Zuma uses funeral for campaigning

2011-04-02 12:13

President Jacob Zuma today used the funeral service of freedom fighter Henry Makgothi to not only pay tribute to him, but to preach the good work of the ANC. This, ahead of the local government elections on May 18.

The funeral service was held at the Marks Park Sports Grounds and Makgothi is expected to be buried at the West Park Cemetery.

“Two-and-a-half million houses have been built for the poor. Six million houses have gained access to clean water since 1994. In 1994 only 50% of households had access to sanitation, today 77% do,” Zuma said.

Makgothi died after a stroke in Johannesburg last week.

The 82-year-old joined the ANC Youth League in 1944.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the early sixties, after being arrested for trying to leave South Africa without a passport.

He served eight years of the sentence on Robben Island. On his release in the 1970s, he was restricted to Mabopane, outside Pretoria.

He escaped to Swaziland and joined the staff of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College at Mazimbu in Tanzania.

While in exile, he was elected to the ANC’s national executive committee and served as deputy secretary general until his return home in 1990.

After returning to South Africa he worked in the ANC’s finance office and later served as Chief Whip of the National Council of Provinces from 1997 to 1999.

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