10 April 2018

South Africa: Honouring Winnie - ANC Mourners Reject Zuma Song

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A crowd of ANC mourners rejected the singing of a song that paid tribute to former president Jacob Zuma - among other leaders - at the University of Johannesburg during Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memorial service on Monday afternoon. Party members immediately ordered that the song be cut off, a call that was promptly heeded. By BHEKI SIMELANE & ORATENG LEPODISE.

A crowd of ANC mourners on Monday rejected the singing of a song which referred to former president Jacob Zuma. The scene unfolded at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus during the memorial service of late Struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

An hour after the event was supposed to have begun, the crowd seated on the left top seats of the Soweto campus hall ordered the music that was blaring through the speakers to be cut. They rose to their feet and protested. The name of the Zulu struggle song, Sivotela Unxamalala, means "We vote for Nxamalala:, which is Zuma's clan name.

Another incident during the otherwise sombre occasion was a near stampede at the entrance to the University of Johannesburg hall at the start of the service. Spirited ANC members honoured the fallen hero with song and dance ahead of Madikizela-Mandela's...

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