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Zuma's remarks smack of xenophobia and self hate - EFF

Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi
22 October 2013

Fighters say President's mind remains colonised and controlled by dictates of white supremacy and Afro-pessimism

ZUMA'S DISDAINFUL REMARKS ABOUT AFRICANS SMACKS OF XENOPHOBIA AND SELF HATE

22 October 2013

During his address to an audience at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg on Monday, the 21st of October 2013, Mr. Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa scornfully said to the audience that "don't be like Africans and think like Africans". In a feeble attempt to justify the sick decision of approving eTolls and privatising public roads in Gauteng, Mr. Zuma further said that Johannesburg roads are not like some highway in Malawi (see Daily Maverick report). 

In doing so, Mr. Zuma has just proven to the people of South Africa, African continent and the world that he does not have respect for Africans and holds the Eurocentric stereotypes commonly repeated about Africans in certain cycles. How on earth can a sitting President deride Africans and speak of Africans as if they are inherently disorderly and unable to maintain their own infrastructure? How on earth can a sitting President of South AFRICA speak of Africans as a bunch of irresponsible people somewhere outside the continent which South AFRICA is not part of?

What the remarks by Mr. Zuma reflect is not the state of 'Africans in Africa', but the state of his mind, which clearly remains colonised and controlled by dictates of white supremacy and Afro-pessimism. Instead of giving hope to the African continent and governments, Mr. Zuma chooses to make deriding and undermining remarks about Africans. 

The remarks by Mr. Zuma are a reflection of Xenophobia against Africans, in that he tries to deride and scornfully refer to Africans in Africa as people who are not responsible. Mr. Zuma suffers from self-hate and trying to define Johannesburg and South Africa outside the African continent. These are attributes which Founding Fathers of Africa's liberation have taught many generations to disdain, yet Mr. Zuma is still stuck in the colonial mentality that we are not one people and that South Africa is better and more superior than other African people and nations. 

EFF believes that it is treachery for a sitting President of South AFRICA to publicly repeat the many stereotypes about Africans and how they are incapable of preserving their infrastructure and maintaining the countries. We believe it is treachery and irresponsible because such stereotypes fail to locate the developmental problems Africa has on the role of neo-colonial, imperialist and dominant nations which rape Africa of its natural resources, damage its infrastructure with huge trucks that steal Africa's resources, and leave nothing for the maintenance of such Infrastructure. 

Mr. Zuma fails a simple task of comprehending a simple fact that Africa's problems are consequent of continued neo-colonial control and looting by the foreigners to our continent. This is a factor EFF addresses in its Founding Manifesto, and the reason why one of our non-negotiable 7 cardinal pillars commit to the development of the African economy. 

South Africans and Africans as a whole should begin to appreciate that the country and continent do not have a genuine leader, and Progressive Africanist in Mr. Zuma. He is and continues to be a colonial subject who continues to trump and repeat the many stereotypes about the African continent and behaves like he is not of African origins. 

EFF's political and ideological commitment is to the development of the African continent and economy and we will dismiss with contempt any attempts to deride our continent. South Africa needs real leaders who will understand and appreciate that our development and growth is linked to the development of the entire African continent and economy.

EFF is now the only hope for the people of South Africa and the African continent. Let us all reject problematic insinuations that 'Africans in Africa' cannot think and are unable to take care of their own affairs. Let us develop common consciousness to develop our continent and rid it of neo-colonial mentality and ideas that define Mr. Zuma. EFF seeks to ideologically emancipate mental slaves like Mr. Zuma who are still trapped in colonial mentality and view of life.

