Gigaba defends Zuma's 'ANC comes first' comments

2015-11-10 18:07
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Cape Town - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has jumped to President Jacob Zuma’s defence over his "African National Congress comes first" comments at the weekend.

Trying to explain the context, Gigaba told members of Parliament on Tuesday that when Zuma addressed an ANC conference, he was addressing them as the ANC president, not the leader of the country.

"The African National Congress is a liberation movement first and a parliamentary party second."

Speaking during a parliamentary sitting on Tuesday, Gigaba said Zuma was not wrong in his comments as he was speaking as the president of the ruling party at the time, "a leader of a liberation movement".

Zuma told the ANC KwaZulu-Natal elective conference on Saturday that the ruling party came before the country.

"I argued... with someone [once] who said the country comes first and I said as much... that I think my organisation, the ANC, comes first," he told the conference.

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