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Zuma urges ANC members to 'stop petty squabbles'

Jacob Zuma has called on members to defend the ANC adding the youth must be at the forefront.

President Jacob Zuma leads delegates in song as he closes NGC. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN
Jacob Zuma,African National Congress,January 8 statement address
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN – President Jacob Zuma has called for unity in the African National Congress (ANC) and has urged members to ‘stop petty squabbles’ as the party marks its 104th birthday.

Zuma was speaking at a cake-cutting ceremony in Rustenburg, attended by traditional leaders and senior party members.

He has called on members to defend the ANC, adding the youth must be at the forefront.

“At times, if some of us as individuals do the wrong things people who hate the ANC try to take those individuals’ shortcomings to be the shortcomings of the ANC; no the ANC remains the ANC.”  

ANC heavyweights have spent the past week mobilising support for the main event taking place at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium tomorrow, but the party has also been forced to deal with internal issues.

Earlier this week, police in Rustenburg dispersed a protest against North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

And earlier today, it emerged that the ANC's Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman is being investigated by police for sexual harassment.

National spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says Fransman has assured the ANC that he is cooperating with police.

“At the moment we are aware. We are here [at the birthday celebrations] and we want to allow for investigations to take place.”

The drama has done little to dampen the mood of ANC members.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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