Jacob Zuma snubs EFF at election results centre

2014-05-08 20:55

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President Jacob Zuma carefully avoided the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) when he did a walkabout at the Independent Electoral Commission’s national results centre tonight.

Zuma paid a brief visit to the centre in Pretoria and received a briefing from ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on the results, with more than 80% of the votes counted.

Zuma merely lifted his eyebrow when Mantashe told him that Cope, which splintered from the ANC in 2008 after former president Thabo Mbeki had been sacked, wasn’t doing so well.

Asked what he would have told Zuma, EFF commissar Floyd Shivambu said: “We did not expect him to come here, we would reject him. We are busy.

“Zuma knows the rise of the EFF is his downfall,” he said, adding: “We are not greeting criminals.”

Zuma did, however, share a hug with Kenny Kunene from the Patriotic Alliance, who was formerly part of the EFF.

Kunene, with a lime green tie, congratulated Zuma and told him it wasn’t going so well with his party, which had less than 12 000 votes when Zuma visited.

It looked unlikely that Kunene’s party would get a parliamentary seat.

DA leader Helen Zille left her party’s table to catch up with Zuma near the PAC table. Someone asked Zille whether she was joining the

ANC, but she told Zuma in Zulu: “I am with the blue machine.”

Zuma, wearing a light yellow jacket, was in high spirits and collapsed with laughter at almost every encounter.

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