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Don't apologise over Shiceka - mourner

2012-05-09 20:57

Johannesburg - The ANC should not have to apologise for honouring former traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka, ANC Youth League official Simon Molefe said on Wednesday.

"They [Shiceka's critics] say we must be worried that the ANC is honouring him. He must be respected and we are not apologetic."

If South Africans could forgive people who murdered their families during apartheid, they could forgive Shiceka.

Molefe, who is Gauteng ANCYL deputy chairperson, was speaking at Shiceka's memorial service in Ivory Park, near Midrand.

The backdrop for the speakers at the memorial was an enormous banner bearing Shiceka's face.

Earlier, a group of ANC Women's League (ANCWL) members sang a song praising Shiceka as a hero as they pointed at the banner.

Attending the service was Shiceka's wife Cleopatra Salaphi and his 12-year-old daughter Bonolo Mandisa.

ANCWL Gauteng member Patricia Chueu said a "dark cloud" surrounded Shiceka before his death.

"We know that people, including some of us, have labelled him as corrupt and all other sorts of names. People have forgot the good that he did."

Shiceka died in St Mary's private hospital in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, on April 30 after a long illness.

Zuma removed him as a minister in October after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found he had racked up over R1m in travel costs for himself, his staff and his friends, in violation of the executive ethics code.

This included a trip to Switzerland to see a girlfriend jailed on drug-related charges.

He continued serving the ANC as an MP, but had been on sick leave since February 2011.

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-05-09 21:01

    No, of course not dear ANC. Why should you apologise for normal Cadre behaviour...

      Godfrey - 2012-05-09 21:43

      Shame, another mis-guided youth in the YL.

      Kolobe - 2012-05-09 22:14

      thought you were going to comment on "If South Africans could forgive people who murdered their families during apartheid, they could forgive Shiceka"

      Oscar - 2012-05-10 00:23

      Africa at its best, to ignorant to realise that this prick had shafted them and then they honour him because they get a free T-shirt and a half loaf of bread at the funeral.

      Kala - 2012-05-10 10:05

      Thinking hard about what he did for the country. So far I've come up with nothing. Its common knowledge that the ANC celebrates corruption. Look at our President.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-09 21:05

    How is it that whenever someone dies, they suddenly become a saint, no matter what they did in life? This seems to be especially true of politicians!!!

  • tobydt - 2012-05-09 21:12

    Ding dong, one less anc politician.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-09 21:26

    Who asked you to apologise Molefe? Don't worry ..we expect nothing less from you.

  • daleinn - 2012-05-09 21:27

    Shame , how long must we keep looking at past legacy to say, its alright to be unethical,when we abuse and waste tax payers money, that doesnt even go towards feeding the poor, how much is enough? when are we going to say , its not right ? using the masses just to get votes, and then serving the elite few ANC, does not speak out to democracy, maybe just tradititional to take from the pot!!!

      Thando - 2012-05-09 22:52

      U shud also suggest that to the holocust victims.......

      Peter - 2012-05-10 08:49

      @Thando wtf does the genocide of millions of jewish people have to do with this? You are a complete moron Thando stfu you troll

  • Brett - 2012-05-09 21:32

    Apartheid? Wasn't that over about 2 decades ago?

  • Marc Dinkelmann - 2012-05-09 21:38

    This just goes to show how morally bankrupt the ANCYL is, as is the ANC for even contemplating such an event to honor the life of a corrupt minister. Also, I would love to see how the youth league responded to this if the majority of their members were actually tax payers who are having to find such a debacle.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-05-09 21:41

    The ANC should apologise for allowing Shiceka to abuse his position for so long, while defending him because he was sick. They should apologise for the fact that he can never be brought to book for his actions, and they should never allow such a mistake to occur again. Other than that, I agree - they have nothing to apologise for...

  • Lerato - 2012-05-09 21:44

    If South Africans could forgive people who murdered their families during apartheid, they could forgive Shiceka. - ummm powerful statement

      tobydt - 2012-05-09 22:00

      If that was true, then clive derby lewis would have been paroled by now :P

      Thando - 2012-05-09 22:50

      Very true in principle.......but these rhino poachers wont really get tht!!

      tobydt - 2012-05-10 07:36

      Right, I didnt realise we were trying to compete with the apartheid government, nor play tit for tat.

  • Thuba - 2012-05-09 22:04

    Everybody is equal in our country and deserve to be treated the same,Shiceka is again the human being,there are people who are corrupt and had killed many peolpe and still treated with hounery,then why not Shiceka.

  • Thuba - 2012-05-09 22:04

    Everybody is equal in our country and deserve to be treated the same,Shiceka is again the human being,there are people who are corrupt and had killed many peolpe and still treated with hounery,then why not Shiceka.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-05-09 22:11

    Simon, my son... The ANC should be absolutely ASHAMED that they're honouring that corrupt creature, and no, I don't give a toss what you think about honouring him because he was a "comrade"... he was corrupt, he stole millions, he deprived this countries poor through his actions, and therefore he deserves nothing more than to be put in the ground and forgotten.

  • Thando - 2012-05-09 22:46

    My fellow Youth Leaguer in principle you are correct but in this context you shud have been very diplomatic, yes cmrde Shiceka was a struggle hero but he abused his position as a custodian of public works. We forgave th refugees but tht was meant for progress.......we will honour him in death for th role he played in th liberation struggle but NOT for his abuse of funds during his tenure in government.

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-09 22:51

    I will just quote mondli makhanya: Shiceka wouldn't recognise the person being honoured!

      Thando - 2012-05-09 22:54

      So wudnt u honour Mike Tyson??..........for his role in boxing......

  • Nemiforhersake - 2012-05-09 23:23

    News content in SA is worthy to come by...

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-10 05:07

    The ANC has managed to normalize corruption.....

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-10 06:39

      The anc use apartheid as a protection shield everything goes wrong its because of apartheid they will never be able to lookl after themselfs because of apartheid

  • Carry - 2012-05-10 06:21

    PEOPLE "MURDERED DURING THE APARTHEID ERA" WOULD PALE IF COMPARED TO THE MURDER, FRAUD, LYING, ETC. GOING ON NOW DURING THE "anc ERA". I WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT WENT TO THE POLLS TO VOTE FOR THE ABOLISHMENT OF APARTHEID, ONLY TO BE CONTINUOSLY THREATENED AND BLAMED FOR IT. WHEN ARE THE SUPPORTERS GOING TO VOTE FOR THE ABOLISHMENT OF THE SHAM CALLED THE anc?

  • Ron - 2012-05-10 09:02

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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