JOHANNESBURG - Firebrand party rebel Julius Malema mocked South African President Jacob Zuma at a provincial conference this weekend, local media said, in the latest sign of a growing power struggle within the ruling ANC ahead of its leadership election next year.
Malema, currently appealing a five-year suspension from the ANC, led supporters at a conference on Saturday in singing "The shower man is giving us a hard time," the Sunday Times said.
The paper showed a photograph of a beret-clad Malema cupping his hand over his head to imitate a shower. The reference was to Zuma's admission in a 2006 rape trial - in which he was acquitted - that he did not use a condom during sex with a woman he knew to be HIV-positive, but took a shower afterward in the hope of reducing the risk of infection.
Malema was attending an ANC conference in his home province of Limpopo, where he still commands wide support.