Reax to Zuma becoming new ANC leader, voxpops

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(19 Dec 2007) SHOTLIST
Johannesburg
1. Wide of street
2. Man sweeping floor with near newsstand – newspaper banner reading: (English) “Zuma team’s clean sweep”
3. Tilt up from newspaper headline reading: (English) “Zuma it is!” to man holding newspaper
4. Newspaper poster reading: (English) “Zuma Wins”
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Bizos, Johannesburg Resident, Vox pop:
“It’s no question, it was inevitable. (Inaudible) prevails again and I think it instils a lot of confidence in the future of the country.”
6. Wide of Zuma supporter
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sibonelo Mavuso, Zuma Supporter, Vox pop:
“I am very happy about Zuma, Zuma is my next President. My friends they vote Zuma, my delegates they vote Zuma, we are proud about Zuma. Zuma is our next president.”
8. Newspaper headline reading: (English) “Zunami Rules” – pan to newspaper headline reading “Zuma It Is!”
9. Newspaper headline reading: (English) “Zuma wins ANC race”
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Lena Doris, Student from Cameroon, Vox pop:
“I think is not a good thing to elect somebody who is the criminal. Because for that person, of that calibre to be a criminal, so he shouldn’t be given the chance. I think they should continue to give it to Mbeki. So he can (inaudible) for some period of time. After the sentence has passed on Zuma then he should be given the position. But for right now I would not recommend Zuma to be the president of ANC (African National Congress).”
11. Newspaper poster reading: (English) “Zuma’s New ANC” – tilt down to poster reading: (English) “ANC Mulls Zuma Charges”
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Teresa de Villiers, Johannesburg Resident, Vox pop:
“If Zuma just sticks to his promises and he didn’t make all those promises just to make people vote for him. But basically I feel Zuma will improve the economy.”
Durban
13. Zuma supporters celebrating victory
STORYLINE
Supporters of the man elected to lead South Africa’s ruling party, said on Wednesday they believed Jacob Zuma was the right man to lead South Africa, despite the rape and corruption allegations the have marred his time as as the country’s deputy president.
Zuma who has cast himself as a protector of the poor, a revolutionary fighter of humble origins and little formal education – defeated President Thabo Mbeki by 2,329 votes to 1,505 at the party convention on Tuesday.
It was the first time in 55 years that the party leadership has openly fought in the 96-year-old history of the African National Congress (ANC).
Zuma is now in line to become the country’s next president and will have to fight to convince all South Africans – and a nervously watching world – that he won’t set Africa’s largest economy on a dangerously populist slide.
Anthony Bizos, a Johannesburg Resident, told Ap Television that Zuma’s victory was “inevitable.”
“I think it instils a lot of confidence in the future of the country,” Bizos said.
Sibonelo Mavuso, another Johannesburg resident appeared ecstatic about Zuma’s victory.
“I am very happy about Zuma, Zuma is my next President,” he said.
However many remain apprehensive of a Zuma led government.
“I think is not a good thing to elect somebody who is the criminal. Because for that person, of that calibre to be a criminal, so he shouldn’t be given the chance,” said Lena Doris, a student from Cameroon living in Johannesburg.
Mbeki had fired Zuma as the country’s deputy president when Zuma was charged with corruption in 2005 – but charges were thrown out of court that same year.
Soon after, he went on trial for rape, accused by the HIV-positive daughter of a family friend – Zuma was acquitted.

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