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Zuma out of touch with reality - Mazibuko

2012-10-22 20:20

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma lacks both the leadership and determination to turn South Africa into a high-growth economy, DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Monday.

The presidency’s response to the cover story in the latest issue of The Economist - titled Cry the beloved country - South Africa's sad decline - had revealed a president who was "clearly out of touch with reality", she said in a statement.

"Instead of responding with a comprehensive plan which would tackle the underlying cause of our current economic woes, the president opted to bury his head in the sand and accuse The Economist of being misleading."

Mazibuko said this was "the most revealing example yet of a president who lacks both the leadership and determination to build a high growth economy which will lift millions of South Africans out of poverty".

In a response to last week's article in the influential business publication, the presidency said on Sunday that it was "grossly incorrect to suggest that South Africa is on a downhill slide".

In a statement, it described the article as "misleading".

Mazibuko called on Zuma to announce steps on how he was going to tackle the current economic downturn.

These should include, among other things, providing a clear commitment that he put the country's economy above his own re-election campaign.

"The president should acknowledge publicly the very serious impact that infighting in the ANC and its tripartite alliance is having on the economy in terms of policy uncertainty, and put forward a plan to prevent this negative impact."

He should also announce "wide-ranging changes to the current labour regime to ensure that wildcat strikes are ended, and that stability is returned to the economy".

Mazibuko said South Africa needed a president with vision, the political determination to implement far-reaching reforms, and bold leadership to lead the way in doing so.

"To date, President Zuma has shown himself incapable of satisfying these conditions. If he does not want to be remembered as the president who broke our economy, then he must get his head out of the sand and get on with the job of leading," she said.

Comments
  • deon.evert - 2012-10-22 20:27

    Go Lindiwe!!

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-10-22 20:33

      He could also start by handing his palace over to the poor...

      alf.pop - 2012-10-22 20:38

      Was old Zipper ever in touch with reality?

      frederik.vanas - 2012-10-22 20:56

      well the ANC wanted the country......herdboy did not even complete primary school....It must show you want a joke SA is.

      daniel.jacobs.3766 - 2012-10-22 21:13

      A man who thinks the solution to end the strikes and satisfy increasingly p-d-of workers is by proposing a salary freeze??? - Never.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-22 21:13

      The only things Zuma are in with touch are Nkandla,his spear tackling a new bride every other week,being president of the taxi ring association and the president of an association of spaza owners.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-10-22 21:20

      Zuma, most Corrupted and Useless president this country have ever seen!!!

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-22 21:58

      President zuma and his son malema must take the moneys they stole from the people and move to zimbabwe, we dont want them

      Billy - 2012-10-23 03:50

      the anc and people that put this woman down are a bit doff imo. ive come to think they dont understand what she is saying. she is too educated for them, all they hear is "white speak", thats why she's mocked with coconut/teagirl etc. "Mazibuko said South Africa needed a president with vision, the political determination to implement far-reaching reforms, and bold leadership to lead the way in doing so." to zuma that means building roads to zumaville for the next 20 years, thats it. lol.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-23 10:22

      Surely all thinking South Africans would have realized that Zuma has had only three non-negotiable objectives right from the first day he was elected. 1) Live a life of unbridled luxury, pomp, and excess. 2) Amass as much personal wealth, by misappropriating taxpayers money. 3) Get elected for another 5 year term, so he can continue with objective 1 & 2 above. He has never, and will never show the slightest interest in the welfare of the people of this country. During his whole term of office, he will not be remembered for a single decision, which has been to the benefit of the country and the desperately under privileged, unemployed masses. Sometimes I really wonder whether him and Malema do not have family blood, somewhere far back in their ancestry. As he is so highly respected and admired by the masses, for his charismatic oratory and superb dancing ability and stage performance, plus those snazzy yellow ANC T Shirts, Caps, and food hampers, I am sure all his wishes will be fulfilled.

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-22 20:31

    Well said, get your shower head out of the sand! The sad part, all this falls on deaf ears within the ANC, because they love living in denial! He does not give a f@ck about anything that could be good for this country, so over it! \r\nI just want him to disappear,be gone little boy!

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-22 20:31

    Tell 'em!

      Havokreeka - 2012-10-22 21:25

      Phuti, you're nothing but racist scum.

