Wheels are now coming off for Zuma, say analysts

The president has been described as a python who has tried to swallow an elephant.

President Jacob Zuma is like “a python that has swallowed more than it can digest”, according to political analyst Elvis Masoga.

He was responding to the increased calls for Zuma to step down that were made, among other places, at the memorial service of fallen ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, where recently axed finance minister Pravin Gordhan said he “unashamedly” encouraged mass mobilisation.

“It has been said I am encouraging mass mobilisation,” Gordhan said.

“Yes, I am unashamedly encouraging mass mobilisation. We are encouraging mass mobilisation to ensure that people shall govern.”

Masoga told The Citizen yesterday said Zuma was suffocating to death from swallowing this huge elephant.

“He has been swallowing impalas and rats for some time now, but his time is up now. Zuma’s survival skills and theatrics are now coming to an end … the wheels have come off,” Masoga said.

He described Gordhan’s call for mass mobilisation as coming from a true patriot.

“Every person who loves his or her country will do that to save us from this mafia. Everyone in the country must rise up against these thieves. There are different ways to remove Zuma and one could well be the ANC calling a special national executive committee meeting to map the way forward after a cadre shamelessly disregarded the ruling party.”

Another analyst, Professor Andre Duvenhage, said it was crystal clear that there was a total rebellion against Zuma in the country, including from within the ANC.

“We are likely to witness a very big battle over the next few weeks and there is a strong possibility that the ANC might want to remove the president. That could happen if the ANC calls an emergency meeting or in parliament, where several opposition parties have also been calling for a motion of no confidence in the president.

“Zuma, on the other hand, is also prepared for a fight and he will counter with the ANC Youth League and the Women’s League, who have already made it clear that they support the recent Cabinet reshuffle,” said Duvenhage.

He said Zuma would be “lucky” if he survived to the end of 2017, stressing the president found himself under immense pressure from all corners of the country.

“We must also remember that there are still pending court cases against him and chief among them is the ‘spy tapes’. Also, the EFF has been to the Constitutional Court asking for action to be taken regarding the Nkandla matter.”

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South Africa leaders divided after President Zuma sacks Gordhan

South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as “totally unacceptable”.

His late night dismissal on Thursday led to a 5% plunge in the value of the currency, the rand.

Mr Gordhan was seen as a bulwark against corruption in an administration that is facing growing criticism.

He was one of several victims as President Jacob Zuma conducted a major overhaul of his cabinet.

Mr Zuma said the midnight reshuffle was about a “radical socio-economic transformation”.

Mr Ramaphosa told public broadcaster SABC that he would not resign in response to the sacking but continue to “serve the people”.

Why has this caused such a fuss?

Pravin Gordhan was seen by many as a safe pair of hands when it came to managing the economy.

He was keen to keep a tight rein on spending and resisted calls from the president to increase government expenditure.

This was Mr Gordhan’s second stint as finance minister after first serving from 2009 to 2014.

He was reappointed in 2015 to replace little-known David van Rooyen. Mr Van Rooyen’s selection was controversial and he was in place for less than a week.

Why was he sacked?

It is unclear why Mr Gordhan was sacked but local media are pointing to an alleged intelligence report which accuses him of working with foreigners to undermine Mr Zuma’s administration.

In a spirited farewell press conference at the treasury’s office in Pretoria, Mr Gordhan defended his economic record, and dismissed speculation that he had recently held meetings in London aimed at undermining the president.

Referral to his dismissal and that of his deputy Mcebisi Jonas he said: “Our souls are not for sale.”

Mr Gordhan and Mr Zuma did not see eye to eye on government spending, the BBC’s Milton Nkosi reports, and that led to a rift between them. Ultimately, though, this is being seen as a political issue with the president rewarding loyalists.

Earlier this week, the president recalled his finance minister from planned events in the UK.

Last October, Mr Gordhan was charged with fraud, but the charges were later dropped.

He has described the allegations as politically motivated.

What is being said about the sacking?

Comments by the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa that Mr Gordhan’s sacking was “totally unacceptable” captures the overwhelming sentiment of some top leaders in the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said Mr Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas had integrity and were incorruptible.

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has said the cabinet sackings “constitute an assault on the poor of South Africa”.

ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine has however praised the cabinet changes calling the new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba “experienced and intelligent”.

What impact could this have?

The rand is experiencing a setback just when it had started to recover from the political uncertainty and international volatility that plagued it in the past year.

The bond markets, this is where government debt is sold and the values are directly linked to the prospects of the economy have also reacted negatively.

For foreign investors that is a boon, but for South African taxpayers subsidising the state it does not represent value for money.

Ultimately ordinary people will feel the pressure of these political moves, a weaker currency means the cost of basic imports such as fuel and some foods will go up.

A country whose reputation is dented, may ultimately lose face with international ratings agencies and finally be downgraded to “junk status” when the economic assessments are done again in June.

What other changes have been made?

Apart from the nine ministers who have been affected by the changes Mr Zuma also appointed 10 deputy ministers.

