Ramatlhodi: Apartheid alive, well in SA

2015-01-30 06:11
Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. (Muhahid Safodien, AFP)

Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. (Muhahid Safodien, AFP)

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Pretoria - The apartheid system continues to thrive in South Africa, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said in Pretoria on Thursday.

"No newspaper wrote about the treatment comrade Jackie (Selebi) was receiving. He passed on while I was abroad but I have learnt that his foes ran short of saying he faked his own death, in their commentary to the media," said Ramatlhodi.

Speaking on behalf of the ANC, Ramatlhodi was addressing hundreds of people at the former police chief's memorial service at the Tshwane Events Centre.

"Those amongst us who may have believed that apartheid is dead and buried are living in fool's paradise. It is alive and well, having changed only the form of its existence," said Ramatlhodi.

"When it strikes, it strikes with the same old ferocity. As time passes on, it is growing in confidence (and) ready to take advantage of our subjective weaknesses."

The ANC announced this week that it would pick up the tab for Selebi's funeral and memorial service.

Selebi died on Friday aged 64. He had reportedly suffered from diabetes and kidney problems.

Selebi was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment on August 3, 2010, for taking bribes from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

The former head of Interpol started serving his sentence in 2011, after being found guilty of corruption in 2010. He was released from Pretoria Central Prison on medical parole less than a year later.

Ramatlhodi said "with or without a card" Selebi remained a full member of the ANC. He said Selebi was "one of the finest cadres and leaders".

"The one we are commemorating here is one of our own, a member of the ANC in good standing," said Ramatlhodi.

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