AS IT HAPPENED: Kathrada and Mandela Foundations insist on parliamentary recall

2017-03-31 06:41

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31 Mar 17:43

From: Nelson Mandela Foundation and Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and Nelson Mandela Foundation are shocked and deeply saddened by the unilateral announcement by the Presidency that the memorial service in honour of the late Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada has been postponed indefinitely. 

This decision was without any consultation with his wife Barbara Hogan, the Kathrada family, and the Kathrada Foundation.

We view this conduct by the President, on the anniversary of the humble letter written to him exactly one year ago, by our beloved Isithwalandwe comrade Kathrada, as totally unacceptable.  

The memorial service would have been the ideal opportunity for the state to pay tribute to the memory of Ahmed Kathrada. For three quarters of a century Ahmed Kathrada, a revolutionary, selflessly sacrificed his life in the interests of the people. 

He has deservedly taken his rightful place alongside the many giants of our democratic revolution;  a symbol who people here and abroad have come to love and adore. 

Ahmed Kathrada passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning, March 28th, and on Wednesday at his funeral, people gathered from all walks of life, young and old, men and women, including stalwarts in their numbers, to name a few:  

·         Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

·         The surviving Rivonia trialists Andrew Mlangeni and Dennis Goldberg

·         The last surviving leader of the 1956 Women’s March Sophie Williams De Bruyn

·         The life-long friend of Ahmed Kathrada, Laloo Chiba, who together with others spent time with him on Robben Island

·         Members of the Sisulu and Tambo families

·         George Bizos

·         Former speakers of the National Assembly, Frene Ginwala and Max Sisulu ·         Former Presidents Mbeki and Motlanthe

·         Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

·         Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

·         Religious leaders from all faith communities

·         Leaders of all sectors of business, labour and civil society.  

In addition to our dismay at the indefinite postponement of the official memorial in honour of comrade Kathrada tomorrow, we have awoken to the news this morning that five ministers and three deputy ministers have been removed from office. 

It includes Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, who have worked tirelessly to stabilise our economy in the face of self-induced political instability. 

They and others, in our view, have been removed for protecting the country from corruption and looting, and speaking truth to power. 

They were not even shown the courtesy of being informed of their removal and they learnt of their removal through the media. 

This decision of the President, using Presidential prerogative and, as we have learnt, without the support of the Deputy President or the Secretary General of the African National Congress, follows on the heels of

·         the decision of the Constitutional Court in the disastrous SASSA debacle around the continuation of payment of social grants

·         the SABC debacle where the recommendations of parliament were largely ignored ·         South Africa being summoned to the Hague to explain the violation of its obligations at the ICC

·         The President joining a court application by the Minister of Finance that attempts to interfere with our financial institutions.   

We are angered and outraged by the choices, and the consequences, of the decision of the President, including retaining Ministers who have been found glaringly wanting in executing their responsibilities, and putting narrow interests ahead of the interest of our country and its people.  

Contrary to the populist narrative that the President is furthering an agenda of radical economic transformation, the opposite is true. 

The consequences of last night’s announcement have the dramatic result that our scarce resources will be diverted to servicing debt and irrational procurement decisions, rather than delivery of services.   

The Foundations call on the leaders and ordinary members of the African National Congress across the country, leaders and members of the liberation movements and progressive civil society formations to build a new consensus that brings together all South Africans demanding accountability and ethical governance.

We call on Ministers and leaders of the ANC who care about the future of democracy and the Constitution to speak up and call on the President, in the best interests of the country, to step down.  

We call on the parliamentary leadership of the ANC, supported by all opposition parties, to insist that parliament be recalled immediately to debate a motion of no-confidence, proposed by the ANC leadership in parliament. 

We call on all members of parliament to unite and support a motion of no-confidence. We call on the people of SA in their mass formations to take to the streets and to make their views known. 

We support the rallying calls resounding across South Africa for all South African citizens to make their voices heard and take action to safeguard the future of all our children.:  "The people united will never be defeated!" "Our Country is not for sale!"

Issued on behalf of the Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela Foundations


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Hogan calls on "good ministers" to fight the good fight

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Here comes the ruling from the Western Cape High Court

31 Mar 17:07
SACP will join Kathrada memorial service on Saturday

31 Mar 17:05
KF will not start a new coalition, but will work with existing groups

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31 Mar 17:04
There's a limit to which you can be humiliated by your own party - Hogan. President is out in the cold

31 Mar 17:03
Hogan says she has no knowledge of the inner workings of the ANC MPs, but can interpret feelings within caucus

31 Mar 16:56
KF prepared to act against the ANC

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NMF says every South African should say "Not in my name"

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It's not about the individual, it's about institutions and governance in our country

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"The President has effected his cabinet reshuffle. Before doing so, he met the ANC officials. It was just a process of informing us of his decision; it was not a consultation, because he came with a ready-made list.  And I raised my concern and objection about the removal of the Minister of Finance; largely because he was being removed based on an intelligence report that I believe had unsubstantiated allegations about the Minister of Finance and his Deputy going to London to mobilise financial markets against our country," said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.   

"Now that I find totally totally unacceptable that a person who has served our country with such distinction would do something like that. It reminded me of my own situation in 2001 when there was an intelligence report that said that I was involved in a plot to overthrow the government of then President Thabo Mbeki," continued the Deputy President.   

"My strong objection to the removal of the Minister of Finance and his deputy is [that it is] based on spurious allegations and that is the basis of my objection. I told the President I would not agree with his reasoning for the removal of the Minister of Finance," further said the Deputy President.   

"And I told him that I would articulate [this] publicly. So this is where we are. He has made his choice and let me say the President has the prerogative to appoint and dismiss ministers of his cabinet. It is his choice and he has exercised his choice," continued Deputy President Ramaphosa.  

In response to a question whether he will resign  

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said: "No, I will not. I am staying to serve our people in government. I made my views known."  

"There are quite a number of other colleagues and comrades who are unhappy about this situation, particularly the removal of the Minister of Finance who was serving the country with absolute distinction, with great ability, and he has proven that he is a talented person. For him to be removed for this type of reasoning, this to me is unacceptable," concluded Deputy President Ramaphosa.


31 Mar 16:46
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and SA Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng will host their own memorial service for the struggle stalwart on Saturday after the official government event was postponed.

31 Mar 16:44
This is not about factional battles in the ANC, says Hogan

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Hogan raises finger to emphasise loyalty to Constitution over party loyalty

31 Mar 16:42
This is not a time for petty differences to divide us, says Hogan. We need an alliance to take on the forces of evil

31 Mar 16:41
In court, argument continues

31 Mar 16:40
President has not applied his mind to making critical decisions, says Hogan

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