Sfiso Buthelezi will become Deputy Finance Minister, replacing Mcebisi Jonas.

“I have directed the new ministers and deputy ministers to work tirelessly with their colleagues… to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality,” President Zuma’s said in a statement.

Zuma betrayed Gaddafi – Malema

Bloemfontein – EFF leader Julius Malema on Sunday accused President Jacob Zuma of having betrayed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

“Since Jacob Zuma surrendered the life of Brother Leader Gaddafi to imperialist murderers, Africa is lacking of a Pan African voice which should unite all progressive forces,” Malema told delegates at the party’s elective conference at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

“Gaddafi’s death has surrendered our continent to even intense exploitation by imperialist forces.”

On April 10, 2011, following talks in Tripoli, Zuma announced that Gaddafi had accepted a roadmap for ending the civil war in that country. Libyan rebels rejected the plan. Gaddafi was captured and killed on October 20 that year.

Malema said South Africa’s foreign policy, particularly in consolidating the Pan African agenda, was not convincing and selling the continent short. He said more than 80 percent of funding for the African Union and the Pan African Parliament came from the European Union.

“Gaddafi was the only one who was willing to fund the African Union and was the only one who took practical steps to unite the African continent.

“In honour of colonel brother leader Gaddafi, the EFF should fight for the political and, most importantly, economic unity of the African continent,” he said.

Malema called on delegates to develop a thorough understanding of the religious fundamentalism that had engulfed the African continent, given the violence in Kenya and Nigeria.

“The EFF’s struggle for economic freedom should inspire all Economic Freedom Fighters across the continent and diaspora,” he added.

Malema said the party’s new central command team, to be elected at the conference, should visit African countries and explain the party’s vision for the continent.

“We should do so because it will never be wise to wage a struggle for the economic emancipation of the African continent without the support of Africans.

“The internationalist character of the EFF means that we are an international organisation and movement, which should mobilise all the progressive forces in the African continent,” he said.

After his speech, Malema toyi-toyied and sang “kill the boer”, sending the hall into an uproar.

SA-China ties strengthened: Zuma

Ties between South Africa and China were strengthened during a diplomatic visit to the East Asian country this week, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

Zuma said in a statement that the two governments discussed issues affecting the African continent, particularly Ebola, infrastructure development and peace and security.

On peace and security in Africa and other regions, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China was prepared to assist the African Union in its peacekeeping mission. It was also ready to discharge resources to the continent’s peacekeeping mechanisms particularly the African rapid response forces.

Zuma said: “The visit has significantly strengthened our relations with China, who are ready to work with South Africa to effectively implement all the plans and agreements that we have signed…”

This included the Five- to 10-Year Framework on Co-operation, which aims to enhance the implementation of the outcomes of the recently-established Bi-National Commission and the Inter-ministerial Joint Working Group.

The Chinese President and his government declared that China

was ready to invest and work with South Africa in sectors including infrastructure development, environment, science and technology, agriculture and finance.

Zuma said China agreed that Ebola was not an African problem but a global one, requiring a serious response from the global community.

The BRICS New Development Bank was also discussed in the official talks, with both parties agreeing that it should be established and made operational as soon as possible.

“South Africa is keen to ensure that the Bank’s African Regional Centre provides further impetus to the strategic relationship that was forged between the BRICS and African leadership in 2013 in Durban, to enhance economic development for the continent.

“We will co-operate with China to ensure that the Shanghai Headquarters and the African Regional Centre in South Africa are established as per agreed timelines.”

The New Development Bank was coming to Africa at a time when Africa was promoting regional integration and cross-border trade and investment, Zuma said.

Customs and tax regulations would be relaxed to help promote industrialization and regional integration by speeding up and facilitating the movement of goods and services within the region.

At the Tsinghua University, where he was awarded an Honorary Professorship, Zuma said both countries should continue to promote the legacy, ideals, humanity and values of former president Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5 last year.

“It is with the memory of the vision of Nelson Mandela that we wish to also achieve the ideal of a better Africa and to contribute to building a better world,” Zuma told students and academics.

Zuma vs. Madikizela-Mandela over Qunu

South Africa – President Jacob Zuma has filed a notice to oppose Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s reported application to have access to government documents relating to Nelson Mandela’s Qunu property.
 
“Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyers want Zuma and the Department of Rural Development to produce information that would prove the claim that the Qunu property belonged to Mandela or to prove the validity of the property’s title deed”

“The state attorney filed a notice to oppose the action, pending instructions from the president,” presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said on Sunday.

Maharaj could not provide details of when the notice was filed, or any other information.

In October, Madikizela-Mandela’s attorney Mvuzo Notyesi told Sapa she filed papers in the Mthatha High Court challenging Mandela’s estate, seeking the rights to his Qunu home.

Madikizela-Mandela was the former president’s second wife for 38 years.

It emerged she was left out of his will, after he died in December last year.

