True leaders don't walk away from booing - Mantashe

2014-01-10 05:30

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Walking away from a booing crowd is a reflection of political shallowness by party leaders, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday.

"In the ANC, if I am booed I stay on because I am given a task to execute by the ANC," Mantashe told reporters in Mpumalanga.

"When I walk away, I don't execute the task given to me."

Mantashe was briefing reporters following a three-day meeting with members of the party's national executive committee (NEC), which ended on Thursday.

"I still do not understand the logic of a leader walking out because he [or she] was booed. I will never understand it, because it reflects political shallowness, from where I am seated."

Mantashe was responding to a question regarding the recent trend of the booing of political leaders.

He said any leader within the African National Congress who was being booed would still be expected to continue their task, unless the situation turned hostile.

"[If] there is a protest and they get booed, we expect them to go back there.

"If the situation is hostile and they must leave, we expect them to go back there [on another day]. That is how we work in the ANC, so I cannot speak for other parties that tell their leaders to run away when they are booed.

He said booing did not pose a threat to life.


"It is just a part of political life. Booing is not a threat, it is just a nuisance in an activity," Mantashe said.

Last month, President Jacob Zuma was booed by a crowd of people who attended former president Nelson Mandela's memorial at the FNB stadium in Soweto.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on 5 December at the age of 95. He was buried in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on 15 December.

The crowd booed each time Zuma's image appeared on the big screen at the service.

Programme director, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa asked the crowd a number of times to show restraint and be disciplined.

The Gauteng ANC asked the party's national leadership to investigate the booing.

Helen Zille

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille was booed off stage by protesters at the launch of the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone in the Western Cape in November.

Zille reportedly accused Zuma of turning state-funded functions into party political rallies, and of sitting idly by while protesters booed her and disrupted the launch, the Cape Argus said. . 

Zille was to have delivered the welcome address at the launch, before Zuma spoke, but supporters, believed to be from the ANC, prevented her from doing so, the newspaper said.

Mantashe and other ANC leaders are in Mpumalanga ahead of the ANC's 102nd anniversary celebrations, which take place on Saturday.

Read more on:    da  |  and  |  jacob zuma  |  nelson mandela  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  gwede mantashe  |  helen zille  |  mbombela  |  politics

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go! - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]


Something is blocking the flow of things today and it is easy to become frustrated and pessimistic. The problem is that your more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.