Johannesburg – The ANC denied reports that President Jacob Zuma was booed by Port Elizabeth residents, the party said on Sunday.
“The African National Congress dismisses the lies tweeted by Lubabalo Ngcukana of City Press that President Zuma was booed by residents of Jacksonville in Port Elizabeth,” spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.
According to City Press Zuma was booed and heckled by angry residents on Saturday during a door-to-door campaign.
The group reportedly criticised the ruling party for failing to keep its promises.
Mthembu said Zuma was warmly received by a big contingency of residents as well as residents whose houses he visited.
“It is a fact that there was a handful of noisy residents some of whom were drunk, carrying hand written placards,” Mthembu said.
The group was instigated by a local Democratic Alliance councillor, Mthembu said. He said representatives of the group later spoke to Zuma and ended up asking for ANC T-shirts.
Mthembu said the group was a fraction of those who received President Zuma.
“It is our view that this level of recklessness undermines the noble profession of journalism and should not be tolerated.
“We call on this journalist to put this record straight and not mislead those who follow him on twitter,” he said.