ANC’s top two mutual snub

2012-10-13 19:35

ANC president Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlante had an awkward moment yesterday at the funeral of former SABC CEO Zwelakhe Sisulu in Randburg, Johannesburg.

The two ANC leaders who are expected to battle it out for the next ANC presidency in December, arrived separately but were seated next to each other in the front row of the Walter Sisulu Hall.

During his oration Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba referred to a poem by Sisulu called Lest We Forget.

He abruptly stopped his oration and asked every mourner to turn to their neighbour and say “lest we forget” to them.

Zuma ignored his deputy and turned to parliamentary speaker Max Sisulu who sat on his other side, while Motlanthe opted for Graca Machel, wife of former president Nelson Mandela.

Zuma, in his address, praised Sisulu for his contribution “through his writings (at the New Nation newspaper), he consolidated voices of the masses”. He also said the ANC has one or two things to learn from the late son of struggle stalwart Walter Sisulu.

“Comrade Zwelakhe departs during the year of the centenary of the ANC, as if to say his mission has been accomplished. He leaves the responsibility to us all to build the ANC and to revive its core values of unity, selflessness, sacrifice, collective leadership, humility, honesty, discipline, hard work, internal debates, constructive criticism and self-criticism as well as mutual respect.”

The funeral was also attended by cabinet ministers Tokyo Sexwale, ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa, mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe and former SABC CEO Phil Molefe.

Zwelakhe Sisulu was laid to rest at the West Park cemetery. 

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