Zuma family holds ritual for re-election
President Jacob Zuma’s family slaughtered 12 cows in a ritual believed to be aimed at extending his tenure ahead of the ANC’s national elective conference in Mangaung, according to a report today.
The Star reported that the family held the ritual at his Nkandla residence yesterday to commune with Zuma’s ancestors.
Although no other ANC leaders were seen at the event, Zuma joined Zulu warriors in traditional dances as thousands of his relatives prayed for him to retain his position of ANC president.
Zuma was reportedly given a shield and spear to defend himself from other contenders for the ANC’s top position.
In the wake of a public outcry over allegations that Zuma spent R250 million in taxpayers’ money on renovating his private home at Nkandla, he is expected to be challenged by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
Zuma’s son Edward told police and security personnel to expel the media towards the end of the celebrations.
A reporter for The Mercury was apparently manhandled off the premises by police.