12 cows slaughtered in Zuma ritual

2012-11-26 11:37
President Jacob Zuma (File, AP)

President Jacob Zuma (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's family killed 12 cows in a ritual believed to be aimed at extending his tenure ahead of the ANC's national elective conference in Mangaung, according to a report on Monday.

The Star reported that the family held the ritual at his Nkandla residence on Sunday to commune with Zuma's ancestors.

Although no other African National Congress leaders were seen at the event, Zuma joined Zulu warriors in traditional dances as thousands of his relatives prayed for him to retain his position of ANC president.

Zuma was reportedly given a shield and spear to defend himself from other contenders for the ANC's top position.

In the wake of a public outcry over allegations that Zuma spent R250m in taxpayers' money on renovating his private home at Nkandla, he is expected to be challenged by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Zuma's son Edward told police and security personnel to expel the media towards the end of the celebrations.

A reporter for The Mercury was apparently manhandled off the premises by police.

- SAPA

Read more on:    anc  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  jacob zuma  |  pietermaritzburg  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics  |  nkandla upgrade  |  culture
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