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Zuma attacks those who use dead comrades to deepen ANC divisions
08 Apr 2017 at 16:04hrs | Views
Malamulele - President Jacob Zuma has hit out at "comrades" who used memorials as a way to "perpetuate disunity" within the ANC.
According to News24, Zuma was speaking at an unveiling ceremony of the tombstone of the late Minister of Public Services and Administration, Collins Chabane, in Limpopo on Saturday.
Chabane died in 2015 in a car accident along with two of his bodyguards while on their way from Polokwane in Limpopo to Tshwane.
In a thinly-veiled attack on former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who has recently been the keynote speaker at several memorial events for struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada where he has spoken out against Zuma, Zuma dismissed this as a "new culture" that should be rejected.
He commended the speakers at the Chabane ceremony who had refrained from using the memorial as a political platform.
"I'm happy that not a single one did so. Whoever would have done so, I would have come and said, '[No], sorry'.
"Be brave and confront a comrade if you have problems with a comrade. Don't use the comrades who have died to perpetuate disunity... So I want to thank you, and the comrades. At least you are helping to give an example of how to treat comrades who have passed away. You can't use them as an instrument to further deepen the divisions."
Zuma went on to say that he was happy that no one had used Chabane's name to fight their battles.
"To use the funeral or the memorial of a fellow comrade to fight our political battles will be wrong. It will never be right, no matter how you feel," he said as some members of the crowd cheered.
"It is wrong to use funerals, memorial services to fight political battles. That's wrong and terrible politics.
"We must not use the name of Collins to fight political battles."
"Comrade Collins, if he had a problem with someone he would come to you and speak to you directly, He was a disciplined comrade indeed who believed in the principles of the ANC."
Source - news24