Statement issued by the Economic Freedom Fighters, October 22 2013

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Zuma's remarks
Zuma's remarks are actually the same as those of Dr Irvin Khoza when he told a certain black man years ago that he should stop thinking like a K*****. Khoza was forced to retract his statement, Zuma should be forced too.

by Phil on October 22 2013, 14:59
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Zuma
at least Zuma start talking sence for a change

by Kwagga on October 22 2013, 15:11
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African taken cheap by this man called Jacob
Let us vote for EFF as it shows that it is ready to adopt the truth called freedom charteras I see it as a foundation to work on,why do we have to dump the freedom charter am afraid we are heading for disaster wt Zuma and his cronies

by Makhi on October 22 2013, 15:14
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Wake up
I think mr. zuma became a president by a mistake, I also doubt his preparation before the meetings. something should be done about this due to the fact that he is a president.

by mag on October 22 2013, 15:23
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President's speach
I don't think it is a good idea to comment about Africa rather than focusing i n our country.Honestly this country is such a mess.

by Patience on October 22 2013, 15:29
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I rest my case
The man ius a chief lobbyist for EFF,DA and AGANG SA.

by T man on October 22 2013, 15:31
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ZUMA'S DISDAINFUL REMARKS ABOUT AFRICANS SMACKS OF XENOPHOBIA AND SELF HATE
To think that this guy might still be our president for the next five years,gives me the hebejebes.

by Melancholic on October 22 2013, 15:42
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Eff, katlehong
We as South African we are not going any where with Zuma. He feel s ashamed to be African. This shows us exactly why ZANC doesnt want to nationalize mines , they are happy with non African ownership of mines, because they hate to be Africans. Lets vote . .more

by Chwanyane on October 22 2013, 17:45
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Really...
Lighten up, guys...
It was a simple mistake that President Zuma made. English is not his first language.

by Paul C on October 22 2013, 17:57
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Jump off your high horses
All the president was being is honest. If you've ever been to Malawi you will agree with him.

by Brett on October 22 2013, 18:43
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eFF wake up
EFF - wake up and look around you. Colonization happened and cannot be undone.
Education and employment will provide jobs and prosperity for all , hard work is what is required for success , no matter what colour your skin. This sounds ominously like . .more

by Sadokotela on October 22 2013, 20:06
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Take me to your leader
Glorius Jacob and his "dachshaden"

by . @ . on October 22 2013, 21:29
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Isn't it embarrasing...

Isn’t it embarrassing that the EFF is in a position to advise JZ783 in morality and ethics?

Pity South Africa that the very best person the ANC could put forward is JZ783... Imagine how pathetic the rest must be!

by DInks on October 22 2013, 22:35
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Truth hurt EFF buffoons
Whether his speech has been quoted out of context or not, Malawi's road are horrible. There is nothing xenophobic about that. This blind African loyalty is just an excuse for to bad governance by both DA Maimane and these EFF buffoons

by Trotsky on October 23 2013, 02:42
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Stop!
Don't climb to the top by shitting on others. Malawi is not the only country with screwed road. I don't like that coz he implied, "don't think like Malawians, Nigerians, Angolians (is Angola in Africa konje??)".

Anyway, the point could have . .more

by Sage on October 23 2013, 06:56
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PRESIDENT REMARKS
His comments are dangerous and non-called for. You don’t make comparison of different people nationals and countries. We are not the same. The way people think is never the same? Their behaviour differs according to the radiological thinking of that . .more

by Kingsley Mkata Aphiri on October 23 2013, 07:20
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EFF vs Zuma
Maybe Zuma realised the flaw in african thinking.....the same thinking the EFF use to justify their weakness of character.

by Mike on October 23 2013, 07:42
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Thank you ANC
We must thank the ANC for the utter wisdom of bestowing on us such an idiot as Inja Zuma. It shows you the type of supporter the ANC has, that they still think this idiot can lead us.

by Nyama on October 23 2013, 07:53
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Honarebly President of the Republic
Well done, Mr Zooo-maaa!!!!!!!!!!

by Semarantha on October 23 2013, 07:59
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@EFF
I am glad that the EFF did not lose their ability or fear to tell us the truth. That was the reason we all loved Bru Malema, he is afraid of nothing.

