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Mabe booed off stage at ANYCL man's funeral

2011-12-30 20:04

Kwadukuza - Suspended ANCYL treasurer general Pule Mabe was booed off the stage at the funeral of the youth league's national executive committee member Vusi Mhlongo in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

Mabe was paying tribute to Mhlongo as his friend. They had worked together in the African National Congress Youth League since 2008.

Mhlongo, an ANCYL national executive and working committee member, died in hospital in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, on Christmas Eve, the league announced on Wednesday.

Mabe was constantly disrupted by some people at the funeral during his tribute. He was one of six ANCYL leaders, including leader Julius Malema, who were suspended in November for ill-discipline and bringing the ANC into disrepute.

The league's provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala intervened and appealed to those present to respect the speakers.

"Comrades all those who worked with Mhlongo should be allowed to speak."

Zikalala said when Mhlongo differed with other league members he expressed his opinions in appropriate forums.

"We are here to pay respect to Mhlongo. The ANC will be 100 years next year, it has survived because of its values.

"If you are a leader or a member of the ANC you must respect others. The things we are seeing here are foreign to the culture of the ANC.

"If a leader is on stage and has a different view we should give them an opportunity to express themselves."

He advised people to express their discontent through the right channels.

Some mourners sang songs in support of President Jacob Zuma and ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe.

Well-grounded leader

Suspended ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola was also interrupted during his address. Lamola said Mhlongo was one of those who had helped increase the ANCYL's membership.

"He [Mhlongo] was a disciplined member of the ANCYL, he contributed to the league hosting the biggest conference in Gallagher Estate and his dedication helped us to grow our membership."

He was referring to the youth league's elective conference held in June.

Lamola said Mhlongo understood his responsibility in the league and in his community.

"He taught us to lead in a principled manner. He taught us to engage in robust and intellectual debates," Lamola said.

Mabe described Mhlongo as a well-grounded leader.

"He attended all deployment with discipline, he loved his people and brought a new life to the organisation. He knew that to capture the youth, you must speak to them in a language they'll understand," Mabe said.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa described Mhlongo as a good leader.

"He [Mhlongo] was trained in politics in the early 1990s. He was not confused about what the ANC stood for. I'm confident he was going to grow in the organisation."

ANC Women's League member Dolly Shandu said Mhlongo understood politics.

"Mhlongo worked hard in the ANC and did not expect to be paid for his contribution," she said.

Mhlongo was born on January 18, 1973. He died after a short illness on December 24. He is survived by his fianc and five children.

The funeral was also attended by suspended ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, district mayor Welcome Mdabe, Congress of SA Trade Unions, SA Communist Party and Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association members.

Comments
  • Ekfeugo - 2011-12-30 20:11

    The deceased was 38 and a member of the youth league, Is this correct?

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 20:15

      Ekfeugo, you don't understand the new ways of our ANCYL. Now the Western Imperialists brought with them Botox, we stay younger much longer!

      Anthony - 2011-12-30 20:21

      yes you saw that, only because his still in grade nine!

      Ekfeugo - 2011-12-30 20:29

      Ubhejane. I dont want to be mean or direspectful, but something went wrong with the botox dosage. Did he drink it then.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 21:09

      John the king of 'cut and paste' is back. boring!

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 21:20

      @Squeegee. Must be a very small hard drive from the past. Didn't those first computers come out with a 4MB hard drive. There are only 3 messages he pastes on here. But wait the other one about the Chinese will still come a bit later. Sounds like an old alcoholic to me.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 21:30

      ubhejane, I think the hard drive in his head is only 512k, has a virus and needs to be reformatted.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 21:35

      LOL LOL How will the formatting happen? Plug live electric wires into his nostrils and then someone stands at the electric socket screaming Repent Mampara, while the power is turned on!

      Liana - 2011-12-30 21:42

      wtf, 38 with 5 children...thats why youth league.. creating members, living off the fat of the land, contributing nothing

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 21:47

      Oh come on Mother. Have a bit of spirit! It is New Year and it could have 5 wives and 20 kids! The glass is always full in this country!

