Zuma seeks moral high ground

2012-12-16 17:37

Zuma - Bloemfontein - President Jacob Zuma sought the moral high ground at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung on Sunday, lecturing on violence, corruption, and bribery.

Dressed in a leather jacket with African National Congress colours, Zuma broke into song as he took to the podium to open the event.

He swept a delighted audience away with an old struggle song.

"The journey is long... Mandela told his followers that we'll meet on freedom day," Zuma sang at the 53rd elective conference in Mangaung in the Free State, where the ANC was founded a century ago.

His speech started off with best wishes to former president Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital, before he went on to boast that ANC membership was up from 600 000 in 2007 to 1.22 million at present.

Zuma supporters cheered and ululated upon his arrival.

The Free State and Limpopo provinces watched quietly, with a Limpopo delegation making noise and rolling their hands when he started speaking.

His 90-minute speech, which started about three hours late, condemned violence, bribery, and corruption within the party, ironically charges which he himself, or his allies, had been accused of.

At some stage he removed his leather jacket in the sweltering heat of the marquee, where an air-conditioning failure left many wiping away the sweat, and some dozing off.

Zuma briefly shared a few words on stage with his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, who had been nominated to challenge his leadership of the former liberation movement-turned ruling party.

Zuma spoke of divisions within the ANC at the previous conference in Polokwane, in 2007, when Zuma defeated former president Thabo Mbeki.

"The road to Polokwane was full of division and turbulence," he said during his political report.

"It was necessary that we start healing the organisation and working for unity after the conference.

"Some successes were made while some provinces still have pockets of factionalism and disunity." Zuma spoke out against party political violence, in a clear reference to the killing of ANC North West official, David Mosiane Chika, 33. He was shot dead outside his house in Alabama, Klerksdorp, on Friday morning.

"What could be so much at stake that they would go so far to get their own way?" A disgruntled group of North West ANC members failed this week in a court bid to alter the province's representation at Mangaung.

Handle with care

Zuma also condemned the "alien tendencies" of people who had tried to buy the ANC's support. They were turning ANC members into "commodities".

Public spats and disrespect towards members should not be allowed in the ANC, said Zuma.

The tripartite alliance, of the ANC, SA Communist Party and Congress of SA Trade Unions, needed to be handled with care.

The alliance needed to refrain from public spats and "shouting from podiums", said Zuma, adding that the deadly labour unrest at Marikana in the North West this year exposed the country's flaws and inconsistencies.

On 16 August, 34 miners were shot dead during a protest near Lonmin mine in Rustenburg.

The labour strikes were illegal, violent and appeared designed to undermine collective bargaining in general and the National Union of Mineworkers in particular, Zuma said.

He said the campaign against corruption was continuing. The tender system was an area of vulnerability in the government.

"Even a granny in a rural area knows about a tender," he said in isiZulu.

"Conference may wish to deliberate on tendering, which is often open to abuse currently... Our country is one of the most transparent societies when it comes to the fight against corruption. It is talked about often in the public domain." He bemoaned the textbook saga in Limpopo, warning it should never be repeated, while he praised the national development plan, saying it created certainty for the country.

Zuma urged teachers to be more diligent, telling them to be "in school, in class, on time, teaching for seven hours every school day of the year".

This would be enforced, he said.

"If they [teachers] don't do it, we are going to enforce it... We want inspectors to come back."

Zuma cautioned that the ANC would not be able to reach its 2014 target for land redistribution, set in Polokwane.

Zuma ended his speech as he started it, with the audience and the national executive committee, seated behind him, rising to join in song again.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-12-16 17:43

    That's the pot calling the kettle black!!! You're the biggest culprit ZoOoooma

      rontheogre - 2012-12-16 18:12

      Remember the old people saying "don't do as I do, do as I say!". Zuma should make this his motto.

      lownabester - 2012-12-16 18:20

      Just telling his own life story, hehehe He is an idiot.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-12-16 19:12

      Please shut-up corrupted tax thief!!!

      cyril.mpanza.1 - 2012-12-16 19:20

      This man is not My president. I am ashamed of him. He is now talking of those issues of morals, but he himself is the the immoral one. This man is a problem and so too are those who follow him. I am not proud of the ANC today and these people who defend it. It does not deserve.

