ANC plans to stop Zuma booing

2014-01-12 07:27
President Jacob Zuma (Marco Longari, AFP)

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Johannesburg - In a bid to protect President Jacob Zuma from another booing incident, the ANC on Saturday put extraordinary security measures in place at the launch of the party’s election manifesto in Nelspruit.

According to the Sunday Times, thousands of ANC members who attended the rally at the Mbombela Stadium were not only preregistered for the event but also pre-seated according to the provinces they were from.

This move was sparked by the booing of Zuma at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg last month – an incident that exposed widespread unhappiness among ANC members over Zuma’s leadership and use of taxpayers’ money to fund his R206m security upgrade to his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

In contrast to the memorial service incident, Zuma was clapped and cheered when he took to the podium at Saturday’s rally. His electoral promises included six million job opportunities, one million housing opportunities, cheaper private health care and the promise to clean up government by dealing decisively with corruption.

Zuma's humiliation

Zuma, who was popular when he took over the presidency in 2009, suffered public humiliation during Mandela's memorial service in front of world leaders when thousands attending the rain-soaked Mandela commemoration booed and jeered him.

The president, no stranger to criticism in a scandal-plagued tenure, endured the public pillorying with a stony face. But it must have hurt him to hear those who booed, some wearing ANC T-shirts, then cheering US President Barack Obama and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

Even more painful would have been the audible cheers for apartheid's last white leader, former president FW de Klerk, and even for former president Thabo Mbeki, the man Zuma replaced as ANC leader in 2007 in a tumultuous party takeover.

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