Zuma: Realise Mandela's dream

2012-07-17 17:32

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's dream of an economically free South Africa still needs to be realised, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"From the 1940s until the dawn of freedom, he inspired millions of our people to fight relentlessly to bring about freedom, democracy, peace and stability," he wrote in an open letter to Mandela ahead of his 94th birthday on Wednesday.

"We are proud to have achieved democracy, peace and security, but we are still confronted by the persistent challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment."

Zuma said South African had "done very well" in transforming the country, but had not achieved the "dream" of economic freedom Mandela described in his first state of the nation address in 1994.

The African National Congress's policy conference last month had pointed out a path to achieving Mandela's dream.

"We are also prioritising [and] improving state performance. We need a public service that is caring, efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of our people," Zuma said.

"People who are given budgets to buy textbooks must execute that task efficiently and timeously. Those who are given budgets to give our people water or electricity supplies must do so."

He said those who could not fulfil their duties to assist South Africans "should give space to those who are ready to work".

"Madiba's dream is achievable if we work together across the boundaries of race, class and gender and put our country first above everything else."

Zuma said Mandela's character was such that he was even "a beacon of hope in prison, fighting for the rights of other prisoners relating to basic necessities, such as food and clothes and legal assistance".

"When Madiba emerged from Victor Verster Prison, [after being released from Robben Island] on the 11th of February 1990, his fist in the air and with Winnie Mandela at his side, it was the culmination of all... struggles in the country, Africa and abroad," he said.

"That was the day that South Africa changed. The negotiations that followed were long and difficult, with many obstacles along the way. We succeeded because we had Nelson Mandela leading the ANC and the whole country..."

He said that while some called the transition to democracy a "miracle", the real force for change was the "hard work and selfless struggle by men and women who refused to live in bondage in their own country".

"When we celebrate Madiba we also acknowledge his peers, comrades and friends. Given his humility and being schooled in ANC culture and traditions, he does not want to be recognised in isolation from others."

Zuma saluted former members of the ANC leadership: Raymond Mhlaba, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Reginald Tambo, Albert Luthuli, Alfred Bitini Xuma, James Moroka, Govan Mbeki as well as stalwarts Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Lillian Ngoyi and Elias Motsoaledi.

"We must continue the long walk to freedom the he led so capably, and confront poverty, unemployment and inequality, in order to create a better life for all," Zuma said.

"That should be our contribution to Madiba's call for all of us to do something good to make our country and the world a better place for all."

  • colin.langley - 2012-07-17 17:38

    Pffft...that's a bit rich coming from someone who has spat on Nelson Mandela's legacy since coming in to power!

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-17 17:44

      With the kind of leadership we have (NOT), its safe to say the likes of Zuma have just undone all the good Mandela did. Its safe to say he spent 27 years in prison for nothing.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-17 17:55

      Well you reary cocked this one up havent you (pun intended)

      theuns.cordier - 2012-07-17 18:01

      Hear Hear... "Economical Freedom"... This would never happen in this Country unless you get rid of BEE and AA... Economical Freedom isn't to nationalise the county resource. Economical Freedom is to give to ALL South African Black, White, Yellow and Green equal rights in HAVING a Job or to start and to Manage his/her OWN business... Economical Freedom to you is TAKE TAKE and TAKE... YOu better start giving otherwise you will never reach his dream...

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-17 18:03

      Hear Hear... "Economical Freedom"... This would never happen in this Country unless you get rid of BEE and AA... Economical Freedom isn't to nationalise the county resource. Economical Freedom is to give to ALL South African Black, White, Yellow and Green equal rights in HAVING a Job or to start and to Manage his/her OWN business... Economical Freedom to you is TAKE TAKE and TAKE... YOu better start giving otherwise you will never reach his dream...

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-17 18:06

      t might just remain a dream not because of apartheid but because of the inability for a minority to rescue the majority which are made to belief that by numbers you are enriched and uplifted instead of by hard work and know how , do you better yourself not by taking from a few with a distorted view.

