‘I am afraid I may also be killed but in Bozwana’s spirit I will fight on’

2015-10-08 18:57
A poster at the memorial service of slain businessman Wandile Bozwana. Picture: Tebogo Letsie/City Press

A poster at the memorial service of slain businessman Wandile Bozwana. Picture: Tebogo Letsie/City Press

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Politics and anti-Supra Mahumapelo statements dominated speeches at the memorial service of the slain property and construction mogul Wandile Bozwana in North West today. 

One ANC member, who identified himself as Mothusi Montwedi from Taung, commented on his own party, saying it was “not a caring organisation”. He added that there was nothing wrong with the party but the “problem was that the ANC is infiltrated by the Premier League who uses money and power to influence decisions”. 

“We’re not afraid of Supra as chairperson of the ANC in the province. There’s an evolution of leadership in the ANC and his time will come to an end,” Montwedi said to loud cheers. 

Mahumapelo, Free State Premier Ace Magashule and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza have been accused of being part of an informal group of lobbyists in the ANC known as the Premier League. 

Another Mahumapelo critic and Bozwana’s friend Themba Gwabeni said: “The problem here is that the leadership thinks we’re like those close to them who cannot criticise. They think we have outsourced our thinking,” he said. 

“They have taken an oath not to harm the republic. We are the republic and no one in Parliament must harm us … we’re not going to die in silence.” 
Montwedi said Bozwana – who was a known Mahumapelo critic – stood against corruption and fought it. 

“I am afraid I may also be killed but in Bozwana’s spirit I will fight on and they may as well kill all of us,” he said. 

This came just a few days after ANC provincial secretary Dakota Legoete urged party members not to point any fingers in Bozwana’s murder. 

This was believed to have been as a result of comments on social media that blamed political leaders for the killing. 

“We want to place it on record that insinuations seeking to opportunistically implicate the ANC provincial government and the provincial chairperson Comrade Supra Mahumapelo in his capacity as the premier are just an attempt to besmirch the good name of the ANC in the province. We call on members of the ANC to be calm and refrain from making reckless and irresponsible statements in the social media and any other space without facts,” Legoete said. 

Meanwhile, vehicles in the vicinity of Montshiwa Cultural Village in Mahikeng, North West, where the memorial service was held earlier today were plastered with posters bearing Bozwana’s face with words: “Bozwane stopped Mahumapelo corruption.” 

While mourners spoke highly of the 43-year-old self-made tycoon Bozwana, tempers flared and emotions raised as they expressed disgust at his brutal killing. 

Organised by a group of businessmen, who in May went on a protest and accused Mahumapelo of “enriching himself” and shutting the door on local business people, the memorial service was dominated with politics despite a plea at the beginning not to divert attention from Bozwana. 

Meanwhile, Bozwana’s younger brother Mlungiseleli said his family was prepared for the eventuality of his death. 

“He had prepared us ... he said many times that ‘they want to kill me’. They killed Wandile Bozwana but one mistake they made is that they did not kill Jesus Christ.” 

Some remembered Bozwana – an ANC funder – as a “generous” and “kind man” who also mentored many business people. 

Bozwana sustained nine bullet wounds in what seemed like a hit at a Pretoria intersection last Friday. He will be buried in Pretoria tomorrow. 

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