Let’s em­u­late Tambo, says Ramaphosa

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ANC pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Cyril Ramaphosa has made light of crit­i­cism that his OR Tambo memo­rial lec­ture was a “fac­tional gath­er­ing” over t-shirts worn by his sup­port­ers em­bla­zoned with his cam­paign slo­gans.

He was speak­ing at a church in Good­wood, where many of his sup­port­ers had to be brought by taxi, fill­ing the pews.

Flank­ing Ramaphosa was for­mer Cab­i­net mem­ber Pallo Jor­dan and ANC Western Cape sec­re­tary Faiez Ja­cobs.

Also in at­ten­dance was for­mer ANC premier Ebrahim Ra­sool, purged fol­low­ing the wa­ter­shed Polok­wane con­fer­ence, and the last ANC mayor in Cape Town, cur­rent NEC mem­ber and Deputy Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion No­main­dia Mfeketo.

Be­fore Ramaphosa could start his ad­dress, the di­vi­sions in the ANC ahead of the party’s De­cem­ber elec­tive con­fer­ence, were on full dis­play as chair­per­son of the Dul­lah Omar (Cape Town metro) re­gion Xolani So­tashe was roundly booed when he called out sup­port­ers of the party’s deputy pres­i­dent for wear­ing #Siyavuma t-shirts – the slo­gan for his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

When he called the wear­ing of the cam­paign t-shirts “for­eign ten­den­cies” the large au­di­ence turned against him.

“We must not al­low for­eign ten­den­cies in the ANC. Peo­ple must wear t-shirts in their fac­tional gath­er­ings. We are hurt­ing the name of DP (deputy pres­i­dent),” said So­tashe.

Tak­ing the podium, Ramaphosa at first agreed with So­tashe, say­ing he had raised a “cor­rect is­sue”.

“In Man­guang we dis­cussed this thing (of fac­tional t-shirts). The NEC re­solved that if we have meet­ings of the ANC we should take care not to wear t-shirts or caps that iden­tify with one of the can­di­dates.

“Now, wher­ever I have been go­ing ... when we come to the ANC, we are say­ing we must try to forge unity at all costs and not try to do any­thing that will di­vide our move­ment be­cause we don’t have time, some of us will have to go to our branches’ BGMs and some of us are wear­ing t-shirts that I don’t see clearly here.”

Ramaphosa said the ANC sought the wis­dom of Tambo, want­ing the hon­esty “that he dis­played through­out his life”.

He said Tambo’s in­tegrity, as well as his hu­mil­ity should be the key at­tributes to guide not only the ANC’s mem­bers but also its lead­er­ship.

“We should not only speak of this great man, but we should have the courage to em­brace the ethos, the spirit and the vi­sion that he had,” said Ramaphosa.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was warmly wel­comed at a Good­wood church yes­ter­day.

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