South Africa

In pictures: The ANC’s Siyanqoba Rally

By Greg Nicolson 5 May 2014

The ANC’s Siyanqoba rally was the party’s big chance to whip up the election excitement, but instead many members of the audience dribbled out as President Jacob Zuma failed to hold their attention. At least he wasn’t greeted with booing. GREG NICOLSON was there with his camera.

The ANC filled FNB Stadium, but many people left their seats when Zuma started speaking.


ANC supporters hold a mock funeral for opposition parties. Written on the coffin was the name of the party’s competitors in the upcoming election.


ANC supporters spent hours in the hot sun. A Women’s League member closes her eyes while waiting for official proceedings to begin.


An ANC supporter dances in the crowd.


One of the many groups to perform for the ANC crowd waits backstage.


The ANC’s top six officials, minus Zuma, wait to enter the stadium.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela walks onto the stadium pitch. She is still officially in mourning since the passing of Nelson Mandela.


Surrounded by bodyguards, Zuma enters the rally.


Zuma waves at the crowd.


Despite the boos he has received at FNB in the recent past, Zuma got a warm reception at the event.


Cyril Ramaphosa (left) joins Zuma, Jessie Duarte and Zweli Mkhize to sing with the NEC after Zuma’s speech. DM


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