Reject Cape Town award, ANC tells Obamas

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Cape Town - The ANC says United States President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle should not accept Cape Town's Freedom of the City award, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

"To us this is nothing other than a diversion and I think it would be a pity if Obama accepted the award from a city that doesn't care about the poorest of the poor," ANC Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile told the newspaper.

Mayor Patricia de Lille reportedly made the decision to honour the Obamas in recognition of their inspirational example.

Her proposal was adopted by council last May with 128 councillors voting in favour, four against, and 58 abstaining. The Obamas have accepted the honour.

According to the newspaper, the couple would pay official state visits to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania from 26 June to 3 July to strengthen "economic growth, investment, and trade".

De Lille was quoted as saying that no arrangements had yet been made to present the award to the Obamas.

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