Singing flashmobs reveal deep divide in leader vote

2012-06-29 00:00

DIVISION between ANC delegates spilled into the open yesterday, as supporters, singing songs in favour of President Jacob Zuma, disrupted a walkabout by his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe.

Like a flashmob the group, mostly delegates from KZN, stunned bystanders when they marched out of the lunch venue, holding up two fingers indicating both a second term and transition and sang: “uZuma yo, second transition. Sivumelana (we all agree)”.

They also sang “Those who burn Zuma’s T-shirt will get a bullet” and other songs in praise of Zuma.

It started during Motlanthe’s walkabout, when the group, of about 70, stormed through the exhibition hall while singing pro-Zuma songs.

As they moved through the hall, minders ushered Motlanthe, who was at the Alexander Forbes stall, into a VIP lounge adjacent to the hall.

The group continued through the exhibition hall out the other side and were joined by more Zuma supporters.

After five minutes another flashmob of about an equal size to the pro-Zuma mob, retaliated with songs favouring the deputy president.

The pro-Motlanthe mob rolled their hands in a soccer substitution sign, indicating change.

A delegate from North West said he would prefer Motlanthe to lead the ANC because he would unite it. “The North West has been neglected by the ANC for a long time now and we believe Motlanthe can bring about the change that we want,” he said.

Another delegate said KZN was full of tribalists, which was why they wanted change.

When Motlanthe emerged from the VIP lounge they began to sing “Motlanthe lo, my president”.

The North West delegates were joined by acting ANCYL leader Ronald Lamola, who joined them in song and toyi-toyied.

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