Zuma urges workers to join ANC

2012-06-05 21:16

Durban - President Jacob Zuma urged workers to become members of the ruling African National Congress if they wanted to have a say in decision-making.

Zuma, speaking at the 9th national congress of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) in Durban on Tuesday, said they could choose be "fellow travellers" or they could choose to be "conductors" or "drivers" of ANC policy.

He pointed out that the ANC was the leader of the alliance that consisted of the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), but at the same time it was a party that was made up of members from all walks of life.

"It is wrong for you not to be a part of the ANC," he said, adding that several leading members of the unions had played significant roles in the ANC and continued to do so.

He said that the alliance’s “revolution” had reached "some cross-roads".

“There is no revolution that can drive itself.”

Zuma said the country had done well since the ANC came to power in the country’s first non-racial election in 1994, but that there was much that still needed to be done.

Despite the progress, the country still faced the "triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality". He said it was clear that the state still needed to improve its capacity to deliver services and to tackle the triple challenges.

“We have identified Africans, women and the youth as carrying a disproportionate burden of these challenges.”

The state, he said could not be a "bystander" in the national economy, but would need to intervene.

"It must participate and play a central and strategic role in the economy. It must intervene directly by investing in under-developed areas and by directing private sector investment."

  • Gerhard - 2012-06-05 21:22

    OK Zuma, whatever you say. We will listen to you. NOT!!!

      FoodforThought - 2012-06-05 21:26

      They are seriously getting desperate...

      melania.nel - 2012-06-05 21:35

      Yes boss zuma. I would like a job with lunch money and a free farm as well.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-06-05 21:51

      Ok guys, join the ANC quickly, they showed us over the last 18 years that they are the most capable people to run this beautiful country of ours. Look how strong our economy is, look how safe this country is, all of us have jobs!! This country is just wonderful, so please join the ANC if you want 100 more years of PAIN!!!! Wake up Zuma, your party is corrupt and only fools will join you!!

      Christopher - 2012-06-05 22:13

      Hahahahaha..."in their decision making" Hahahahahahaha...I would love to be a fly on the wall when they decision make... "What do you think about our decision making Sad exploited people?" actually ...I dont care, because I do not want your input Mutha fu**en sad people" \ "Can i make another decision?" Zuma cries out..."How are you? How is your murdered husband , wife , daughter, son...and also how is your raped duaghter, Mother, son? Love to know how the FU** they enjoying life...tell me all about it...sorry got to go know, have an election to run...Bye your president! And I am in such awe of Queen Elizabeth who for 60 years has brought England to what it is, and funny they making money for the country.

      Christopher - 2012-06-05 22:25

      News 24...dont be a reporter and delete what I a journalist! because a lot of people out there are just thinking you a slam dunk know brains kind of outfit....if you love news...get news! start employing people that are real will be great to see NEWS 24 breaking a story??be like 60 minutes , fhelp make south africa great instead of repoerting all the fu**en time!!!?? work know my name...and I know people that have got the most awards for journalism in South Africa, even in Africa!!! Help Us Help YOU!!!! if you want...yes i am pissed, but who the fu** cares....! its my country that I am fighting for...we not doing a great job either!

      Christopher - 2012-06-05 22:28

      Did that make sense...I am sure I will find out>>>no anc trolls to comment...just real people!

      John - 2012-06-05 22:51

      I wonder if he knows what 'revolution' means? We need 'evolution' ! Not 'revolution'! I don't think they know the difference...

      John - 2012-06-05 23:02

      Revolution (noun) : 1. An overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed. 2 (in Marxist theory) The violent and historically necessary transition from one system of production in a society to the next, as in feudalism to capitalism. The more benign definition, but implying they are utterly useless: 4a a movement in or as if in a circle. They are the 'established' government - what are his intentions then????

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-06 05:44

      There is nothing like buying votes for the next election ...

      eduardhomes - 2012-06-06 06:47

      What decision is that? You have not made one since you been on seat. Actually, you have done nothing to improve the people's lives in SA....

      Vince.York - 2012-06-06 10:42

      WHAT? does this mean??? “We have identified Africans, women and the youth as carrying a disproportionate burden of these challenges.” That they are sitting around analysing the PEOPLE OF THIS NATION in a sterile clinical compartmentalised fashion and have woken up to the fact that MOST AFRICANS HATE THE NEW ZUMA ANC from around the entire continent.

  • SA - 2012-06-05 21:25

    Is this Democracy or what ?????

      Godfrey - 2012-06-05 21:31

      Yep, lol, once they join the ANC they become "silent members", unable to speak out against the leadership.

