Mashaba was a very courageous comrade - Zuma

2015-07-15 19:06
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said the ANC had been expecting great things from the late Thulani Mashaba who died in a car accident in Ballito last Thursday.

Zuma was speaking outside the uThungulu deputy mayor’s Geranium Road home in Richards Bay just before he headed to Esikhaleni, Umfolozi FET College where Mashaba’s memorial was being held.

“We came as the leadership to see the family and to mourn with them. It is a very painful situation because Mashaba was still a very young man and we were still expecting a lot from him as a cadre of the ANC.

“He has played a great role in local government as well as being the chair of the Musa Dladla region. He was a leader who showed very strong characteristics in leading the ANC in many respects,” said Zuma.

Zuma said Mashaba had grown through the ANC ranks.

“We were looking forward to him contributing [even] more... We came here just to make the family feel stronger through words and prayer,” said Zuma.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said he would remember Mashaba as a very principled man.

"He was also a very courageous comrade. As young as he was, he lived ahead of his time. For those of us that grew up in the ANCYL we knew how firm and rigid he was in terms of the values he espoused.

“We could always rely on him for the tasks we needed to perform as young cadres in the ANCYL knowing the future of the ANC was in our hands,” said Gigaba. He added that the ANC had invested a lot in Mashaba.

ANC treasurer general, Zweli Mkhize, said, “He was a very hard working passionate leader. We will remember him for a man who loved working for the people. He was able to make an effort in the communities he worked with, even as a deputy mayor he has also made a difference in terms of service delivery.

“He was instrumental in making sure that the ANC government made an impact at municipal level."

He said Mashaba had had a bright future.  

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  durban  |  accidents  |  politics

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