Zuma 'slap in the face' lambasted

2012-06-17 22:15

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has shown he has no interest in young people by failing to remain in the country on 16 June, the Democratic Alliance Youth said on Sunday.

Chairperson Mbali Ntuli said it was a "slap in the face of young people" that Zuma pulled out of attending a Youth Day rally in Port Elizabeth and instead went to the G20 meeting in Mexico.

"By failing to remain in South Africa on Youth Day, one of the most important days in South African history, President Zuma has demonstrated once again that he has no interest in engaging the youth of South Africa," said Ntuli.

"This facade of concern about youth issues is wearing thin. It started with the refusal of the President to implement the youth wage subsidy, despite overwhelming evidence and support in favour of its implementation."

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane replaced Zuma at the event at the Wolfson Stadium in Silvertown.

Before Chabane could deliver his Youth Day speech on Saturday, Silvertown residents embarked on a service delivery protest outside the stadium.

Residents claimed they were not informed about the Youth Day event.

"The protesters told us that they were not properly consulted about the event and complained about the lack of service delivery," said police spokesperson Major Ernest Sigobe.

Police had to intervene to calm down the crowd who had been burning tyres and barricading roads nearby.

"We explained to them that their protest was illegal and requested them to follow the right procedures to address their grievances," Sigobe said at the time..

"Fortunately they listened and the situation returned to normal."

  • glencoe.maseko - 2012-06-17 22:30

    If Zuma was there...or not its doesn't matter as black ppl we shuld Forget the Past its kinda boring nw, always blaming apartheid

      Jo - 2012-06-18 07:17

      One can never forget but it's time to move on. It happened and nothing will change that.We have apologised on behalf of our forefathers. If you want to make a success of yourself, you should try getting a decent education and making it happen out of hard work, not by being given everything.this regime has failed you by giving you substandard education.

      Sagin - 2012-06-18 07:21

      glencoe dont be discouraged by these obviously brainwashed nay sayers. You are absolutely right. our country would grow and mature if people would come to this realisation. keep thinking for yourself. well done.

      Clive - 2012-06-18 11:12

      I don't think black people should forget the past, but the time has surely come to stop blaming a system that collapsed more than 20 years ago. Apartheid is not to blame for the ANC's ineptitude and corruption after 18 years in power.

      Boer - 2012-06-18 17:17

      At last someone with brains. Your comment about blaming apartheid Rocks. Another thing is the G20 is a little bit more important than a holiday. So I think Zuma although I dont always like the man did the right thing for the country to go to the meeting in Mexico. What say you.???

      Iceberg - 2012-06-18 19:06

      Boer Afrikaner, its not like he is a key note speaker at the summit or that he will understand much of what's going on there. Besides his programme was arranged for him to attend the rally in PE a long time ago already with the knowledge that there is a summit and a youth day rally happening within days of each other. It was for security reasons that he didn't attend. The coward can't face the youth.

      Oom - 2012-06-20 11:52

      HALALOOLIA.....the penny has finally dropt...

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-06-17 22:32

    Guys you all are so unfair, he has so many wives, to treat them fairly, he will never be in the Country, after all they all have to be in mile high club

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-18 00:16

      Rory, I don't think Zuma's wives are in the marriage for the slap and tickle. It's da money!!!

  • Godfried - 2012-06-17 22:47

    Look like the ANC is imploding. There is more than meets the eye!

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-18 07:18

      So Ingadi please explain how you get such Monies without an EDUCATION? you obviously must be a graduate of some sort xD - 2012-06-18 13:17

      Transformers; more than meets the eye. Transformers; robots in disguise.

      Riƫtte - 2012-06-18 14:12

      Well Ingadi, the problem is that no work = no money. Nothing is for free darling, lift you a** and go work for what you want.

  • pisciotta - 2012-06-17 22:59

    This is a tough one to call. While paying respect to the past is crucial, representing the people of SA in a world forum such as the G20 would be in my opinion more important. That said the published agenda of the G20 states that the 1st day of of meetings is on June 18th. Being president is not for the faint of heart nor of body. I must admit in restrospect Zuma could have remained in SA to observe the 16th and still met with the G20 on the 18th - perhaps this shows he is getting too old for the job? Don't know but his actions speak louder than his words. It is up to the free people of SA to determine what he is saying. Not the political opposition.

      Koos - 2012-06-18 00:56

      Not enough shopping time for his wife(s) perhaps?

      Charlotte - 2012-06-18 08:49

      All depends on flight schedules, and meetings prior to the actual G20...

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-06-18 10:22

      Erm Charlotte, he flies in a Private Presidential Jet that we the tax payers paid for, and has another 2 following him in case one breaks down is the excuse. But I suspect is really carrying all his wives and kids. But lets be honest, what is he doing at the G20 conference. I also suspect he is going with a begging bowl asking for more money as he is losing tax payers hand over fist to the UK and Australia.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-18 14:47

      Thhat flight cost us R420 000 if the last figures were anything to go by (R210 mil in one year on 499 flights).

  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-17 23:19

    I dunno hey. Catching 1 plane is stressful enough for most of us. Catching 3 - all the way to Mexico - takes a lot of oxygen.

      pisciotta - 2012-06-17 23:28

      Not if you fly Business or 1st class. I know - I catch 3 traveling between the States and SA on a regular basis. And sometimes have a 9hr layover to boot. Thank goodness the upper class lounges have a free open bar at the terminals. That aside have you checked out WHERE in Mexico the G20 is meeting? BAJA!

