Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fashion speaks louder than words

Captions: Linda Fekisi

Countdown over – the 53rd African National Congress (ANC) Conference, which was scheduled to begin at 08:30 this morning, is yet to commence at University of the Free State in Mangaung.

ANC delegates from all over the country are still making their way to the main marquee where most of the sessions are going to take place.

The atmosphere on the campus has already shifted from slight motion towards a political buzz and commotion where delegates are expressing their views both visually and vocally.

We managed to have one-on-one conversations with a few of the delegates upon their arrival regarding their dress code and expectations.

Sanele Thango
Branch: Harry Gwala,Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal
Dress code: “I just decided to dress traditionally for this occasion.”

Branch: Moses Mabida Region, KwaZulu-Natal
Conference Expectations: “We are expecting to be informed of the whereabouts of party is in terms of the resolutions that were set in 2007, Polokwane.”
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Mncedisi Ntshangase
Branch: Msabatha, Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal
Conference Expectations: “I do not have much expectations, this conference is going to be a watershed one – Msholozi will emerge”

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This lady was not willing to speak to anyone from the media, the only thing that she said was that, ”it is obvious who I am supporting”.

Delegates moving towards the main marquee where the conference is going to take place.

Mthuthuzeli Somkoko
Branch: Sinethemba Nyandeni, Eastern Cape
Mr Somkoko, who is in the centre, explains how his 100% Zumantashe t-shirt shows where his loyalties lie. “I support people who have brought unity to the ANC and who have carried out the resolutions that were made in Polokwane.”

Violet Siwela
Deputy Secretary of the Mpumalanga Provincial Executive Committee
“My dresscode has been inspired by the September heritage month. It serves as a reminder to Africans to stick to their heritage and not undermine ourselves. Even though we follow the Western ways, we must not forget who we are.”

Angie Motshekga, Chairperson of the ANC Women’s League.
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