Zuma criticises violent strikes

2012-10-11 09:59

Johannesburg - Destruction of property and assaulting people during strikes is unacceptable, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"We should discourage such activities. They are not good for our country," he told the Black Business Summit in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"The rights of workers and employers are guaranteed in the Constitution of our country. We have adequate mechanisms to resolve disputes in our country."

Zuma said the country had lost R4.5bn in the gold and platinum mining sectors, and R180m in the coal industry, due to ongoing strikes.

Currently an estimated 75 000 miners and 20 000 truck drivers were on strike.

"Our responsibility is to ensure that we do not reach a crisis point," Zuma said.

He said that the labour unrest had caused a leading ratings agency to lower the country's economic outlook. Foreign investors were concerned about the strike and the fact that it could reduce the country's ability to attract foreign investment.

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  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-11 10:09

    As usual, to late for Zuma's useless utterances!!

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-11 10:17

      Good Morning Mr President....

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-11 10:29

      Ah! So nice of you to pop in! Useless bastard!

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-11 10:40

      Politely telling rampaging barbarians that what they are doing "is not good for our country" and is "unacceptable" might make Zuma feel better that he is "doing something" but actually he is doing nothing. It is just hot air that has no effect on the situation and by saying it is "unacceptable" means that something will be done about it which it won't so it is actually "acceptable" Rather shut up Mr President!

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-10-11 12:57

      He's too busy organising his next wife,next shag, upgrading home etc etc than worrying about the the good of 49 million people...

  • daleinn - 2012-10-11 10:10

    Talk is cheap... u have put the mechanisms in office.. but all they do is sit..reactive..wait for the disaster to happen.. no proactive comrades!!! A true leader leads from the front, not from behind the microphone.

      max.reynecke - 2012-10-11 10:28

      The problem is that the workers have lost trust in the mechanisms (unions) because they are misused by government to undermine workers. Who still believe that the inflation rate is 5% while everything is going up by at least 10%? The bubble had to burst at some time because you can't buy food with clever arguments, they want money at the till.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-11 11:02

      He is too bloody scared to even enter into a debate with someone because he knows that he does not have the intellectual ability to do so. All he can do is parrot on about what some slightly more clever 'comrade' tells him to say.

  • george.larkins.14 - 2012-10-11 10:11

    Hello!!! Has he woken up.Hope it is not just words.If I can remember correctly just a few weeks ago, he said that these strikes is not affecting foreign investments.I can not believe a leader can be so out of touch.

  • marcus.vermaak - 2012-10-11 10:12

    So do something you chop!

  • david.phillips.583234 - 2012-10-11 10:13

    Well done for finding your voice showerhead. A pity we reached the crisis point when we lost the first life. Frikkin imbecile!

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-10-11 10:13

    Why now Zuma?Did you come out of hiding?Scared of your own people.? You are ascared troll.Tell Malema to keep a room for you.hahahahaha

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-11 10:40

      He's back from squandering our money and realised there's not much left for his next excursion. This is the only reason he is on the scene. Note he says nothing about those that have been murdered.

  • aniemams - 2012-10-11 10:13

    Just saying its unacceptable is not enough don't you think? and why wait this long to discourage violence when its been going on for weeks? one would assume that the President is condoning such actions. Do something about it not just talk.

  • sean.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-11 10:13

    Quick comment as he pokes his head out from building his new city!!

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-10-11 10:13

    This country needs leadership that people can identify with. With this reports about milloins to be spent on the president's home, anyone feels like they can have up to 300% salary increment. Yielding to these demands will only brew more strikes from all sectors. Teachers and nurses are next, they cannot allow to be salary outdone by illiterates miners. We are going down as a nation!

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-10-11 10:14

    Another late addition from the village chief

      Charmaine Bell - 2012-10-11 10:35

      lol !

      gareth.vorster.9 - 2012-10-11 11:11

      Village idiot?

  • shaynepics - 2012-10-11 10:15

    Zuma does whatever he likes without a thought for the repercussions, They are just following his lead!

  • markus.botha - 2012-10-11 10:19

    The real criminals are in parlament. How many millions has the South African tax payer have to write off due to the ANC's corruption. The ANC is the leach which cripples the growth of this country.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-11 10:24

    It is brilliant! The Chickens are roosting Zuma. During apartheid you taught them how to behave against the evil White regime who constructed hospitals to look after you. Still do not get that... Now it is starting to bite.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-11 10:25

    Better late than never. Tell your alliance friends also to stop this nonsense. People are getting poorer due to listening to dumb union / strike leaders.

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-11 10:26

    Its not at time to critiize. but it's time to act fiercely.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-10-11 10:28

    zuma catch a awake up and get of fraud and corruption which you are also involved in and get the economy right. your government brought this upon us

  • Anton Van Schalkwyk - 2012-10-11 10:30

    you criticize the violent strikes. we criticize you for poor leadership. do your job and do something about it!!

  • gbt.smith - 2012-10-11 10:30

    Too little, too late

  • malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-10-11 10:32

    Less hot air, more action.

  • wendy.craig.9655 - 2012-10-11 10:33

    Wow, typical - China pulls his strings and he dances!!

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-11 10:47

      Very true indeed.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-11 10:34

    Wow - talk about a delayed reaction, I wonder when he's gonna comment on the Kennedy assassination... JZ dude, you SUCK !