Madikizela-Mandela claimed Mandela may have committed land fraud when he registered a plot of land in Qunu, Eastern Cape, in his own name.

She claims that abaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo gave her the land when Mandela was imprisoned and that it was rightfully hers. She contends that the registration of the house under Madiba’s name was unlawful and should be set aside.

The Sunday Times earlier reported that Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyers want Zuma and the Department of Rural Development to produce information that would prove the claim that the Qunu property belonged to Mandela or to prove the validity of the property’s title deed — claims that she disputes.

’Hoot for Zuma to go’ banner in KZN

A banner, urging motorists hoot if they want President Jacob Zuma to resign, has reportedly appeared on a Pietermaritzburg bridge.

The banner, which reads “Hoot! Zuma must go”, resulted in several hoots from motorists, according to our correspondent.

Beeld reported that two men draped the poster on the bridge overnight.

“People are struggling. I am disappointed. Zuma is not doing anything and should resign,” one man was quoted as saying, adding that “whoever hung up this poster has a lot of courage”.

Another man said that he voted for Zuma in 2009 but was tired of empty promises.

“Maybe Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will do better. But Zuma must go,” the man added.

Disrespectful

Mandy Spenceley said she is not happy with Zuma but the banner is disrespectful to the president. “I’m totally against it. He is our president and deserves to be respected at all times. I do feel he is trying his best. This banner could cause major distraction on the road or perhaps even road rage; if someone hoots, it shows they want Zuma out and a supporter of Zuma’s may get angry,” she warned.

Provincial ANC secretary Sihle Zikalala said they have noticed campaigns against the president and view these as attempts to undermine democracy.

“Zuma was voted for by millions of people and those defeated are going all out as if he was not elected. They are mobilising people against the ANC and Zuma. We warn them that they’re not going to win because people are not going to be deceived by their lies,” Zikalala said.

Asked for comment on the banner, Glenn McArthur, DA councillor for Ward 26, laughed as he said, “Being on a rubbish bag is very appropriate; it gets the message across very appropriately.”

Zuma seen as a liability

Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation, William Gumede, said people view the president as a liability and want him to step aside. “The ANC must find a way to resolve the problems and must quickly bring succession. The longer he stays in the presidency, the more the country will continue to suffer,” he said.

Gumede said dissatisfaction and numerous splits from the ANC under Zuma’s leadership have prompted the black-middle class and intellectuals to leave the party. He said the ANC is losing youth and its staunch supporters are people benefiting from the State, such as those getting social grants and pensioners.

“The future of the ANC depends on how they act now. The longer Zuma stays in power, the more the party will split. With so many groups leaving the party, it will be difficult to deliver. Senior ANC leaders must wake up or else the party will continue declining.”

  • The banner displays the symbol of anarchism, the ‘A’ in a circle. According to Anarchism.net, the symbol was created during the 20th century and is a more modern symbol than the classical black flag of anarchism. “Its origin is not known, but there is evidence that the symbol was used by some anarchists during the Spanish Civil War and later by the Belgian organisation Alliance Ouvriere Anarchiste.

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Jacob Zuma to have heart problem and resign as President: Sangoma predicts

Well known sangoma Mangaliso Petse makes predictions on the future of the Economic Freedom Fighters and the future of President Jacob Zuma. In a video released by a local newspaper, Petse pulled a shocker when he claimed that South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma will resign soon.

Regarding EFF, Petse said he sees things falling apart in EFF and infighting taking centre stage. He claimed that EFF leader Julius Malema will be accused of being undemocratic by his party members and they will stop trusting him.

The sangoma also said Zuma will not finish his term as the leader of the country.

“I actually see history repeating itself… through some form of recall, even if they don’t go to put it as some form of recall but there will be some things that, you know, will cause (sic) that he doesn’t finish the term. Health, you know, health issues, his health actually is my main thing (sic) that I’m seeing now. He may not finish the term due to health and all the problems that are compounding, some form of heart disease….” said the traditional healer Mangaliso Petse.

Sangomas have of late been taking turns to ‘predict’ President Zuma’s future and make various claims about his personal life. Following a series of bizarre earthquakes that took place across South Africa in recent months, sangomas recently came forward pointing the death of Jacob Zuma’s MaMlambo (mermaid) as the main cause.

Speaking to reporters, Makhosi MmaLepona, a Pretoria based sangoma well known for being naked while slithering live pythons on her patients, said “Kgwanyape – the god of the sea” is very angry that his two “daughters” were brutally killed, and is therefore brewing the mother of all vengeances.

In other shocking news, Two individuals who captured and killed the mermaids that were recently found swimming inside Nkandla’s “fire pool” have reportedly gone blind, while the third one allegedly committed suicide. Although Jacob Zuma has vehemently denied any knowledge of how these mysterious mermaids found their way into his high security homestead, EFF was quick to accuse him of practicing witchcraft.

Calls for Zuma to resign are not new. In March this year, MEFF leader Julius Malema said President Jacob Zuma should resign within 20 days, or else his party will take action.

