African National Congress members should refrain from singing songs that glorify guns, so said the party’s presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Speaking on the campaign trail on Wednesday in Nquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal ahead of a high stakes by-election, Dlamini-Zuma urged the governing party’s members to do away with songs that talk about guns, TimesLIVE reported.
“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 was quoted as saying.
Dlamini-Zuma, according to the report, recollected how ANC supporters had gone to pay their respects in Pietermaritzburg to a house of a slain party member and began singing about guns. She said “I know these songs were nice during the struggle,” while also requesting party members to be sensitive and not sing the songs.
The former AU chairperson said she said to herself at the time: “What are the families of comrades killed saying when we come singing that the gun sounds nice?”
Dlamini-Zuma speaking at a Cadres Forum later at the AV Makhoba Hall called on party members not to kill each other for positions.