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-10-11 10:38

    During the \struggle\ the ANC allowed and instigated violence and hooliganism. Now its coming back to bite them in the ass.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-11 10:40

    We have reached beyond crisis point already Mr President.

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-11 10:42

    Ummmmm........... Geee Mr President! You only realise now of all the violence and destruction these savage strikers are causing. Catch a bloody wake up. Why have you not deployed your lazy armt to deal with this. Guessing ur 21pc KFC bucket ran out and that now ur mouth aint full of chicken you can talk.

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-10-11 10:43

    This is the results of your promises mr president and during that time of your campaighn people though you are the only one who can take them above the be careful when you make promises to the people.under your leadership ANC will below 55percet in the national election which means you are responsible in killing ANC.

      heini.botes - 2012-10-11 10:51

      The fact that they even will be above 50% says a lot about the cANCer followers! You always hear and read "does the government think we are stupid"...but boet, come election time it's vote cANCer.

      george.larkins.14 - 2012-10-11 16:26

      Killing the ANC will be the best murder in our history.At least then we can all build a NEW South Africa with no corruption and promisses

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-11 10:44

    Blah blah the brain donor sprouts the obvious once again.

  • chris.flack.750 - 2012-10-11 10:45

    We reached the "crisis point" a long time ago. Where was JZ?

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  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-11 10:49

    I doubt the strikers or anybody else for that matter care about what zuma criticizes.

  • paulo.teixeira.39948 - 2012-10-11 10:50

    Nkosi, the horse has already bolted from that stable-but good to hear you're still around i guess.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-11 11:06

      It will be far better when he is gone!

  • james.oliver.520562 - 2012-10-11 10:52

    Why doesn't he do what any self-respecting leader should do and take the people to task. Ban the unions and imprison the murderers and vandals. With all the controversy about paintings of his penis, this guy seriously needs to grow a set of balls!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-11 10:53

    Well that is calling the kettle black....

  • don.frost.581 - 2012-10-11 10:59

    Jacob? If you stopped being so crooked and paid attention to the plight of ALL your people then maybe they wouldn't be killing each other!

  • khaedu - 2012-10-11 10:59

    Ah mxm Zoomer doesn't even care if we reach crisis zone or whatever he just said, all he cares is scrapping the moola out for himself

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-11 11:07

    its true, violence is unacceptable but zuma has no one to blame but himself, when he was elected he made a lot rubbish impossible promise. its time to deliver.!

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-11 11:07

    Zuma please speak to the right people. You only ever say something when you at a conference, summit, breakfast or luncheon to people that really can't do anything about these strikes...get down and dirty and talk to the right people, the strikers, the Unions they are causing all this what about Malema you do nothing about him stop worrying about votes and start doing something constructive. Innocent people are being killed and no one is held accountable gosh its like talking to a brick wall!!! Be proactive the rest will follow!!! Or am I not getting the point because being the President of SA is all about taking and not giving and talk and no action!!!

  • - 2012-10-11 11:10

    News for you Zuma.. you are worrying about this reaching a crisis point?? GUESS WHAT - that crisis point has already been reached... Maybe it is time for you to start doing your job!

  • paul.coelho.54 - 2012-10-11 11:14

    Too late Mr President. Due to the mining strike, I have had to let twelve people go. That's another twelve on U.I.F.

  • juan.botes.75 - 2012-10-11 11:20

    Zuma wake up... we are allready in a crissispiont

      Wally Walters - 2012-10-11 11:48

      Is that the only message you can send to the people is to criticise the strikers Do something or are you to busy renovating your multi million buck property with the strikers money

  • pierre.walt - 2012-10-11 11:41

    Bla, bla, bla. Useless rumble. You should have act from the beginning. This is all under your lack of leadership. the blood is on your hands. Where were you? In your expensive hometown?

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-11 11:48

    Wow, Zuma is on the ball hey!! Only take a few months to get a comment!! Mr President, it is already at crisis level you idiot!!

  • ashwin.leckram - 2012-10-11 11:59

    "We should discourage such activities. They are not good for our country," he told the Black Business Summit in Midrand, Johannesburg. "The rights of workers and employers are guaranteed in the Constitution of our country. We have adequate mechanisms to resolve disputes in our country." Sounds like PW Botha

  • peter.norma - 2012-10-11 12:06

    Someone should tell this pathetic excuse for a leader that prevention of destruction of property and violence is one of the primary responsibilities of a government!!

  • juannepierre - 2012-10-11 12:48

    Does this mean I should stop Burning my bosses car...? I thought that it would work, that's what cosatu led me to believe... Then how do I get my R12500? I am my wits end here. Gosh darn.

  • dinesh.chetty.77 - 2012-10-11 13:00

    Justice first then Peace.

  • konrad.rontgen - 2012-10-11 14:07

    now that you know whats going on,get of your high chair and do something about it. show us you are a leader,not a passive bystander!!!!,who is trying so hard not to blemish his standing in the ANC.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-11 14:36

    toooooo late mate!

  • braamc - 2012-10-11 15:21

    It opened its mouth. Go away your useless thing

  • daryn.wickham - 2012-10-11 16:43

    Yay the president is not dead ! he actually said something a month too late. Why does he not just go to his 200 million Rand village and chill there till its all over. Its too late the money is bleeding out the country.

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