“Zuma should step down. If he fails to do so within 20 days, the EFF will march to the Union Buildings… and we will not leave the premises until he resigns,” Malema told supporters outside the Sunnyside police station in Pretoria.

He said he had laid charges of corruption, theft, fraud and racketeering against Zuma with the Sunnyside police.

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‘No Zuma exclusive for UK paper’

President Jacob Zuma has not had an interview with British newspaper The Guardian on the Oscar Pistorius trial or any other matter this week, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

“A Guardian reporter created an impression that he may have had an exclusive interview with the president on the Pistorius trial,” said spokesman Mac Maharaj.

He said the journalist reported on a matter raised during the informal networking session as part of the media freedom luncheon on Sunday.

The Guardian reported that Zuma had criticised Oscar Pistorius’s defence team for arguing the athlete should be spared prison because he was disabled and “had money”.

Pistorius’s lawyers called expert witnesses last week to testify that South African jails were ill-equipped to accommodate disabled people because, for example, the showers lacked handrails.

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Zuma: UN ‘helpless’ in Israel, Palestine conflict

Johannesburg – The United Nations appeared to be helpless in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, President Jacob Zuma told the United Nations general assembly in New York.

“Of concern in this matter has been the helplessness displayed by the UN, especially the UN Security Council, during the current conflict,” Zuma said on Wednesday.

“While the UN has done remarkably well in the supporting self-determination, when it celebrates 70 years of existence next year, this august body may be found wanting by the people of Palestine.”

He reminded the UN that it had the moral authority to unite the world, promote peace, justice and self-determination.

No military solution

“This august body must play this role without fear or favour and be a beacon for all who suffer oppression in the world,” he said, adding that South Africa was calling on Israel and Hamas to instigate an immediate end to the violence.

“Our strongly held view is that there can be no military solution to the Israeli-Palestinian question,” he said.

Zuma arrived in the United States on Sunday.

His office said he would also attend a number of side events forming part of the UN assembly’s programme.

Zuma was accompanied by several ministers including Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

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Zuma hands Nkandla report to Parliament

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday submitted to Parliament the Special Investigating Unit’s final report on state-funded improvements to his home in Nkandla, his office said.

“President Jacob Zuma has today, 11 September 2014, submitted the final report of the Special Investigating Unit into the security upgrades to the private residence of the president in Nkandla,” presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

Zuma authorised the SIU to investigate the Nkandla controversy in December 2013, but its final report has been delayed several times.

Earlier this year, SIU head Vas Soni told Parliament one of the reasons for this was that it took the unit more than six months to gain access to the president’s property.

Parliament this month established an ad hoc committee to consider the findings of various investigations into the R246m Nkandla project, including that of the SIU and the public protector.

It must also weigh Zuma’s own submission to the legislature last month.

Zuma has come under fire because his letter to Parliament side-stepped Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendation that he must repay state funds that were spent on private comforts at Nkandla, notably a swimming pool.

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Zuma gives Lesotho 2 days to open parliament

Johannesburg – Lesotho coalition leaders have been given two days to agree on a date to open parliament by President Jacob Zuma, SABC NEWS reported on Wednesday.

After meeting with coalition leaders on Tuesday, Zuma told the broadcaster talks went well.

He said leaders had reached a point where they would now “have to do further consultations” on their own over the next few days.

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“There would be further consultations among parties,” he said, after which an announcement would be made.

Zuma arrived in Lesotho on Tuesday to facilitate peace talks after Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane was forced to flee to South Africa last month during an attempted coup by its military.

Thabane returned to Lesotho days later. Zuma and representatives from the Southern African Development Community brought together leaders from Lesotho’s coalition parties to resolve the differences.

Thabane said they were committed to re-opening parliament, but gave no date.

Zuma was also expected to meet the main opposition Democratic Congress which has 48 of 120 seats in parliament, making it the largest single party in the National Assembly.

The relationship between the Democratic Congress and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy was threatening to unseat Thabane in Parliament.

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Zuma ‘must still respond to Madonsela report’

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma still has to respond to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report regarding the security upgrades at his Nkandla private home, her office said on Friday.

“The document that is being disseminated does not respond to the Public Protector’s report and, in fact, in the document it says this is not a comment on the Public Protector’s report,” spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in an e-mail.

“That means a document that comments on the public protector’s report or indicates action taken or to be taken to implement remedial action in compliance with section 3(5) of the Executive Members Ethics Act must still be submitted to Parliament by the president.”

Zuma submitted a response on the upgrades to his home to Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, on Thursday.

According to the presidency, the report “has been prepared with due consideration of the following reports – the report of the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI), the report of the public protector titled “Secure in Comfort”, and the progress report in terms of the Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act submitted by the head of the SIU”.

Security of the president

In the response, Zuma requested ministers in the security cluster and the public works minister, Thulas Nxesi, to report to Parliament on their “clearly defined roles and responsibilities” when dealing with the president, the deputy president and their predecessors’ security when implementing Cabinet policy.

