Kathrada family left distraught by memorial disruptions - foundation

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize were continuously interrupted when talking about unity within the party at the service in Durban on Sunday.

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at Ahmed Kathrada’s memorial service in Durban. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says the family of the late struggle stalwart who attended a memorial service in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend were left distraught following the disruptions.

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize were continuously interrupted when talking about unity within the party at the service in Durban on Sunday.

On Friday, the active citizen movement took the ANC Youth League to court in an attempt to prevent them from attending Kathrada’s memorial.

They were granted permission to attend on condition that they do not disrupt the service.

Foundation director, Neeshan Balton, says Kathrada would have been concerned about what transpired.

“Collectively, I think that everybody who had come there and were not members of the youth league, left there slightly ashamed, apprehensive, some were scared but personally I left there with a sense of disgust.”

At the same time, the ANC has called on its leaders to dismantle factions within the organisation which are tearing it apart and urgently work to build unity.

The statement comes after Mkhize was heckled by ANC Youth League members in KwaZulu-Natal while addressing the memorial service for Kathrada.

Mkhize has called the youth league’s behaviour unacceptable and embarrassing and says they need to be educated politically.

He’s also apologised to all in attendance.

ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni says: “Memorial services and funerals are not the place where comrades should be expressing faction tendencies but rather use the solemn occasion to really memorise the memory of those who sacrificed so much for our country.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)