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-22 20:31

    I love this coming from a Black Girl - if she was white her comments would definately be racist !!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-22 20:33

      She's not just some black girl, she Is a true leader!

      art5SA - 2012-10-22 20:55

      I for one WILL vote for Lindiwe.... She has her head screwed on the right way,..... and KNOWS how to deliver!

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-23 09:26

      Kobus, you are racist! You are judging Lindiwe by the colour of her skin and not her accomplishments. Her comments are pertinent and she, having read and understood the Economist's critique on South Africa and Jacob Zuma, has raised points which cannot be wished away by sycophantic brainless fools who have done nothing but loot the economy for their personal gain.

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-10-22 20:34

    Someone needs to clue her in about how to succeed in SA politics: Tone down the logic, calls for accountability and truth telling and step up the rhetoric, baseless accusations and conspiracy theories.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-22 21:23

      So true. LOL

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-22 20:39

    JZ has his own reality as does the rest of The Alliance. In their reality, South Africa is safe, there are a few hiccups, Nkandla is part of the rural development program and 'plans' contain no reference to HOW, WHEN or HOW MUCH. In our reality we live in fear, pay 1st world prices on an emerging market income and have to resort to taking the government to court to get them to do the things they were hired to do. Yes there are two South Africas - the one we live everyday and the other seen through bullet-proof glass illuminated by pretty blue lights.

  • johnlubisi.john - 2012-10-22 20:49

    what do u expect, from uneducated rapist.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-10-22 20:51

    you dont say hey...That is why South Africa looks like this.And yet the ANC still have sheep following them.

  • motleleng - 2012-10-22 20:56

    He never had any touch, Mugabe is better than Zuma, it took Mugabe three decades to put Zim where it is but Zuma wants to break the record and put SA into poverty in less than five years...what a moron

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-10-22 20:58

    This is the lady who earns above R1 million ???? Being out of touch? I say!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-22 21:13

      What the f@ck is your point? You from Oranje? She is doing allot of good!

      rontheogre - 2012-10-23 01:43

      As far as I know she earns R1,3 Million per year, way too little for the set of cajones she displays, and brass ones nogal, too.

  • punungwe - 2012-10-22 20:59

    Lindiwe, your opinion counts for little. South Africa long ago surrendered its democracy to 'ANC delegates', some of whom couldn't even be bothered to attend a meeting nominating the man who is going to lead South Africa.

  • laings.corner - 2012-10-22 21:02

    Jacob Zuma is the 11th highest paid president in the world. How awesome would it have been if he was the 11th best performing one . . . or 11th best qualified one.

      archie.mooki - 2012-10-22 22:07

      then I will be in S.A. and not working in U.S.

      louis.mokonyane - 2012-10-22 22:17

      If he ranked 11th due KPA then we would say he is a good President for south Africa, but hey is a vice verse \why should he care about south africa sorry to say this but most of ANC people are not thinkers in their mind you need to have been arrested to show that you understand struggle o to be an african

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-22 21:04

    So proud of you Lindiwe.

  • frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-22 21:07

    I think the article in the Economist is a fair reflection of what is happening in this country, but I fear that not much will change. The ANC's aims, objectives and freedom charter sound so perfect, but the organisation has completely lost sight of them. This romantic dream of liberating the nation has become a free for all with everyone taking as much as they can. Their corruption, ineptitude and racist policies are destroying the very nation they fought so hard to liberate.

      laings.corner - 2012-10-22 21:19

      Frank wish I could give you a million thumbs up. Well said !!

  • afikile.sikwebu - 2012-10-22 21:20

    I'm convinced Politicians are trained to say, "There is no crises"

  • grant.boonzaier - 2012-10-22 21:20

    Lungile you are as clueless and ignorant as our prez.... Rather give your money to a black man cos he is black like you... Are you for real? Omg help us all from ignorant people like yourself

  • civil.moabi - 2012-10-22 21:21

    fat S

  • grant.boonzaier - 2012-10-22 21:22

    Agreed

  • casskot - 2012-10-22 21:29

    @Lindiwe its not only him alone what about the rest of the ANC corrupt to the core !!!

