There is not more telltale signal that the ANC National Conference is deeply divided than the opposing protests on the corners of Nasrec and Rand Show Roads on Friday, on day one.
Both facets had been emphatic of their stances and warfare songs, and it used to be best the presence of a heavily-armed police power that separated them. Some police participants had canine, others had a truckload of barbed cord, able to deploy if and when hassle began.
One team of the protesters, calling themselves the Radical Economic Transformation Forces, had been led through amongst others, Jacob Zuma die-hards Nkosenhle Shezi and Carl Niehaus, who used to be lately expelled from the ANC however who maintains he is nonetheless a member as a result of he has appealed. Protesters had been additionally supported through suspended ANC secretary normal Ace Magashule and Minister of Tourism and ANC presidential hopeful, Lindiwe Sisulu.
They carried anti-President Cyril Ramaphosa placards and chanted Wenzeni uZuma Kawuphendule [loosely translated to mean: What has Zuma done wrong?]. Some amongst those protestors wore struggle uniforms, calling themselves participants of the MKVA.
The RET protesters had been urging delegates to frustrate, to boo and to not permit Ramaphosa to ship the political record. Also to prevent Paul Mashatile from studying…
Author: Daily Maverick