Thunderous welcome for Zuma

2012-05-11 11:47

Newcastle - President Jacob Zuma received a thunderous welcome from delegates at the ANC's KwaZulu-Natal conference on Friday.

As Zuma walked towards the stage, accompanied by provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, the crowd roared his name and stomped their feet.

"Zuma, Zuma, Zuma," reverberated around the Newcastle Show Hall. Delegates sang songs in support of Zuma.

KwaZulu-Natal is Zuma's biggest support base and home province and has the most ANC members. Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala recently said the latest figures showed there were 252 637 verified members in the province.

Suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele arrived to a warm greeting on Friday. As he walked through the crowd delegates chanted "Ndosi", his clan name.

Earlier, singing delegates streamed into the show grounds.

Decked out in ANC caps, the party's signature gold T-shirts and ANC branded back packs they whistled, clapped and chatted as they queued on a chilly morning to enter the venue.

Stalls selling ANC paraphernalia were being set up. Police were inside and outside the venue.

  • Phumza - 2012-05-11 11:55

    Zuma for Second term come on KZN we rely on you.

      Christopher - 2012-05-11 12:10

      Oh Cr*p! The dumb has arrived...

      Pule - 2012-05-11 12:17

      KZN cannot make him a president for second term alone,LP,NW,NC we don't want this sefebe...

      Andile - 2012-05-11 12:29

      I dont think so...

      Leroy - 2012-05-11 12:31

      you voting for a person and not a organization, you alone make the word fail, because that person you voting for will fail you!

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-11 12:41

      We rely on him? To do what... to steal more, mismanage more, corrupt a bit more... So far I cannot find a single thing this lame duck President has done for this country; except to self enrich himself and his clan.

      Bambanani - 2012-05-11 14:06

      HE is almost there 2nd term.

      Dee - 2012-05-11 15:54

      The thinking electorate would do well to heed Malema's words about 'dictator' - because the Mduli appointment saga points strongly to a slippery slide to political police state, and a serious threat to our hard won constitution. Please KZN, save some cheering for Tokyo, and save your future in the process.

      thembantc.cele - 2012-11-06 14:54

      @pule.lesego.3, sefebe ke mmao

  • Johan - 2012-05-11 11:58

    Thunderous? Hope some of the fat cats get hit by lightning.

      Kala - 2012-05-11 12:31

      It's quite amazing what free caps, t-shirts and back packs will get you these days.

      Martin - 2012-05-11 12:42

      i pray they get struck down with ebola

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-11 12:03

    "The whole problem with the world, is that fools and fanatics are so certain of themselves, and the wise, so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

  • ESETHU_HASANE - 2012-05-11 12:04

    LoL this is what I have been behavior is SA is tribal.I liked Mbeki more than Zuma because he was Xhosa.... yes its not good but atleast I'm man enough to admit it..... See how the Zuluz love Zuma.....see how the Limpopo people love Malema..... this might not fit in the definition of Racism but I still think its some other form...Social Scientists have to re-visit their definition of racism and put tribalism there.. "Black on Black" Racism

      Rob - 2012-05-11 12:10

      Esethu. This is an absolutely textbook example of technical racism where one (race)group uses its majority to administratively enforce its view on a smaller group. More commonplace views of racism are much less useful because they are extremely difficult to define consistently.

      Johan - 2012-05-11 13:33

      I think you hit the nail on the head Esethu! The move to put Zuma as head of the ANC basically crippled the once, relatively strong IFP.

      Chaapo - 2012-05-11 23:45

      Racism is on a spectrum in current critical thinking and ethnocentricism is just one of its manifestations.

  • Rob - 2012-05-11 12:12

    There has to be a silver lining somewhere in this article. With only a quarter of a million members the anc is surely not unassailable?

  • Piet - 2012-05-11 12:13

    And the herding continues...

  • ntunjab - 2012-05-11 12:13

    ANC KZN has no history of supporting a candidate of different tribe. Its not surprising when they are not condemned in derogatory slogans..........

