'We were just jiving to a lekker number' - Dugmore on THAT video

2016-07-15 17:57
Former Western Cape education MEC Cameron Dugmore dancing. (YouTube screen grab)

Former Western Cape education MEC Cameron Dugmore dancing. (YouTube screen grab)

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Cape Town - He's become an overnight internet dance sensation.

Now former Western Cape education MEC Cameron Dugmore is encouraging others to post their moves on social media on Mandela Day, to spread the community spirit.

Dugmore is presently an African National Congress member in the Western Cape provincial legislature.

The video, recorded on Sunday at a petrol station on the N2 in Riversdale, was uploaded by Sheshe LeShez Mlotea and had been viewed more than 350 000 times by Friday afternoon.

Dugmore and fellow party member John Pretorius were filmed busting some serious moves while filling up their tank. They were on their way back to the city following a few days of campaigning in the southern Cape.

Moves picked up 'in the trenches'

A petrol attendant and a few passers-by join the spontaneous dance-a-thon and Pretorius plays air guitar to Sipho Hotstix Mabuse's Burnout.

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The 1980s hit is one of his favourite local songs, Dugmore said. 

Dugmore said he picked up his moves during the struggle years.

"I learnt them in the trenches in the 1980s. If people like my dancing, they should hear me sing," he quipped.

"There was nothing staged about it – just two people enjoying a bit of a jive. Sometimes that's all it takes to bring some light and laughter to someone's day."

The song was from one of his favourite CDs - Winds of Change: A Journey Through the Key Moments that Gave Birth to a Free, Democratic South Africa, which he lost "three or four years ago", said Dugmore.

"About two weeks ago, I found a copy while in Namibia. It's a combination of historical speeches and struggle songs like Paradise Road and Waar Was Jy. It's an amazing CD."

Burnout was popular, especially in townships and among members of the End Conscription Campaign, an anti-apartheid organisation which opposed the conscription of all white South African men into military service, he explained.

Pretorius, a professional singer and songwriter, said while campaigning, he performed a mix of Burnout and his "song that made Madiba jive", Sekunjalo Ke Nako, which means "Now is the Time".

Pretorius, a former teacher, worked with former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and current President Jacob Zuma on their campaigns.

"But President Zuma doesn't really need me. He can sing Umshini wami himself," he joked.

'Why not just have a party?'

A bashful Dugmore said he was amazed by his unexpected social media fame.

"We were just jiving to a lekker number," he laughed.

Pretorius said he was amazed that the video was "such a big thing".

"Our dancing style is improving. We are getting even better," he joked.

Pretorius said he and Dugmore preferred dancing and singing to bashing other parties.

"Let the people make their own decisions on who to vote for. We just want to bring communities together and celebrate life. It's so short, why not just have a party?"


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