Venda erupts for Cyril

CityPress - - News - – Poloko Tau

Thun­der­ous cheers and ul­u­la­tion greeted Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa yes­ter­day as he re­ceived a royal spear and cat­tle-hide shield from VhaVenda King Toni Mphe­phu Ram­ab­u­lana, sig­ni­fy­ing solid sup­port ahead of the ANC pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in De­cem­ber.

Flanked by King Ram­ab­u­lana and IFP leader Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, he was wel­comed with song and dance at the Radzambo Cul­tural Foun­da­tion Tra­di­tional Dance com­pe­ti­tion held in Tho­hoyan­dou, Lim­popo.

ANC T-shirts em­bla­zoned with “CR17” and “Siyavuma” were swal­lowed by the colour­ful tra­di­tional gear worn by dif­fer­ent cul­tural per­form­ers from Venda, Tsonga and Pedi.

The foun­da­tion’s founder, Chief Livhuwani Mat­sila, con­veyed the na­tion’s “un­re­served sup­port” for Ramaphosa to suc­ceed in De­cem­ber and “lead the coun­try” out of the cur­rent state of “anar­chy, de­spair and mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion”.

Some­how op­ti­mistic that Ramaphosa could be­come pres­i­dent, Buthelezi said: “So as we stand on the eve of a con­fer­ence that may well see the deputy pres­i­dent elected ... I want to give him a fair warn­ing that he will hear from me about tra­di­tional lead­er­ship.”

Ramaphosa talked about the im­por­tance of unity and that cor­rupt lead­ers should be steered to the side “just like un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles” and only lead­ers “who will unite the party and take it for­ward” must be elected.


WARDING OFF VhaVenda King Toni Mphe­phu Ram­ab­u­lana pre­sented ANC deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa with a royal shield dur­ing the Radzambo Cul­tural Foun­da­tion Tra­di­tional Dance com­pe­ti­tion at Makhu­vha Sta­dium near Tho­hoyan­dou, Lim­popo, yes­ter­day

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