A provincial anti-corruption rally of the South African Communist Party in the Mpumalanga province has been halted by a funeral service of the late Bongi Maria Ntuli to take place on the same day of the funeral.
The party announced they will no longer hold the Red October rally on Saturday because of Ntuli’s funeral.
“The rally is now going to be held on the 30th of October 2016,” provincial communist spokesman Lesetja Dikgale said in a statement on late Wednesday.
“This is due to the funeral service of the late comrade Bongi Maria Ntuli, well-known as Ma-Ntuli, that will be taking place in Mpumalanga,” said Dikgale.
Ma-Ntuli, a seasoned leader of the ANC and its women’s wing structure who participated in the negotiations for democratic transition with leaders of the Apartheid government in the early 1990s, died on 22 October 2016 at the age of 76 and had by 2014 served as deputy minister of the department of social development.
She will be buried in Kwaggafontein on the Saturday of 29 October 2016 and the SACP’s Red October rally is now on the Sunday morning of 30 October 2016 at the eMalahleni civic centre.
“The main theme of the Red October campaign is reclaim our townships and villages and intensify our ongoing mobilisation of our national democratic revolution through transformative mass work.
Without revolutionary organisation there can be no revolution,” said Dikgale.
(edited by MLM)
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