National 30.7.2016 10:29 am

We’re not asking for our machine gun – ANC

President Jacob Zuma, Obed Bapela, Humphrey Memezi and Lindiwe Sisulu dancing during the ANC National General Council on October 11, 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Picture: Gallo Images

President Jacob Zuma, Obed Bapela, Humphrey Memezi and Lindiwe Sisulu dancing during the ANC National General Council on October 11, 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Picture: Gallo Images

The ANC spokesperson has distanced the party from a new ‘struggle song’, Azania, that surfaced this week.

The ruling party says it has nothing to do with a new song that caught people’s attention this week. It warns the EFF and the DA not to stand in the ANC’s way.

It has a pretty cheerful beat.

It picked up some flak from Twitter users who thought the party might be spending more time writing music than delivering services or campaigning honestly.

It certainly also had a lot of fans though.

https://twitter.com/GiftLucky9/status/759009983161696257

https://twitter.com/Athabzz/status/759003088720056322

In the lyrics, a mixture of isiZulu and English, at one point the song declares: “Give me my machine gun. When I have my machine gun‚ nobody can stop me. Forget about Maimane and Malema.”

The ANC has historically not asked for South Africa to be renamed Azania, which was more the preserve of black consciousness fringe parties such as the Azanian People’s Organisation, which has done increasingly worse in every election.

The song, however, continues with “Azania is our nation that we took with the spear of the nation … We got to vote‚ stay afloat‚ make a difference. ANC till the end of my existence. Together we can do more. This is what we live for. Forget about old laws‚ open up closed doors.”

Released on Thurday‚ the song captured the attention of Twitter where the hashtag #ANCBeefTrack was trending. In that context it was being pitted against another song by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Which song do you like best? Here is Ndlozi in action.

Many users still seem to prefer Ndlozi’s musical powers.

https://twitter.com/KMalatji/status/759273926455427072

The ANC has its final election rally on Sunday at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.

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