Zuma song is back on the air

2009-05-08 00:00

Msholozi is back on air.

The controversial song by the maskandi group Izingane Zoma was back on the Ukhozi FM playlist this week after being banned from the airwaves by the SABC in 2006.

Msholozi, which was recorded as a tribute to president-elect Jacob Zuma, was unbanned on Tuesday, a day before he was elected president.

The song praises Zuma for his resilience in the face of challenges and actively promoted his bid for the presidency, saying the corruption charges he faced were a political conspiracy against him.

This allegedly angered Zuma’s detractors, who found its lyrical content offensive. They petitioned the station to remove the song from its playlist.

However, with the charges against him dropped and his election as the president of the country, the song is now back on the playlist.

The group members of Izingane Zoma said they were thrilled that the song, which has already sold more than 140 000 units, has been unbanned.

The singer and producer of the group, Shokeni Khuzwayo, said: “When the song was removed from the Ukhozi FM playlist, we were told there was nothing wrong with the song, but because of the problems Zuma was facing at the time it might cause a volatile situation in the country.”

Khuzwayo said the group felt vindicated by the recent developments in Zuma’s life. “Everything we said in the song was true, and the country’s courts found so.”

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyayo confirmed that the song has been put back on the Ukhozi FM playlist. He said the song was removed because at the time there were legal proceedings against Zuma and Ukhozi FM wanted to let the courts deal with them without the pressure of the song.

Chain admits to boob as campaigner goes for bust in bra wars

LONDON — A British woman scored a spectacular victory in the “bra wars” yesterday, when the country’s biggest fashion and lingerie retailer retreated from charging extra for larger bust sizes, declaring: “We boobed”.

Beckie Williams (26) of Brighton had threatened to confront the top executives of the Marks & Spencer (M&S) chain over the issue at a forthcoming annual meeting, for which she equipped herself with a single M&S share.

But yesterday, acutely aware of the growing success of Williams’s campaign and the damage it could do to business, M&S launched a large-scale advertising campaign to announce that a surcharge of £2 (about R25) for sizes above a DD cup would be scrapped.

“Well, we were wrong … the storm in a D cup is over!” said the full-page newspaper advertisements, which displayed a model wearing a green silky low-cut bra and declaring: “We boobed”.

The surcharge will be cancelled from today and for the next two weeks, all bras will be sold at a 25% discount.

M&S had argued that making bigger bras cost more money, but retreated in the face of the rapid growth of Williams’s “Busts 4 Justice” campaign, which gained more than 13 000 supporters.

“We’ve heard what our customers are telling us, that they are unhappy with the pricing on our DD-plus bras … ” said a spokesman for M&S.

Williams, wearer of a size G cup, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news. I just want to thank all the women who have stood up for what they believe in.”

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