Thursday, April 28, 2011

ANC condemns heckling of opposition parties

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 April 2011

Civil action group AfriForum says the African National Congress showed its true colours yesterday when members heckled opposition party representatives at the Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria.

AfriForum’s Ernst Roets says the ruling party needs to realise that these types of actions are not democratic.

The ANC has also condemned the heckling. Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu says it is not acceptable for any speaker to be given a hostile reception.

The President also yesterday conferred National Orders on eminent South Africans and friends of the country. These include former Brazilian president Lula da Silva and American civil rights leader Andrew Jackson.

Others honoured were renowned Afrikaans writer Marlene van Niekerk, photographer David Goldblatt and musician Ray Phiri.

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