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-17 23:34

      Apologies PJP - I was referring to the 3 planes the Pres has in tow at all times, even though he can (allegedly) only occupy one at any given point in time. So he spends the entire country's carbon tax credits just getting there. Then add the emissions from the G20 itself (a lot of hot air that amounts to nothing), well, being a pres is just a gas gas gas.

      pisciotta - 2012-06-17 23:44

      Lacrimose - ouch, now I understand. Jeezzzz and thought Obama had it good. One good thing is that the people of SA have an opportunity to put this event (or lack of it) in their memory when they go to the polls. Unfortunately however if the masses don't understand then democracy becomes a double-edge sword. Ignorance and democracy are not a good mix. Thanks for the enlightenment. I totally see your point. Still check out Baja:

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-18 00:58

      @PJP - I see my response to your response to my response to your response, never made it! :) So here's the short-version - in the midst of our geographical and political winter, it was not a good move on our Pres' part and the 3planes story is very old (2 months). Having followed your Baja link, I'd flee there too. We'd all like to be there - sans politricksters, of course.

  • tebogo.maja.77 - 2012-06-17 23:19

    What slap in the face?. We have to remember the past but we shouldn't wallow or drown in it. How do you drive forward while looking back all the time. Zuma did nothing wrong, representing SA is more important.

      Smilification@ZUMA'SPEAR.COM - 2012-06-18 08:10

      Ingadi - Stop trolling.....

  • Herman - 2012-06-17 23:31

    anc is useless and has no future in SA Power to the taxpayer!!

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-06-18 01:40

    Why on earth did he not send 2nd in command, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe?? That would of been correct protocol.. Just wondering.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-18 02:19

      KM has been left to deal with all the real work @ home. KM's also starting to have opinions about stuff in the last few days. On protocol, all the LEADERS are at G20 - not the 2ICS. Just as many protesters there too- just as thoroughly ignored :)

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-18 01:44

    Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni says he is not surprised that Minister in the presidency Collins Chabane was not allowed to deliver his speech during youth day rally in Port Elizabeth. Zuma didnt want to embrass himself so that is why he didnt attend this national event. This is about divisions within the ANC at Nelson Mandela metro and the road to Mangaung elective conference

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-06-18 01:52

    HE IS NOT GOD... whether he is in a country or not. There is nothing special about the president of the country. He is just a human being like everybody. Worse part if he die before me I wouldn't even feel a pain.

  • UNITY - 2012-06-18 06:06

    The gentle yet,Heavy handed tactics of ruling is not working.. We heading towards a new revolution.. There will be a new 1976.

  • Lindiwe Corsa - 2012-06-18 06:14

    no no no ppl,stop the nonsence.we dont need old ppl 2celebrate our youth day.youth of 1976 was doing it demselvs witot their old folks.u thnk youth of nowadays cant stand 4demselvs so dey need JZ 2stand 4us.hay hay hay dis DA thng

  • Vince.York - 2012-06-18 06:34

    Will this trash be taken by the scruff of the neck and hurled out from the window in December - as is deserving? More frolicking in foreign lands and in planes than any before, sniffing and spearing under skirts for showers of course.

      Jabulani - 2012-06-18 07:23

      That's below the belt at least show some respect to the office he holds not on at all

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-06-18 06:42

    South Africa needs a referendum.PUT IT IN THE ARCHIVES DUMA SAID IT.

  • Susan - 2012-06-18 07:59

    Him being in the country the other 364 days is a slap in everybodys face...

  • motsusi - 2012-06-18 08:01

    I ges Malema was correct all along...

  • hobotain - 2012-06-18 08:24

    A crap article......

  • Charlotte - 2012-06-18 08:40

    The youth must remember that they are not the only people that live in our country, and that their "issues" are not the only ones that the President has to deal with. There are bigger issues that need to be dealt with, issues that will affect their (the youth's) future, and if those issues are not dealt with first, then there will be no future for the youth. They must also remember that the presidency consists of many representatives, and if the President has more pressing issues to deal with, then they have to accept the person the he sellected to stand in his stead. It is because our youth lives in the past that they are unable to accomplish success in the here and now.....

  • nvanjaarsveld - 2012-06-20 10:45

    When did a public holiday become more important than G20? Furthermore What do the YOUTH of today have to do with the whole youth day thing besides reaping the rewards? They werent even born and dont deserve recognition for what happened in 1976. Sure its a day to be remembered and celebrated but a person who was 10 years old in 1976 is 46 years old today. A bit old to be called youth wouldn't you say? Its like having a party for youths because the war against the Nazi's was won 67 years ago in 1945, then the youths have the audacity to bad mouth the president of their country because he left the country for an important meeting. Where does that happen? These people who have so much to say are a bunch of idiots if you ask me and do not have a clue about whats truly important in life? Catch a wake up or shut up before the rest of us recognise how dim witted you are!!!

  • mzondistanley - 2012-06-20 13:40

    It simply shows How Political youth agencies look at themselves and the world they leave in!! Very Ignorant about everything else!! You think you are an end to yourselves!! We are Interconnected!! Wake up, shape up and go to school!!

  • Ragiwe - 2012-06-21 23:14

    have u guys listen to zuma's speach... he always say everything is alright meanwhile is not...he likes talking but not acting...I WISH YOUNG PEOPLE CAN INVADE THE PARLIAMENT..AND REPLACE ALL THIS OLD PEOPLE..WE TIRED OF BEING TOLD TO BLAME THE PAST...

  • moko.brian - 2012-06-22 09:30

    All these things with the ANC and the Youth League are getting kinda boring now. I say, let us News 24 Commentators, start our own party and get rid of these maniacs. Ill be the Deputy President, lol.

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