      ron.lawrance - 2012-12-16 20:08

      @Siyanda.Mda Just a heads up. Most don't think of corrupt Shower head as their president. We don't get a chance to vote for the president. It i just a few elite members of the ANC who vote for that. We would never think an uneducated man president material

      debduplessis - 2012-12-17 07:12

      That is HYSTERICALLY funny considering who the statements are coming from & the millions if not billions he has stolen from the country & the tax payers! :))))) blahahahahaaa ha ha

      Ubabamkhulu - 2012-12-20 07:30

      Julius Malema has been exposed as the FALSE PROPHET of the year. He proclaimed that he would be back after Mangaung! He stated that Zuma will not survive Mangaung! He was 100% convinced that the Mines would be Nationalized after Mangaung! He also said that he will not be convicted on Fraud and Money Laundering charges! With the status of FALSE PROPHET now, I wonder who is going to believe him ever again. Go you FALSE PROPHET, Go! Your followers must all be non-believers.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-16 17:46


      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-16 18:49

      Let him, walk his talk.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-16 17:52

    all the photos of zuma portray a man backed into a corner, he seems to have an almost feral, desperate gleam in his eye I wonder if he even realizes that he's in a compound of his own making..

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-16 19:30

      Indeed - ironic that you say a "compound" - echoes of Nkandla - which may yet be his Nemesis.

  • infijar.ken - 2012-12-16 18:08

    Seven hours teaching! What about the lesson preparations, marking and extra curricular activities? It would be an easy job if it were just seven hours teaching a day, you simplistic grade five dimwit!

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-16 18:08

    A changed man indeed!!! NOT!

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-16 18:08

    If anyone was watching eNCA today...who else saw how many times that twat said "Alien tendencies" ????

      Madoqua - 2012-12-16 19:13

      I spot a drinking game. Take a shot every time someone mentions "Alien tendencies". Hope you can handle your liquor or else it will be a very short game.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-16 19:18

      From "unwanted" to "alien". Struggling for adverbs? Either way it will make 0 impact. If the speechwriter had used "DNA" ....

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-12-16 18:11

    This is rich "Zuma cautioned that the ANC would not be able to reach its 2014 target for land redistribution, set in Polokwane." does this bloke not know they own most of the land? Then again, sorry being dof, he wants to keep it all for himself.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-12-16 18:12

    More yada-yada, for more ching-ching. Show us your cards on the weapon-scandal and Nkandla you criminal minded piece of snake-SH#T, you ...

      FinalJustice - 2012-12-16 18:24

      How I wish to see your head roll into a basket on a public square one day, together with your fat-farted wives, all 26 of them!

  • andrew.mckenzie.566 - 2012-12-16 18:12

    His Exellency the Right Honourable is just a tad disingenuous. We should be forever grtaeful to the Black Management Forum for giving Zuma this "fabulous" title. I wonder if they were takng the Mickey???

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-12-16 18:13

    That's the chapter he is not qualified to talk about considering the black cloud hanging over his HEAD. The man can sing but reading 24 pages in 90-minute is a joke. Minister of basic education must asign someone to give him reading lessons.

      pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-12-17 12:09

      I did not see you read the 24 pages for him so your criticism of him is not only misguided but somehow defies logic, who do you want to please by such hyperbole comments? Whether you or your masters like it or not JZ remains the president of the country and you now should make peace with this fact and stop singing for your supper

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-16 18:15

    Spy tapes Mr president!!! Bribery is what you did just few years ago.

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-16 18:20

    Since when is the ANC against violence, corruption or bribery??? All news to me!

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-12-16 18:29

    This guy is so disconnected form reality. Strange, the whole ANC and it's voters are so disconnected from reality. I mean, sure thing, you can sit where you want to, but what now? Surely you want to have a real life now? You're not going to get it from the ANC..

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-16 18:31

    Moral high ground and the president are two different things and are miles apart. In future you must not mention the two in the same sentence never.

  • mpho.ramosili - 2012-12-16 18:35

    did the speech ring true?

