ANC bash: Zuma performs symbolic sacrifice

2012-01-07 10:05

Bloemfontein - President Jacob Zuma enacted a symbolic sacrifice of a bull outside the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein on Saturday morning as part of a cleansing ceremony for the ANC centenary celebrations.

Zuma was given the spear by ANC stalwart Andrew Mlangeni, and then performed the symbolic ritual in a makeshift kraal near the church.

The stabbing was left to the "young" who could perform it practically, he said.

"Some of the important remarks I made before the ritual was [about] the importance of the spear. The spear was one of the powerful weapons we used in the wars of resistance," Zuma said.

"This is very symbolic because of the struggle. The apartheid government responded with violence, with burning people and arresting people and finally banning organisations especially the ANC and PAC."

'Spear of the Nation'

Zuma then recounted how former ANC leader Albert Luthuli along with the NEC at the time created the ANC's own military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the nation) in order to defend itself.

"Luthuli said that as an African man, if you are faced with a powerful enemy... you retreat to [your] own home, where there is a spear, which is your last weapon. And once he follows you to your home, you are left with no alternative but to pick up your spear and stab him.

"It has been very symbolic that today, we handed back the spear. Today, the spear is not to go out and fight, but it is to keep peace and protect the nation," he said.

Zuma said the ritual was also a way of speaking to the ancestors, as well as God in a "traditional" way. He said it was also symbolic for the ritual to take place at the church were the ANC was founded in 1912.

"We had to perform these certain rituals before we get into the serious business of celebrations," he said.

Attending the ceremony were Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, ANC chief whip Mathole Motsheka, ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete, American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, as well traditional leaders.

'Great victory'

Jackson said: "We must recognise that the ANC and the people of South Africa have won a great victory. They have overcome the great oppression of apartheid, though it must be said that economic and agricultural apartheid still exist.

"The USA and South Africa both ended apartheid together, and both now have African presidents."

Mantashe said the ceremony allowed members and traditional leaders to enjoy the festivities as they wanted to.

"Traditionally the act of slaughtering has different meanings. All nations have a way [of] celebration through is all the same but in different circumstances."

Traditional and religious leaders opened the cleansing ceremony outside the church on Friday evening.

The inter-faith service, which contained messages and blessings from representatives of the Christian, Muslim, Rastafarian and traditional African faiths was held at a marquee outside the church.

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  • ahpretorius - 2012-01-07 10:19

    SAPA clearly don't know what "symbolic" means. Old showerhead did not think that it was symbolic neither do his brainless followers.

  • Barefoot - 2012-01-07 10:20

    Next 4 news reports: 1.bull now being sliced up 2. slaughtered bull being cooked, cooking tender irregularities reported 3. slaughtered bull now being eaten apparently tastes good 4. fighting over who should take the hide. just give us the full story at once we can take it

      Fanie - 2012-01-07 10:28

      Well said that man

      Jason - 2012-01-07 10:43

      Hahahahaha! True!

  • Bloed - 2012-01-07 10:36

    2Ki 17:35 – “… Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them”

  • Sean - 2012-01-07 10:41

    You can judge the morality of a country by the way they treat their animals. Explains why we are where we are today. To me cultures are no different to religions. Old superstitions that should have been left in the dark ages.

  • Martin Lamprecht - 2012-01-07 10:41

    The our professional, non racial government that respect all the different religious believes in the country is slaughtering animals for good luck from their ancestry?

  • Jimmy - 2012-01-07 10:41

    President Zuma's animal sacrifice is a total repudiation of Christianity as Christ is our only sacrifice. Does the ANC not respect Christianity?

  • malcolm - 2012-01-07 10:46

    You can take the ANC out of the bush, but you can't take the bush out of the ANC.

  • Grant - 2012-01-07 10:49

    look at all the comments above, AND u still hope we will sometime vote DA.Never!. Not whilst whites look down on our culture. Viva ANC!

  • kleurlingaksie - 2012-01-07 10:50

    Iemand het ons KhoiSan Bull gesteel en ons soek vir dit Nou? Hou op om te dief en begin te gee/meedeel,...

  • Mary - 2012-01-07 10:52

    Oh I do hope photographers got it so the international media can have a ball with our worthy President sticking a cow to please oorle Oupa. Will the Spaniards cry foul, I wonder?

  • Durbanite88 - 2012-01-07 10:54

    Great warrior, fitting image of a leader...leading from the front. This image is consistent with the country's diversity which is widespread in the Anc.

  • John - 2012-01-07 11:02

    No pics to send around the world? To show what an advanced country South Africa is?

  • Craig - 2012-01-07 11:02

    NEWS24 "subs" - in the caption accompanying the main pic (as of 11am), Zuma is described as carrying a "spar". Is this the Zulu term for that traditional weapon that has a metal pointy bit on top of a wooden pole? Call me pedantic, but I know road sweepers who could do a better spell-checking job than your sub-editors. Every single day you let slip ghastly grammatical mistakes and spelling errors.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-07 11:15

    ...animal slaughtering + nationalization hungry personels + church basher = ANC

  • John - 2012-01-07 15:05

    How can this be 'symbolic'? When the State President actually DOES kill the bull to 'appease the ancestors'? I would think they now need a lot of "appeasing' considering what has been done to the ANC's image.

  • Adellie Havinga - 2012-01-07 15:12

    It's truly disappointing to see how many of you are intolerant to embrace another's culture.

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