ANC WCape regrets disruption of Zuma lecture

Marius Fransman
23 February 2012

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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What was supposed to have been a tribute to one of the ANC's former presidents, quickly degenerated into chaos with chairs flying, a journalist assaulted and police having to intervene as ANC Youth League members disrupted President Jacob Zuma's address in Cape Town. From the start of the programme, while ANC Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile made introductions, about 300 youths started singing but soon stopped."
M&G Online, February 23 2012


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zuma is a problem.
I am sure that zuma never anticipated this kind of behaviour directed against him when he instigated attack after attack against the former anc president to an extent that mbeki had to suffer the humiliation of being recalled.zuma is a problem and now he . .more

by frank on February 24 2012, 09:30
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Dr. Zuma a great President
Dr Jacob Zuma is a great and distinguished president of our country. He is a President of the people and for the people. Some in South Africa should stop making absurd comments about our respected leader. Very few people in our beloved South Africa could . .more

by Drs Sears Appalsamy Netherlands on February 24 2012, 11:01
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This only a case of the chickens coming home to roost!!!!
Remember your policy of making certain areas ungovernable?
Like the well governed DA run Western Cape?
And your problem is more widely spread than you think!

by david on February 24 2012, 11:56
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A few ill-disciplined detractors
I used to serve on an ANC instituted committee whose sole function was to find a solution to the extreme acrimony between the ANC and COSATU that arose when the former published a discussion document on the privatisation of state owned assets such as . .more

by James Bell on February 24 2012, 17:44
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