Youth wait in vain

2011-06-16 14:04

Young people are leaving Orlando Stadium in frustration after waiting for President Jacob Zuma in vain.

Zuma is nowhere to be seen. He was supposed to have addressed the youth between 1pm and 3pm.

But he’s still at the ANC Youth League’s elective conference in Midrand, where he’s currently addressing the congress delegates there.

The crowds have been singing “awulethe umshini wami” in anticipation of his arrival.

Attempts to keep them entertained by the likes of Teargas have not worked.

They have been leaving the stadium in droves just before 3pm. The stadium was almost packed to capacity before the mass exodus. If Zuma does come, he is likely to address a half-empty stadium.

Up to that point it was all about music and dancing.

The 40 000-crowd capacity stadium was packed to the rafters.

The crowd of mainly youth were dressed in school uniforms in commemoration of the 1976 youth who revolted against the apartheid regime’s use of Afrikaans as medium of instruction in township schools.

The crowd waited impatiently for the arrival of Zuma and ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. The duo is running because they are still at the league’s elective conference in Midrand.

Various musicians kept the youth entertained. But the youngsters have not been taking kindly to artists whose genre of music does not appeal to them.

In scenes similar to those in ANC’s eventful conference in Polokwane, the youth showed substitution signs or sang liberation songs in drowning out the music they disliked.

Also regaling the crowds were ANC bikers and a tiny yellow helicopter.

No prominent politicians had arrived by 3.30pm.

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