Canaan Mdletshe and Sne Masuku
Jacob Zuma's Umshiniwami will be silenced today at the opening of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.
Why? Because singing is not allowed at the auspicious occasion and the speaker of the legislature, Willies Mchunu, has banned guests from opening their mouths to chirp the popular ode to Zuma, the deputy president of the ANC.
The ban on the song has raised a flurry of angry reactions from people in the the province.
"Unfortunately, I won't be at the event, otherwise I would be the first to sing Umshini wami, " said Zandile Zibani of KwaMashu.
Cecile Maphumulo of Lamontville added: "Umshini wami is just a song and if people feel like singing it when they see Zuma, then I don't see why they should be restricted from doing that."
Mchunu, however, was adamant: "We urge people not to sing Umshini wami when Zuma arrives or when he leaves. They might want him to sing too, but we will stick to the rules."
The opening of the legislature takes place at the Olympia Hall in Pietermaritzburg.