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Report that Zuma met gang bosses is 'frivolous & pathetic'

The ANC in the Western Cape has slammed the Mail & Guardian's article & says it's simply not true.

FILE: ANC president Jacob Zuma is accompanied by the party's Western Cape Secretary Marius Fransman on a walkabout through Philippi in Cape Town on 6 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has dismissed as "pathetic" a report suggesting President Jacob Zuma was in cahoots with gangsters in attempts to win over the province from the DA.

The Mail & Guardian newspaper is reporting Zuma met with two well-known gang kingpins who allegedly promised to do all they can to win back the province for the ANC.

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko says the newspaper's article is simply not true.

"We dismiss this article as frivolous, incoherent and pathetic."

Diko denies a meeting between President Jacob and alleged gang bosses ever took place.

"Gangsters may grab headlines now and again, but nobody respects them."

The ANC in the Western Cape says it has already started gearing up for the 2016 local government elections and is confident it'll do well.

'REWARDS FOR VOTES'

Lloyd Hill, who is an underworld figure and said to be a long-time Zuma family associate, allegedly held a preparatory meeting with the group before leaving for the president's residence in Rondebosch.

It's believed Hill told the group that they would be rewarded with business opportunities if they supported the ANC.

The report says the meeting with Zuma included other prominent members such as religious leaders and members of the Griqua Royal House.

It says Quinton Marinus, known as 'Mr Big' and Igshaan Davids known as 'Sannie America', attended the 2 May meeting.

During the meeting, Davids allegedly asked Zuma whether the elections date could be moved in order to mobilise more people, but Zuma said it was not possible.

The report also says that Zuma's son Duduzane played a role in the meeting and he allegedly ensured that security did not record the identities of the visitors.

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