'Leave family to mourn in peace' - ANC on Inkosi Zondi

2009-01-29 00:00

The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal has appealed for the family of the slain inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi of Ngome in Msinga to be left alone to mourn his death "without being drawn into any political wrangles" over his political allegiance.

"It is the wish of the ANC that inkosi Zondi is laid to rest with the dignity and respect with which he accorded everyone he came across.

"The ANC views the latest reports where inkosi Zondi's family was questioned about his political allegiance as a lack of respect for the bereaved family and a violation of the critical values of ubuntu," the ANC said in a statement.

The ANC's reaction came after media reports quoted a spokesman for the Zondi family denying that the slain inkosi had any links with the ANC. However, when contacted by The Witness yesterday, the spokesman, Oscar Zondi, said he had been quoted out of context and that he did not know of inkosi Zondi's political allegiance. "No one can categorically say that the late inkosi was a member of this party or not a member of that party. Only a political party can prove that he was their member É

"We as the family know him as a man of all people who welcomed all parties who wanted to campaign in his area. We never discussed his political allegiance when he was alive," Zondi said.

The ANC said "opportunists" are using Zondi's death to score cheap political points. "Inkosi Zondi was a close ally of the ANC and any truth-loving person knows that inkosi Zondi went through many hardships because of his close allegiance with the ANC. What is important for all of us is that we all show support to inkosi Zondi's family as they mourn their loved one."

Today the ANC will hold a memorial service for Zondi. The funeral will take place on Saturday.

Zondi's killers were still at large yesterday, police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe said.

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