Castro was all about love - Mantashe

2016-11-30 22:36
Dlamini-Zuma speaking on behalf of the women's league (Tshidi Madia, News24)

Dlamini-Zuma speaking on behalf of the women's league (Tshidi Madia, News24)

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Johannesburg - Leaders of the ANC and its alliance partners on Wednesday remembered the life of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro.

“He understood the Cuban destiny and its intrinsic link with Africa,” African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said on behalf of the ANC Women's League at a memorial service at the Johannesburg City Hall.

Castro died on Friday aged 90.

“The basis of everything Castro did was love,” ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told the packed hall.

As if addressing claims about factions in his own party, he said comrades could argue or differ on issues, but needed to guard against that feeling growing into hatred.

Mantashe touched on the revolutionary leader's views of money and its involvement in politics.

Money often caused revolutions to deviate from their path and lose their vision. He said Castro had cautioned that when money was at stake, people took their eye off the revolution.

“When we go to conference of the ANC, there is a lot of cash flow around the conference. This prostitute called imperialism is deviating us, it is seducing us to take our eye off the ball,” he said.

The SACP's Solly Mapaila said Castro led by example.

“Let's not celebrate Fidel Castro in abstract. Let's criticise ourselves,” the party’s second deputy general secretary said.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini called on alliance partners to unite in order to fight a shared enemy - poverty, unemployment, and inequality.

“Let us build a strong, united ANC-led alliance. Let's close ranks and fight the real fight,” said Dlamini.

Castro was Cuba’s prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and president from 1976 to 2008, when ill health forced him to formally hand over power to his younger brother Raul.

The bearded revolutionary survived a crippling US trade embargo and dozens, possibly hundreds, of assassination plots.

The ANC would host events in his honour across the country.


Read more on:    sacp  |  anc  |  nkosazana ­dlamini zuma  |  fidel castro  |  gwede mantashe  |  cuba

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