Zuma not in a singing mood

2014-03-20 16:58

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An apparently exhausted President Jacob Zuma could not muster a proper rendition of his former trademark fighting song, Umshini wami, when addressing a marquee packed with supporters next to the Tlokwe council chambers today.

In fact, he even yawned as he halfheartedly got up to sing along with the crowd.

But he seemed more energised when he ended his speech by singing Yinde Lendlela (the road – to freedom – is long), an old struggle song he reintroduced after being re-elected as the president of the ANC with a decisive majority in Mangaung in 2012.

At the ANC rally, which was attended by businesspeople, religious and traditional leaders, and artists, among others, Zuma did not say a word about his private home at Nkandla, which has been in the news following the release yesterday of a damning report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on the almost R250 million worth of security upgrades done at the house.

Read: 10 things worth knowing about Madonsela’s Nkandla report

At the gathering, however, a businesswoman who endorsed the ANC’s manifesto shouted that Madonsela should keep her hands off Zuma.

Zuma told the crowd in Zulu not to listen to opposition campaigners.

“There are people who are going to talk, don’t listen to them. They are going to divert your attention,” he said.

He said such people are promising things, but he asked what they have done for the people.

Zuma also said the door was open to those who had left the party to come back, because they could use their skills better to help the country when they were in the ANC.

He didn’t mention any specific parties.

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