ANC in Bokone Bophirima lambasts ‘factional comments’ at Admed Kathrada’s funeral

Dakota Legoete


The PEC of the African National Congress in Bokone Bophirima held its ordinary meeting in Moretele sub-region on Friday. The provincial secretary, Dakota Legoete said the PEC meeting received a political overview from its chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo and discussed amongst other issues the state of the organisation, preparations for regional
conferences, preparations for the June national policy conference as well as current political developments.

“The PEC also welcome the Cabinet reshuffle as announced by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. We congratulate the new appointees and support them in their new
responsibilities. We acknowledge the prescription as stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic,” Legoete said.

He further said the provisions of Section 91 solely gives the State President the prerogative to appoint and relieve Cabinet Ministers in order to ensure that the mandate of the ANC government as given by the electorate is implemented successfully.
“It is our belief that the decision to reshuffle Cabinet is in the best interest of the country. This will assist the government to further strengthen the radical socio-economic transformation programme through the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).

“We hope that this decision will benefit the people of our country, especially on the provision of quality and sustainable services. We have confidence that all the new deployees in their respective portfolios will perform their responsibilities with diligence and selflessness. The Constitution of the country and its mandate will be fulfilled as outlined in the ANC’s 2014 Election Manifesto,” he said.

Legoete added that the PEC discussed the recent developments that took place at the funeral of stalwart, Ahmed Kathrada, who originates from Schweizer Reneke in Mamusa Local Municipality. He said Uncle Kathy as Admed Kathrada was affectionately known, has been an embodiment of the principles and values of the ANC.

“We are however, concerned that what transpired at his funeral was contrary to what he stood for and what he taught us. The conduct of some speakers, in particular the former Deputy President, was an abuse of the platform. They blatantly disrespected the legacy of Uncle Kathy and used his funeral to plough seeds of division in the organization.

“They launched an attack on the President instead of using the relevant organisational protocol to air their grievances. We have mandated the PEC Officials to engage our National Officials on the recent developments instead of raising them through public spats. The  PEC pleads with all members and leaders of the ANC to refrain from playing to the gallery because that only succeeds in strengthening the agenda of the opponents of the National Democratic Revolution,” he said.
Legoete added that all ANC members and structures need to focus on the organisation’s
policy discussion documents in preparation for the June conference and on service delivery to the people.



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