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Sun Jul 24 12:43:28 CAT 2016

Cope says ANC’s ‘centre obviously not holding’ after Zuma’s no-show

TMG Digital | 07 January, 2016 09:52
South Africa's President Zuma. File photo.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

The Congress of the People (Cope) on Wednesday ascribed Jacob Zuma’s no-show at Marikana to “continuous in-fighting between the ruling party and the Presidency”.

Saying the conflict is “about power and influence”‚ Cope’s Dennis Bloem added: “The centre is obviously not holding.”

This came in the wake of apparent confusion over Zuma not being in Marikana for the handover houses to residents of Marikana on Wednesday.

“The President did not pitch. People waited in vain for him. The officials were informed by the ANC spokesperson‚ Zizi Kodwa‚ on Monday January 4‚ 2016 that he was not coming‚ said Bloem.

“The African National Congress (ANC_‚ however‚ did not let on and used the event to lobby for the upcoming local government elections. The government project was misused for political purposes.”

“Unfortunately for them the people saw through them.”

A Presidency statement issued on Wednesday said Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu would “officially hand over houses in Marikana‚ near Rustenburg…on behalf of President Jacob Zuma”‚ and that the “president is scheduled to arrive in Rustenburg for the African National Congress programme later”.

Bloem‚ however‚ said his party “has been reliably informed by its members and members of the community that the ANC is widely rejected in the different villages in the Rustenburg area”.

“That is why many ANC activities and meetings there have been cancelled. There is strong resistance from the community regarding the ruling party.

“It is imperative for President Zuma to separate party from the state. The abuse of taxpayers' money can no longer be tolerated.”

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