  • Erna - 2012-12-16 18:38

    The fact that this man can stand up and lecture the masses about the wrongs of bribery, immorality and corruption without shame always astounds me.

  • harald.voney - 2012-12-16 18:38


  • - 2012-12-16 18:41

    Well at least he is highly qualified to know all about those subjects.

  • robes.spear - 2012-12-16 18:46

    Bwwaahahahahhahahahahaaaaa.... ROFLMAO!!!!

  • torstein.riiber - 2012-12-16 18:46

    If it can comfort anyone, yesterday leading newspapers in Norway reporting JZ corrupt and immoral to the bone... All the best to all the good SA people from snow white north.

      joe.kirschbaum.5 - 2012-12-16 18:51

      the world is not oblivious to the truth

      torstein.riiber - 2012-12-16 19:31

      More to comfort Major Swedish newspaper today, (Andre Brink): "The man is a joke, an idiot, an caricature, but most tragic, a new tyrann who have ruined for millions in some few years".

      john.a.swart - 2012-12-16 19:34

      It's good to learn that at least some of the international press have decided to expose the facts. Our "esteemed leader" is a criminal who clearly has no integrity whatever.

  • aiazmir - 2012-12-16 18:51

    This dangerous ass hole deserves to be stuck in prison to rot. Only a civil revolt will overthrow this idiot. Are we up for it?

  • morrisn2 - 2012-12-16 18:51

    What an amazing party ANC is! People hav come and left but the party remained.. Its nt a one man`s party, i wonder if other organisations hav deputies n top six in their party, it stood the test of time and will continue 4 many yrs 2 come. Viva ANC viva!

      ronald.vantoorn.9 - 2012-12-16 19:29

      The only amazing thing is the blind idiots believing this drivel!

  • maureen.walton1 - 2012-12-16 18:52

    It is no good talking about how transparent the fight against corruption is. Do something about it Zuma. Why do articles about Zuma get closed so soon on News 24? Other articles from periods prior to Zuma articles are still open, yet you can't have your say on many articles which have Zuma's name in the title.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-12-16 18:53

    Does he know what 'moral' means? Kathy

  • andy.mku.9 - 2012-12-16 19:01

    showerman will only fool his zulu supporters,jail is where he belongs he is the most corrupt individual in the ANC

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-12-16 19:04

    He ha ha he he! Since when did he have a 'moral high ground'?

  • ernest.letsoalo - 2012-12-16 19:05

    What about the e-tolls?why did he leave that out?we want to know..that's day-light robbery by his government..damn it

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-12-16 19:06

    He wants us to take the moral highground while he is lurking around the low ground - so how low can you go Mr Zuma? Even his "Mashini Wam" has sexual undertones ha ha. No thanks - I can set my own moral code and practice my own ethics - dont want no President with his record telling me what I should or should not do. Tenders, Corruption, Law and Order, Education and Social Development should all be laid at the door of the ANC. As for tenders - look at who really benefited? ANC comrades and cadres! Not the man in the street - preach to your own folk Mr Zuma. Get things right by firing Angie (I hate when people call me Angie!), stop party members from tendering and bring back the hangman - or you will be repeating these statements next year. You be the change you want to see Mr. Zuma!

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-12-16 23:36

      well said... unfortunately the moron cannot read.

  • donovan.braam - 2012-12-16 19:06

    Thx Zuma. You taking the moral high ground and speaking out against corruption et al, has been one of my best laughs for 2012. what a SScommic.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-12-16 19:10

    The South African society will be condemned if it adopts this fool's morals. JZ, please use your 'mashini wam' on yourself, and save the country

  • peter.matsepane - 2012-12-16 19:18

    I don't care who says what, ANC will rule this country until Jesus comes. Even the president confirmed that. Forget about the coconuts

      ronald.vantoorn.9 - 2012-12-16 19:24

      Spoken like a true cader!

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-12-16 19:25

      Well, if you know your Bible well enough, you might also recall that before Jesus comes, very hard times will come upon the people of this world. In fact, it will be the worst its ever been for mankind and if the ANC stays in power, it will def be like that.

      Bernie Odendaal - 2012-12-17 01:45

      so now this corrupt president is a prophet? go fk yourself you ignorant uneducated twat!

