Stop abusing Zuma's name: Mantashe

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African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe gestures during a press briefing on the outcome of the party's National Working Committee meeting on April 5, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe told party members on Friday to stop abusing President Jacob Zuma’s name.

The newly elected top six executive members of the party paid their respects to struggle icon Oliver Tambo at his memorial site in Wattville, Ekurhuleni.

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Mantashe accused fellow comrades of using Zuma&39;s name for all the wrong reasons.

“I want comrades to disabuse themselves of abusing Zuma for their own purpose. They must stop it because it is dangerous to the movement, it hurts comrade Zuma. I’ve worked with him for 10 years, I can write a chapter in the book I am going to write about those  10 years.

"People must not abuse his name to cover their own, that’s my appeal," said Mantashe.

He was responding to demands for the ANC to recall Zuma as the country’s president. Among those who have such calls are a group of party stalwarts.

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