Jacob Zuma sidesteps flames

2014-02-09 06:00

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President Jacob Zuma left the ANC in Gauteng hanging after cancelling planned voter­-registration weekend visits to Soweto, Orange Farm and ­Lenasia to “relax” at his ­Nkandla home.

Zuma’s trip to KwaZulu-Natal on what the Presidency called “personal” business caught the party’s Gauteng leaders by surprise and came at the end of a week marked by a fresh wave of violent service-delivery protests in the province.

Two Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) voting stations were petrol-bombed yesterday and residents refused IEC staff access to the area.

Despite this, political leaders are not rushing to the protest hot spots as they have done in the past because they believe an ambulance-chasing approach simply adds fuel to the fire, said a senior government leader.

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