ANCYL of­fi­cial booed at funeral

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ANCYL trea­surer gen­eral Pule Mabe, who along with Julius Malema was sus­pended for ill-dis­ci­pline and bring­ing the ANC into dis­re­pute, was booed off the stage at the funeral of Youth League national ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Vusi Mh­longo in Kwazulu-na­tal yes­ter­day.

Mh­longo died in hos­pi­tal in Ton­gaat on Christ­mas Eve and Mabe was con­stantly dis­rupted yes­ter­day as he tried to pay trib­ute to his friend. The two had worked to­gether in the ANCYL since 2008.

Mabe and Malema were among six ANCYL lead­ers who were sus- pended last month.

The league’s provin­cial sec­re­tary Sihle Zikalala in­ter­vened at the funeral, ap­peal­ing to those present to re­spect the speak­ers. “Com­rades, all those who worked with Mh­longo should be al­lowed to speak.

“We are here to pay re­spect to Mh­longo. The ANC will be 100 years next year. It has sur­vived be­cause of its val­ues,” said Zikalala.

“If you are a leader or a mem­ber of the ANC you must re­spect oth­ers. The things we are see­ing here are for­eign to the cul­ture of the ANC.”

He ad­vised peo­ple to ex­press their dis­con­tent through the cor­rect chan­nels. Some mourn­ers sang songs in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and ANC sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe.

Sus­pended ANCYL deputy pres­i­dent Ron­ald Lamola was also in­ter­rupted dur­ing his ad­dress. Lamola said Mh­longo was one of those who had helped in­crease the ANCYL’S mem­ber­ship.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa and ANC Women’s League mem­ber Dolly Shandu called Mh­longo a good leader with a solid un­der­stand­ing of pol­i­tics. “Mh­longo worked hard in the ANC and did not ex­pect to be paid for his con­tri­bu­tion.” – Sapa

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