Zuma opens Road of Reconciliation

2011-12-16 10:49

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has opened a road between the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park in Pretoria, on Reconciliation Day on Friday.

Both Zuma and Rudolph Botha, the chairperson of the Voortrekker Monument board, cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the road between the two monuments.

Speaking later at Freedom Park, Zuma said: "The initiative symbolises a commitment to nation building."

Zuma said that the Voortrekker Monument board and the Freedom Park trust had signed a memorandum of understanding.

"The gesture indicates progress in the national project of reconciliation," he said.

The road links the two monuments directly.

  • Grant - 2011-12-16 11:04

    Just stick to doing these kinds of things zooma. Stay away from doing anything requiring intelligence because practically every utterance, every cadre appointment, everything you will 'look into' turns into embarrassment and humiliation for the country.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-16 11:34

      The road to reconciliation is filled with potholes.

      Phuti - 2011-12-16 12:12

      Look u moron;the President is trying to make sure tht ther is love & peace but it won't work cos blacks r still opressed.

      Grant - 2011-12-16 13:06

      @Phuti and Thabo...Take those chips off your shoulder's - I said he must stick to doing the things that this article is reporting on, of far more value than his running around Africa embarrassing us. Yes, the majority of blacks of this country are still oppressed - oppressed by a lack of education and a government that does not care for the majority, only the bank accounts and lifestyles of a minority. In any event, neither of you are old enough to have lived under apartheid, you have only lived your majority under the ANC - one day you will hopefully come to this realisation, for your own sakes.

      Celtis - 2011-12-16 13:06

      Is this a toll road?

      Spyker - 2011-12-16 15:03

      Squeegee.., You forgot to mention it is also filled with corrupt traffic cops and overloaded, out-of-control, unroadworthy taxis and trucks, drivers with unlicenced- and/or illegally/corruptly obtained drivers' licences killing and maiming each other, people who drive through stop-streets and traffic-lights yet stop dead (no pun intended) unannounced in the middle of full flowing traffic, pass on the left-hand-side (specifically when it is on the yellow line) and over-take only when the opposite lane is filled with oncoming traffic, regard indicators merely as a party-trick and the hooter as an indigenous taxi-morse-code (certainly not as a means to warn others of impending danger).., to name a few... But, oops, I am busy telling the TRUTH, so I am being very UNPATRIOTIC and I am therefore not being very 'nationbuildingishist', or something... PS: "...national project of reconciliation..." - What The Fuuuuuuuuuggggg.., I have just been knocked over by a feather – there was probably a large contingent of international media, hence the psychobabble... Where do you begin..? Perhaps with some of the recklessly polarizing comments by the head his own government's Communication and Information Services - Jimmy Manyi (lest we forget his comments about Coloured People, inter alia), perhaps his party's open support for Zanu-PF who harbours international terrorists (under official international sanctions) for gross human rights violations against the white minority, etc, etc...

  • rbphiri - 2011-12-16 11:04

    Zuma said: "The initiative symbolises a commitment to nation building." With the current corrupt politicians in poor - democracy is now a dilapidated building nearing the point of ground zero. Yes this initiative is a stepping stone towards reconciliation, but at this point there is another beast off its leash running ramped in the country while its masters sit back and watch innocent people get attacked. Violence and crime in the country need to be put to sleep.

  • johnnymacza - 2011-12-16 11:09

    Zuma you chop. Maybe you should teach your cadres about reconciliation or is it just another eye blinder.

  • Tiyani Will Nghonyama - 2011-12-16 11:10

    I'm sorry but i can't forgive govt. officials who abuse state money, our money.

  • Nitesh - 2011-12-16 11:15

    go and take a shower u is it possible that we have a clown as a president????????? is it just coz i'm BLACK???????

      TSR01 - 2011-12-16 12:58

      You don't have to be black to be a clown? Wait a second, you're not the president... you should pay more attention to what you say, and how you say it, otherwise you may end up in Zuma's circus! :)

  • Bernard - 2011-12-16 11:28

    Will we all fit on the road as a place of refuge when night of the long knives intensifies? NOTE... INTENSIFIES... 3 100 Farmers murdered in 80% non robbery motive "crimes" (genocide) since 1994, about 35 000 whites in total since 1994... OH did Zuma also forget about the world genocide watch upgrading us to category 6 (preparation) in September this year... STOP THE PROPAGANDA... ALL IS NOT WELL!!!

  • Yurak - 2011-12-16 11:30

    DEAR GOD.... Thank you for delivering us from the evil barbarians at Bloodriver so many years ago. Without Your help we would never have survived. your servant

      Squeegee - 2011-12-16 11:36

      Troll alert!

      Yurak - 2011-12-16 11:43

      Not realy squeegee, we made a promise to thank God every year, I'm just doing that on behalf of everybody that forgot about that promise.

  • Max - 2011-12-16 12:07

    The average South African can't give a sh@t about reconciliation because they are reconciled and have moved on. It is about time the politicians do the same and focus on matters that actually mean something to the people of Sout Africa.

  • tcCarla - 2011-12-16 12:50

    I think there should be more initiatives to promote nation building and national pride, what happened to "Koop Suid Afrikaans"? pls dont reply with the usual crap, if we dont all work together on our problems we will not succeed.

  • Nina - 2011-12-16 13:03


  • Garth - 2011-12-16 15:20

    17 YEARS. It has been 17 years since the fall of apartheid, but the useless anc and the SAA - the Stupid Afrikaners Association - take every opportunity to remind SA about it. The useless anc do it because it keeps them in power by ensuring that the ignorants that vote for them remain ignorant. The useless anc do it because it maintains the bank balances of the super-rich(white, black, asian, coloured) whilst suppressing the poor. The useless anc do it, cleverly enough, because they know that somewhere out there is a white man stupid enough to react to it and stupid enough to support reconciliation. The white man is stupid because he believes that he is somehow keeping his so-called `kultuur' alive. The anc ineptocrat is actually quite evil, because he is holding that woollen cap firmly over his all-believing supporters eyes whilst eliciting ignorant and pathetic responses like: `Phuti - Look u moron;the President is trying to make sure tht ther is love & peace but it won't work cos blacks r still oppressed.' Phuti, you anc ignorant you, complete this exercise that I gave to one of your partners in idiocy the other day: Wherever you read `Government', replace the word with the acronym `ANC'. The anc has been the oppressor for 17 years you . . . enough said, evolve.

  • Tony - 2011-12-17 15:30

    Please --- Do away with AA, BBEEE, all those silly name changes, Umkonto We Sizwe, the Revolution nonsense, tell China to get lost so that we can employ locals, get rid of your political mates, and stop with the ANC / Spirits nonsense, bring back the death penalty - now we are on the road to rteconcilliation

  • Nick - 2012-02-20 17:42

    Is the ANC running scared now and trying to capture the educated and intelligent vote?

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