He said Nxesi should urgently report to Cabinet on the review of protocols and procedures regarding procurement, expenditure and oversight applicable.

Lastly, Zuma said Cabinet should review the 2003 policy on the security of the president, deputy president and their predecessors with a view to setting parameters for implementation.

Earlier this year, Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R236m upgrades and recommended that he pay back some of the money.

Zuma declined to respond to Madonsela’s report in full within the required fortnight and said instead he would wait for the Special Investigating Unit’s findings on the upgrades.

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EFF Accuse Zuma of Witchcraft After Two Mermaids Where Found in Nkandla’s “Fire Pool”

EFF’s motor mouth, Julius Malema, has accused President Jacob Zuma of practicing witchcraft. This after two mermaids were found in Nkandla’s “fire pool”, allegedly alive and kicking.

A Leaked Picture of the mysterious mermaids has been circulating social networks throughout the week, with many expressing their shock while others painted the gory photo as fake.

However, in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Mac Maharaj, the two mermaids were confirmed as real.

“The president of the republic, Jacob Zuma, would like to set on record that although the two mermaids were discovered in a pool situated inside his Nkandla homestead, he was not aware of their existence. The Office of the Presidency will be in a better position to comment once an investigation by the security cluster has been concluded,” the statement read in part.

Opposition parties, particularly the EFF, were quick to accuse Zuma of witchcraft, sighting that he used the mermaids to protect him from being recalled from the seat of power.

“In the black community, we have what we call “ukuthwala – ho rwala”. People would consult sangomas for power and protection, which often comes in a form of muti and/or a snake which lives in a bedroom no one is allowed to go into…

“It all makes sense now. Zuma was accused of rape, fraud and corruption with hard core evidence presented before the court of law, but still walked free…. His mermaids protected him,” Malema told reporters.

The two mermaids were allegedly executed and transported to an undisclosed research laboratory in Durban.

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All eyes on Zuma

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma is expected to make his first public appearance in over a week when he delivers his seventh state-of-the-nation address on Tuesday evening.

Parliament is expected to be a hive of activity as workers cleared the ceremonial path Zuma is expected to walk before he enters the National Assembly.

Zuma is expected to be escorted through the streets of Cape Town by the military and mounted police.

The roads in the Cape Town CBD will be lined with members of the SA National Defence Force.

A red carpet will be laid out along Parliament Street for Zuma and members of other branches of state who will accompany the President.

Before entering the National Assembly to make his speech, Zuma will observe a 21-gun salute and a fly over by the SA Air Force.

All eyes will then be on the president who will enter the House and make his speech at 19:00.

Political parties and NGOs are expecting Zuma to outline government’s plans for the next year.

Opposition parties want Zuma to focus on the economy, which has taken a knock following South Africa’s longest ever strike, in the platinum sector.

The Treatment Action Campaign called on Zuma to renew his focus on access to quality health care for all South Africans.

“We cannot afford for President Zuma and his new administration to paper over the serious cracks in both our public and private health care systems,” the TAC said in a statement.

The TAC said Zuma and his administration should be commended for the massive progress made in the fight against HIV/Aids over the past five years.

However, Zuma needed to set out an “ambitious plan” to rid the health care system of serious problems which were impeding access to health care.

“Unless fundamental changes are made in government’s approach to delivering health services, the president and his newly elected administration’s worthy goal to enrol at least 4.6 million in the anti-retroviral programme will be undone by corruption, poor public administration, a lack of skilled management, cadre deployment and lack of political will at provincial level,” the TAC said.

Equal Education wants Zuma to provide leadership on how problems facing the country’s schools will be prioritised.

This included the norms and standards for school infrastructure, which was enacted last year.

“This law requires that we eradicate mud schools within three years, and that schools without water, electricity, sanitation and safety receive priority treatment,” EE said.

“Promises about mud schools have been made in SONAs going back to former President Thabo Mbeki in 2004, but for the first time this is now a legal requirement. We are interested to know what are government plans to make sure they comply with this new law within the set time frames.”

Zuma’s state-of-the-nation address will mark his first public appearance since being admitted to hospital for tests and being booked off by doctors following a gruelling election campaign.

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“We wish Zuma long suffering,’ says Malema

South Africa – President Jacob Zuma must suffer, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said in Marikana on Sunday.

“Zuma is not sick, he is a troubled man. We do not wish him well, we wish him long suffering,” Malema said at a post-election rally outside Rustenburg in the North West.

“He must suffer until he takes responsibility for the killing of mineworkers.

“He killed your husbands, brothers and sons.

How does he expect to be at peace when he had killed so many people? The spirits are troubling him now.”

Malema was referring to the death of 34 mineworkers in 2012 in Marikana.

They were shot dead in a clash with police on 16 August 2012.

A week before 10 people including two policemen and two security guards were killed during a violent wildcat strike at Lonmin.

Rock drill operators had rejected representation by the National Union of Mineworkers and spearheaded the strike with a demand for a monthly salary of R12 500.