      Ronald - 2012-06-05 22:05

      Godfrey, another perk is that they can then look on as the ANC top brass enjoy champagne and cake as well as the other trappings of democracy as happened at the centenary celebrations. But this time they will be starving and unemployed MEMBERS of the ANC instead of just starving and unemployed.

      Bob - 2012-06-06 08:52

      "The country has done well since 1994" how can he keep a straight face and say that, time for a change me thinks.

  • Ian - 2012-06-05 21:25

    we promise u a pantie pussel, what these clowns wont do for votes and they fall for it every single time

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-05 21:27

    Don't listen to the devil and don't waste your vote by voting for the anc. Vote for change for the better

  • Eye's Cue - 2012-06-05 21:28

    Oh dear, let the 'people' decide for themselves! Is this a Democracy or not??? How sad that the only way the ANC will be able to stay in power is if they TELL their flock who to vote for!!! Are you worried Mr Zuma................???

      Eye's Cue - 2012-06-05 21:46

      Vote for change, vote for a future, vote D.A.!!!

  • Aubrey - 2012-06-05 21:28


      Wally Walters - 2012-06-05 21:45

      Is the ANC heading for a fall

  • hc12345 - 2012-06-05 21:33

    What decisions? Who is going to steal what!!!!?

  • Vic - 2012-06-05 21:33

    Ag please Zuma, stop hoodwinking the electorate in to believing they will have a say in decision-making. Why hasn't it happened before? Scared they are loosing ground!

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-05 21:34

    Zuma.. The TRUE ANC died when Madiba retired! You are a disgrace to this nation. You're a rat (vermon) and you proved this with your breeding skills and feeding off the helpless. The ONLY ones who benefited from your reighn is you, crime, corruption and your relatives! Black and white LOVED and were proud of Madiba! He must be SO ashamed and horrified at how you and your boys have disgraced this beautiful country and its people

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-05 21:51

      Or we could just all eat a plate of beetroot, shower and pretend nothing is wrong?

  • Charnelle - 2012-06-05 21:36

    Also a bit of blackmail I sense there.. Vote for me or your opinion, voice, safety, means nothing to me..

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-06-05 21:37

    What a load of hogwash... Let me guess, the people's eyes went open. Instead of going forward, tha ANC took this country 200 years backwards. What a desperate way to try and get voters for a failing party

  • Nicolaas - 2012-06-05 21:37

    It must participate and play a corrupt and stealing role in the economy. It must intervene directly by non investment in under-developed areas and by spearing/stealing from private sector investment" Sounds familiar ZOOMER BLOOMER!!! God you are a disgrace to this country!!! Why don't you just die, your brainless idiot!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-06-05 21:38

    Guess who wants more bling....

  • norah.kwatala - 2012-06-05 21:39

    Count me out Mr President!!

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-06-05 21:40

    "It is wrong for you not to be a part of the ANC,"...hehehe, Who wrote this crap of a speech for him.This sounds like a sentence a dictator would really Zuma bra, there is what we call democracy......or are you still applying your mind regarding the term?

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-05 21:58

      Him and Mugabe should get together and compare notes together! Practice makes perfect!

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-05 22:37

      @Sahki, he already applying his mind, if there is any, and now awaits the outcome of his mission of enquiry to tell what to do!

  • Emanuel - 2012-06-05 21:46

    There's a ridiculous song sang by an equally ridiculous pop band of the 80's that comes to mind here..."Just a hand full of promises, you gave me. Pocket full of dreams, they just won't do!"

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-06-05 21:47

    We need new Punch lines Mr President, these are common and over used: besides, such utterances are too controversial...ANC isn't the ultimate solution to problems of SA.

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-05 21:55

      Indeed the ANC is a major stumbling block to a prosperous SA!

  • shaun.mcneilage - 2012-06-05 21:55

    Come on ANC give us a leader worth following

  • Quantronium - 2012-06-05 21:56

    In other words!, ''Join ANC or VOETSEK!!'' \r\n[dictator alert!!]

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-06-05 21:58

    What a insults his people and expects them to support him and what he stands for....makes me grow hair on my teeth...urgh

  • shayne.welman - 2012-06-05 22:00

    Seeing that because of ANC policy most people in SA are unemployed or illegal migrants this is not a problem. No new members will joining Jacob buddy. If however you had asked for Beggars , illiterates and thieves your application office would be over flowing. Jack ass president go away now please.

  • Willem - 2012-06-05 22:02

    Clearly, we live in a wonder land. You keep on wondering, what next? Great country, this. Good for many laughs. Unfortunately the laughter hurts when it goes on too long. Especially when you realize that it is your money that keeps this circus going. Then you want to cry.

      Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 22:07

      Willem then we must stop sponsoring them its our fault.

      letlhogonolo.mareme - 2012-06-05 23:08

      I will only join ANC if i get employed so mr President if u want us to be on your side engage the youth wage subsidy emidiately and stop COSATU with their sellfish nonsons n if COSATU can looks at the youth subsidy wage fund on a different angle they will gain more members who will be on their side and the lives of the SA youth citizen will be much better from now ,da crime rate wil be drop ,people of SA will be saying this Coutry is full of great potentialily ,the will be no more spears pictures n other bad scandals about u Mr. President, da only people who wil beck u are people who are having a great life with you who are getting a salary at the end of the month

      letlhogonolo.mareme - 2012-06-05 23:08

      I will only join ANC if i get employed so mr President if u want us to be on your side engage the youth wage subsidy emidiately and stop COSATU with their sellfish nonsons n if COSATU can looks at the youth subsidy wage fund on a different angle they will gain more members who will be on their side and the lives of the SA youth citizen will be much better from now ,da crime rate wil be drop ,people of SA will be saying this Coutry is full of great potentialily ,the will be no more spears pictures n other bad scandals about u Mr. President, da only people who wil beck u are people who are having a great life with you who are getting a salary at the end of the month

  • Criselda Mash - 2012-06-05 22:02

    ANC is full of corruption and Apartheid...

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 22:03

    I think this poe...l must have fallen again and bumped his head hard does he think people are so stupid,sheep yes but not people.The DA will never jail,murder,rape black people or anyone else that is crap man heybo.

      Kanetso Michael Moleeko - 2012-06-07 06:27

      Crap and poe is what you are saying mike purchase.

  • WG - 2012-06-05 22:10

    One Only: Total Tax Freedom Economic freedom is fundamental to achieve self-sufficiency and prosperity. The obscure political power taxing people destroys economic freedom and divides communities; because it is always abused by minority self-interests and breeds conflicts, protests and revolutions. Tax is any economic value surrendered to political force. Tax abuse includes: quick riches for power abusers; useless services; untaxed corruption; huge living costs enforced with profits and tax of state directed and uncompetitive business. Tax abuse makes it impossible for anyone to calculate what total tax is; or to collect all taxes and ensure that tax abusers and everyone pay their fair tax share. The unknown total tax on the masses must be far more than what they earn. That forces people into excessive debt even for basic living costs and increases poverty. Self-interest driven tax abuse is unstoppable. So stop its source, the obscure political power taxing people. Total tax freedom is the one and only solution. Then everybody knows tax is exactly nil. With their hard earned money totally tax free, all people can afford competitive goods and services. And they may freely contribute for community needs and minimal competent public duties. That leaves no reason to tax people, except for abuse. Empower people with economic and total tax freedom. It cures tax abuse, unemployment and poverty. Civilized people unite to end outdated tax slavery. Do not vote otherwise!

  • Phelamanga - 2012-06-05 22:11

    The "revolution" has reached the end of the road. For a country to be governed successfully, there has to be the mindset that governing successfully must be the main priority. While the ANC and its petticoat clingers, the SACP and COSATU, fiddle and faff about some kind of mindless, mythological "revolution" based on the theories of a bunch of dead white men, the country remains rudderless. Just in his urging people to become members of the ANC is counter-productive because he is only thinking about a milestone that the party wants to achieve - that of having the largest membership. This is not a solution, and he urges blind faith in the organisation as if the organisation alone is able to bring people out of poverty, unemployment and inequality.The state needs to intervene, but not by imposing a socialist state on the people, as this will exacerbate the situation. The state needs to encourage direct foreign investment, relax the labour laws, encourage small business and bring in an education system that produces highly trained, efficient and hard-working people. Government leaders should take a 50% drop in salary, and ministries should work out their budgets in advance in order to ensure that money is correctly allocated. Most importantly, drop the veiled racism and allow all South Africans to be South Africans. The ANC is very good at divide and rule by ensuring that racism remains at the forefront of every utterance made by a Tripartite Alliance member.

  • Ken - 2012-06-05 22:14

    There are hardly any workers in SA....there are a lot of employees... but very few that actually work!!!

  • Eduard - 2012-06-05 22:18

    there are MORE non-workers, forget about those that peoples that have a job. Mr Prez please create (and not destroy) ENVIRONMENT for job creation

  • ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-05 22:18

    It's so dark in this political tunnel. ANC has completely abandoned us, so no thanks Mr Burning Spear (sorry JZ), so who's second best, DA, problem is, ek's nie Van Tonder of Hofmeyer of De Klerk, DA is opposed to anything that's African, so NO Mrs Hellen Gozilla, only coconuts will vote for u, Cope maybe, nahh, Cope has no direction, I don even think they have a constitution, lol. Who then? ACDP, at least they know Jesus. They won't steal my tax (bloody mafias), they won't call me a bobejaan behind closed doors (fu@*#ng hypocrites), and they don't carry willy brains (stuck sheep) and still claim to be coping.

      Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 22:41

      Ratsaka you sound like an intelligent person why dont you run for office then vote for yourself...oh ok havnt got the balls i thought so.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-05 23:08

      Mike, I believe that even the most intelligent need to be ruled. Imagine if any Tom, Dick, and Harry who think he has big brass knaters, or who thought he was Mr Einstein decided to run for office, we will have.....the South African Situation, corruption, crime, racial attacks, unemployment, underemployment, ohh, can't go on.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-06-05 22:25

    In your dreams Jz. Workers wnt be fooled by ance anymore

  • Bob - 2012-06-05 22:30

    No..! That’s exactly what they should not do if they want a say! Seems like NUMSA ‘s statement woke him up a bit!

  • Msaka - 2012-06-05 22:45

    it is clear that the ANC is the only political party that does not respect the constitution of this country.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-06-05 22:46

    And the Sheeple will believe him... little do they know

  • sibonelo.nyathikazi - 2012-06-05 22:58

    U went and opened a tap of water nd those trolls deemed u a miracle maker, now u utter a few cheap utterances to workers so they can join the ANC? Tell u what chief, u excuse ure self from second term, we'll join! U think we smoke socks i c. Kiss my spear!

  • maritza.meyer - 2012-06-05 23:30

    Get your masses and let them vote you back into power time and time again. Then steal from those very people and never deliver on your promises. The ANC strategy is getting really boring now.. yawn

  • lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-06-05 23:45

    He wants us to join him while he is planning to steal our provident funds. Mxm!

  • unpredactable - 2012-06-05 23:52

    if we all want 2 b there presidents of souh africa why are we voting phansi with our president phansi you want him to listen 2 that boy 4rm seshego no man zuma is our president jst vote 4 him 4 da 2nd term

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-06-05 23:58

    WHAT REVOLUTION??? for crying in a bucket... was this thing not won 18 years ago?? He said that the alliance’s “revolution” had reached "some cross-roads". “There is no revolution that can drive itself.” (sic) Let the sheep follow the lost shepherd *sigh*

  • boitshepo.motshegare - 2012-06-06 00:32

    So Jacob Zuma is trying to get Support again. Another Crap second term in Office. Another 5 years of even worse happening in South Africa. At this point only Jacob Zuman and he's ministers think what they are doing is funny,But the people who drive this country forward are Fed up with the ANC's Rule.

  • Koos - 2012-06-06 01:06

    Why get onboard a sinking ship?

  • puse.mabuza - 2012-06-06 01:52

    Maybe if you agree to stop being a president!!!!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-06 01:52

    What sh*t is Zoomer smoking?? The ANC has done well?? Stealing corruption nepotism lying cheating and screwing the electorate is not a recommendation!! and screwing your buddy's daughter is just not done!!!!!

  • Charles - 2012-06-06 02:29

    Bafetho its simple those who will join ANC will join our movement,those who don't its still your right,but insult us for being members of the ANC,remember your writings and insults won't change the fact that we were voted and still going to be voted by millions (11 mil) voters and u must respect that

      Dean - 2012-06-06 06:11

      Phumbile ama comrade phumbile uh left uh right hoza comrades!

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-06-06 03:59

    Throw zuma and his corrupt cadres out of parliament.Perhaps then the overtaxed workers might join the Anc.

  • Phakama Ncobela - 2012-06-06 04:35

    Zuma is indirectly forcing people to join ANC,each an every individual should be free to be in any opposing party without any threat of not being heard. why have freedom of speech in the constitution if you have to be in the leading party to practice your right? I think Zuma is out of order!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-06 05:02

    Mr zuma. You may be able to make water flow, but buy the looks of the remarks on this post. It seems your shower head has run dry.

  • edwin.dinake.1 - 2012-06-06 05:21

    Does this means that if they dont join then they shouldn't have to say something? Are u threatening them? Zuma i'm 24 and have observed the empty promises of ANC with pain.

  • Mabutho - 2012-06-06 05:58

    Plz join ANC

      Bob - 2012-06-06 09:05

      If it is your dream to have no future for yourself, family or friends, no service poor medical pathetic education corruption etc etc etc, if this is what you want for the future.

  • Vincent - 2012-06-06 06:16

    Some one empty a 25L of water onto his head, shower has obviously dried off! Are you threatening people? Sure you are.

  • thando.mahlomuza - 2012-06-06 06:18

    Yoh isn't my tax money enough for feeding ur lazy cabinet,look mr president the fact remains the poor becomes the poorest...........