SACP wants Zahara, not Beyoncé

2012-07-14 19:00

With open campaigning still more than two months away, the communists are making a song and dance about the ANC’s election battles. And they signalled their preference for . . . Zahara.

Delegates at the SACP’s four-day elective congress near Richards Bay this week exchanged mischievous glances as they sang: “Asimfuni uBeyoncé; sifuna uZahara (We don’t want Beyoncé; we want Zahara).”

The lyrics briefly changed mid-song, with “Beyoncé” being substituted with “Mbalula” and “Zahara” making way for “Mantashe”, but afterwards delegates denied this.

Those who want to see President Jacob Zuma ousted at the ANC’s elective conference in December want Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to take over from Mantashe as secretary-general, but debates about this are banned in the ANC until October.

Despite this, Nzimande this week declared Mantashe would serve in the ANC “for a long time to come”.

The song about Beyoncé referred to the controversy around Mbalula’s intention to bring American pop star Beyoncé Knowles to perform at the SA Sports Awards.

Zahara is a hugely popular local artist and the recipient of eight SA Music Awards.

The ANC has turned a blind eye to party members campaigning for candidates under different guises.

This week Mantashe, as outgoing SACP chairperson, joked with conference delegates that those making the soccer substitution sign would be “arrested for causing provocation”.

Those holding up two fingers, also the sign for the Kaizer Chiefs soccer team, would be welcomed.

The substitution sign – a rolling hand motion made by Zuma supporters in 2007 – has been used recently by those who want to see Zuma unseated, while the two fingers signify a second term for Zuma.

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