Zuma pays tribute to white activists

2012-01-08 18:16

Bloemfontein - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday paid special tribute to some white activists who had committed themselves to democratic change in the country.

"The ANC has always and continues to cherish [their] contribution," he told thousands of people who braved the scorching heat at the Free State Stadium.

"This unity across divides has strengthened the ANC."

Zuma said black people had been reduced to subjects until they united in 1912 to fight against the apartheid system. He said it was done with support from the African continent and international community.

Highlighting the party’s journey of 100 years of "selfless" struggle, Zuma said it began with ANC founder Pixley ka Isaka Seme who made a call for African people to unite and bury racism and tribalism.

Zuma described the ANC as a disciplined force of the left with a bias towards the poor. "[The ANC] is also a broad church that is home.”

He said the centenary celebration was an emotional but exciting and moving occasion.

Zuma also payed tribute to 134 South African patriots, most of them Umkhonto We Sizwe soldiers like Solomon Mahlangu, who were executed during the apartheid regime in Pretoria.

"Our freedom was definitely not free. It was achieved through the blood, sweat and tears of many selfless revolutionaries and cadres of our movement."

  • Mkulisi - 2012-01-08 18:31

    Geez what a long and uninspiring speech from Zuma. Anyway glad to see Thabo Mbeki get so much applause from the masses.

      colin.dovey - 2012-01-08 19:06

      Yup! I agree - we just click the sound button to OFF now when he comes on - what he has said in the past is either incorrect, impossible, exaggeration or a blatant lie.

  • Eduard - 2012-01-08 18:33

    don't forget it JZ.....blood sweat and tears.....try to prevent it from happening again and you will be a hero

      Mike - 2012-01-08 19:15

      Pitty he forgot about the SADF soldiers who sacrifised their lives to keep him safe and todays anc pressi?

  • Mkulisi - 2012-01-08 18:36

    Kgalema Montlathe "The leadership will now enjoy champagne on your behalf through their lips" sums up the ANC post 94 SMH.

      Mutsila - 2012-01-08 18:42


      schalk.v.tonder - 2012-01-08 18:56

      All Pigs are equal however some Pigs are more equal tha others ........

  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-08 18:38

    Thanks for mentioning the token whites in the ANC. Sweet.

  • An observer - 2012-01-08 18:51

    The ANC should always remember those who worked and brought pressure to bear on the Nationalist government to affect the change that has taken place in S A. They included international government and white activists and businessman, who, at the time, believed that the best political solution would be to support the ANC of Nelson Mandela. Unforunately, the ANC governments under Mbeki and Zuma have failed miserably, to bring economic freedom to the majority of South Africans. I was one of those white activists that you pay tribute to. The ANC have not delivered on their promises to the poor. For this, I spit on their tributes.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-08 19:12

    "Zuma said black people had been reduced to subjects until they united in 1912 to fight against the apartheid system. " 1947 - 1990 is not 100 years Jacob, did you do maths?

      Mike - 2012-01-08 19:23

      Now you know why our Education Department is deeply concerned!!!!

      amanda.keartland - 2012-01-08 19:31

      uhm it is actually since 1948... In 1910 SA became a Union but was still subjected under British laws... Funny that the Brits never gets mentioned, nor the massacre that was committed against the inhabitants of Southern Africa then...

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