Shock pictures of ailing Pres. Jacob Zuma
16 July 2011 Leave a comment
Recent photographs have emerged from a function on July 13 2011, attended by President Jacob Zuma in Grahamstown, and which showed a very exhausted man. During the ceremony, he was seen to nod off three times. Various sources noted that he reportedly ‘walked listlessly” , that ‘his clothes and watchband seemed too big for him’ – and ‘that he had some kind of skin-problem which also made the skin on his hands peel off.’
He didn’t smile much either. Indeed many of the people present commented to each other that the man seemed to be a mere shadow of his former, energetic and very likeable, ebullient self.
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Zuma, Grahamstown July 13 2011;
BELOW: PRES ZUMA JULY 13 2011 IN GRAHAMSTOWN
Please get well soon Mr President: the country needs you
With all the unrest countrywide due to the never-ending strike, the fuel-pumps running dry, the food-shops growing emptier by the day and the hundreds of thousands of strikers increasingly aggressive, violent and belligerent, the country is rapidly spinning out of control: with Cosatu trade union movement leader promising two months of unrelenting strike action. Now more than ever, South Africa needs a physically healthy leader at the helm of the ship of State.
More pictures below.
COPYRIGHT warning: the photographs of pres Zuma at Grahamstown can be purchased from the photographer, Ettioné Ferreira, at Etto07@gmail.com She is at the university and holds the copyrights on her photographs.
President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, wearing traditional wear including the skin of a cheetah, during a ceremony in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 13 July 2011. The ceremony was to hand over a Freedom certificate scroll… Date: 07/13/11 pictures: Ettione Ferreira, Rhodes university: http://photojourn.ru.ac.za/gallery/v/2011+PAW/week+starting+11+July+2011/
His apparent exhaustion did not seem to curtail his public appearances. However he has made no statements whatsoever about the growing chaos in the country.
He upset many people a week earlier, when, speaking at the opening of a consultative conference on access to justice, he warned that ‘the powers of the courts ‘cannot be superior’ to the powers ‘given by a political, and consequently administrative, mandate resulting from popular democratic elections. He warned that ‘once the government had decided on appropriate policies, the judiciary could not, when striking down legislation, “raise that as an opportunity to change policies. Encroachment of one arm on the terrain of the other should be frowned upon by others, and there should be no bias in this regard,” he said. Mr Zuma also took a swipe at those who took political battles to court, saying “political battles must be fought on political platforms”. He did not name any cases specifically, but warned that ‘political disputes over the actions of a democratically elected government must not be subverted simply because those who disagree with the ruling party politically, and who cannot win the popular vote in elections, feel other arms of the state are avenues to help them co-govern the country”. http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=148028
Not a word about the countrywide strikes, the violence…
A comment was issued on July 14 2011 from the presidential office that he was ‘studying’ the report of the Public Protector on an investigation into complaints and allegations of maladministration, improper and unlawful conduct by the Department of Public Works and the South African Police Service, relating to the leasing of office accommodation in Durban.
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On July 13, the day he looked so glum, he was granted the freedom of Grahamstown and viewed the Guard of Honour, there was a 21-round gun salute by the G1 88mm Gun Troop, a salute flight by two air force helicopters; and a national salute.
On July 7 2011, Pres Zuma visited three Limpopo hospitals on an inspection tour with senior officials of his goverment’s sonamed Health Outcome project. He visited Siloam District Hospital, Vhembe: Lebowakgomo District Hospital, Lebowakgomo and the Lebowakgomo Hospital. He was accompanied by Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane and Deputy Minister Dina Pule, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Deputy Minister Dr Gwen Ramakgopa, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale as well as Limpopo Members of the Executive Council.
16 Jul 2011 ANC IN CHAOS, CONFLICT AND DISARRAY
Weekend Witness , Saturday , July 16 , 2011. Page 13
Peter Gumbi writes – MARGATE . As a member of the ANC in good standing, I am disappointed by internal conflicts and use of state organs to fight internal battles. We had hoped that after the Polokwane conference there would be peace, harmony, unity and coherence in our movement. Little did we know that it would be deteriorate into anarchy. How will we celebrate the 100th anniversary when comrades stab, kill and plot against one another? Matthews Phosa has said that Polokwane would be a picnic compared to Mangaung and he is being proved correct every day. The brutal killings of Sbu Mkhize and Wiseman Mshibe, the Alpha Shelembe saga and burning of ANC offices, controvercy around so-called investigations into Willie Hofmeyr and Thuli Madonsela, the amigos corruption case, and the mistrust between the ANC top six and within provincial committees indicate an organisation in chaos and dissarray.How many people must die for my organisation to realise that the scramble for resources is deviding the ANC? The ANC needs a decisive leader and the ANC Youth League will make proposals for Kgalema Motlanthe to take over. President Jacob Zuma has failed to unite the ANC, the tripartite alliance and society.PETER GUMBI Margate
Below: Zuma, Sept 2010: after hearing the news that he was going to be a father for the 22nd time…