Mixed persuasionscongratulate Zuma

Canaan Mdletshe and Waghied Misbach

Canaan Mdletshe and Waghied Misbach

IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has congratulated newly elected ANC president Jacob Zuma.

Buthelezi said yesterday that Zuma's election heralded the beginning of enormous tasks ahead of him.

"It is a great privilege and responsibility to lead the organisation once led by the likes of Inkosi Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela.

"The IFP knows too well that the tasks ahead of Zuma are enormous and wishes him well," he said.

Minority Front leader Ami-chand Rajbansi said the victory meant a lot to the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

He said people have been waiting for the change in the ANC leadership and that has been finally presented to them.

Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipho described Zuma's overwhelming victory as a win for workers.

"This is a great day for the working class because for a long time they have been marginalised. Decisions were taken for them and not by them. At least now we will have an opportunity to be engaged in discussions relating to workers and their future," he said.

ID leader Patricia de Lille was "pleased that the ANC succession race is over" and hopes the party will now focus on building a South Africa that "bridges the divides between all sectors of our society".

Renegade soldiers, the South African Un-Intergrated Forces, who have been in the bush since September last year, said they were over the moon about Zuma's victory.

They said this was an indication that they are about to cross the River Jordan to freedom.

Their spokesman, Zenzele Sishi, said some of his soldiers went home for the first time in a year after Zuma's victory.

The South African Shack Dwellers Organisation also expressed its happiness at a Zuma victory.

Falakhe Mhlongo said they believed that Zuma is their only hope for "real freedom".

"He has demonstrated how close he is to ordinary people. We all witnessed what he has been doing despite the fact that he was out of government. Now that he is in power, we believe he will look after us as well," said Mhlongo.

Meanwhile Prince Mbonisi Zulu, spokesman for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini, said yesterday that they had no plans to slaughter 10 cows for Zuma as was rumoured yesterday.

"The king has no reason to do this," Zulu said.

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