Philemon - 2012-05-31 04:01

    How much more of an idiot can this cope man really be.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-31 08:37

      Philemon, a whole lot less than the average ANC supporter...

  • tebogo.maja.77 - 2012-05-31 04:29

    I think the painting was necessary for people to understand what the ANC really is, a team of corrupt bullies. How they went about the whole matter is utterly disgusting, mind you i do not approve of the painting. They should have left it with the courts.

      Phila - 2012-05-31 04:44

      You too, you are so disgusting. I'm not an ANC member or related to Zuma but what Brett did is so foolish. Were you gonna accept this if it was your father? This is total unacceptable. This is a president,Father,uncle,Brother and Leader. Just think, if you were the one being drawed with your genitals out and coming back home to your children and ask you about the painting, how were you gonna handle that? This was a humilation even to the children of the president. Brett is not an Artist he showed the whole world that he is still a racist. Its a shame that we(african) we still have people like you who defend misconduct that does not need to be defended.

      tebogo.maja.77 - 2012-05-31 05:12

      Phila,i do not defend him, but two wrongs never make a right. As the powers that be the ANC should have been the better people. Brett should not have drawn such a depiction of anyone without their consent, AGREED. That does not change that he did, understood. Onto how the ANC handled the matter, the march, the call to boycott the newspaper and likely scare tactics on the involved people. That is unacceptable. There are a million things that require this much attention in South africa at the moment, than a picture of Zuma with the dingaling, lol. People are being murdered daily, women violated, children going to sleep hungry with no food, no school books in school, learning under trees, no roads...etc, And not enough attention is given to this. No i do not support what Brett did, neither do i support what ANC did that has been established. What i hate is how no-one in the ANC stands for the people they claim to represent, the people. Well your children know your a man right, someone draw's you as a man, so what?, you dont like it, fine, press charges, take it to the courts, which he did, now let the courts rule on it.

      Christopher - 2012-05-31 08:57

      @Phila "This is a president,Father,uncle,Brother and Leader" He is no leader! He is an a** wipe, he seems to be wiping everyones a** around him to get a second term, as he cannot do it by himself as he has no leadership qualities!

      Paul - 2012-05-31 09:47

      Gang of thieves

  • jookco - 2012-05-31 04:51

    S.African president withdraws case against a gallery that displayed his penis,

  • Giovanni - 2012-05-31 05:31

    Finally someone with guts to call it as it is. Madam speaker “for cheap politicking in the House” ?? it’s a circus at present, remove the forest from your own eye before trying to remove the splinter from someone elses’!!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-31 05:31

    All Lekota did was call a spade a spade! Zuma failed us as a president as a leader and most of all, as a role model. Sorry for you Zuma, the fat lady has sung.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-05-31 05:36

    The anc made a massive blunder by not upholding the constitution in the way they handled the spear matter, and Lekota is rightfully highlighting the fact. Respect to the man for having the guts to holding them accountable!

  • sarel.brits - 2012-05-31 05:48

    Anybody that watched the TV program a View from the house will see that Parliment is a Circus and these clouns are the ones with our future in there hands.

  • Oompiet - 2012-05-31 05:52

    DA and COPE should form a coalition,problem is the white afrikaner racists in DA cause they don't want too much black people in the party.they are happy with the blind folded black fools they are using now for white agendas.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-05-31 07:53

      oompiet you are talking utter nonsense man! there is NOTHING racist about the DA! go find the truth!

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-31 12:37

      @Oompiet, your comment really sounds stupid please wake up and think positive.

      Carey - 2012-05-31 14:10

      oh my goddness, do you even know what you talking about, do you even live in SA, please bru wake up, you are being racist yourself by making that you not see that? really go get an education

      Rocky - 2012-05-31 15:13

      oompiet?? Rather Oompoephol. Shame

  • Aubrey - 2012-05-31 06:03

    Mr Lekota stop blaming this clueless man , the only person to be blame are the south africans who put him in power ,what i love about this corrupt man he don't care about his own people who put him in power so let him destroy and use them like condoms .

