South Africa's ANC denies party leader smoked pot

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- South Africa's governing party is denying media reports its leader reminisced at a funeral about smoking marijuana with an anti-apartheid veteran.

At the funeral Thursday that drew some of the biggest names in the African National Congress, party leader Jacob Zuma shared an anecdote about smoking hand-rolled cigarettes with Billy Nair when both were political prisoners on Robben Island.

The ANC said in a statement Friday that Zuma meant tobacco, not marijuana -- though it added: "The ANC understands how Zuma's statement could have been misunderstood."

Nair was 79 when he suffered a stroke and died Oct. 23. He was detained on Robben Island for 20 years for anti-apartheid activities. After apartheid ended, he served in the first all-race Parliament.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 33642469 - local8now.com/a?a=33642469