  • aiazmir - 2012-12-16 19:22

    The ANC are on the defence. When you defend the indefensible then you place us all under threat. Defending corruption, ineptitude, maladministration and divisiveness is not the way to go. You, the ANC, are a collective of free-loaders. Your words are empty because don't address the issues of the poor and impoverished,I spit on your ineptitude.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-12-16 19:27

    Razzie award for 2012 for talkin the most k....£k, and the winner is uncontested jaaaaacccoooobbbbb zzzzzzuuuuummmmaaa!!!!!!!

  • LishaMgq - 2012-12-16 19:30

    load of carcass if you ask me! the funny bit is where youre determined to fight corruption yeah and my grandmother is a virgin!

  • KCorsar - 2012-12-16 19:32

    A little too late, Scorecard on the three main points listed at head of article: Violence = Absolute failure Corruption - Absolute failure, in fact strong potential element at your own feet! Bribery - which way accepting bribes of giving them, as on both accounts = Absolute failure. Time to move on and accept that the last 4 years under your tainted leadership has been the worst ever.

  • ronald.vantoorn.9 - 2012-12-16 19:42

    Zuma moral high ground = oxymoron!

  • MB6061 - 2012-12-16 20:31

    What an idiot! First he showers to "protect" against Aids.....then everyone around him "accrues" wealth beyond normal entrepeneurship and from no money to having millions spent on his house and being able to pay millions as his contribution.......come on mr prez dont take the moral highground - only if one set of morals would work! You seem to be to stupid to understand ethics , morals and definition of corruption. What a pot of crock!

  • xoliswa.mbayise - 2012-12-16 20:35

    My friend bring back the scorpions then you can bring your inspectorz back

  • tokeloshe - 2012-12-16 20:38

    He's joking right? Or maybe offering instruction?

  • raulcharliebravo - 2012-12-16 20:52

    The healing should start with you! Interesting country we live, we had one president that was in jail for fighting injustice and two that should be in jail for good reasons.

  • wanda.delange - 2012-12-16 21:30

    President man speaks with forked tongue.

  • mzondistanley - 2012-12-16 21:49

    Democracy at work!!

  • ralph.thornley - 2012-12-16 22:02

    Nothing is politically right that is morally wrong. President Abraham Lincoln.

  • helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-16 22:22

    As long as the idiots can sing and dance then everything is fine for them , so bloody pathetic

  • helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-16 22:29

    He looks like a tortoise, apologies to tortoises everywhere. News 24 please stop with the photos , its too horrendous

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-12-16 23:29

    Our country is one of the most transparent societies when it comes to the fight against corruption... until the moron signs the secrecy bill... being transparent is one thing, doing something against it is a different story all together... a story zoomer moron ignores completely. wonder how this dude sleeps at night knowing exactey that he is robbing the poor on a daily base. what a disgrace...

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-17 06:36

    Does Jacob Zuma actually understand morality, if so he has a strange way of portraying morals.

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-17 07:12

    That is HYSTERICALLY funny considering who the statements are coming from & the millions if not billions he has stolen from the country & the tax payers! :))))) blahahahahaaa ha ha

  • Dumsani Ndlovu - 2012-12-17 07:44

    u can call him all sorts of nasty racist names, black man rules SA.......white man - never again, copy that

      gawie.gatvol - 2012-12-20 07:43

      calling him an idiot or a thief or uneducated is exactly what he is and yet you see racist comments???? where the hell is the racist comments you virus, yes thats an insult and not a racist remark you waste of life...

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2012-12-17 08:00

    Be careful of the moral high ground Jacob. The air up there is very rare and the breathing is hard. You also need a moral compass because there are no land marks and you won't find it between your legs. We also got your Zumanomics right; you can buy the leadership but buying the rank and file is "alien". Not true, you know. Anyone can buy in at any level of the ANC and they do so. You don't need to buy a R 50 000 table at the conference to get a stationary contract with a government department you just have to buy the buyer. That's as the Russians use to call it Real Economics. Dream on about any real change in the ANC while you lead it, and probably while anyone else leads it. You are driving a wooden stake through the heart of what was greated by giants and what is being destroyed by moral midgets like yourself.