It was decent of ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma to intervene during the ugly incident that took place at the reburial of our comrade Moses Mabhida.
President Thabo Mbeki does not deserve this kind of treatment. The people who tried to leave the stadium when the president was about to speak showed disrespect of the worst kind. The humiliation they caused him was uncalled for.
Something similar happened when the foreign minister of France was in South Africa.
And when the prime minister of India was here in October people were disrespectful to the president.
We really need to show respect for the office of the president.
We might not like the person, but the way in which we voice our grievances leaves much to be desired.
What is needed in South Africa is for citizens to unite, particularly the members of the ANC.
I say the president should continue with his duties and not allow these incidents to distract him from them.
It might be a good gesture for Eastern Cape ANC members to say that Mbeki must stand for another term. It is a good way of showing their support, but I do not think it should be allowed to happen. Anyway, Mbeki himself has said that he will not seek another term in office.