ANC WCape regrets disruption of Zuma lecture

Marius Fransman says less than fifty people responsible for the trouble

ANC regrets the disruption of celebration

The Western Cape ANC condemns the disturbance by a few ill-disciplined detractors at a gathering addressed by president Jacob Zuma in the Good Hope Centre this afternoon (see report).

Western Cape ANC leader (deputy minister for international relations and cooperation) Marius Fransman says this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and shall not be tolerated in the ANC who is celebrating its centenary in the province.

President Zuma addressed more than four thousand people gathered in this Cape Town hall. Less than fifty people broke out in orchestrated chanting and singing while president Zuma was honouring the second ANC leader Sefako Mapogo Makgatho. Surviving family of Makgatho was present.

"President Zuma and I apologised for the unsuitable display of disrespect for the solemn occasion to the family and attendees. The ANC will investigate and act against every individual indulging in this sacrilegious act that marred proceedings for a while, if they are found to be members of the organisation. Those that are found to be on the wrong side of the law, must face the music and charges for their deeds," says Fransman.

Fransman regards this celebration as a success. Many representatives of various religious, cultural (like the Khoi and Saãn) and communities contributed to an inclusive come together and showing renewed interest in the ANC.

Statement issued by Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman, February 23 2012

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