correction...Re: [DEBATE] : (Fwd) Motlanthe voetsek, say hard-of-hearing Durbanites yesterday
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Wed Apr 29 06:07:19 BST 2009
Motlanthe was not booed, say ANC
28 April 2009, 12:59
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday reacted angrily to reports that
President Kgalema Motlanthe was heckled during the Freedom Day
celebration at Durban's Absa stadium.
Motlanthe's speech was disrupted when people sang loudly, forcing him to
stop speaking while African National Congress provincial chairman Zweli
Mkhize persuaded the crowd to keep quiet.
The disruptions began when people sitting high up in the stadium
complained about the sound quality.
ANC provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu said media reports that the
president was booed and heckled were not correct.
"This is far from the truth. There was a huge enthusiasm for the president.
"The crowd's displeasure was not a reflection of an attitude against the
president. The crowds were merely expressing their dissatisfaction with
the sound system which was of poor quality making them unable to hear
the speeches of their leadership."
He said the crowd's dissatisfaction with the sound quality had started
during the preceding addresses of premier Sbu Ndebele and Arts and
Culture Minister Pallo Jordan.
"The ANC chief whip Cyril Xaba was sent to the stands to test the sound
quality and he himself expressed that those sitting at the upper level
of the stands could not hear any sound," Mchunu said.
He said the media had failed to mention that the crowd was in a jovial
and celebratory mood.
Earlier on Tuesday before the ANC statement was released, the Congress
of the People condemned in the "strongest terms" the "unruly behaviour"
of the crowd.
"It is completely unacceptable that a sitting president of the country
was subjected to such undignified behaviour," said COPE President Terror
Lekota in a statement.
"This proves that the separation of powers between state and party are
blurred. Events of this nature are held to celebrate national unity and
"COPE condemns in the strongest terms the unruly behaviour...
"Cope calls on ANC president Jacob Zuma to distance himself from such
behaviour and for the ANC to educate its members about the significance
of national events," said Lekota. - Sapa
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