      Nico - 2012-05-11 13:15

      It's not surprising for kzn to act in their true tribalistic nature of turning an ignorant eye to Zuma's shortcomings,

      Bambanani - 2012-05-11 14:03


  • Pule - 2012-05-11 12:13

    Motlanthe for Presideeeeeeeeeeeent.Kgalema Kgalema Kgalema Kgalema

      Piet - 2012-05-11 12:24

      Eish you still going with the ANC? You just never learn....

      Pule - 2012-05-11 12:27

      @Piet do you want me to go with Cope?

      Piet - 2012-05-11 13:37

      Pule go with anybody else. That is how you are going to fix the country!

      Bambanani - 2012-05-11 14:04

      pule ignore piet,he is leading astray,to DA,can u imagine u and DA.

      Dee - 2012-05-11 15:56

      Pule - he does indeed seem a better option than the current pres. That I grant you. Please keep shouting ANY alternative.

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-11 18:01

      Trevor Manuel for President

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-06 15:12

      As long as you vote for a party who has proven they are against corruption and doesn't try to sugar coat or hide the fact that its members in power are abusing the power to enrich themselves. If you want a better life for you and your family, keep this in mind please. Vote with your head, forget colour, race, tribe.

  • The-third - 2012-05-11 12:17


      mholthuysen - 2012-05-11 12:39

      Blind sheep..!

  • Wilweet - 2012-05-11 12:24

    wait till they hear there is no free KFC today.....

      Kala - 2012-05-11 12:33

      They are happy as they got caps, t-shirts and back packs. No doubt though that they were all made in China.

  • masinans - 2012-05-11 12:28

    viva Msholozi Msholozi Msholozi VIVA!

  • Joel - 2012-05-11 12:41

    I hope Jacob Zuma will once and for all call the KZN delegates to order for defying ANC NEC rules and directives concerning the leadership issue. Everyone knows that there ia moratorium on the leadership issue until October. It cannot be that all ANC members are equal but ANC KZN members are more equal than others. These hypocrisy and double standards have to be rightly and roundly condemned by all members of the ANC. The inflammtaory songs about Julius Malema must also stop as well the threats of violence and intimidation against others who hold different views on the leadership issue, must stop. We cannot as members of the ANC live in fear of our own organisation because we can no longer recognise it after being taken over by Inkatha elements and tribalists. Appeals to the likes of Gwede Mantashe to intervene have so far fallen on deaf ears. But we still appeal to the ANC leadership to intervene and stop the ill-discipline in KZN.

  • tobydt - 2012-05-11 12:46

    I pray that jacob gets a second term. Because then the ANC will lose at least 1 province to the DA. They will bleed plenty of voters. Come on jacob, you can do it!

  • John - 2012-05-11 13:04

    " a thunderous welcome" did everybody fart at the same time?

  • Thando - 2012-05-11 13:49

    Ooh the Natives are doing their tribal gatherings again......

  • Archie - 2012-05-11 13:50

    The Zulus now own the ANC, the old IFP can be buried and forgotten.The Zulu nation now rules.ANC has scored an own goal.

  • Thando - 2012-05-11 13:58

    I will support you Zuma as the leader of this omnibus called the ANC, that is until you step down @ the Mangaung Conference.......I will also support the next leader who will emerge out of that elective conference. That is what dedicated members of the ANC do, they respect the culture and most importantly the constitution of the ANC.

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-11 17:42

      Spot on! 2nded

      Martin-Cullen - 2012-05-12 06:38

      What do you mean constitution of the ANC? Is it not the constitiution of SOUHT AFRICA? Or have I got this all wrong?

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-11 20:09

    The 2nd TERM is a done deal for Msholozi, only fools can not see that we are working on HIS 3rd TERM! Haters can either jump or hang!!!

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-06 15:14

      Just image how poor you will be and how rich he will be come his 3rd term....happy voting!

  • thembantc.cele - 2012-11-06 14:51

    ndosi mst realy come bck Msholozi...he is loved by the masses

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