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Zuma's comment on Malawi roads mischievously singled out - ANC

Jackson Mthembu
22 October 2013

Party says President spoke in length about the unique space that Gauteng occupies in South Africa and Africa

ANC STATEMENT ON REMARKS BY PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA AT GAUTENG ANC MANIFESTO FORUM

22 October 2013

The African National Congress has noted the reports in the media relating to remarks made by the President of the African National Congress, Comrade Jacob Zuma, at the Gauteng ANC Manifesto Forum last night. Specifically, that "we should not think like Africans in Africa, this is not some national road in Malawi"

The African National Congress places it on record that both the organisation and the President hold the people of Malawi and elsewhere on the continent in high regard. The context in which the statement was made must be clarified in order to understand how the President's comment, which has been mischievously been singled out, arose. In the President's input on the tolling of roads in Gauteng, the President spoke at length about the unique space that Gauteng occupies in South Africa and Africa. To this end, the President drew parallels between Johannesburg and Polokwane, Rustenburg, Umngungundlovu, Danhauser and many other parts of the country.

The President further called for the residents of Gauteng to appreciate the central role they and their roads play in the country and the continent, linking goods, people and development. It was within this context that the President called on residents of this province to not think and act like others in the country and continent who do not have the unique responsibility and critical role Gauteng has as a gateway to Africa and the industrial and economic hub of South Africa. Registering to pay toll fees on the newly built roads, becomes part of this burden and honour Gauteng is bestowed with as the economic heartland of our country and continent.

The African National Congress welcomes the role played by traditional and social media in our national discourse. It is important therefore that those privileged to form opinion on these networks do so with the intention of promoting fair and balanced reporting, a call we believe would not have arisen had the President's comments were placed in context.

Statement issued by Jackson Mthembu, ANC national spokesperson, October 22 2013

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Malami?
Where is this Malami place then? Malawi surely...

by scott on October 22 2013, 17:06
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Hmmm
Though true, it’s not sensitive. Especially for a president.

by ILoveRSA on October 22 2013, 18:40
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Malami? REALLY .......

by Citizen on October 22 2013, 19:03
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Malawi roads
Well, maybe this will teach Zuma's speechwriter to be a lot more cautious. Bluster how you like, it was a C***-up and someone deserves to be fired, Won't happen, of course, but he might with luck be redeployed to Verneukspan. Idiot.

by Chris Taylor on October 22 2013, 19:55
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Malami
Mthembu probably believes it is called Malami. The reason? His crooked boss told him not to think like an Africa. You know, Jackson, it is that place south of Tanzania and east of Zimbabwe. Get it?

by Ghalib on October 22 2013, 20:23
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Malami
Mthembu probably believes it is called Malami. The reason? His crooked boss told him not to think like an Africa. You know, Jackson, it is that place south of Tanzania and east of Zimbabwe. Get it?

by Ghalib on October 22 2013, 20:25
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Go F*** yourself

by Bruce on October 22 2013, 20:55
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The only...

The only thing JZ783 holds in high regard is himself - and he has that wrong too! What a mindless loser!

And Jackson the mindless spindoctor for JZ783 is a paid agent for hypocrisy!

by Dinks on October 22 2013, 22:28
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malawi.
really? whats a speech. sheme poor afrika.

by edwin on October 22 2013, 22:34
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malawi
The truth is always bitter ,Joburg is not same as PMB.It is a South Africas economic hub so they can afford etoll.

by amos on October 22 2013, 23:26
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Wrong perception of talking.
Me not speak so good English. HEE,HEE

by Gunnar on October 22 2013, 23:48
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We Take it as adults in Malawi-
Malawians take heart our country is beautiful and is our God given no matter what one Jacob Zuma thinks of it- we are proud to be called Malawian. Our struggle against poverty is indeed real and we will fight it night and day same way we fought and won . .more

by Gwen on October 23 2013, 05:49
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LOL
Just because you say it isn't so...does not change the fact that it is so. How is it that the ANC stays in power? You lot behave like a bunch of 4 year olds left to their own devices on a deserted island. God help us because you certainly can't.

by Mike on October 23 2013, 08:04
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Really?
Is that all you can say about this embarrassment? The contxt is "we should not think like Africans in Africa, this is not some national road in Malawi"
There is no other way to explain this statement. The President has showed his level of I* on this . .more

by South African on October 23 2013, 08:31
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the truth hurts
Only mistake Zuma made was saying Malawi instead of Zimbabwe, at least Lady Joyce is trying hard. In Harare the life cycle of any brand new car is 3 years thats why the governemt is now forced to buy 4x4(X5,ML,JEEP, Land/Range Rovers, Ford Ranger apart . .more

by tkpatson on October 23 2013, 08:41
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Hilarious
I did have a good laugh, as did the audience. This is the one and only time I agreed with dear JZ.

by Joanne on October 23 2013, 09:57
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African disease?
Outbreak of Foot in Mouth.

by Argus Eye on October 23 2013, 10:21
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Shame zuma
Malawi is for malawians who are proud to be africans and if u mix ur politics with another country far frm rsa ,your fellow indians,americans wil laugh at you.Talk about what u have and be proud of who u are.YOU ARENT AFRICAN YOURSELF AS U . .more

by Make sweetie on October 23 2013, 11:20
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@Hilarious
It was like listening to Loyiso Gola. the comedian. Whilst we were embarrased and couldnot understand, everyone in that hall was having a good time.

by South African on October 23 2013, 12:01
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I like Malawians, they work hard, are honest, very nice people.
I can well understand why Zuma does not like Malawi and thus Malawians. His lot are so different to them. As I say Malawians are lovely people and should have no concern what a person like Zuma says. He is irrelevant, an embarrassing, irrelevant person as . .more

by Sipho Zulu on October 23 2013, 12:25
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Zuma the President. Lol
Our president has embarrassed us, I can't evn show my face 2 my fellow malawian friends. His *E is sOo poor tht evn a 3 year old Bby can't catch what he's trying 2 mean. OMG how did he become a president!

by support 4 Malawians on October 23 2013, 14:34
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@ support 4 Malawians
I share your embarrassment. To answer your question "how did he become president?" It was largely because the then ANCYL, currently the anti-Zuma EFFERS, along with a lot of other misguided people, put him there. Now the whole country has to put up with . .more

by Argus Eye on October 23 2013, 15:03
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@ unfortunate statement.
I think Jacob Zuma's statemement about Malawi was unfortunate to be honest its derogatory. Malawi's economy cannot be compared to South Africa's. However, Malawians are peaceful people. There are no raping, drug abuses, murders, thefts and unrests like we . .more

by Richard Mat. on October 23 2013, 16:02
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Jackson Mthembu competing with Fransman, MacFibber, Sizane and Malema for the Comical Ali Award?
and this from the party which mischievously singles out others' words (think Zille tweeting on Eastern Cape learners finding refuge in W Cape schools).


Rather tell the truth: "JZ783 and the ZANC are racist, arrogant and have not done enough . .more

by Racist in ZANCspeak means someone who thinks (differently from them) on October 23 2013, 17:56
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Rustonian!
I'm in Rustenburg and proud about the PAT HOLES that ZANC and Zuma believed this being AfricanB our road a like this because our budget has build up his mnansion that makes him to be better and not thinking like African. And this make me feel that Zanc is . .more

by SP Mosweu on October 23 2013, 19:32
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Jackson
Just imagine if a white person had made the same remark. "being quoted out of context"would not have been accepted by the ruling party ,Cosatu ,SACP and whoever else.

by Vincent on October 23 2013, 19:43
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An African insult from a Zulu.
I am tired of this man and his poor behaviour. Fire him like Mbeki

by Thato on October 23 2013, 21:21
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Hanging with his Indian Chomies is getting catchy,..
Zuma, hang with your own kind bud, these Indian - Black Stereotypes are crossing over into your formal schedule,. Tacky tacky mate,.

by Guptah JR on October 23 2013, 21:33
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Walk like an Indian
Surrounded by Indians, one really is not surprised he would gaff like this.

by Big Chief no tapes :( on October 23 2013, 21:50
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Jacob Zuma's true colours
Each time the chap speaks his mind you get these kinds of things. No wonder they write him a piece of paper to read even when he is sending the Springboks to play in some international tournament. He lacks basic intelligence mainly because he doesn't read . .more

by Lwi on October 24 2013, 09:37
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Jacob Zuma's true colours
Oh! by the way when it comes to paying for his many wives and children we must all think like Africans and understand that he is a proud Zulu. When he wants you to double pay for a road - you can't think like an African. This is an advanced country. When . .more

by Lwi on October 24 2013, 09:42
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Jacob Zuma's comments on Africans
The comments made by the ANC President and Head of State: SA are embassing to be said by No 1 in the light of the xenophobic attack in SA. All of us as South Africans should accept that the comments were unfortunate and apologise to our fellow African . .more

by Junior on October 24 2013, 14:34
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Jacob Zuma's comments on Africans
The comments made by the ANC President and Head of State: SA are embassing to be said by No 1 in the light of the xenophobic attack in SA. All of us as South Africans should accept that the comments were unfortunate and apologise to our fellow African . .more

by Junior on October 24 2013, 14:34
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Malawi
... what Maharach and Jackson are saying is what they wish Jacob Zuma should have said. The fact of the matter is that JZ has said and I qoute: " we should not think like Africans in Africa, this is not some national road in Malawi".

If this . .more

by Junior on October 24 2013, 15:10
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Malawi
... what Maharach and Jackson are saying is what they wish Jacob Zuma should have said. The fact of the matter is that JZ has said and I qoute: " we should not think like Africans in Africa, this is not some national road in Malawi".

If this . .more

by Junior on October 24 2013, 15:10
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