Mokaba’s mother lashes ANCYL

2010-06-20 11:11

A battle for the soul of late ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Peter

Mokaba has erupted ­between his family and the


The dispute, allegedly over the league leaders’ failure to consult

with Mokaba’s family over the use of his name,

erupted at the yearly celebration of the former youth leader’s life in

Polokwane, Limpopo.

In an exclusive interview with City Press at her home in Mankweng

township Mokaba’s mother, Precilla, blamed some of

the league’s leaders for failing to consult her family before doing things in

her son’s name.

Precilla Mokaba (77) accused unnamed

youth leaders of being ill-mannered, big-headed and of fighting among


However, she stressed that ANCYL president Julius Malema was not

personally involved.

She told City Press she planned to raise her concerns with

President Jacob Zuma, who attended the ceremony with members of his party’s

all-powerful national working committee later that day.

Mokaba’s mother said she had decided

not to tell Zuma about her grievances because fruitful discussions had been held

with ANC leaders before she met him.

She said while she agreed with the ANC’s suggestion that the yearly

ceremony be moved from its usual date of June 16 to June 6 because of the 2010

Soccer World Cup, she accused the ­ANCYL of:

» Doing things in her son’s

name without consulting her family;

» Not informing her family about final

preparations for the event;

» Erecting tents at a sports field the family had

earmarked for a women’s soccer match to entertain Zuma;

» Attempting to erect a stage in the Mankweng

cemetery, which houses Peter’s grave, against her family’s wishes; and

» Trying to bring large crowds into the cemetery,

which she feared could damage other people’s graves.

“If they go there and end up damaging other people’s graves,

because they are fighting among themselves, tomorrow people will blame us, the

Mokabas. That is why I said: ‘Over my dead body, not in Peter’s name.’ They

wanted to put the stage inside the graveyard. Where have you ever seen that?”

she said.

Mokaba said the event’s organisers

had briefly removed the tents from the sports field two days before the event

only after she threatened to call the police but later erected them again.

They also verbally apologised after she raised the matter with

Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale, she said.

She added: “They are ill-mannered. I just wanted to show them that

these boys think they are big and that life revolves around them. It is not


The stage was eventually placed on the sports field, and only

family members and the media entered the graveyard.

Malema attributed the squabble to a “misunderstanding” and denied

any problem between the two parties.

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