ANC admits it's in Cape Town for the jazz

2014-03-29 18:41

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has admitted that the party had organised its national executive meeting this weekend to coincide with the Cape Town International Jazz festival.

Speaking to journalists next to the pool of the Protea President Hotel in a sunny Sea Point with its sea views, after the lunch break this afternoon, Mthembu said: “This NEC was held here to coincide with something good happening in the Western Cape, Cape Town particularly. In our campaign we interact with all sectors of society including musicians, artists, you name it, so the coincidence for the ANC was wonderful.”

He said if the meeting didn’t end today it would go on till tomorrow.

NEC members looked relaxed yesterday as they ate soup in the hotel restaurant for lunch, while some, who preferred to remain unidentified, brought in their own Nandos “to satisfy a craving”.

Foreign tourists were sunning themselves on recliner chairs next to the pool.

ANC stalwart Pallo Jordan, dressed in a cool cotton Cuban shirt, was seen wiping the sweat off his brow as he stood outside to cool down. He denied that he was criticised for his scathing column in Business Day this week about President Jacob Zuma’s moral responsibility for the amount spent on the security upgrades at his Nkandla home.

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, dressed in a light pink golf shirt, told a journalist that he has subsequently read Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report.

On Wednesday at a press conference of the ANC caucus position on the report, he admitted to only having heard Madonsela read a summary of her report at her press conference last week.

He sat next to State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele in the meeting.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba was spotted sitting next to ANC Youth League national task team convenor Mzwandile Masina.

NEC members were in a jolly mood, and some were clapping and singing Y Tjukutja as journalists and photographers were allowed inside the meeting for a brief photo opportunity.

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