Home Affairs Minister Gigaba has been heavily criticised for attending the funeral of Ahmed Kathrada – barely a year after lashing out at disgruntled “so-called ANC stalwarts”.
Scores of disappointed South Africans took to Twitter on Wednesday and slammed Minister Gigaba Malusi after spotting him at Kathrada’s funeral.
Last year, the minister criticised Kathrada and other ANC veterans, including former party leaders Trevor Manuel and Cheryl Carolus for calling on President Jacob Zuma to step down.
Malusi dubbed the veterans ‘ill-disciplined’ and ‘disillusioned’ for campaigning Zuma’s downfall in the wake of the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla.
Speaking in Gugulethu at an ANC Heroes Lecture at the time, he said: “You have a mixed bag of so-called ANC stalwarts, disillusioned ANC ex-leaders and some members who have come together who have seized this moment to chew their bone with the ANC leadership. They have joined the clamour of the opposition in claiming the president has violated the constitution and should therefore resign.”
Launching a scathing attack on the controversial minister, a social media user @palesa_morudu tweeted: “Malusi Gigaba actually called #UncleKathy an ‘ill-disciplined so-called stalwart’. Things cadres say in the service of the Zupta project.”
Malusi Gigaba actually called #UncleKathy an 'illdisciplined so-called stalwart'. Things cadres say in the service of the Zupta project.
— Palesa Morudu (@palesa_morudu) March 28, 2017
But Malusi hurriedly launched a counter-attack on Morudu, claiming he never referred to Uncle Kathy in such a manner.
“I have never referred to Uncle Kathy in that manner as you insinuate. For you to use this during this time‚ it’s too low,” he wrote.
1) I have never referred to Uncle Kathy in that manner as you insinuate.
2) for you to use this during this time, it's too low. https://t.co/eeiOlk9UFD
— Malusi Gigaba (@mgigaba) March 29, 2017
Other users didn’t spare the minister as well. They launched further attacks.
Journalist and author Mandy Wiener responded with‚ “And now he is literally carrying his coffin.”
And now he is literally carrying his coffin. https://t.co/9rQqITmN16
— Mandy Wiener (@MandyWiener) March 29, 2017
@MandyWiener Totally shameful. Should have banned him from funeral as well.
— trevor smith (@bearman8882) March 29, 2017
Anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada was buried at Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Earlier today, his coffin was carried from his home in Houghton to the nearby mosque. The coffin was also taken for a special Janaza prayer before mourners left for the burial at Westpark cemetery.
President Jacob Zuma declared an official funeral for the ANC stalwart, but could not speak at the event because the family had barred him from attending the funeral.
Highlights of the societal funeral were the re-reading of AhmedKathrada’s stern letter to Zuma by Motlanthe and the recognition of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as a carrier of Kathrada’s values.