Manuel: I don't want to be president

2011-11-18 10:46

Johannesburg - Minister in the Presidency and former minister of finance Trevor Manuel said being president of SA is not something he will consider.

Manuel was responding to a question at a briefing in Johannesburg organised by the New Age newspaper.

"You never take high office if you value your privacy, which is something you never get back."

Manuel said there were other ways in which to serve the country - "and for 18 years I've had that privilege".

The emphasis had to be on service, he added.

"Besides, I can still walk around most places as I haven't made sufficient enemies," he quipped.

  • 100003114840050 - 2011-11-18 10:55

    Funny how the guys with the most brains (currently) is not interested in this position....

      DeonL - 2011-11-18 11:00

      He is not black enough, but it is a shame.

      100%ZA - 2011-11-18 11:07

      Absolutely, Considering the candidates, I would have loved the likes of Manual or Ramaphosa for President.

      Sam - 2011-11-18 11:33

      Deon, yr missing the point brother. Black or white, Mangaung 2012 is not abot colour. If he applies now, he will stand a chance... (Not because he is black or white the man has earned it). This is no DA

      100002227914361 - 2011-11-18 11:39

      Sam he must be the only one that is in his post for merrit, the rest are all deployed cadres....This is no DA, you are right about that! - 2011-11-18 11:45

      @1000.... are u aware that if he doesn't run for presidency he is not going to win?

  • Marius - 2011-11-18 10:56

    Please Manuel, stay away. We do not need another arrogant leader.

  • 88Sky88 - 2011-11-18 10:58

    Ag ou Manuel, who wants you anyways...

  • nawab - 2011-11-18 11:01

    The guy with the 1.2 million rand car has it all

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  • Derrick - 2011-11-18 11:06

    Pity - think he would be a good president.

  • Simon Bosman - 2011-11-18 11:18

    He does not want it as he knows he will be pulled into all the corruption if it is not to late already

      Rob Gunning - 2011-11-18 11:43

      I respect Mr. Manual more than any other politician, he has earned that respect and I don't believe he is involved in any way in corruption. He proved his work ethic while he was finance minister and he proved his will to be free during appartheid. This is an amazing guy. It's insulting that you bring it up.

      Ampers - 2011-11-18 12:54

      I met him once in London at the Commonwealth Centre and he seemed a very able guy. I would hazard a guess that he is not corrupt which probably means he is not trusted completely by the rest of the ANC! Anyone here see the film Serpico? A true story (allegedly) where all the New York police tried to have him killed because he wouldn't take bribes. After they arranged for him to be shot, he decided to shop them all, At the end of the film it was stated that he had to move to Switzerland and was constantly under federal protection there.

  • Ryan - 2011-11-18 11:19

    Manuel for President!!!

      100000859619065 - 2011-11-18 11:35

      Yep, he is certainly one of the best, among an extremely bad bunch...

      Masiagwala Alilali Allie - 2011-11-18 12:01


  • Nico2010 - 2011-11-18 11:45

    I have always for many years thought, that Trevor Manual is President material, he has that aura about him

  • 100003070807015 - 2011-11-18 11:45

    ag com'on trevor... be the coloured folk's barack.

  • Masiagwala Alilali Allie - 2011-11-18 11:50

    lol he doesnt doesnt hav all requirements.(1)Corrupt (2)stupid (3)Arognt(4)zulu o xhosa

  • baxitoo - 2011-11-18 12:07

    Indirectly telling us that you want to be the president?

  • Bullhunter - 2011-11-18 12:11

    Yuo're not black enough, Bra

  • - 2011-11-18 12:19

    "You never take high office if you value your privacy, which is something you never get back." ... mmmmhhh... Privacy aka Skeletons

  • Masiagwala Alilali Allie - 2011-11-18 12:26

    how cum only intelligent challenged people are the ones hu wana run dis country???

  • 1stcase - 2011-11-18 12:29

    He is a realist, why would you want to be something when you know that it wont happen. As he states "Besides, I can still walk around most places as I haven't made sufficient enemies," he quipped. This statement says allot. I geuss in order to ANC president currently one have to put most of your moral values on auction.

  • GREEN BEAN - 2011-11-18 14:20

    Wise descision Mr Manual. You will do more for S.A. in the long run by pushing the NDP plan into action and especially with the emphasis, as you've said yesterday, not to throw tax payers money at every scheme and plan to eliminate poverty. Reforming eduction and adjusting our very restrictive labour laws will over time lift S.A. out of our crime infested, moral corrupt and unhuman mass poverty.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-11-18 17:28

    A larger percentage of the population (the taxpayers) don't want any of you to be President either...

  • rowen.loretz - 2011-11-18 19:57

    manuel, but we want u for president , cause at least you understand economics

  • 100000537733154 - 2011-11-18 21:24

    nt sayin u shud b presidnt bt m sure u'd do a better job at t thn d illiterate zuma

      100003135656744 - 2011-11-18 21:31

      Huh....what! Speak for yourself prison number

  • Smell A Rat Smith - 2011-11-19 04:56

    It makes me cringe when people criticize Zuma's education when he spent years incarcerated on Robben Island, and sacrificed his young adult life for the freedom of all South Africans. Yes there were some shady dealings with Schabir Shaik, but politicians all over the world make themselves guilty of corruption. Remember the Clintons and Whitewater scandal? Mr. Zuma is also a vastly better leader than say Robert Mugabe. Having said all that, all the citizens of RSA would probably be best off under the leadership of that outstanding man Trevor Manuel. He would potentially fulfill the promise denied when Mbeki came into power.

  • Jonathan - 2011-11-19 10:12

    YOU are simply the best guy for the job Trevor. No one comes close to you...You are a GREAT leader!!!! Take up the challenge and fix this corrupt SA.

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