Heckling of ANCYL official to be probed
THE ANC Youth League's KwaZulu-Natal's provincial task team will be engaging the regional executive committee of its Lower South Region to investigate the heckling of its deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi.
The task team was established after the ANCYL national executive committee (NEC) disbanded the KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee (PEC) following a fallout over whether Zuma should serve for a second term.
Mosenogi was booed and insulted by young people at the funeral of ANC councillor and chief whip in the Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality Wandile Mkhize.
The funeral was attended by senior ANC leaders including President Jacob Zuma, its secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and other senior NEC members.
While Mosenogi was paying tribute on behalf of the ANCYL, praising Mkhize as a leader who "in him we knew we had a comrade who had (the) best interest of youth at heart", some mourners, especially the youth, hurled insults and swore at her.
"You didn't like him, why come here and pretend," one mourner shouted.
ANC leader in Limpopo Rudzani Ludere left the marquee where the funeral service took place.
"Comrades, I am disappointed that this thing is lying and you are listening."
Task team member Thami Shezi said while it was difficult to pinpoint who booed at Mosenogi, they would engage their Lower South Coast regional executive committee to investigate the matter.
"As the ANCYL we are not in collusion (sic) with people who use funerals for political scores," said Shezi.
"To have people behave in that manner while the family was mourning is a disgrace.
"It's not the ANC culture to be disrespectful and ill-disciplined.
"Those who conducted themselves in that fashion must be dealt with."
He said ANC members know that having a different view does not mean you are enemies.
"You don't become barbaric.
"If they had some grievances or concerns about anything done by the NEC of the youth league, they know the correct procedures and processes to follow in expressing them.
"If it is found those people who did that were from outside the region, they will be dealt with in their regions," Shezi said.
Meanwhile, some speakers turned the funeral into a full-scale campaigning for Zuma.
They sang songs supporting him for the party's presidency and Mantashe's second term as general-secretary.
Tolomane Mnyayiza, Lower South Coast regional chairman, encouraged the crowd to sing when he led them into "we will shoot those who burn ANC T-shirts, bearing the face of President Zuma ... We will shoot those who march to ANC headquarters".
Among the mourners who attended the funeral and received a warm welcome when they were introduced were Bheki Cele, Nathi Mthethwa, Malusi Gigaba, Mantashe, Buti Manamela and Zet Luzipho.
Provincial chairmen of the ANC from North West, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Western Cape were praised as "leaders who are with us" by some mourners.