ANCYL official booed at funeral
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