ANC is not pro violence: Zuma

By Drum Digital
14 January 2014

The ANC does not "approve of violent action against people who are exercising their democratic rights", President Jacob Zuma said.

Thirty members of the African National Congress were arrested on Saturday after a clash with members of the Economic Freedom Fighters at Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal.

They threw stones at EFF members, who had handed over a house to a woman near Zuma's private homestead.

Addressing The New Age business breakfast in Nelspruit on Monday, Zuma reportedly said he had been informed that EFF leader Julius Malema tried to walk into his homestead but was stopped by security personnel.

According to eNCA, he said there was "nothing wrong" with Malema's assistance of a poor person, even in Nkandla.

He reportedly said that in the climate of political debate, people used many actions to disagree.

"Booing is a part of self-expression," Zuma was quoted as saying, with reference to mourners booing at him at the memorial for former president Nelson Mandela in December.

Zuma also reportedly said the ANC remained [intact] even when members left the party.

According to eNCA, when Zuma was asked whether he believed expelled ANC Youth League leader Malema would eventually ask to be readmitted into the ANC's fold, Zuma said: "I would not be surprised if he did come back."

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