City leaders honour Madiba

2013-12-12 00:00

A SPECIAL council sitting honouring former president Nelson Mandela yesterday did not stop Msunduzi councillors from throwing a political punch or two.

The councillors did, however, condemn those who booed President Jacob Zuma at Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday.

Mayor Chris Ndlela described the booing as an “act of thuggery”.

National Freedom Party (NFP) councillor Ntokozo Bhengu praised Mandela for not clinging to power and knowing when to step down. He said today there were leaders who refused to relinquish power.

The NFP broke away from the IFP over the lack of leadership change in the latter.

Bhengu challenged ANC leaders to live according to Mandela’s values, without seeking to accumulate wealth.

Ndlela recalled the time of bloodshed and violence in the Edendale valley in the 1980s. He credited Mandela with preventing further bloodshed by forcing the ANC to work with the IFP.

Councillor Dolo Zondi of the IFP felt the mayor had presented a one-sided view of the violence of the past. He said the IFP would have liked to have responded to the statements made. “We cannot accept the level of fiction presented here,” he said.

Earlier, speaking on behalf of traditional leaders, Nkosi Nsikayezwe Zondi urged the parties to emulate Mandela’s example of political tolerance, saying this was the best way of honouring him.

The DA’s Bill Lambert said “we all belong to the South African family, and we owe that sense of belonging to Madiba”.

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