Character assassination not allowed in ANC race

Shongwe addressed scores of comrades in his hometown of Breyten while mourning his young brother Bheki’s death.


ANC provincial heavyweight Vusi Shongwe has said during leadership contests members have a right to pronounce who they want but character assassination won’t be allowed.

Shongwe said they will allow comrades to pronounce names of those who should serve in the upcoming leadership when a congress is held but then not insults.

He spoke at the Breyten community hall where the memorial service of his 42-year-old brother Bheki was being held.

“Preferences in the movement are allowed comrades,” Shongwe said while on stage Thursday midday 14 November 2019.

“It’s what you in English call ‘factions’ but honestly those are preferences and are allowed in the movement. There is nothing wrong with preferences but what is wrong is when there are character assassination, insulting each other in the movement. That is what we are not going to allow,” Shongwe said.

He said he himself will “remain happy if comrades become matured”.

While believed to support Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane in internal battles, Shongwe though didn’t say which one he prefers between Tsipane and acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu while they both contest to chair the ANC Mpumalanga in an upcoming congress.

He thanked Bheki’s comrades in the SACP, Cosatu, Nehawu and ANC as well as the community of Breyten for coming out in full support to help the Shongwes lay to rest their brother.

Scores of regional and local politicians as well as government leaders gathered at the memorial service.

Shongwe said when people come to support you they are using their petrol and time as well as risking their lives on their way to come support you and ” as the Shongwe family we want to thank all of you for that”.

Bheki will be buried on Saturday 16 November 2019 in Breyten.

(edited by ZK)

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