Presidential performance: Anti Juju-jive for JZ

2011-12-01 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma walked on to the stage in Msinga yesterday to the beat of uMalema — the anti ANC Youth League President Julius Malema’s song — performed with gusto by well-known maskandi group Izingane Zoma.

The group was performing live at the event where Zuma was delivering a keynote address during the official opening of Mkhuphula One-Stop Development Centre at the eMabomvini area of Msinga.

During the performance, which happened shortly before Zuma went to the stage, the president showed no emotions and there was also no reaction from Premier Zweli Mkhize, ministers Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma and Bathabile Dlamini and KZN MECs who were with him on the podium.

However, the crowd was ecstatic and was singing along to the lyrics of the album that was released only two weeks ago.

The controversial song criticises Malema for being disrespectful to leaders and warns him that if he does not behave he will be expelled from the ANC.

This prospect was partly realised earlier this month when the ANC’s national disciplinary committee suspended Malema for five years. He has since appealed the decision.

Before the song was officially on sale the ANCYL vowed to legally challenge its release, saying it is defamatory of the ANCYL president.

ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa reportedly said the league would stop the release of the song in court and sue the group for defamation.

“If they release that stupid song, we will hit them hard. We will not allow them to do that.

“We know they did it before and they were successful but they will not win this time around,” Magaqa reportedly said.

Yesterday Magaqa and ANCYL spokesperson Magdalene Munusamy said they are not ready to comment on the performance of the song at the Msinga function and its recent release.

During the function it emerged that the One-Stop Development Centre was launched after an appeal by a relative of Zuma’s brother-in-law, Mbongwa Ngxongo, three years ago, when Zuma was still only president of the ANC.

In his speech, Zuma emphasised that he did not take up the matter of the centre because it was a suggestion from his relatives

He said he takes up all developmental suggestions put to him “from anyone people across the country”.

He hinted that the construction of such centres, with “war rooms”, are likely to be adopted nationally in the government’s fight against poverty.

The new centre is aimed at bringing government services — such as Home Affairs, social grants and pensions administered by the South African Social Security Agency and community care centres, crèches, poverty-alleviation initiative, among other Social Development amenities — closer to the people.

The centre also houses the “war house office”, which collects data about all the families in the area and conducts poverty alleviation interventions to ensure that needy families are catered for.

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