JOHANNESBURG - The presidency on Sunday denied claims that President Jacob Zuma ducked a Youth Day rally on Saturday because he was worried about getting booed.
It was claimed over the weekend that Zuma went to Mexico after hearing about plans by ANC Youth League (ANCYL) supporters to heckle him at the event.
Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma did not attend Saturday’s rally because of logistical reasons.
“The president’s programme has been a very tight one, it’s is always subject to alteration.”
He said Zuma had to make sure he caught the 23-hour flight.
Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane attended the rally instead, and was booed by ANCYL supporters during his Youth Day address.
On Tuesday, the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to not review Malema’s expulsion from the party.
The party’s National Disciplinary Committee decided to expel him in April, after he told a gathering at the Wits University in March that Zuma had turned the ANC into an unbearable dictatorship.
Malema then approached the party’s National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals to overturn the decision, but the NDCA upheld the decision.
The president is attending the G20 summit with Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The summit starts on Monday.
The G20 is the leading forum for international cooperation on global economic and financial matters.
It brings together the world’s major advanced and emerging economies.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)