Your time is up, Dali Mpofu’s son tells Jacob Zuma in song

2014-04-20 12:01

He would rather, eventually, see an uprising in South Africa than have to wait “another decade for accountability and justice,” Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh has said about his newly released hip-hop song, Mr President.

In the song, the son of Dali Mpofu – the EFF’s Gauteng premier candidate – calls for South Africans to stand up against President Jacob Zuma. “Talk about social change. Stand up. Meet me at the Union Buildings. Mr Zuma, your time is up.”

The lyrics of the song, written and produced by Mpofu-Walsh, also known as Vice V, start: "Mr President, this is for the people who you’re tryna fool ... This is for the cronies who admire you ... Have you heard the rumours, they say Zuma is a criminal ... Zuma must go ... I can see the people on the streets, calling for your head, calling for your defeat.”

Mr President is a remix of Tunisian rapper EL General’s song Rais Lebled, which has been labelled as an anthem of the Tunisian revolution.

Mpofu-Walsh said: “When I conceived the song, I wanted it to sound like a theme song for the South African Mubarak moment.”

In Mr President, he calls Zuma a thief and a womaniser. “Where do you run when the president is a thief ... You killed the ANC. The struggle has been beheaded and just how many friends’ daughters have you bedded?”

Mpofu-Walsh, a Master's graduate of the University of Oxford, said the song was inspired by what he considered to be decay during the Zuma presidency.

“The first time I considered the Zuma regime beyond repair was when Zuma and the security cluster did not demonstrate due sensitivity over Marikana, which was heightened by their refusal to attend the anniversary memorial.”

Then came the Public Protector’s report, which revealed that the president had unduly benefited from state funds in the security upgrades made to his Nkandla homestead. “It broke the spell of the noble ANC in my mind for good,” he said.

Is he using this song to campaign for his father’s Economic Freedom Fighters?

“I am my own man ... the notion that my father is the origin of this song or that there was any joint premeditation is totally incorrect,” he said.

Mpofu-Walsh said the song came about while he was away, studying at Oxford, and his father knew nothing of it. However, he did concede his father’s move from the ANC to the EFF had encouraged him to speak out.

“He has been one of the bravest people in the country over the last few years, constantly taking a stand against the Zuma cabal ... his leaving the ANC certainly did send a strong message to me and South Africans – that you don’t have to remain silent as our country is burning,” he said.

The song, which also features extracts of speeches by EFF leader Julius Malema and Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota, was released earlier this week.

“Phansi ngoJacob Zuma phansi, phansi gombulali uZuma phansi! [Down with Zuma down, down with the killer Zuma down!],” chants Malema in the song.

Mpofu-Walsh said he had received personal messages of support, not only from those in anti-Zuma factions but also from people in the ANC – both young and veteran leaders of the party.

“I want Agang, the EFF, the DA, ordinary citizens and civil society to feel the song captures the essence of what they are fighting for.”

He said all South Africans needed to roll up their sleeves to make this country work “but that doesn’t mean sitting by as our president takes us all for granted”.

“If an uprising is what citizens eventually have to resort to, I would rather [have] that than wait another decade to see accountability and justice,” he said.

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