Cape Town – In response to a report by the Sunday Times the Western Cape's DA leader Ivan Meyer
on Monday said dangerous gangsters don’t belong at rallies with the President.
It’s been claimed that suspected underworld figure, Mark Lifman, was a VIP guest at an ANC rally at Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone, where President Jacob Zuma
also celebrated his birthday.
According to the report by the Sunday Times
Lifman was seen wearing an ANC T-shirt, had a “guest” badge on and had access to the stage, which required special clearance by the president’s bodyguards.
Mr Lifman is currently facing several investigations. He is alleged to have petrol bombed a senior prosecutor’s house, he was reportedly caught with large amounts of tik in his car, and is under investigation by the South African Revenue Service.
“The man is considered a dangerous gangster. He does not belong at a rally with the President,” Meyer said.
“Mr Lifman’s presence at the event is shocking. The ANC has been going around the Cape Flats telling people that the party wants to stop gangsterism, but the reality is that they have close ties with the Cape’s most notorious gang bosses,” he said.
The report also includes allegations that the ruling party has taken financial contributions from Mr Lifman, although Fransman has denied this.
“If this is true, it would mean that the ANC is essentially funding its Western Cape campaign with illegal drug money,” Meyer said.Lying to W Cape people
Meyer says the ANC is lying to the people of the Cape.
“They have gangsters and criminals at their rallies, yet they promise to stop gangsterism. They are willing to tell any lie to win back the Western Cape,” he said
“We now also know why the ANC is so opposed to deploying the army to the Cape Flats. If the army were deployed to combat gangsters, they would cripple the gangs’ ability to make profits out of the drug trade. And people like Mr Lifman would lose a lot of money.”
“I am frankly disgusted by this episode. I challenge Mr Fransman to debate me on the issue of gangs and gangsterism at any time and place of his choosing. He needs to publicly answer for his association with Mr Lifman,” Meyer said.
Fransman confirmed Lifman was one of at least 5 000 people at the event, but denied the businessman was invited.Have you taken News24's Know Your Party quiz? Give it a try.