Mothutlung blasts EFF for hijacking funeral

EFF members hijacked a funeral in the area, singing political slogans taunting President Jacob Zuma.

FILE: EFF members hijacked the funeral of Mothutlung resident Mike Tshele on Saturday 18 January, singing and chanting political slogans taunting President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni

MOTHUTLUNG - Residents of Mothutlung in the North West have criticized members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for politicising the funeral service of the first protester to die in service delivery protests in the area this week.

Mike Tshele was shot dead allegedly by police on Monday when scores of residents took to the streets in protest against the shortage of water in the area.

Tshele was buried at the local cemetery on Saturday morning in a funeral service attended by hundreds of residents.

As his body was lowered into the grave, hundreds of mourners broke into song and dance, bidding farewell.

Tshele's family was seated in the front row of a tent erected a few metres from the grave.

Popularly known as Bra Mike, Tshele has been described as a kind man who always interacted with the community in a friendly manner.

EFF members later hijacked the burial ceremony, singing and chanting political slogans taunting President Jacob Zuma.

One man says the EFF chose the wrong platform to raise their issues against Zuma.

"We're fighting for water, not campaigning for politics. They can't sing about the president and they can't say Zuma or Malema. They can just say let us pick up Mothutlung so that we can get water."

Osiah Rahube was also shot dead on Monday and Theodore Seema died a day after falling from a police Nyala.

Police claim Seema fell while trying to escape the van but others believe he was pushed from the vehicle.

A special memorial service was held on Friday for all the men.