Former President Thabo Mbeki wants President Jacob Zuma to honour ANC struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada by confronting the challenges plaguing the ruling party.
Mbeki said Zuma, who doubles as ANC leader, must now correct the wrongs which the 101 stalwarts had pointed out last year.
Kathy, as gathered, had wanted to engage the ANC over the issue of the national consultative conference and to help the movement confront piles of scandals that faced the party before his sudden demise.
Speaking at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation offices, Mbeki said uncle Kathy will be happy if the ANC can continue with the process.
“…Kathy”, would have been happy if this engagement would commence. Kathy was looking forward to that and I think it would be a real tribute to him if there is a continuation of that process,” Mbeki said.
He touched on ‘Kathy’s dissatisfaction with the ANC as a result of serious allegations that plagued the present government but said he wasn’t surprised that his loyalty and commitment to the movement remained firm.
The funeral of ANC veteran Ahmed Kathrada turned into a rallying cry against President Jacob Zuma’s rule‚ with many senior leaders speaking out against patronage and poor leadership.
Although he missed the societal event, his presence loomed large at the funeral. His absence followed reports that Kathrada’s family barred him from speaking at the funeral‚ which was regarded as a snub to the president.
A major highlight of the funeral was the re-reading of Kathdara’s letter calling on Zuma to step down. Other leaders at the funeral, including ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande, echoed the call for Kathrada’s legacy of ethical leadership to be emulated.
Mantashe described Kathy as “incorruptible‚ not only in his politics but also in his personal life.”
“He was a man you knew who would never let you down‚ he would never do something behind your back and never deceive you. You always knew where you stood with him. Sometimes his words were harsh and hurtful but they were never dishonest‚” Mantashe said‚ receiving applause from hundreds of mourners.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the funeral on the government’s behalf while Kathrada was subsequently laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg.