Zuma hecklers suspended

The Western Cape ANC has suspended six members for disrupting a Presidential Memorial Lecture in...

Youths disturb President Jacob Zuma’s speech on 23 January 2012. Picture Malungelo Booi/EWN

The Western Cape ANC has suspended six members for disrupting a Presidential Memorial Lecture in February.

The group heckled ANC President Jacob Zuma when he addressed a gathering at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town.

Two people were arrested and charged with public violence at the time, when an argument between rival party members escalated into a fist fight.

A South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) photographer was also injured after he was hit with a chair.

Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile says, "After a thorough investigation, viewing photographic and video footage of the event, six ANC and Youth League members were identified as having played a role in the attempted disruption."

They were charged with bringing the ANC into disrepute, acting in a manner which was unbecoming and insulting Zuma.

ANC officials says they will continue to root out ill-discipline.