Don’t listen to the noise around you - Mahumapelo tells Zuma

2017-04-21 21:22
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I wanted to surprise Ontlametse on my birthday - Zuma

2017-04-21 13:09

18-year-old Ontlametse Phalatse, suffered a rare genetic disorder called Progeria, shortly before her death she had the honour of meetin President Jacob Zuma. Watch Zuma speak to people at her funeral. WATCH

Johannesburg - Stay firm and focused on the strategic objective of leading our people, do not listen to the noise around you, North West premier, Ace Mahumapelo, told President Jacob Zuma on Friday.

Mapumapelo was introducing Zuma to hundreds of mourners who gathered to bid farewell to Ontlametse Phalatse, who died from lung failure on April 11, a day before her mother, Bella, and President Jacob Zuma's birthday.

Phalatse, who had progeria, was buried in Hebron in the North West, on Friday.

Taking a jibe at the growing calls for Zuma to resign, Mahumapelo said: "There are people in this country who have made it their task to embark on a mission that is impossible, a mission to reduce you to nothing...

"You can see the masses today, South Africans, blacks in particular… we are patriotic to our country; we support you.

"They know that you have struggled for this country; you have made sacrifices, and you are prepared to face death at all times and that you joined the multitudes of people who stood up against apartheid."

READ: 'Tiny giant' Ontlametse Phalatse to be laid to rest


He said the masses knew that Zuma did that without wanting recognition.

"They know that you did that because you wanted South Africa to be liberated as we see it today. They know that what you do every day in your life, you do it in pursuit of building a non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

"Stay firm, stay focused on the strategic objective... [leading] our people. Do not look around and listen to the noise, because that noise will dwindle day by day, week by week, month by month and every year because the masses of our people are behind you."

Mahumapelo urged all the churches and their religious leaders around the country to pray for "those who want to bring disorder to this country".

"We must pray for them because what they are doing is not good for our country, we must ask God, the almighty, he must remove them from the ways that seeks to destroy our country and put them on a path that puts us together," he said.

Several political parties and civil society organisation recently marched against Zuma, calling him to vacate his office.

Many reminded Zuma of the Nkandla judgment which found that he violated his oath of office.

The country was also outraged and caught by surprise by Zuma's dramatic Cabinet reshuffle which saw the axing of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.

The country was downgraded to junk status by two ratings agencies following the move.


Read more on:    ontlametse phalatse  |  jacob zuma  |  mahikeng  |  politics

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