Zuma praises Mbeki's role in Sudan

2011-07-09 09:00

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Friday praised the role his predecessor Thabo Mbeki played in helping bring about an end to conflict in Sudan.

"President Mbeki is a man of integrity and enormous experience," Zuma was quoted saying in a statement, issued during his visit to Sudan, to attend festivities marking the birth of South Sudan.

"He was part of the leadership that brought about change in South Africa, which will enable him to assist the people of the Sudan even further to find solutions."

Mbeki headed the African Union's high-level implementation panel which helped ensure a peaceful solution to Sudan's conflict.

Zuma began his visit in Khartoum on Friday evening, to express South Africa’s support to the north and to strengthen bilateral relations and co-operation.

South Sudan earned independence at 00.01 on Saturday. It was the outcome of a vote for independence in January, guaranteed in a 2005 peace deal which ended the most recent north-south war, the Associated Press reported.

Zuma would be in Juba on Saturday for festivities celebrating the birth of the world's newest nation.

  • saabnut - 2011-07-09 09:09

    And so he should. What Mbeki has forgotten about class, distinction, and national pride and responsibility, Zuma will never even learn.

      lean - 2011-07-09 10:51

      Useless Idiot, pray for your own country!!!! So we do not have what Sudan have and do something....

      Shivermetimb - 2011-07-09 11:45

      So Zuma is burying the hatchet with Mbeki? Obviously Zuma has decided to call on the Mbeki camp to help ward off Malema in the elections. Interesting development. Need doth strange bedfellows of us make.

      Democrat2011 - 2011-07-10 15:50

      Yes Mbeki did well in Sudan, so did Zuma in Burundi. Its got nothing to do with being the best president. The fact that Mbeki never congratulated Zuma for the great work he did in Burundi says a lot about the man. I would rather have an uneducated Zuma as president than a Mbeki third term. We would have ended up a dictatorship with Mbeki in charge had it not been for this uneducated Zuma. We have more to thank him than we are doing now.

  • Robi - 2011-07-09 09:32

    Thanks for accepting and recognizing at last for Mbeki 's vision of African rennaissance. Zuma must always remember that Mbeki is and will always be the most powerful and the best leader the ANC ever produced.His management and leadership style will remain vacuum in South Africa political system. Zuma must look into Mbeki era pages to read how Mbeki addressed most of issues in public domain

      Dominic - 2011-07-09 12:31

      His leadership on HIV/AIDS comes to mind.

      Aquilani - 2011-07-10 09:21

      I agree with Robi. Mbeki was our international man. A diplomat, an educated man with good knowledge on how to run the country's economy, whilst having control over the ANCYL. It seems almost a century ago where South Africa was a bit more relaxed, confident and somewhat closer to this "rainbow" nation. Unfortunately Zuma, Malema and their cronies have put us back a decade and racism is more rife than ever. Thanks Zuma. Not..

  • senkgisha - 2011-07-09 09:36

    Well said Mr Zuma,there's a lot you need to leran from this intellect. But i hope you took the lesson!!!!

      LemonParty - 2011-07-09 10:04

      "leran from this intellect." - quite ironic!!

      peter the gr - 2011-07-09 10:08


      Shivermetimb - 2011-07-09 11:50

      Senkgisha - spot on mate. Please ignore the cr*p comments.

      Neles - 2011-07-09 12:00

      yes, capslock

  • Anonymus - 2011-07-09 09:45

    and Sudan will still to be a sh*t hole in deep dark Africa begging from the colonial west for aid....... Where the African brothers now???

      Lee - 2011-07-09 10:28

      I disagree with you there. Mbeki has done nothing so why Zuma is trying to grab any credit for S.A. i don't know. Ex British Soldiers have trained the Soouths Army for the past few years. Now the International community is going to pump Billions into making the South work. Of course it's oil will be repayment. The Useless U.N. will stay as to report on the Muslim North causing trouble whch will be sorted out by the West if they mess with the rebuilding of the South and the oil the west cares about. Cheers for the comment Zuma.

  • Ano Nymous - 2011-07-09 09:47

    "...enable him to assist the people of the Sudan even further to find solutions" Nasionalisation? Land grabs? Skewed taxation? Corruption? Incompetence? Mediocrity? ...

