ANCYL slams Pityana for using Stofile’s funeral for “cheap politicking”

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has slammed Former Foreign Affairs Director General, Sipho Pityana for turning former Minister Makhenkesi Stofile’s funeral into a platform for “cheap politicking”.

ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza said they are disgusted by the “unruly and disruptive” character displayed by Pityana.

“As the ANC Youth League, we expect former leaders of our government and structures to allow those that are currently in charge and elected a space to govern and lead,” said Nzuza.

On Thursday Pityana said the whole ordeal that the ANC is facing was because of President Jacob Zuma

He also said Stofile once raised concerns about the ANC before his death, but his letters went unanswered.

“If the president was here, I would have asked, begged, pleaded with him, I would have prayed. I would say to him hand over the reins,” said Pityana.

“Our setbacks are self-inflicted. We have ceded our moral high ground to the opponents. We say we are a party of the constitution and we have a right to say so. But many doubt it because we give them reason to do so. For, no lesser person that the president of our movement and our country takes every opportunity to show nothing but disdain and contempt for our constitution,” added Pityana.

Nzuza then said they never expected Pityana to stoop so low and then called on the ANC to start subjecting to disciplinary process all those who pose as ‘holier-than-thou’ revolutionaries and masters of the ANC.

“These comrades, who chose a funeral service to vent their anger and frustration, should have known better that African value systems and customs do not allow this no matter how one seeks to please his fellow counter-revolutionaries,” said Nzuza.

He then called on the ANC elders to halt destroying the organisations and allow it to regenerate itself.

“As the ANC Youth League, we call on all ANC elders both those who led in our constitutional structures and those who were just members to stop embarrassing the ANC and dragging its glorious name in the mud,” said Nzuza.


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