Venda erupts for Cyril
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