  • ZACommentator - 2011-07-09 09:58

    Praise from this clown is not needed

      Ndlebe - 2011-07-09 10:07

      Yeah right

  • marco - 2011-07-09 10:25

    Early American Echoes in South Africa? If Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s George Washington,then Thabo Mbeki was his John Adams—a short,touchy,fiercely intelligent infighter doomed to labor in the shadow of the great man(Mandela).Jacob Zuma,the third democratically elected president of South Africa’s,is no Thomas Jefferson—though Zuma,like Jefferson,may ultimately play an important(if unwitting) role in the birth of a real two-party system in a nascent democracy.Also like Thomas Jefferson,Zuma had been dogged by sexual innuendo's.Thomas Jefferson had a 38-year love affair with his slave Sally Hemings,who was the half-sister of Jefferson’s own wife. Many,including Heming’s son Madison,asserted that the two produced several illegitimate children.All the while too,Jefferson spent loads of time in the company of Mrs.Maria Hadfield Cosway,a beautiful artist with blond curls.Once,he forgot his age and tried to impress her by jumping a fence and instead he fell and broke his wrist.Yet,despite all that, Thomas Jefferson is still considered one of the greatest presidents in American history.And that's all that matters in American history books is the “contributions” he made to the building of the United States. What about Zuma?Here..."Zuma denied the charges and claimed that the sex was consensual.." and "In your article you assert that the woman that Zuma had unprotected sex with..."Wife's sex scandal rocks Zuma-Times LIVE" A lot in common with Jefferson.

      Benny66 - 2011-07-09 11:04

      Zuma has yet to jump the fence. But there the similarities will end. Surely you cannot suggest that he will one day be considered to have been one of the greatest Presidents in South African history???

      Francois - 2011-07-09 20:23

      What is the relevance of your comment to South Sudan and Mbeki's role? If you want people to read a mindspill like this, put it on a blog. It is not all junk, but no relevance.

  • Bheki - 2011-07-09 10:34

    viva malema he is the cleverest of all of them and will b great presidant forever anc viva !!!!!

      frikdt - 2011-07-09 10:46

      LOL, for sure! Just look at his matric results - he didn't bother with lowly A's and B's, he went for the high G-H range!

      Sinudeity - 2011-07-09 10:47

      Hehehe, great president forever? But I thought thats why Mbeki was recalled? Because he wanted a third term? No, Jacob has already shown how useless an idiot president is, we dont want another one. Thanks.

      Shivermetimb - 2011-07-09 11:52

      Beki, Malema is the cleverest of them all but will be the first South African to be shamed by being served with an ICC warrant. When he is done, the world will remember him in the same light as Idi, Bob, and Adolf.

      johan - 2011-07-09 13:24


      Francois - 2011-07-09 20:24

      And what is the relevance of your comment to the Sudan and Mbeki? If you realy want attention, try streaking at Loftus - obviously when it is full.

  • LiraShea - 2011-07-09 11:32

    "President Mbeki is a man of integrity and enormous experience," Zuma Wel, blaas my siel!! Kan jy nou meer?

  • trankati - 2011-07-09 13:44

    it is too late to realise that.

  • nzs - 2011-07-09 19:18

    This promiscuous polygamous buffoon (who moonlights as head of state), and whose thinking takes place below the belt - with the sun rising out of his navel and setting in his scrotum - should rather keep those praises to himself. We all know Mbeki's role, intellect and political sophistication in the resolution of the South Sudan impasse. We don't need a buffoon to tell us what he has only discovered this morning. He (the buffoon) should rather go humping - what he knows best - and leave the thinking to the thinkers.

  • cgtours - 2011-07-09 20:59

    he zuma SHOULD NEVER EVEN BEEN THERE! EX President MBEKI desrves that and, apart from that, the respect of the World for him and his wife( I salute her as well- she was a lady to represent us and she dit so very very well- )Thank you Madam!for your dignity, your status that you gAVE OUR COUNTRY) fOr having always represented South Africa with respect!ALL of us.Thank you for that to you and President Mbeki and Mrs Mbeki.. Actually. too TOO little has been read about this lady?? SHE IS A LADY wherever she went. NOT LIKE WE GOT NOW !!reMARKABLE LADY! and the whole of South Africa can be proud of her =tHANK YOU MRS. MBEKI-from A White South African.

  • melchiedek - 2011-07-12 12:55

    so he should learn from mbeki how far is zuma with the zimbabwe mediation

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