ANC to pay for Shilowa

NO COMMENT: Mbhazima Shilowa. 28/01/2009. Pic. Bafana Mahlangu. © Sowetan.
NO COMMENT: Mbhazima Shilowa. 28/01/2009. Pic. Bafana Mahlangu. © Sowetan.

Namhla Tshisela and Anna Majavu

Namhla Tshisela and Anna Majavu

Cope deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa's son Marvin said yesterday he would accept the ANC Youth League's offer of a study bursary, citing dire circumstances.

"I have no choice but to accept the offer because of circumstances," said Marvin.

The 25-year-old aspirant lawyer said his father had only paid for two years of his studies before he stopped making payments in 2005.

"I haven't been to school since 2005. I had raised enough money to register this year and I was hoping that my father would pay for my tuition," said Marvin.

The youth league said yesterday that they would hand over the bursary to Shilowa at a ceremony at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus on Thursday at 11am.

On Sunday, youth league president Julius Malema announced before 2000 youth in Hammanskraal that the ANC would give the young Shilowa a bursary.

"Yes, the ANC will give him a bursary. We will help educate the boy," said Malema.

Though youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu would not reveal further details, he said the bursary would cover all of Marvin's needs until he completed his law degree at the University of Limpopo.

Cope spokesperson Onkgopotse Tabane said Shilowa would not comment on the matter.

Marvin and his younger brother Nhlamulo are Shilowa's sons from a previous customary marriage.

Nhlamulo made headlines when he sued Shilowa for maintenance in 2007. The court finally ordered Shilowa to pay for his son's living expenses and education last year.

This after Shilowa ordered DNA tests to prove that he was the father.

But political analyst Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana of the Human Science Research Council says the move could backfire on the youth league, which will be seen to be using Marvin as a political pawn in their election campaign against Cope.

"This is part of the youth league's pattern to show that some Cope members are not as morally upright as they claim to be," he said.