Zuma was given time off to rest last week, with his party the African National Congress’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe citing the after effects of a gruelling election campaign which had taken its toll on all party officials.

Zuma was expected to resume work on Tuesday.

Malema, expelled as the president of the ANC’s Youth League in 2012, said the government had failed the people of Marikana and had failed to take responsibility for the deaths there.

“The ANC never loved you. They killed our people and never take responsibility for that.”

He said the EFF would never abandon residents of Marikana.

“We will die with you and [be] buried next to you because we are one. We will never abandon you,” he said.

Malema was in Nkaneng informal settlement in Wonderkop near Marikana to thank residents for voting for the EFF in the 7 May general election.

Voters gave the party the third highest support in Parliament after the ANC and the Democratic Alliance.

Meanwhile, news was eagerly awaited over whether a proposed deal to end a strike in the platinum sector which began in January, had been accepted.

Again, workers were demanding R12 500, which Malema earlier said they should hold out for.

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Zuma admitted to Pretoria hospital

SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for tests on Saturday, his office confirmed. “He was admitted to a hospital here in Pretoria,” Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj told Sapa.

“We prefer not to disclose the name of the hospital for privacy reasons.” He said Zuma was advised to rest following a demanding election and transition programme to the new administration. “President Jacob Zuma has… been admitted to hospital for tests. Doctors are satisfied with his condition,” he said.

On Friday, the African National Congress leadership ordered Zuma to take a break. “Following a gruelling election campaign we found that he needed to rest,” the party’s deputy
president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said at the Nehawu special congress in Benoni, on the East Rand.

“He attended the NEC lekgotla this morning, and was thereafter sent packing to go and rest.” Zuma was scheduled to address the National
Education, Health and Allied Workers Union congress, but sent Ramaphosa to deliver his speech.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters at the ruling party’s lekgotla in Irene, outside Pretoria, that the president was exhausted. He said Zuma was given time to recover before he held a Cabinet lekgotla next week.

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All systems go for Zuma’s inauguration

After successfully staging its fifth democratic elections, South Africa is finalising its preparations for the inauguration of President-elect Jacob Zuma, who will be sworn in for a second term of office at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Members of Parliament elected Zuma to serve for another five years as President with former trade unionist and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy.

Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said preparations had been under way for the past few weeks to ensure that Saturday’s inauguration is a success.

Thousands of ordinary South Africans, as well as around 40 current and former heads of state, are expected to gather at the Union Buildings to witness the swearing in by South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

After taking his oath shortly after 11am, Zuma will deliver his inaugural address, signalling the start of the new five-year administration. In the days following, he will elect his new team of Cabinet ministers. The first State of the Nation address of the new term, outlining the government’s programme for the next five years, will follow in the coming weeks.

There was an increased security presence at Waterkloof Air Force Base outside Pretoria on Friday ahead of the arrival of current and former heads of state who will be attending the inauguration.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation confirmed on Friday that heads of state and government (presidents, prime ministers or royalty) of 40 African countries would be in attendance on Saturday, along with seven former heads of state.

South Africa’s BRICS partner countries will be represented at the event by Brazilian Vice-President Michel Temer, outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese Home Affairs Minister Li Liguo, and Sergey Naryshkin, chairman of the State Duma of Russia’s Federal Assembly.
African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and a representative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will also be among the guests.

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Zuma: Booers are empty vessels

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma has labelled people who boo at him “empty vessels who make the most noise”

“They boo. They have a lot to say. Don’t pay attention. Rather do your work,” he was quoted as saying in Embalenhle, Mpumalanga, on Tuesday.

“What they say does not help South Africa.”

Zuma was repeatedly booed at several events recently, including the memorial service of former president Nelson Mandela, at a soccer game at FNB stadium in March, and during a rally in Malamulele, Limpopo.

Zuma also reportedly lashed out at “clever people” who called for votes against the ANC.

“Voting for any other party besides the ANC is a waste of the vote,” he said.

“People talk a lot. They say this and that. They say we are doing nothing but they are staying in an RDP house.”

Nkandla Report is the main cause

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UZuma uthi imumangazile eyokoniwa kwamavoti

Johannesburg –  UMengameli Jacob Zuma uchaze umkhankaso kamakadebona we-ANC uRonnie Kasrils wokuthi koniwe amavoti “njengento edidayo”, esho ezindabeni ze-SABC ngoLwesithathu.

UZuma utshele lo msakazeli womphakathi ukuthi ufisa sengathi angathola ithuba lokulumana indlebe noKasrils ngalo mkhankaso owethulwe ngoLwesibili.

UZuma uthe i-ANC, okubandakanya naye uKasrils, balilwela kanzima ilungelo lokuvota.

“Kuyadida impela lokhu ngoba uKasrils wayengelona nje iqabane kuphela kepha wayengumngani wami omkhulu.

“Mhlawumbe sizolithola ithuba lokubhunga ngalolu daba,” kusho uZuma.