  • ubhejane - 2011-12-30 20:12

    And JuJu? Didn't South Africa's Sweetheart attend the funereal? In Mauritius again? Oh the life of the Rich!

      craigtjames - 2011-12-30 20:42

      I think he might be consulting with medical experts to come up with an illness to ensure he does not have to do jail time once he gets prosecuted and found guilty when all his skeletons fall out of the closet.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 20:53

      No Craig I think he getting some liposuction because he will for sure be leading a march to the centennial celebrations. It might be a long walk. Happy New Year Craig and send my wishes to Christelle.

      Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-30 21:17

      Oops, another Popcorn & mushrooming blogger trying so hard to show some brain haa!!

      Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-30 21:17

      Oops, another Popcorn & mushrooming blogger trying so hard to show some brain haa!!

      craigtjames - 2011-12-30 21:41

      Hey Impi, this is Christelle and thanx:-) I am logged in under the husband - Happy to you too man!!!

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-30 20:18

    Is this really worth reporting ....

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 20:23

      YES!!!! It is. We love this soap opera! We want to hear about the lives of the rich. It gives us some escape from our mundane tin shack lives.

      AyGeewils - 2011-12-30 20:48

      Beats murder and mayhem ...?

  • moby.quest - 2011-12-30 20:26

    So Mabe and Lamola were booed. Thats good because it shows that no matter what the circumstances are, the people oppose their behaviour. However, I bet that if Malema took to the stage, he would have received a welcoming cheer! I quote: "If you are a leader or a member of the ANC you must respect others." And this is what I fail to understand because Malema has showed many forms of disrespect towards the media, opposition political members and even towards his own president Zuma, yet people regard him as a wonderful leader. If this carries on, this country is heading towards one big balls-up!

      Anthony - 2011-12-30 20:30

      big bang,

  • wehries - 2011-12-30 20:32

    Eish, he must have had THAT flu..

      Harold - 2011-12-30 20:55

      Yup if you are not immune then you are not immune. If thats difficult to understand then you will not stay negative but you will become positive.

      craigtjames - 2011-12-30 22:00

      Eish, he did not use da shower mon

  • craigtjames - 2011-12-30 22:06

    All fun and jokes aside. I think it was blatantly disrespectfull. It was a funeral and does not matter whose funeral it was, the funeral goers should have treated it as such. (not as a platform for political agendas)

      Beetroot - 2011-12-30 22:12

      get real! When Mugabe dies I book my ticket to Zimbabwe to take a giant crap on his grave! He has deprived the only chance of enjoying life for most of the population in the last 30 years. Lets those you live for self gain burn in hell if there is one. I hope there is! Because God has given up on this planet! Dont come try preach to me because all I did was believe from a very young age. All that gave me was today!!!

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 22:33

      Hey Beetroot, Brother are you OK tonight?

      craigtjames - 2011-12-30 22:38

      Beetroot - chill dude. We are talking about the behaviour of the funeral goers - nobody preached to you. Are you the beetroot the previous minister of health was talking about to prevent HIV?

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 22:50

      LOL No Christelle, Beetroot is everything BUT that crazy old senile bag!

  • Lephutsi - 2011-12-30 23:37

    'Mhlongo understood politics' but did not see any need to take Anti-Ritrovirals like his former leader, Peter Mokaba. He died at age 38. What a shame?

  • Piston - 2011-12-31 08:10

    So he died of Aids then?

  • Piston - 2011-12-31 09:44

    Good. Now that's practical leadership by example...why not advertise the fact so others can learn!

  • acsteyn - 2011-12-31 11:52

    "We are here to pay respect to Mhlongo. The ANC will be 100 years next year, it has survived because of its values". What values? Theft, corruption, bad reputations, lying, fraud, cheating and self enrichment? Well I think it may be how the ANC started but it certainly is not what is has evolved into. You sir, are a bool shyter. Thank goodness for people like Madam Modinsela. A great lady.

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-31 12:29

    I am so very very glad that people like this don't represent me. So glad.

  • Christiaan - 2011-12-31 17:12

    Peuters = 0-7 Kleuters = 8-14 Juniors= 15-20 Seniors =21-30 ANCYL = 30-50

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 18:37

      LOL LOL Christiaan I understood most, but what is a Peuter?

  • billidp - 2012-01-01 01:35

    The best thing about this article is the headline! Nice editing as usual 24.com! Who the hell is the ANYCL???

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