We have a problem with Kathrada - Ex-Political Prisoners Association

2016-04-11 08:36
Ahmed Kathrada with ANC Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Ahmed Kathrada with ANC Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - The Ex-Political Prisoners Association (Eppa) has hit out at former political prisoner and former member of Parliament, Ahmed Kathrada, for his damning letter against President Jacob Zuma.

In a statement at the weekend, the group lambasted Kathrada, Cheryl Carolus and Trevor Manuel.

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Eppa deputy national secretary Mpho Masemola told News24 he was specifically taken aback by Kathrada, who penned an open letter to Zuma in which he lamented his agony at having to express his concerns and questioned the president’s decision to stay in office, asking whether it would not deepen the "crisis of confidence" in government.

Kathrada's letter came in the wake of the Constitutional Court ruling that found that Zuma and Parliament flouted the Constitution by ignoring the Public Protector's findings on Nkandla. It also found that Zuma must pay for the upgrades.

Eppa has since requested a meeting with Kathrada.

“Kathrada was incarcerated on Robben Island with us. He taught us about organisational discipline, the principles of belonging to a political organisation and how to defend the revolution and its gains,” Masemola said.

“We are surprised that a man who taught us all of these things has chosen to abstain from the very same principles that he was preaching by going to the media and announcing it on the media platform.”

He should have followed the channels within the ANC, Masemola argued.

“Everybody respected him, including Madiba and all of us. He chose to go to the media to express himself and disregard the organisational structures of the ANC. We have a problem with that.”

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