South Africa’s presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma calls on South Africans to stop singing songs that glorify the power and sounds of guns.
The former AU Commission chairperson was speaking while on the campaign trail in Nquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal ahead of a crucial by-election next week.
She urged ANC party supporters to stop singing songs with “talk about guns” like ‘isibhamu sisho kamnandi’ (the gun sounds nice) which according to her, gives people wrong impression about the use of guns.
“There are songs we sing that I don’t understand. Let us do away with those songs that talk about guns. We can’t‚ when we campaign‚ start singing songs like ‘isibhamu sisho kamnandi’ (the gun sounds nice),
“How can a gun sound nice when comrades have been killed?” she asked as she recalls how the party went to pay its respects at the house of a slain ANC member in Pietermaritzburg when supporters began singing this song.
“I know these songs were nice during the struggle. In Maritzburg‚ when we went to see the families of slain comrades‚ we started to sing this song. I even said to myself‚ ‘What are the families of comrades killed saying when we come singing that the gun sounds nice?’ Let us be sensitive and not sing those songs‚” she said.
Dlamini-Zuma’s calls for citizens of the republic to end the increasing gun violence in the country comes at the time the state security raise concern over the high rate of gun violence in the country following an increasing number of citizens who were reportedly shot by unknown gunmen.
A study conducted by American medical professionals using data from the World Health organisation and Cambridge University’s Small Arms Survey revealed in 2015 that South Africa has the second highest rate of gun-related deaths in the world
A more alarming report from the survey is that the country was found to have the second-highest rate of gun-related deaths in the world at 9.4 deaths per 100,000 people.
Worst of it all was that the statistics proved that South Africa only has the 16th highest number of guns per 100 people at 12.7. This report complements another finding that placed the country as one of the top five violent countries in the world.
The former AU Commission chairperson said there were so many songs to sing that glorifies the SA unity and diversity which every South African ought to sing instead of gun songs.
She equally lashed at ANC members who turn violent against their opponent in the fight for political positions. “No‚ comrades‚ councillorship is a responsibility given to you by the ANC‚” she said.
“In this province‚ especially‚ where does this come from? And why‚ when it is done‚ no one is arrested‚ even when women are fair game and they are killed? she said to her audience at the cadres forum at the AV Makhoba Hall.
“It’s important‚ comrades‚ that we don’t kill each other for positions,” she said as she reminds them that councillors only stayed for five years‚ and would be redeployed only when they did well.
Moving away from the points on gun usage in the country, Dlamini-Zuma hinted her support for radical economic transformation saying the programme aims at bettering the lives of black people.
She said land should be used as surety to better black people’s financial circumstances‚ which was why it should be addressed urgently.