Zuma condemns 'hooliganism and thuggery'

2016-05-22 17:05
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Durban – In a veiled attack on the EFF, President Jacob Zuma on Sunday condemned those he said were trying to destabilise the country with “hooliganism and thuggery”.

“We must not tolerate any party which seeks to take us back to apartheid to advance their own political agendas. Let us turn a blind eye to those who promote violence,” he told hundreds of people at a National Prayer Day held at Kings Park Stadium in Durban.

Zuma said when the ruling party was voted into power in 1994, it committed itself to working for peace and unity. He asked people to pray for peace.

“We are seeing new trends that are worrying, like the violence in Parliament, a place which was a highly respected place where laws are made that will bring peace,” he said.

There was violence in townships and even in rural areas, Zuma said, referring to the burning of schools in Vuwani, Limpopo, and the destruction of property on university campuses. 

“These are children that we want to be educated so that they can solve our problems and be able to use their brains to bring peace, but they are now bringing violence,” he said, adding that he would not let others take the country back to pre-1994 violence.

Put South Africans first

Zuma warned of false prophets and urged leaders to put South Africans first. 

Before his speech, several religious leaders gathered to pray for peaceful 2016 local government elections, an end to the drought in the province and for Zuma.

Many of those in the 32 000-seater stadium wore ANC T-shirts. Opposition parties were visibly absent.

ANC songs were played and the audience sang along.

KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC and leader of government business, Willies Mchunu, attended the event in place of Premier Senzo Mchunu. He said the premier could not attend due to other commitments.

Mchunu condemned the violence in the National Assembly this week, when EFF MPs were evicted after trying to stop Zuma from speaking.

“The anarchy that has characterised our national Parliament deserves public condemnation from leaders of society, including religious leaders,” he said.

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