  • tiyanitee.hlungwansiband - 2012-10-22 21:31

    Despite what most would be quick to assume, I hardly believe Lindiwe's views have anything to do with his race! What we're dealing with here is a serious case of incompetent leadership... Instead of hurling insults, we could try to reason out with her! And what's up with all these racist comments!!! It depresses me really...

      casskot - 2012-10-22 21:37

      We all had enough about ANC incompetence lack of leadership which is killing our Beloved country SA enough is enough . We need proper quality leadership

  • jason.marshall.1804 - 2012-10-22 21:43

    What is up with all the slandering? Let’s try to look at the bigger picture here. Race, weight, etc have nothing to do with our economy. Lindiwe is moving our leaders in the right direction. Apply pressure or else we will become like Zimbabwe and we will all be without jobs, farms will be unproductive, the education system will fail, commuting will be too expensive, roads will fall apart, and the leaders at the top will sit in their extravagant houses not having a clue what happened and how they supposed to fix it.

  • willie.mostert.sa - 2012-10-22 21:48

    Lindiwe is a shining example of the very capable political leaders this country has. If she had to promote the DA case at the youth and in particular Gauteng and KZN, she would turn many voters away from the ANC.

  • slikhethe33 - 2012-10-22 21:51

    Zuma usihlegisa ngabelungu man.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-22 22:00

    The country its leaderless nd also lacks hot lookin female politician...We mus demand hot lookin chix parliment... Lindiwe is fake is usin too much make up nd horse hair its a big no. No... Il consider voting if i c somthin to look@... For now i agree with The Economist...

  • ntobeko.mkhabela - 2012-10-22 22:02

    Until parliament convene for a mutual goal to make South Africa governable, political disagreements will pollute the bigger purpose of the elected members of parliament. When last has any political party been denied implementation or being denied support if raising concerns aimed at improving lives of South Africans?\r\nZuma is only the president not government nor parliament. We need to caltivate the tone of debate in our parliament either by replacing it with great minds or strategists instead of self actualizing, big headed individuals who think more of themselves than the purpose of National duty.\r\nThe president's insults are national insults. We create our own stink and start pointing fingers due to lack of commitment and immaturity. The reason why the poor will always vote Zuma is because his ego and common sence turns you bullies to real animals you are. \r\nUntil the ANC constituencies identify a better leader than President Zuma tasked to lead to-date, you must all get back to serving the public and stop attacking people you can't even fight in debate platform nor challenge in value of human dignity. \r\nMangaung is around the corner, book yourselves to cardiac wards because Zuma will retain his seat as President of the ANC and First Citizen of the Republic of South Africa. Weigh-Less Mazibuko, It helps with thought processing speed and memory function. Nx!

  • dehlia.fredericks - 2012-10-22 22:04

    plse people read moteleng's comment....cum 4rm an educated, prof, well informed black person! sir, educated ur people/they facing a very dark future and bcuz jz misleading his own!

  • motho.batho.98 - 2012-10-22 22:05

    According to President JZ, why would most ppl, within the ANC, opposition parties, ordinary citizens and foreigners be pessemistic about SA if any?

  • louis.mokonyane - 2012-10-22 22:07

    The only growth that we will see is Zuma Economic Growth, all of a sudden they manage to develop Nkadla, so that's what concerns him now, Great Statement Lindiwe, If Zuma wins this Elections @Mangaung all Ministers, ANC leaders and all that have supported him are going to be rich, eg Julius Malema

  • kobus.kaunda - 2012-10-22 22:13

    one more serving of pap,and she will explode!

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-22 22:24

      KOBUS with a Name like yours , I suggest rather call yourself anonymous. Mind you the Name and Intelligence level appear of similar standard.

      kobus.kaunda - 2012-10-22 22:49

      george.slade,you shold be encouraging her to hit the gym,instead of insulting me? one more serving of pap and she will keel over. even the photographer who took the photo of her says that she will "Die from a Burger".LOL!

  • luvuyomatwa.luvuyomatwa - 2012-10-22 22:21

    You are lucky Lindiwe that you are not an ANC member, atherwise you could be dad. Maybe aboMbalula and others wish to be in your position, now that they can speak freely.

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-22 22:34

    Thank u words of wisdom.south africans prepare for the second recession if u don't see it now we already feel it.our president is sleepwalking

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-22 22:43

    Zoom zoom u brought the economy to its knees and ur going to be voted out by us nothing last 4 ever no body rule 4eva,this is worse that apartheid sir

  • lindokuhle.malindela - 2012-10-22 22:48

    tea lady for madam zille please leave president zuma alone, siza umphefumulo wam, ungangixhovi umoya, please

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-22 22:58

    You know blacks have been flocking to Western Cape in the droves in the last years, the other day we went to eastern cape and northern cape, then I realized why they are all coming to Western Cape, when I saw the state of those provinces because the stealing of public funds, wow all you racists are going to be the first ones running here soon soon..

