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Liberation stalwart Fatima Meer has publicly reaffirmed her loyalty to and support of the ANC.
This follows recent media reports that she had defected to the splinter ANC group led by Mosiuoa "Terror" Lekota.
"The recent report of my so-called defection to the Congress of the People (Cope) is false," she said in a statement that was read yesterday by her brother, Farouk Meer, at an ANC activists' forum in Durban.
"I deplore the manner in which it was publicised. I saw myself as welcoming an old friend, Terror Lekota, to my home on a private visit and [I] was totally unaware that he was travelling with a battery of media persons," she said .
She said she had resolved to remain in the ANC and work for the implementation of the Freedom Charter.
Meer said she had neither left the ANC nor joined the Cope.
"I congratulate the ANC for spawning its own opposition.
"A healthy democracy needs an effective opposition. Whether Cope will be that is yet to be seen."
Meer said the ANC had to review its performance and had ahead of it an enormous task: to eliminate poverty and establish equality.
"I have criticised the ANC in the past and still remain critical of it. I hope to deepen my discussions with the leadership, particularly with regard to the concerns of civil society."
The forum was addressed by ANC provincial chairman Zweli Mkhize and NEC member and premier S'bu Ndebele.
The ANC has labelled Lekota a "liar" who will go to any length to drum up support for his party.
ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu said Meer's statement put to rest the controversy around the media reports.