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‘Funerals, memorials not platform to fight political battles’

Jacob Zuma says ANC members must persuade each other against using these services as platforms to fight political battles.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma has applauded African National Congress (ANC) members attending the late minister of public service and administrations Collins Chabane’s unveiling ceremony for not using the event to fight battles.

Zuma says members must persuade each other against using funerals, and memorial services as platforms to fight political battles.

He was addressing a crowd at Chabane’s unveiling service on Saturday afternoon in Xikundu village in limpopo.

Chabane and his bodyguards, Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, were killed in a crash along the N1 near Polokwane on 15 March 2015.

Former minister Pravin Gordhan, and Ahmed Kathrada’s widow Barbra Hogan, spoke out against Zuma’s decision to reshuffle his Cabinet during the late struggle stalwart’s memorial service last week.

Zuma has described that as terrible politics.

“You can’t use a comrade when he can no longer talk for himself, to use him [based on] how much he adhered to the principles and values of the ANC unlike today where there is no leadership. That is terrible politics.”

WATCH: President Jacob Zuma speaks at tombstone unveiling of late Minister Collins Chabane

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)