Gwede Mantashe's Eulogy at Kebby Maphatsoe's Funeral Interrupted by MKMVA

Gwede Mantashe's Eulogy at Kebby Maphatsoe's Funeral Interrupted by MKMVA

  • National Chairperson for the ruling party Gwede Mantashe's eulogy at the MKMVA's Kebby Maphatsoe's funeral was interrupted
  • Supporters of the ANC clad in MKMVA regalia were chanting and singing while some had guns on them
  • Mantashe condemned their actions when the group had eventually been dispersed and he could carry on with his eulogy

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National Chairperson for the ANC Gwede Mantashe was giving the eulogy at MKMVA's Kebby Maphatsoe's funeral when he was disrupted. Reports state that Mantashe was able to give the introduction but was quickly stopped by a group dressed in MKMVA attire with some carrying ANC flags.

Gwede Mantashe, heckled, by MKMVA, Zuma, supporters
Gwede Mantashe was heckled while delivering a eulogy at MKMVA's Kebby Maphatshoe's funeral. Image: Phill Magakoe/Gallo Images
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Some of the group members were carrying guns while the entire group sang and chanted, supposedly calling for former president Jacob Zuma's release. Mantashe was reportedly unfazed by the singing and chanting as he stood at the podium.

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When the group dispersed, Mantashe stated looked down upon their behaviour before defending why he was there.

A report by BusinessLIVE revealed that Mantashe started speaking about politics and that's when a crowd interrupted him by singing songs about releasing Zuma from prison.

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A report by TimesLIVE stated that before Maphatsoe's brother explained to mourners that Maphatsoe wanted well-known ANC members to speak at his funeral. This included Mantashe and former president Jacob Zuma.

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Previously, Briefly News reported that members of the public and politicians have shared their messages of condolence to the family and friends of MKMVA's former leader Kebby Maphatsoe. Carl Niehaus, former spokesperson for the MKMVA, confirmed that Maphatsoe passed away on Tuesday, 31 August.

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Presiding officers in Parliament have also shared their emotions about Maphatsoe's death. From 2014 to 2019, Maphatsoe served as the MMVA's deputy minister and was a member of the Sports, Arts and Culture Portfolio Committee.

IOL reported that Speaker of the National Assembly Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stated that Maphatsoe had spent his time and effort fighting for the people's liberation in South Africa. She went on to say that Parliament sent their condolences.

A report by HeraldLIVE revealed that stated that Niehaus spoke about Maphatsoe with the utmost respect. Niehaus stated that Maphatsoe's death left a deep void but also a great legacy.

Source: Briefly News

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