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.

- SAPA
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