THE tripartite alliance had to strengthen its bond beyond politics to become a family, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.
He was speaking at the funeral of David Thwani, the brother of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, in the Eastern Cape.
About 1000 people attended the service at the Sada community hall, which is located in a small village between Whittlesea and Queenstown.
"He [Zuma] said when one of us is in pain, the entire family feels it and we want to be there to help each other," said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.
Family bonds were important in the alliance, because "people needed to appreciate one another", Zuma told mourners.
Zuma said comradeship was about sharing grief and not just successes.
The president was to have opened a University of Zululand campus in Richard's Bay yesterday, but postponed his visit to attend the funeral.
It was a "historic" occasion for the people of Sada, Kodwa said.
"No president ever visited this village," he said.
On Saturday, Zuma spoke at the burial of the remains of murdered anti-apartheid activists the Pebco Three and Cosas Two, in Port Elizabeth.
Sipho Hashe, Champion Galela and Qaqawuli Golozi were leaders of the Port Elizabeth Black Civic Organisation, known as the Pebco Three, when they were abducted, tortured and killed by security police in Cradock in 1985.
Zuma said their sacrifices would not be forgotten. He was expected to fly back to Johannesburg last night to prepare for an ANC meeting early today. - Sapa