Umkhankaso iSidikiwe! Vukani! Vote Campaign uthi abantu bakuleli abavotele amaqembu aphikisayo noma bone ivoti labo.

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Zuma celebrates birthday in Western Cape

President Jacob Zuma has turned 72 and he will be celebrating his birthday in the Western Cape on Saturday, the ANC said.

“President Zuma will spend his day with the people of the Western Cape on an ANC voter contact programme and later with his family,” said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

“The ANC sends birthday well wishes to the… a loyal servant of our people and dedicated leader of our country.”

The African National Congress said it would also celebrate by continuing with its election campaign.

“The ANC will mark this day by further intensifying contact with our people, telling the good story… and mobilising them to vote ANC on 7 May.”

Mthembu said it was fitting that on Zuma’s birthday, the party reflects on the significant strides by ANC government in the last five years during his tenure.

The party’s wish for Zuma was that he carry on with his important work.

“… We hope that today will provide a moment of celebration of the road traveled thus far, serving as further impetus to carry on the good and important work of serving our people,” said Mthembu.

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ANC takes DA to court over SMSes

Johannesburg – The North Gauteng High Court will on Wednesday hear an urgent application by the ANC to stop the DA from sending out an SMS accusing President Jacob Zuma of stealing public money.

The African National Congress wants the court to compel the Democratic Alliance to comply with the Electoral Act in terms of the prohibition of publishing of false information.

This was in response to an SMS sent by the opposition party which the ANC claimed was based on a “deliberate lie” and targeted Zuma.

The text message, which was sent to prospective voters, read: “The Nkandla report shows how Zuma stole your money to build his R246m home. Vote DA on 7 May to beat corruption. Together for change.”

Last month, the DA said it welcomed the court challenge.

“The DA welcomes the opportunity to go to court to defend our efforts to ensure accountability for the Nkandlagate scandal,” Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said.

“We will tell the judge exactly what the rest of South Africa was told this past week, that President Zuma improperly and materially benefited from the R246m so-called security upgrade of his private home in Nkandla.”
In her report Secure in Comfort, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from security upgrades made to his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. She recommended that a percentage of the money be paid back.

Zuma is expected to give his reply to Madonsela’s report on Wednesday, 14 days after its release.

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Zuma skips EU-Africa summit after Zimbabwe calls for boycott

South African President Jacob Zuma will miss a controversy-tinged EU-Africa summit in Brussels this week because of “other commitments”, the country’s foreign ministry said.
Pretoria would not say if Zuma’s decision was taken in solidarity with long-time Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whose government called for a boycott of the meeting after his wife, Grace, was refused a visa to attend.

The couple have been banned from visiting the European Union because of their role in rights abuses, but as head of state Mugabe is still allowed to attend international forums.

Clayson Monyela, spokesman for South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said on Monday that “the president has other commitments”.

Zuma has battles to fight at home, where he has come under withering criticism for using $23 million (17 million euros) of taxpayers’ money to upgrade his private family residence.

A damning report last week found that he unlawfully benefited from the improvements.

Elections are due to take place on May 7 and although Zuma’s ANC is forecast to win, the vote is expected to be the most competitive since South Africa became a democracy in 1994.

At the two-day EU-Africa summit, which starts on Wednesday, South Africa will instead be represented by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

South Africa’s foreign ministry said the summit will “afford Africa and Europe the opportunity to further strengthen political and socio-economic cooperation between the two continents”.

Mugabe, who is now aged 90 and has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, will chair the African Union next year, a one-year rotating post

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‘I did not use taxpayers’ money,’ says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has broken his silence on the Nkandla debacle saying he will not pay for upgrades he did not ask for.

“I did not use taxpayers’ money,” the president said.

Addressing a group of elderly people in Gugulethu yesterday, Zuma said he does not decide on government spending.

“They put in windows that I don’t even want. Then they turn around and say this fellow used the government’s money.”

Zuma said he does not use government’s money.

“They searched and investigated and finished but they did not find anything,” he said in proclaiming his innocence.

Zuma was on a campaign trail in Cape Town following a two-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

Public protector Thuli Madonsela found in her report on government spending in Nkandla that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the upgrades.

She found that Zuma violated the Executives Ethic Code for failing to keep count of government spending.

The report notes that the security upgrades cost the state R215m.

Since the report, the president has remained mum on the matter during all public interactions.

“What I am saying is that this case does not even exist,” Zuma said.

He said government security had full control of the upgrades.

“My first wife MaKhumalo owned a tuck-shop that she made a living from while I was away in exile.

“It is in the homestead. They said if people come in to buy here, even a scoundrel will come in. So the government security said we are going to remove this tuck-shop to the gate so that people (don’t go in).”

Zuma said the criminal charges laid against him by the DA and EFF will not stick.

“There is no case. They can look for me even under the trees. They are never going to find me because I never did anything wrong,” he said.

Zuma said in his view the entire Nkandla debacle does not exist.

The ANC’s top guns, led by Zuma, descended on the Western Cape in a bid to wrest the province from the DA.

