UNRULY youngsters HECKLE MOTLANTHE
Mary Papaya, Sipho Masobuka, Canaan Mdletshe and Alex Matlala
Chaos raged at Absa Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, when a group of unruly youths interrupted the address by President Kgalema Motlanthe.
Motlanthe was speaking at a Freedom Day celebration rally when the youths interrupted his speech with pro-Zuma songs.
Outgoing Premier Sbu Ndebele was the first to speak and he was not interrupted. Minister of Arts and Culture Pallo Jordan, who introduced Motlanthe, was also allowed to speak uninterrupted.
But not long into Motlanthe's speech some youths threw objects onto the pitch while singing "Zuma my president".
It was only after the intervention of ANC provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize that the youths stopped the interruption, allowing Motlanthe to continue with his speech.
Motlanthe decried the fact that South Africans still voted along racial lines.
"The voting patterns in this year's national poll disturbingly reflected our old divided past; which shows that more work still needs to be done to deracialise our society," Motlanthe said.
Yesterday's celebration came only a few days after the ANC was declared winner of this year's elections with 65,9 percent.
For the first time since 1994 Western Cape will be in the hands of an opposition party after the DA polled 51,46 percent.
The DA received most of its backing from white and coloured voters, who form a majority in the province, while the majority of Africans voted for the ANC.
Motlanthe said despite the achievements and gains made during the 15 years of democracy, there was still much more to be done to roll the apartheid legacy back, "especially in pushing back the frontiers of poverty".
In Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile assured the crowd gathered in Tshwane that the government intended introducing a national insurance health system.
"We still have to work on this plan in detail because it involves the private sector and the broader public. The current medical aid schemes exclude the poor and we need to change this because everybody has a right to quality healthcare," Mashatile said.
In Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale called on parties in the province to work with the ANC to ensure that "people enjoyed the fruits of the freedom they fought for in the past 15 years".
Outgoing Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla told the crowd celebrating the day at Mapulaneng FET College that the election results were an indication of "how the people have spoken".