As it happened: #KathradaMemorial: ‘Let’s unite to get the country out of this mess’

2017-04-01 13:43

The mood at the Ahmed Kathrada memorial is highly political. Speaker after speaker reminded the above-capacity crowd what Kathrada stood for and to unite for the sake of the country.


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01 Apr 16:39

The memorial comes to and end.

Pravin Gordhan is mobbed and security steps in to prevent him being crushed by the eager crowd.

01 Apr 16:35

On behalf of the foundations (Kathrada and Mandela), a sincere thank you for making this a much better memorial than we would have had, Balton says.

01 Apr 16:34

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01 Apr 16:31

Balton thanks ministers who lost their jobs.

01 Apr 16:29

Balton thanks the SACP for making sure the memorial goes ahead when government cancelled the official event.

01 Apr 16:24

"You have not had this kind of gathering since the 1980s," Balton says, thanking Ahmed Kathrada.

01 Apr 16:23

Neeshan Balton thanks the Black Sash for taken on the issue of the payment of social grants.

01 Apr 16:23

Now a word of thanks from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.

01 Apr 16:22

01 Apr 16:22

He ends with: "Strengthen the State and the ANC."

01 Apr 16:21

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01 Apr 16:20

Gordhan" "One lady asked where we are going with Nuclear, we have a standard reponse."

01 Apr 16:20

01 Apr 16:19

He says his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas was not even with him, he was in SA but the story was that he was also called back.

01 Apr 16:18

01 Apr 16:18

He was accused of going on this trip to "sabotage the economy".

01 Apr 16:17

01 Apr 16:17

Gordhan tells the story of his cancelled road show and the so-called intelligence report.

01 Apr 16:16

01 Apr 16:15

"There are many in government and in the NEC will say the same thing. We do it because we believe the people shall govern."

01 Apr 16:14

"Come out, be organised, be part of something."

01 Apr 16:13

"This channel (ANN7) accuses me of encouraging mass mobilisation.

"Yes, I am encouraging mass mobilisation."

Loud cheers.

01 Apr 16:12

"If we don't stop the mismanagement we will lose tens of thousands of jobs."

01 Apr 16:12

About the so-called intelligence report which was used to remove him from office.

01 Apr 16:11

"As an adult, you should say I did not do what I was supposed to do and I was doing someone for a favour."

01 Apr 16:10

"Why did the grants tender go wrong?

"Why did we not listen to the highest court in the land 3 years ago?"

01 Apr 16:09

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01 Apr 16:08

"If we spent R1 trillion every year we must ask how is this money spent," he says.

"Does this money benefit the poor?"

01 Apr 16:07

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01 Apr 16:06

In case someone wants to take us to some disciplinary meeting for saying this; we will say this in the next NEC meeting, he says.

01 Apr 16:05

01 Apr 16:05

"Where are the billions going? Are the managers still accountable to you?" he asks.

01 Apr 16:04

01 Apr 16:04

Gordhan says Kathy will say it's time to unite and fight the weaknesses in our society.

01 Apr 16:03

"What can you do in your own small way to bring about a better change?" Gordhan asks.

01 Apr 16:02

01 Apr 16:01

You must hit this propaganda, he says.

01 Apr 16:00

He gets a dig in at ANN7 in his warning against fake news.

01 Apr 16:00

He has not lost his sense of humour.

01 Apr 15:59

Gordhan says it was petty to cancel the official government memorial service. 

01 Apr 15:59

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01 Apr 15:56

Gordhan talks about when he first met Hogan.

01 Apr 15:53

My fellow ministers and deputy minsters, he says and the crowd laughs.

01 Apr 15:53

This ANC is still our ANC, Gordhan says.

01 Apr 15:51
And now for the main speaker: Pravin Gordhan. 

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