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We must defeat the arrogance of power: Zuma

We must defeat the arrogance of power: Zuma

Redistribution is a moral and economic imperative, ANC President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

“By excluding the majority of our people from ownership of the economy, by excluding them from the management of companies and from many professions, we are starving our economy of the human capital it needs to develop,” he said at the ANC’s gala dinner in Sun City ahead of its January 8th statement.

“We do not accept the notion that we must make a choice between growth and redistribution.”

Zuma promised that the ANC government would manage public funds responsibly.

“We will continue to manage public funds responsibly. We will ensure that we spend within our means and that we keep public debt within manageable limits. We will continue to direct public resources towards the poor and in pursuit of productive economic activity,” said Zuma.

The establishment of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer would reduce wastage, increase efficiency, benefit from economies of scale and reduce the scope for corruption.

The president said the ANC expected its cadres to earn respect from their peers and society as a whole through their “exemplary” behaviour.

“We must work together to defeat patronage, the arrogance of power, bureaucratic interference and corruption,” he emphasised.

There was a lot of hard work that needed to be done.

“We need some bold decisions… with your help and support from all South Africans we will continue to struggle and won’t rest until we have achieved a better life for all our people.”

The ANC held its gala dinner ahead of its January 8th statement at the Sun City Superbowl, where those attending were said to have paid anything from R15 000 upwards for a table.

Zuma attended the dinner with two of his wives. He was joined at his table by mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his wife, former Eskom CEO Brian Dames and Burundian singer and musician Kaja Nin.

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  • Bovril24

    Amazing isn’t it? Such an utterance from the screaming embodiment of it!

    • Hennie

      Their words make me feel sick. If they had put their words into action, we would have been the best run country in the world.

  • “We will continue to manage public funds responsibly. We will ensure that we spend within our means and that we keep public debt within manageable limits. We will continue to direct public resources towards the poor and in pursuit of productive economic activity,” said Zuma.

    Does zuma speak in opposites? because everything he said they will do they do the opposite !

    • peterq

      Straight from the man who wanted to hand over National Treasure to outsiders. Go figure.

  • peterq

    The things that come out of his mouth are mindblowing. Who needs drugs.

  • Jon Low

    You can’t make the poor rich by makimg the rich poor; the weak strong by making the strong weak. Equality in the gutter is not a laudable nor moral goal.

    • peterq

      How about lifting the poor up, or can you not steal so much that way?

      • Jon Low

        Uplifting the poor will only happen when the poor see any such help as a hand-up, not a hand-out. And,having got their hand-up. they then improve themselves by themseles — by working and saving, like I’ve done.

  • se-aramo

    “We will continue to manage public funds responsibly. We will ensure that we spend within our means and that we keep public debt within manageable limits. We will continue to direct public resources towards the poor and in pursuit of productive economic activity,” said Zuma.

    Good start by paying back the money ke, and use it to enroll poor students.

  • the-TRUTH

    Comrades, we must defeat the arrogance of ‘powerful’ corrupt hypocrites, namely the ANC elites and their aloof alliance partners. #VoteOutANCIn2016and2019elections
    It’s time we restore moral regeneration and social cohesion that can take our country to be a fully fledged Rainbow Nation — #CorruptPoliticalPartiesMustFall

  • se-aramo

    The president said the ANC expected its cadres to earn respect from their peers and society as a whole through their “exemplary” behaviour.

    Ohhh come on man, pleeeeaaassseee!

  • Snowlockk

    Bye Bye foreign investment.

  • The_Punisher

    Rent or download the movie “Last King of Scotland” and you’ll see the striking resemblance to this dumb POS AIDS Shower Boy Zuma – it’s about Idi Amin.

  • The_Punisher

    Pay back the money you rapist thieving POS AIDS Shower Boy Zuma

  • Belatu

    What Irony.

  • FpR

    “We will continue to manage public funds responsibly. We will ensure that we spend within our means and that we keep public debt within manageable limits. We will continue to direct public resources towards the poor and in pursuit of productive economic activity,” said Zuma.

  • Lone Stranger

    He should look in the mirror and tell this bull to his reflection.

  • TheZenOfZen

    Someone writes his scripts for him. I honestly believe he has no idea what he is reading. The words come out his mouth, but they don’t go in his ears.

  • Ray Mulder

    Nudge nudge… wink wink.

  • newsens

    These days it’s best to bite one’s tongue and say nothing, especially on public media.
    We’ll communicate by telepathy. Screw them.

  • PierrevL

    “Redistribution is a moral and economic imperative,…”
    Mr Speaker, will you please redistribute a SMALL portion of the money that you received/took in the past to my bank account?
    Ag please man, show your guts to do what you preach.

  • Rob Charlton

    Redistribution is a not a moral and economic imperative, it is the guarantee of a reduction in living standards for everybody. This socialist mantra assumes that the “cake” cannot be increased in size. Good and sound economic policy will result in a larger cake. The socialists and communists don’t realise that making the rich (if there are any left) poorer will not make to poor richer.

  • Rob Charlton

    He says the words, but does he understand what they mean, or has he his own set of definitions for terms like responsible spending and control of corruption?

  • Garth Johnson

    Arrogance of power? From the epitomy of the idea. I find the irony so funny as to be tragic!

  • Fred Johnson

    My goodness! does he know that when he points a finger in accusation, that there are three more pointing back at him!
    Some great political arrogance right here!

  • Umlazi

    We don’t even speak such unbelievable K…K in Disneyland really what an abuse of the citizens of the country SA! We will “continue the struggle” Ja I am not surprised as long as your party is in charge I am dam sure we will struggle!

  • Stormiezzz

    “We need some bold decisions… with your help and support from all South Africans we will continue to struggle and won’t rest until we have achieved a better life for all our people.”

    Why on earth would someone want assistance in order to struggle. The whole point of help is to avoid struggle. This guy just spews forth what ever his brain is farting.

  • AnRkey

    I think Zuma was reading someone else’s speech about the ANC. Maybe the two speeches got mixed up?

  • Neil Singh

    lip service …

  • anonymous

    Lets start a new hash tag: #ZumaForLifelongPrisoner

  • anonymous

    “We will continue to manage public funds responsibly” – What does this idiot Zuma have in mind – building a private nuclear station for his Nkandla homestead?

  • Joe Soap

    Quick get this man a mirror!

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