      TSR01 - 2012-07-17 18:26

      Nelson Mandela's dream is South Africa flourishing as a country united across all boarders and boundaries. Nelson Mandela's dream is a country without people like Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema, Tony Ehrenreich, Zwelinzima Vavi, and Gwede Manthase. We don't need corrupt, lying, thieving politicians or communists in this country. NOT NOW, NOT EVER!!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-17 18:26

      "Economic freedom" (for himself alone). What Zuma fails to realise is that Mandelas legacy was meant to be "Non nobis solem" - 'Not for ourselves alone". It seems, with the country in complete and utter disarray, politicians being outed left right and center with corruption, that Zuma has missed the point entirely.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-17 18:53

      How can we realise Mandela's dream when the current ANC regime keeps promoting racism and segregation between South Africans?

      humbleoldgeorge - 2012-07-18 08:05

      @tuco.angeleyes Actually Mandela did not sit in prison for 27 years for nothing as you mentioned. He served his term for committing terrorist acts and also killed innocent people as a result of his bombings.

  • Billy - 2012-07-17 17:39

    what? is it that time again? i thought voting is only next year. unless! the anc actually learned something from the DA. to start compaigning earlier. lol "i call upon the power of mandela to bring us votes!" VIVA UNEDUCATED MASSES VIVA!

      kolobe.mzansi.9 - 2012-07-17 18:39

      zuma lately sounds like malema #asijiki

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-17 20:34

      Elections are in 2014. Presidential nominations (which the voters have NO say in) are in Dec 2012

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      ambauli - 2012-07-17 17:50

      You can't piss in the stew and then complain that the flavour is off!

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-17 17:48

    Well relayed my President,

      Henk - 2012-07-17 18:05

      I am so glad that I will not take the blame for the people voting for corruption and non education.

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-11-20 11:45

      Victor, you are a troll and a fool.

  • lownabester - 2012-07-17 17:50

    Keep quiet, JZ, you should not even mention that name. You are a loser.

  • thepatrickwinter - 2012-07-17 17:54

    When Madiba eventually passes and I really hope he gets to see 100. The people that believe in his legacy of a better future for all through education and the tools to empower themselves, may actually say ENOUGH SAID!!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-17 17:56

    Yes Zuma, and you will only bring about total "free market" economic freedom once you terminate the final vestiges of apartheid, ie BEE, the Labour Equity Act and affirmative action.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-17 17:57

    Please stop using Madiba`s name in vain Showerhead. You have been hard at work undoing his legacy. Not so long ago you were close to buying yourself a 300 sewater jet, knowing full well how the average taxpayer is battling, not to mention those who who vote for you but still have no jobs or any future to look up to. All this while your children have become millionaires overnight

      Henk - 2012-07-17 18:05

      BEE what a nice policy!

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-17 18:03

    Better sort out the education crisis the ANC has caused then, and thereafter ... better get to work! "Economic freedom" is not going to happen any other way Chief.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-17 18:07

    Oh and YOU ZUMA...gonna get it right...DREAM ON all you can do is make KIDS

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-17 18:09

    Are you full filling mandela's dream or looting everything tata work for all those years,with other intellectuals

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-11-20 11:48

      Zuma has no right to use Madiba's name! Madiba is a Hero and Zuma is a corrupt thief.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-17 18:11

    Im sure Mandelas dream also included a corruption free country,fairness to all skin colours,a country where a person can feel safe,trust the police to fo the right thing,an education and health system that functioned and a million other things.However so far all you have managed to do is spit in the faces of your own people,create a racial devide and enrich cadres pockets. Hypocrite!

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-07-17 18:13

    The only economic freedom we can achieve is when wa are ready to face the challenges we are facing. As long as we allow our economy to be controlled and be in the hands of the few, we won't achieve the dream of Mandela and his peers.

      mpho.mashego.35 - 2012-07-17 18:24

      Aluta continua #AMANDLA#

  • Philip Buys - 2012-07-17 18:13

    Well said, Themba

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-17 18:22

    \We are proud to have achieved democracy, peace and security, What country is Zuma talking about? Can't be SA! Does he even know what's happening in SA?

      carl.debeer.33 - 2012-07-17 18:30

      It's the biggest bull I've ever read. It's like telling a lie!

