No place for politics at funerals

2017-04-11 06:02

WE as Africans need to go back to basics and start to respect funerals.

It was sad to see Ahmed Kathrada’s funeral being turned into a political rally as speakers vented their anger. Kathrada was a respected politician and his funeral should have been treated with respect.

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe was wrong in quoting from the Kathrada letter written to President Jacob Zuma requesting him to step down.

The letter was aimed at Zuma and Kathrada did not say it must be read at his funeral. It was grandstanding of the highest order by Motlanthe.

He is a former president and his actions should always be exemplary and not divisive. And it seems as if Motlanthe is still bitter. Zuma beat him hands downs in 2012 at Mangaung while they were contesting the ANC presidency. He needs to understand that making a noise at funerals will not shake a formidable politician such as Zuma.

Zuma was democratically elected and can only be removed through the vote.

And to those who say that he must heed the wishes of the people and step down, I do not know which people they are referring to because the masses are behind Zuma.

ROMANIUS ZULU

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