  • Lindiwe Corsa - 2012-05-31 06:05

    i dont blame Zuma @all.Brett humilltd hm.whrs ubuntu guyz.painting the father,husband,president of others showng off hs genitals is totally unacceptbl.ppl a talkng bcos dey a not in hs shoes.wat if it was u Lekota?wat were u gonna do.u stl support racism nd u dont c it cos u a u thnk if Brett was black should hev done dis?y didnt he paint De klerk first.

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-31 06:16

      Father, husband, president ,rapist ,philanderer , corrupt , nepotistic dictator. He should step down and stop embarrassing the nation .

      Elizabeth Venter - 2012-05-31 06:17

      ur an idiot, a black man DID paint Zuma's genitals, in 2010, nothing, nothing at all, was said to him. who are the racists now?

      siliziwem - 2012-05-31 06:43

      Don't just comment without enough knowledge next time because a black man did draw him before. I am black

      siliziwem - 2012-05-31 06:44

      Don't just comment without enough knowledge next time because a black man did draw him before. I am black

      siliziwem - 2012-05-31 06:44

      Don't just comment without enough knowledge next time because a black man did draw him before. I am black

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-31 07:14

      Lindiwe. Do you eat with that mouth. SA doesn't need your kind.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 07:20

      and what of Ayandas painting Lindiwe?

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 07:26

      Elizabeth isn't trying to control you Lindiwe she's merely pointing out your hypocrisy.

      Carey - 2012-05-31 14:13

      go get an education before making dumb ass comennts that peopl can hardly understand as you cannot even spell

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-31 06:10

    Lekota is absolutely correct..our lame brain lecherous Prez supported the deployment of ANC bullies by doing and saying nothing! All he could think of was his peckerspear being exposed!!Mazibuko was right in calling for peckerspear to stand down!!What an embarrasment he is!

      Smanga - 2012-05-31 06:49

      All foreighners thinks alike.Lekota is trying to revive his worst fallen carreer. For him to be angry is understandable because this is his last ride and for you, you can as twice be angrier because you know now that you're going to a dust bin like Lekota.

  • adln.ntsielo - 2012-05-31 06:11

    Lekota,get off ur high horse!!!!

  • mica.gogome - 2012-05-31 06:21

    South Africans.How can some peeps talk the irrelevent issues like rape,corruptio,etc when the topic is abt the violation of the oath of office by the state president?Are we really constructing or destructing here?

  • Elizabeth Venter - 2012-05-31 06:21

    note how majority of these ppl calling the racist card cant spell properly, cant speak english properly, don't have the correct grammar, but still vote for the ANC. doesn't make much sense does it?

      adln.ntsielo - 2012-05-31 06:29

      Can u write ur whole comment in Sesotho??? Didn't think so!!!! Keep in mind that English is not their mother tongue....O seke watla ka mahlalenyana a 5c mona!!!

      Lindiwe Corsa - 2012-05-31 06:37

      dam you,foolishness bcos u can ryt good english y dont u b a president nd stop actng lyk a dictionary 2ada ppl.racist!!!!

      Smanga - 2012-05-31 06:40

      The day your bully mind start thinking straight your eyes will open and start thinking and by the way it is called social networking lingo plus its their language you ignorant racist fool.

      gchikuni - 2012-05-31 06:48

      i dnt think this is in anyway relevent to this matter,do one need to be able to speak english to know wht is good or bad.sorry sister english is just a language not a qualification

      peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-05-31 06:48

      U were probably educated and possibly graduated in your vernacular. Like most who probably work in corporate world without clear articulation of english. Yet these folks still try english and your language, after all these years you know none of theirs. How stupid!

      siliziwem - 2012-05-31 06:51

      Mev Elizabeth Venter, jy klink baie dom as wat jy dink. Hierdie ANC Ek stem het my toegelaat om 'n geleentheid om te gaan na beter skole en ek is swart en kan jou Afrikaans praat! So don't we blacks are stupid!

      siliziwem - 2012-05-31 06:52

      Mev Elizabeth Venter, jy klink baie dom as wat jy dink. Hierdie ANC Ek stem het my toegelaat om 'n geleentheid om te gaan na beter skole en ek is swart en kan jou Afrikaans praat! So don't we blacks are stupid!

      siliziwem - 2012-05-31 06:52

      Mev Elizabeth Venter, jy klink baie dom as wat jy dink. Hierdie ANC Ek stem het my toegelaat om 'n geleentheid om te gaan na beter skole en ek is swart en kan jou Afrikaans praat! So don't say we blacks are stupid!

