Zuma brings Joburg station, rank to standstil

2011-05-09 11:50

President Jacob Zuma has taken the ANC election campaign to Johannesburg’s commuter hub in a Monday morning meet and greet which brought Park Station and Bree Street taxi rank to a standstill.

Accompanied by Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and local ANC leaders, Zuma told supporters in an impromptu rally inside the station complex that the DA was “daydreaming’’ if the opposition party thought it could take control of Johannesburg and Tshwane.

Commuters went wild when Zuma, who was surrounded by hundreds of police during the walkabout, arrived. Vendors, staff, travellers and ANC supporters who had been bussed in to campaign with the president, surged around Zuma when he and his entourage walked through the complex.

Surrounded by a phalanx of suited bodyguards, Zuma climbed onto a low wall used as a makeshift podium and spoke through a portable sound system before throwing ANC tshirts into the crowd.

He then moved onto the Bree Street taxi rank, where he gave commuters in taxis ANC pamphlets and asked them to vote for the ruling party.

Police and security officials battled to keep the excited throng at arm’s length as Zuma climbed into a series of taxis and chatted with drivers and passengers. People waiting to leave on long distance taxis jumped out when Zuma arrived, joining the massive crush which gathered around him and moved with him from taxi to taxi.

Tomorrow Zuma will conduct door-to-door visits and address supporters in the JS Moroka municipality in Mpumalanga.

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