Zuma wants AU anthem to be heard more in SA

President Jacob Zuma entering the hall at the University of Pretoria Mamelodi campus.

The African Union (AU) anthem should be sung at all important events in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said in Mamelodi on Sunday.

He also called for the AU flag to be flown along with the South African national colours at all government institutions.

Zuma was speaking at an Africa Day celebration at the Mamelodi campus of the University of Pretoria.

He told the crowd of more than 3000 people: “We call on all schools, choirs and organisations to start learning the AU anthem.”

South Africans needed to appreciate the words and the meaning of the AU anthem, said Zuma.

Referring to the recent spate of xenophobic violence in the country, he said crime had often been a motive in these attacks.

“South Africans are not xenophobic. Many of the attacks were of a criminal nature. We need to unite as a nation.”

Residents of Mamelodi appreciated the president’s visit.

“We are happy that our president took the time to come and visit us. With him great things are going to happen in our country,” said Dora Mnisi.

Another resident, Peter Themba, also welcomed Zuma’s visit but complained that the Tshwane metro only started fixing some things in Mamelodi when they heard the president was coming.

Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa welcomed Zuma, saying he was  happy Pretoria had been chosen to host the main Africa Day celebration.

“We are grateful that the president chose to celebrate this day in Tshwane. We welcome our president and all guests.”

Gauteng premier David Makhura said schools would start singing the AU anthem from next week.

AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also attended the event.

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Nthabiseng Madumo
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