by Spukupuk on October 23 2013, 09:17
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Cannot keep a good man down
And vica versa. It has to show and will do so again and again and again

by Mpugi on October 23 2013, 09:25
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DISGRACE
It is a disgrace for the so called STATE PRESIDENT to publicly says people must pay back the money spent by his government on the E-TOLLING. And worse to compare MZANSI with our fellow poor countries like Malawi. SHAME ON YOU MR PRESIDENT

by KGOSIETSILE on October 23 2013, 09:36
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he needs help!
it is such a pity, the man does not know who, what and where he is. indeed, clearly, he does not have the mental capability of Africans. Other Africans would be embarrassed to have him as one of their own. next time South African must carefully elect . .more

by Zinu on October 23 2013, 10:00
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@Zinu
A typical example of a post turtle. Occasionally you see a turtle on a corner post of a fence, where some or other kid has put it. The turtle does not know how it got there, what it must do there and why is he there, that is Zoo-Ma for you.

by Mafutha on October 23 2013, 11:34
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shame to Msholozi
If he think is how we adress the middle class that was wrong.I will not vote for him next year becouse eff is there for us to nationalize the mines he must just carry on stilling for Nkandla course we don't have president for now only thief sis man akggg . .more

by Ma Africa. on October 23 2013, 11:41
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Sweet irony
"Zuma's remarks smack of xenophobia and self hate - EFF"
EFFERS have short memories. It was these jokers in the pack who brought the Dancing Pres to power in the first place.

by Argus Eye on October 23 2013, 11:50
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Such a tragic character is our clown of a Pressie.
how indeed did he get to such a position? Amazing doll, amazing!!!

by Amazed on October 23 2013, 12:34
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FOOLISH!
ATLEAST PEOPLE IN MALAWI DO NOT SLEEP IN SHACKS AND THEY DO NOT WAIT FOR GOVERNMENT TO FEED THEM!!! MANT PEOPLE IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES ARE HAPPIER THAN SOUTH AFRICANS IN AFRICA OR SORRY HAD FORGOTTEN THAT SOUTH AFRICA IS NOT IN AFRICA..... . .more

by AFRICAN on October 23 2013, 12:56
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absent minded president
its a pity that we needed a president who would lead South African to prosperity but in stead we have an absent minded person for a president.. like seriously African in Africa isn't south Africa in Africa??

by stone on October 23 2013, 14:46
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JACOB ZUMA IS A FOOL TO SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT
This guy is the definition of a fool i cant blive our country is being led by this s*hole,how can he say bad things about other countries when he cant get his own S*** together,@AFRICA YOUR MENTALITY IS JUST THE SAME AS OF THIS FOOL ZUMA

by THE RESISTANCE on October 23 2013, 15:00
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Failure
@The resistance, my mentality is not like Zuma's at all. I am trying to show you how he has failed his country and he thinks that he has helped it!!! To him, people from Africa.. as he calls it are suffering and that is why he doesnot want to assoicate . .more

by AFRICAN on October 23 2013, 15:36
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Zuma's utterances on proud Africans
what a fool in the clothes of a President! Can the likes of Trevor Manuel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Gwede Mandashe honestly say they are proud of this embarrassing President, really? Is this the best a proud movement like ANC can do....I give up!!

by moregish on October 23 2013, 18:12
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from cape to cairo
the president said it all. the new South Africa is not part of the African continent.
Sobukhwe, Lion of Azania- please help him.

by Africa izwelethu on October 24 2013, 09:54
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Zuma a liability
Julius was suspended for Botswana comments by the ANC DC, zuma with his comments must definetely be suspended, I would like to see them dicipline Zuma. He insulted every ARICAN in the continent. Those remarks has tainted our image a country in AU. Imagine . .more

by Zuma a liability on October 24 2013, 10:27
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zuma,s disdainful remarks
dis zuma iz a real indian C** next year elections he ll be nowhere

by zweli mpukwana on October 24 2013, 13:58
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