Hoots for anti-Zuma banner

2014-11-18 00:00

A LARGE banner hanging over the Mayor’s Walk bridge yesterday morning had many motorists in the rush hour hooting in agreement and snapping photos with their cellphones.

The large banner, spray painted with white writing, read: “!!!Hoot!! Zuma must go”. The “A” in Zuma is the symbol of anarchy.

One surprised motorist brought his car to a complete halt in the traffic, hooted enthusiastically and then drove off, as others hooted in passing.

Two men are believed to be responsible for the banner.

They have joined the trend of erecting a large sign on a busy road to air their concerns or anger, which was famously highlighted recently when a banner denigrating Cell C’s service levels was put up in Beyers Naude Drive in Johannesburg.

A motorist, Adam Steyn, who stopped to take pictures of the Mayor’s Walk banner yesterday, said although he did not hoot, he believes Zuma is not fit to lead the country.

“People are struggling. I’m disappointed about what is happening in this country. Zuma is doing nothing and therefore must resign. We are in an interesting political climax. Whoever put that banner there has guts,” he said.

Lucky Khwela lambasted Zuma for his over R200 million security upgrades at Nkandla while people are suffering.

“I voted for him in 2009 but don’t like him any more. We are tired of empty promises. Maybe deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa could do a better job. He must go,” he said.

Mandy Spenceley said she is not happy with Zuma but the banner is disrespectful to the president. “I’m totally against it. He is our president and deserves to be respected at all times. I do feel he is trying his best. This banner could cause major distraction on the road or perhaps even road rage; if someone hoots, it shows they want Zuma out and a supporter of Zuma’s may get angry,” she warned.

Provincial ANC secretary Sihle Zikalala said they have noticed campaigns against the president and view these as attempts to undermine democracy.

“Zuma was voted for by millions of people and those defeated are going all out as if he was not elected. They are mobilising people against the ANC and Zuma. We warn them that they’re not going to win because people are not going to be deceived by their lies,” Zikalala said.

Asked for comment on the banner, Glenn McArthur, DA councillor for Ward 26, laughed as he said, “Being on a rubbish bag is very appropriate; it gets the message across very appropriately.”

Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation, William Gumede, said people view the president as a liability and want him to step aside. “The ANC must find a way to resolve the problems and must quickly bring succession. The longer he stays in the presidency, the more the country will continue to suffer,” he said.

Gumede said dissatisfaction and numerous splits from the ANC under Zuma’s leadership have prompted the black-middle class and intellectuals to leave the party. He said the ANC is losing youth and its staunch supporters are people benefiting from the State, such as those getting social grants and pensioners. “The future of the ANC depends on how they act now. The longer Zuma stays in power, the more the party will split. With so many groups leaving the party, it will be difficult to deliver. Senior ANC leaders must wake up or else the party will continue declining.”

The banner displays the symbol of anarchism, the ‘A’ in a circle. According to www.anarchism.net, the symbol was created during the 20th century and is a more modern symbol than the classical black flag of anarchism. “Its origin is not known, but there is evidence that the symbol was used by some anarchists during the Spanish Civil War and later by the Belgian organisation Alliance Ouvriere Anarchiste.

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