Brother of dead ANC boss slates KZN leaders

2010-10-11 00:00

A FAMILY member of the late ANC eThekwini leader, John Zakhele Mchunu (46), who was buried yesterday, criticised some ANC leaders in the province for starting a debate about his replacement even before his burial.

Zimngaye Mchunu, who was introduced as one of Mchunu’s brothers, was giving a family tribute during the funeral serviceat Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont yesterday.

The funeral was attended by President Jacob Zuma.

Said an angry Mchunu, “We were disappointed by the lack of respect shown by some people within the ANC who started debating as to who is going to replace my brother just two days after his death and even before his burial. We do not know where this disrespect comes from within the ANC.”

Mchunu died last week at the Crompton hospital in Pinetown after battling with pneumonia for almost three weeks.

Mchunu’s brother also slated media reports published while he was still lying in hospital that suggested he was dying.

In his tribute to Mchunu, President Zuma described him as a man who was not hesitant in expressing his honest views, no matter how others felt about the issues.

Zuma said he was a valiant fighter for the poor and one of the greatest organisers the ANC has ever had.

“Just like most of us, Mchunu’s involvement with the struggle was forced by circumstances under which most of the black people used to live.

“He was forced to drop school while doing Standard 9 (Grade 11) and started working at a young age.

“I used to call him Indoda engiyaziyo (a man that I knew)” as he was my regional chairperson since my ANC branch is here in eThekwini,” Zuma said.

Ruth Bhengu , the president of the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco) was booed off the stage by the mourners during her address after blaming the government for its failure to quickly resolve the public servants’ strike that put the country into serious crisis.

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema got a rave reception when he was given an opportunity to greet the crowd and said the youth will be inspired by the spirit of Mchunu to continue the fight until economic freedom is acquired.

KZN Premier and ANC provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize, a medical doctor, said Mchunu received a high standard of healthcare during his last days, but lost the battle against pneumonia despite interventions from specialist who attended to him in the hospital.

SACP general-secretary and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimand and Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipo also addressed the service.

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