Winnie and Thandi beat their drums

2011-10-29 18:16

Two Mzansi icons managed to raise eyebrows this week at Drum magazine’s 60th birthday bash at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

The first was jazz legend Thandi Klaasen. She was making her speech after accepting the Drum Darling award.

Klaasen took the microphone from “the king of kwaito”, Arthur Mafokate and threw in a “Don’t make me soen ’n moffie” when he tried to give her a peck on the lips.

Then her tirade began: “I’m glad that there are still people who recognise our work. We have been forgotten.

We don’t even get jobs to perform any more,” she said.

Her speech was peppered with compliments for the crowd and their outfits, and today’s society.

“It’s beautiful to see young women of today driving their nice cars.

“Back in our day, the only cars we saw belonged to white people,” she said.

The organisers had to start playing gentle music to signal to Klaasen that she needed to wrap up her speech, but she ignored the hint.

Later on, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela went up on stage to a standing ovation to accept her award.

While making her acceptance speech, the politician made a joke about her stressful day, which she said had included giving testimony at ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s disciplinary hearing earlier.

“Look at me now, I’m dressed up and receiving an award at a glamorous event.”

In her speech, the Mother of the Nation showed her militant side when she told guests: “Next year we will be voting in Bloemfontein and trust me, we’re not into recycling.

“We shall get a new leader.”

Her fiery statements were met with confused looks and tentative claps from the non-political guests, who were merely at the event to celebrate the popular weekly magazine.

Winnie finished her speech by shouting “Amandla!” to loud cheers from the audience.

It was clear that both women were a hit with the guests as they spent the remainder of the night posing for pictures with the younger crowd, which included Khanyi Mbau, Lunga Shabalala and Dineo Ranaka.

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