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-17 18:25

    Y don't u start by leading by example Zuma & stop all your corruption!! Stop blowing hot air on our faces!!

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-07-17 18:34

    With the kind of policies & corruption we shall Neva realize a Mandea dream.Zuma himself is corrupt & not ready to lead SA.As a country we r in trouble unless the current leaders of ANC are replaced with immediate effect.

      Henk - 2012-07-17 18:45

      Vote DA Forget about your ANC!

  • davy.botha - 2012-07-17 18:46

    Economic fredom starts with creating jobs, mean it with somewhat low salaries,atleast we got labour available, I think 25% unemployemnt, then to increase the salary caps you make sure that you have the skills pool (educated people, education required) and then you make sure that you got ample skills due to work experience. We can not even create ample knowledge people with our education system because the standards needed to be dropped for the results to be achieved! this is a recipe for disaster. The sad part is those who are causing it are not effected.

  • kingpin.molema - 2012-07-17 18:47

    Now you are singing same song as youth leave 'economic freedom' for is to realise mandelaks dream' you you youoooo Zuma, must first step down and allow those who are ready to govern. You are going to cause so many deaths in the movement. Save peopleks lifes and don't stand for second term - please

  • cordeliah.lethabo - 2012-07-17 18:50

    Oh realy Mr president.....empty promises why dont you start by correcting your selves first?and you talk about big stuff that you very well you cannot achieve..... How many times do we have to listen to your unkept promises?

  • cordeliah.lethabo - 2012-07-17 18:50

    Oh realy Mr president.....empty promises why dont you start by correcting your selves first?and you talk about big stuff that you very well you cannot achieve..... How many times do we have to listen to your unkept promises?

  • Julio - 2012-07-17 18:53

    Blah Blah, there he goes again stating the obvious and highlighting the shortcomings of his party and government but very short on actions and solutions.

      Walter Lamza Mogano - 2012-07-17 19:46

      Look who is talking mxm I got nothing say to u Zuma my president not even a single step towards what u saying. U failed just step down n take care of your wives

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-17 18:57

    Brommer, you have been in the anc your whole life and now you only get it....ha!

  • TheMonk Za - 2012-07-17 19:07

    First stop the gravy train Mr President.

  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-17 19:13

    And to help realise this dream, Zuma will vacate his seat, and take his moronic thugs with him. This will take more steps to Madiba's dream than anything else has in this country's entire history

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-17 19:22

    I'm not even going to bother commenting on this cause its a waste of words just like the ones that come out his mouth..... Oh ooops I did comment but its just rambling on just like his words....

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-17 19:25

    Well I say do not realise your dream for the second term as the president Zuma please.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-07-17 19:29

    i used to respect madiba but, he still has the most powerful voice in africa if he is the man i thought he was he would fight one last time to get rid of this party he helped build because its an disgrace to his name there all criminal thieving racist that should be shot with there mindless support

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-07-17 19:51

    Before you say anything about Madiba's dream, tell Khulubuse (your Nephew) to pay the workers their salaries! I think that is the part you must play on Mandela day..

      gerhard.viljoen1 - 2012-07-18 16:23

      Zumas reply to that was: He is not a business man, so cant advice his cousin what right or wrong in business !! Bhahahaha. No wonder his cabinet is so full of corruption. he doesnt know right from wrong hehe

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-07-17 21:12

    Guess he should have added that Mandelas dream was about selflessness. The current ANC bigwigs dream is to get enough time at the trough. Zuma's kids are billionaires gained through his connections. I really get worried when someone pledges their lives for the ANC

  • Gerry Klos - 2012-07-17 23:29

    Dear Mr. Zuma, what have you done to realize Madiba's dream? Don't try and blame your incompetencies on Madiba the Great. Please take a shower. You are good at that.

