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Zille fuming after being booed

The Western Cape premier was booed off stage at the launch of the IDZ project in Saldanha Bay.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has called for political tolerance while addressing a crowd at the launch of an industrial development zone (IDZ) project in Saldanha Bay.

He was responding to an incident that played out at the event earlier today when Western Cape Premier Helen Zille tried to address the gathering.

Zille is furious because she was booed off stage.

She says the event has been organised as an ANC rally.

"Today people were being bussed in. ANC t-shirts were handed out here. This has cost hundreds of thousands of rands of government money and the ANC has turned it into an ANC rally."

Zuma says other people's views should not be suppressed.

"Freedom of speech, freedom of participation says that all of us must be patient to listen to others. No matter what they say. You may not agree with what they say but they have the right to express it."

The Saldanha Bay IDZ is one of 18 projects that form part of government's infrastructure programme.

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