  • Denidedog - 2012-10-22 23:19

    You have been brain washed my sister.the more civilaize you are, the more stupid you become. You are sacrifising lot for less

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-23 00:00

    The guy has 5 wives already

  • herman.burger.5 - 2012-10-23 00:20

    The primary reason for Zuma's failure to address the country's problems is an inherent inability (i. e. incompetence) with his apparent unwillingness rather a symptom than a cause. As Albert Einstein said: We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. These problems are the direct consequence of ANC thinking and the solution requires the eradication of ANC "thinking" as well as the ANC itself.

  • kgaditsi.tjebane - 2012-10-23 04:51

    Tony leon said zuma was not appointed to be visionary,talk about a strange to defend a person.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-10-23 05:00

    Zuma has proved that you CANNOT go from herdboy to president in one easy step. The decline of this country is proved clearly by this. Someone with intelligence and good leadership skills is what we need and SOON

  • braamc - 2012-10-23 05:22

    He is an uneducated thieve

  • JCV.Landman - 2012-10-23 05:37

    Although I agree that Zuma might not be competent, we must also note that the SA economy is linked to the world economy. South Africans have a consumer mentality and not a production mentality. For this reason, we are dependant on other countries to produce certain goods so that we can import. We are also dependant on other countries to buy raw materials from us....we later import those materials again in the form of a working product. If Zuma were to find a solution for the economic issues, then South Africans as a people would have to change. Instead, we prefer to live of government grants and to steal from each other.....and then we blame Zuma for our consumerism. The only way to solve our issues is to change from a dependent state to an independent state. We should produce ourselves and try to limit importing. We should try to lift our per capita production and stop raping this country through government grants etc. Do this and we might see growth.

  • JCV.Landman - 2012-10-23 05:52

    Although I agree that Zuma might not be competent, we must also note that the SA economy is linked to the world economy. South Africans have a consumer mentality and not a production mentality. For this reason, we are dependant on other countries to produce certain goods so that we can import. We are also dependant on other countries to buy raw materials from us....we later import those materials again in the form of a working product. If Zuma were to find a solution for the economic issues, then South Africans as a people would have to change. Instead, we prefer to live of government grants and to steal from each other.....and then we blame Zuma for our consumerism. The only way to solve our issues is to change from a dependent state to an independent state. We should produce ourselves and try to limit importing. We should try to lift our per capita production and stop raping this country through government grants etc. Do this and we might see growth.

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-23 08:23

    There is currently only one black man in RSA that I think can do the job properly: The other Mbeki brother.

  • vusi.mdakane1 - 2012-10-23 08:23

    How I wish that Lindiwe could at times articulate a balanced view on the country's economy, informed by the global economic situation, rather than wanting to blame everything on the President and the ruling party. Honorable Lindiwe, the whole world's economy is in a crisis not just South Africa and I believe that other leaders around the world have still not figured out what they should do to address the issues, therefore do not be over critical of our country's economy, which has demostrated resilience in the midst of this turmoil. To those who look down on the President because of his level of education, I wish to know what qualifications the Greek, Italian, and Spanish President's have, considering their countries are in a more economic mess than ours. I wish to appeal for a sober analysis of the situation faced by the country, rather than the uninformed, prejudiced articulations we make.

      Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-23 08:36

      @vusi ??? how is it NOT the leading party and the president's fault that the economy and investments are declining ??? who is stealing and corrupting and money laundering around every corner ??? our 'so called' leaders.... oh no... I forgot its a global economy thing you said !!!!

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-23 09:48

    Well said, now we just wait for the ANC to make some outrageous comment about this statement! It will probably be something like aparthied this and white man that! The usual rubbish, Zuma and Malema should rot in the same jail cell!

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-10-23 10:27

    ZIPPER, SHOWERHEAD, ZUMA HAS A VISION TO MARRY EACH YEAR ONLY. ONLY VISION IS RELATIONSHIP WITH WOMEN.

  • smahlaba - 2012-10-23 10:59

    Lindiwe is big.

      smahlaba - 2012-10-23 12:23

      She is huge.

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