      Smanga - 2012-05-31 06:53

      Elizabeth you must learn to read and comment after, please stop being deurmekaar.

      Mewik - 2012-05-31 06:59\r\n\r\nThere go read your own news forum if you can't read and write in English, or is it harder to do your race-fueled trolling on there? By the way they teach English in every school in SA, being an international language and all, so no you can't have been well educated if you can't speak English. So the comment is rather valid despite your rants.

      cnduplessis - 2012-05-31 07:03

      I personally also hate the \IT-shorthand\ but one can't base someone's intelligence on a language... I'm sure Albert Einstein's english wasn't that great either. We have so may things dividing us-for once let us focus on what unites us as a nation.

      Leon - 2012-05-31 07:04

      Elizabeth. What this stupid little idiot lindiwe does not realize is that with her and her ilk's comments they have just proved your point. Have a wonderful day

      Tax - 2012-05-31 07:07

      Elizabeth the replies posted by the brain dead rabble just serve to validate your comment. Further proof that one has to be extremely stupid to support the ANC.

      lihlehm - 2012-05-31 07:08

      And what difference will Helen Z make towards helping improve their language skills? its time people like you accepted the fact that Zuma is in charge,you must have a doctrate in speaking and writting proper english,bear in mind english is not our mother tongue,you wouldn't ace isiZulu

      Dean - 2012-05-31 07:12

      Smile! What doesn't make sense is despite, these errors as u so correctly pointed out. You understand it perfectly. Ha aha. So what's u. Point!

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-31 07:15

      We dont have to write the english you think it proper just to amuze you and qualify to be seen as smart by you, whilst you came into our land and can't even utter a word of any of language of the people, you came to Africa and you must do as Africa does, this is our country and we even do you guys a favour by accomodating you by communicating in English, you the one who should be judged for not speaking Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Zulu and others in country dominated by these language and if we use your way thinking, you lot qualifies to be stupid of all group of people ever to exist. i guess if it offended that we cant write proper english, how about you hop to England.

      siliziwem - 2012-05-31 07:22

      Mewik, jy wil net 'n wit bedelaar wat klaar die beleggings jou groot vaders jou!

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-31 07:22

      We dont have to write the english you think it proper just to amuze you and qualify to be seen as smart by you, whilst you came into our land and can't even utter a word of any of language of the people, you came to Africa and you must do as Africa does, this is our country and we even do you guys a favour by accomodating you by communicating in English, you the one who should be judged for not speaking Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Zulu and others in country dominated by these language and if we use your way thinking, you lot qualifies to be stupid of all group of people ever to exist. i guess if it offended that we cant write proper english, how about you hop to England.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 07:31

      Neither does your point Elizabeth... if a point you were trying to make.

      Oompiet - 2012-05-31 07:32

      Mewik dom kop,troll,trash,racist ect.not all black people are speaking Isizulu therefore we write in english for our other african brothers to be able to read,we have no intentions on impressing an racist afrikaner.

      Mewik - 2012-05-31 07:39

      Snore me a river. The point is that without English you didn't get a matric. No point debating it any further really is there?

