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Will Zuma's 'Letha umshini wami' (Bring my Machine gun) song win him second term?

14 May 2012, 20:31

In 2005 Mbeki removed Jacob Zuma from his post as Deputy President of South Africa, after Zuma was implicated in a corruption scandal. In October 2005, some supporters of Zuma  burned T-shirts portraying Mbeki's picture at a protest.  Zuma sang Letha umshini wami

In 2006 Jacob Zuma went on trial for allegedly raping an HIV-positive woman. He argued that she had consented to sex and he was eventually found not guilty.  There was visible split between Zuma's supporters and Mbeki's allies in the ANC. And he sang “Letha umshini wami

On 20 September 2008, Thabo Mbeki announced his resignation after being recalled by the African National Congress's National Executive Committee, following a conclusion by Judge Nicholson of improper interference in the National Prosecuting Authority including the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption. On 12 January 2009, the Supreme Court of Appeal unanimously overturned Judge Nicholson’s judgement but the resignation stood. And ZUMA continued to sing  Letha umshini wami

With his song Letha umshini wami Jacob Zuma became famous, gained momentum and won favour in many eyes of the ANC members at that time. And Julius Malema helped saying he “kill for Zuma”. But now that has change; Malema is currently busy in trying to TUNE-BLOCK Zuma’S Letha umshini wami

In the ANC, the Voting behaviour for the HOT SEAT is both influenced by power and tribalism. I say this because after Mbeki was recalled many of the Xhosa folks were unhappy (including me) and the hate for Zuma developed. KZN recently announced they are backing Zuma for the second term and I know him being Zulu has had influence on their stance. So again KZN is singing along with ZUMA.

The question is; will the comrades in Mangaung sing along to the same old tune?  Will they really bring Zuma his “MACHINE GUN”?

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