  • marumobongani - 2012-07-18 06:45

    well said we flattered for now but fact remains that you not delivering as good as you should because of corruption in the government

  • colin.payne.921 - 2012-07-18 07:57

    Dear Mr. Zuma, I could not agree more with the sentiment of your address. Let's begin by making sure EVERYONE gets over the injustices of the EVILS of APARTHEID and stop using it as an excuse to carry HATRED and ENVY in their hearts. In every country of the world there are social inequalities, and for those people with real ambition to build a sound economic future, these inequalities act as MOTIVATION, not petty jealousies. There are countless people of all cultural groups who have dragged themselves up by the bootstraps against adversity to be successful instead of expecting a right to be promoted. And state openly the need for investment both intellectually and financially from those successful people instead of making them run from prejudicial policies. Then you will create the economic base that will promote the type of educational standards we need for everyone to share in the rights of a democratic and economically sound country. Only then will everyone take their rightful place with pride and pull together to realise the iconic Madiba's dream. We can only unite as a NATION when you take real action to make us one under the Sout African Constitution.

  • AlQuestioningLife - 2012-07-18 08:03

    What ? "South African had "done very well" in transforming the country, but had not achieved the "dream" of economic freedom". The ANC Regime is very creative as when they see their voters are moving their vote to other parties they come up with a new slogan. If any normal person from the outside looks in they would see without a doubt that all in SA do in fact have ECONOMIC FREEDOM. Any SA person can start a business, buy shares in listed companies, buy a farm and produce for the markets. The TAXI industry is the best explain of ECONOMIC FREEDOM. Another example being the Soccer Clubs and their ownerships. Just look at the big shopping mall built in Soweto. What about the Taxi Industry new cheap flight airways which. So Mr Prez, please pull your head out of the hole and wake up and smell the roses. SA has already achieved ECONOMIC FREEDOM. But the truth of the manner of what SA has not yet been achieved and which you and the ANC are trying to hid from your voters is the fact that the what SA has not yet achieved persons in GOVERNMENT THAT CAN DELIVER. The school books, 6 months down the line of non-delivery is just one classic example of this fact. Let us all realise that the ANC started going downhill ever since the this current Zuma Government forced its way into power. The voter never voted for Zuma the VOTERS VOTED FOR A PARTY. The party put Zuma into the Prez Chair.

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-07-18 11:49

    Zuma does not understand that it is HIS JOB to make sure that everyone in the government service performs properly or gets replaced if they are incompetent or incapable. This is especially important at cabinet level and also at provincial government level. He should not just say that non performing people should "give space to people who can perform" - he MUST MAKE THAT HAPPEN! Zuma - do South Africa and Mandela's legacy a great favour and, in your own words, "make space" today for a more capable South African President to lead this country into the future.

  • gerhard.viljoen1 - 2012-07-18 14:23

    Open letter to Zuma. You mention democracy, peace and security, and poverty, inequality and unemployment. The only thing we have is democracy. Just looking at the farm murders since 1994, where is the peace and security? And according to a BBC study the bottom 2/3 of black people in South Africa have seen a substantial decline in their incomes since 1994. Who then has caused poverty and unemployment? SA is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others - LT. One of the most imporant things to Mr Mandelas, you fail to mention. Education. In 1996 Mr Mandela said:"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another". Education failed under you Mr Zuma, and look again at the words "not what we are given", before you and your youth leage promote to take from whites to give to blacks. For you to quote Mr Mandela is a slap in his face, Mr Zuma

  • peter.kelly.921025 - 2012-07-19 13:33

    Not with you at the helm Zuma!

  • peter.kelly.921025 - 2012-07-19 13:38

    Zuma you will never be in the same league as Nelson Mandela. First act like a statesman and follow protocol and that includes just one wife like normal people. Finally read through ALL the comments listed here, none of us even know each other but one thing runs throughout....YOUR A FRAUD!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-05 17:59

    Malema's dream, Zuma's nightmare.

  • chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-11-20 11:44

    What is this Zoomer character smoking? Seriously now! What a chop!

  • carl.debeer.52 - 2012-11-20 11:58

    Just so glad that for once on News24 chat group all races arent fighting or turning something into a racial debate. All united in the fact that Zuma cant do his job and ANC is unable to run this country. This Madiba ploy is just more hot air and a way to win voters back! Spread the word guys good things are coming!

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