      Kyle - 2012-05-31 08:35

      Is it just me or does anyone else manage to see the correlation between speaking and spelling English and voting for the ANC. This is such a random comment Elizabeth! Furthermore it relates nothing to the article or the general discourse. Please don't feel the need to comment people and their use of language, it is not a priority nor a point worth debating.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-31 08:54

      Oeps Elizabeth. I also cant write properly in English and my grammar is not so good, but I do not vote for the ANC. I must admit I also do not like the "sms style of writing", but decided to suffer through it as long as all have a medium to express themselves. A kind request to those that use it. Please use it in such a way that we can follow it, but please stay on contributing/stating your point. One benefit of this site is that we can hear all the different views and when replying sensible to some-one, you sometimes find common ground with those that were opposite of yourselves.

      Dean - 2012-05-31 19:54

      Smile! What doesn't make sense is despite, these errors as u so correctly pointed out. You understand it perfectly. Ha aha. So what's u. Point!

  • Skosana - 2012-05-31 06:50

    Zuma is not a robot which works as programmed, he is a huma being with feelings and you can't expect him to come to the the defence of these zealous pink supremacists and their african followers when he was publickly humilliated like that. Pink people are just there to destroy the africans and surprisingly our brothers and sisters follow blindly as sheep being led a slaughter house. To those who are referring Zuma has brainless what have you done yourself to show that u are brainy.

      Smanga - 2012-05-31 07:34

      Skosana angry people specially pink ones are so devastated that Zuma is president with no formal education but Zuma didn't say that he has no education at all. He always say ”I taught myself“. Its unfortunate that people talks of clueless with education that they have and doing nothing about it and Zuma with his own,He went on to get his doctoral degree in US with his they call useless. He made himself useful.Whites are busy complaining about blacks with no proper grammar and silly english which they themself can't even speak properly and what do they call theemself, I wonder.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 07:35

      Voted. But not for the ANC.

      Kyle - 2012-05-31 08:47

      Now we're being referred to as Pink People. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA!!!!!! I prefer the term Beige actually!

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 12:41

      Beige Kyle?...Oh dear. Anything but beige please. I would like to be a smurf. That way I could choke my smurf without being noticed. Result.

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-31 06:54

    I wonder how it must feel to know that you are the worst president this country ever had. To know that you can only rely on uneducated, clueless people who's only goal is to run around in the streets and plunder. How must it feel to know that there are at least n thousand people that would be able to a better job with one hand tied down.

      Jim Jam - 2012-05-31 07:00

      This sad but true!

  • Jim Jam - 2012-05-31 06:58

    The truth hurts! Unfortunately if you are a women in this country it basically says your president does not have respect for you and that his spear is all he knows how to use on you. Wake up and smell the coffee South Africa. Why vote for this? For this he does not have my backing and I cannot tell my kid to be proud of SA's president as there is nothing to be proud of.

  • jafta.sehona1 - 2012-05-31 07:01

    you people don,t know lekota thief,ask us we will expose him and u won,t believe it,that guy is a thief,lier,dictator,manipulator,bad as something that we leave at the toilet pit,sies lekota.

      Jim Jam - 2012-05-31 07:10

      Has he impregnated his friends daughter lately yet?

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 07:40

      Lekotas crimes are not the issue here jafta, Zuma's are.

      pashman.malate - 2012-05-31 07:49

      What Lekota did or didn't do is irrelevant. The topic is about Zuma. So don't try to change the subject

      KB - 2012-05-31 11:30

      When you accuse someone with crime you need to provide solid evidence I cannot call you stupit without observing your behaviour.. Lekota stated two facts that reflect imcompitance of Jacob Zuma.... So what do you think about your Role-model jacob Zuma...

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-01 01:43

      @jafta, your are sure this is not your beloved ZOOMER you are talking about!

  • Eduard - 2012-05-31 07:01

    I say devide SA in 3groups. 1.The black who hate everyone, 2 the whites who hate everyone and 3.The group (black, white, brown all flavours and cultures-rainbow nation) that likes to get on with each other and business. Then, let group 1 and 2 fight each other, destroy each other, till no-one is left and the 3rd group will have a much better place and life to actually life and grow SA. This political child play is driving sane people nuts

      siliziwem - 2012-05-31 07:06

      Thats it, well said

  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-05-31 07:01

    Good for you Lekota.