- The ANC has issued an apology over contravening lockdown regulations during Andrew Mlangeni's funeral
- The ruling party has thanked citizens who supported the late struggle veteran's family during their time of mourning
- The ANC has vowed to cooperate with police as they continue to investigate the incident
The ANC's national executive committee has issued an apology after lockdown regulations were breached during Andrew Mlangeni's funeral. The party expressed their regret over the incident that marred the late struggle veteran's ceremony with controversy.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe has responded to the incident, blaming the crowd for gathering outside of the 95-year-old's Soweto home. Mabe explained that only a handful of ANC members had been deployed to the event and that the rest of the attendants had gathered of their own accord:
"The ANC regrets and apologises for the incident on 28 July when, during the arrival of the cortège at the home, difficulties arose with maintaining social distance and keeping the numbers down."
In a statement issued by the NEC on the incident, the ANC said it appreciated the outpouring of support from South Africans for Mlangeni's family and community.
The ruling party has also promised to fully cooperate with the police as they continue to probe the incident:
"We will cooperate with law enforcement structures who are investigating the matter."
At the time, Briefly.co.za had reported how citizens had been outraged by images from the ceremony showing how a huge crowd had gathered outside of the event despite lockdown law stipulating that funerals may only have 50 people present.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula had defended the party as the incident went viral, adamant that the situation had been under control and that the ANC had done nothing wrong:
“The people of Soweto came out spontaneously. The nation is depressed and everything is toxic around us, we get criticised without facts. The reality is that there were less than 10 of us at first. When the coffin arrived, the family came forward, then the public came forward and the marshals tried to push them back.”
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