Delegates told to stop singing divisive songs at ANC conference

2015-11-06 17:48
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg – Deputy chairperson of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, Willies Mchunu, on Friday issued a stern warning to delegates to stop singing divisive songs because it could cause irreparable harm in terms of unity within the party.

Speaking ahead of the official opening of the ANC’s 8th Provincial Congress at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg, Mchunu called on delegates to "respect the meeting".

Delegates arrived singing songs such as 'Asiphelelelanga uMashaba akekho la', a song referring to the late Musa Dladla region chairperson, Thulani Mashaba, who was tipped to be the next provincial secretary.

Mashaba died in a car accident earlier this year in Ballito when his BMW X5 crashed into a concrete barrier.

Delegates also sang a song inspired by Afropop ensemble, The Soil, called Suzan. Delegates replaced the word Suzan with 'Khuzeni', which is apparently provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala’s clan name.

Delegates carrying backpacks on their heads also sang 'Sobuyasibonane, uSenzo uyahamba', loosely meaning, "We will meet again, Senzo is leaving". The delegates, believed to be in Zikalala’s camp were bidding Mchunu farewell in their song.

Delegates also indicated their preference for either candidate by showing hand signs of support.

Mchunu told delegates that the manner in which they conducted themselves would determine the success of the elective conference.

Comrades making signs

"The national leadership has noticed... comrades making signs... [this] could end up leaving scars that may take time to heal."

Mchunu said delegates should respect the rules and the directives of the meeting.

"When we leave this conference the leadership says we must all be an ANC united in the motive that we came here for, whatever the outcomes."

He told delegates that they may not agree with one another when it came to the debates.

"You don't have to be unhappy about that. We will be debating and electing and we will handle everything carefully because this will be an expression of you.

"If we don't start respecting one another now, we will not see eye to eye after the conference," said Mchunu, adding that there were many "revolutionary songs" to choose from.

Mchunu also apologised for the conference starting about an hour and a half late saying there were urgent administrative issues that needed to be dealt with.

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