Zuma called on the people to oust the DA at the polls.

Zuma told hundreds of ANC supporters in Gugulethu yesterday the ruling party’s NEC decided to hold its last meeting before the May 7 elections in Cape Town at the weekend to assure the people the party was serious about winning the Western Cape.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was in Phillipi while its national chairperson Baleka Mbethe was in Du Noon, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe was in Langa and treasurer Zweli Mkhize was in Khayelitsha.

Zuma said the NEC had also met in Cape Town because it was concerned about the plight of the people in the Western Cape.

The president, who addressed ANC members in Xhosa, said all provinces were run by the ANC except the Western Cape.

“We are taking the Western Cape because it is not governed properly. They only care about the white suburbs. That is why the NEC is here.

“Our vote is important. It was fought for. People died, some were jailed because of this vote.”

He said the ANC fought for freedom for 82 years, since its formation, and the next stage of the fight was to improve lives.

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Zuma must rot in jail – Julius Malema

President Jacob Zuma must be arrested for stealing public money, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has said.
“Zuma must rot in jail,” he told EFF supporters at the party’s North West manifesto launch in Mahikeng.
“Zuma does not belong to us. He is going to be arrested soon.”
Malema told the crowd Zuma had used R1 million to build a chicken run and over two million to construct a swimming pool.
“When our people are swimming in poverty, Zuma and his family are swimming in luxury … I do not know whether they can swim.”
He said he did not think Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendation that Zuma repay the money spent on non-security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal were right.
“It is not correct, Zuma must go to jail. He stole from the poor.”
Malema denied that he himself was corrupt.
“I was arrested for stealing state money. How can I steal money because I was never employed by government.
“I was arrested for speaking the truth.”
Malema told his supporters he had opened a criminal case against Zuma in Pretoria.
“I am meeting the police on Monday. I am going to give them evidence that Zuma stole state money.”
Malema called on his followers to take education seriously.
“You must compete with education. Not the phone you have or the clothes you wear …”
He said EFF would provide free quality education from early childhood and encouraged students to have at least a first degree.

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Julius Malema says President Jacob Zuma has blood on his hands.

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JOHANNESBURG – While the country commemorated the Sharpeville massacre on Friday, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema slated President Jacob Zuma for the Marikana shooting in August 2012, saying he killed the mine workers.
Zuma celebrated Human Rights Day at a government event in at the George Thabe Stadium in Vereeniging on Friday to remember the killing of 69 people by the apartheid police.
Just a few meters away outside the stadium Malema’s party erected a small stage to commemorate the day in their own way.
Malema says Zuma has blood on his hands.
He has again accused him of giving instructions to the police to shoot the 34 Marikana miners during a labour dispute with Lonmin.
Malema apologised for once supporting Zuma.
“Remember Sharpeville. Remember Marikana when you vote. Salute.”
But just a few metres away, Zuma delivered a key note address at a Human Rights Day event, where he received a hero’s welcome.
Zuma says the country must never forget the Sharpeville massacre.
“We will never forget the fact that our compatriots were brutally killed for demanding the right to equal citizenship.”
He says South Africa is a much better place after 1994.

A Call For Zuma To Step Down

President Jacob Zuma should resign within 20 days, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said on Thursday.

“Zuma should step down. If he fails to do so within 20 days, the EFF will march to the Union Buildings … and we will not leave the premises until he resigns,” Malema told supporters outside the Sunnyside police station in Pretoria.

He said he had laid charges of corruption, theft, fraud and racketeering against Zuma with the Sunnyside police.

This was prompted by the release on Wednesday of public protector Thuli Madonsela’s final report on the upgrades to Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

In her report, Madonsela found Zuma that had “unduly benefited from the enormous capital investment” in the Nkandla upgrades, which cost R246-million.

Malema said the charges were laid against Zuma, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and architect Minenhle Makhanya, among others.

Racketeering
Madonsela found that Makhanya had made R16.5-million as Zuma’s architect and as the public works department’s principal agent for the Nkandla project.

Malema said the racketeering charge was added “because Zuma operated with criminals”.

“Let me help the police here … Zuma does not allow electronic transfers, I have worked with him. He doesn’t take cheques either.”

He said Zuma should be charged following Madonsela’s report and be arrested, and his children should also be investigated and a lifestyle audit conducted.

“He has a son who collects the cash for him. All his children must be investigated,” Malema told cheering supporters.

He accused the ANC of arrogance, and said it had been protecting one man since 2005.

“They are arrogant and have become a law unto themselves. The police should show that no one is above the law.”

Double whammy
The Democratic Alliance national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane also laid a charge of corruption against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

Maimane said he did so at the Nkandla police station near the president’s private homestead.

“Criminal charges have been laid against President Jacob Zuma at the scene of the crime in Nkandla,” said Maimane.

“There can be no doubt that this Nkandla palace was built on corruption by the president for the president with our money.”

Comment from the police could not be immediately obtained. – Sapa