Kathrada memorial: South Africa must take a stand against Zuma's cruelty

Issued by Phumzile Van Damme MP – DA National Spokesperson
31 Mar 2017 in News

The Presidency’s unilateral cancellation of the remembrance service for late struggle stalwart and national icon, Ahmed Kathrada, without explanation and without consulting his family is yet another example of Jacob Zuma’s base cruelty and selfishness.

This shocking move is yet another example of how little Jacob Zuma cares about honouring the legacy of those who gave their all to fight for and protect the integrity of our democracy.

With each passing day and particularly in the last 24 hours it is as clear as day that Zuma no longer cares for the South Africa’s democracy, one that so many gave their lives and sacrificed son much for, including Uncle Kathy

Zuma does not care for millions of South Africans who cannot feed their families because they do not have a job. Zuma does not care for integrity, honesty and is more than happy to sell our country to the highest bidder.

The most likely reason for abandoning this important memorial service is that Jacob Zuma is too cowardly to face up to the groundswell of righteous anger over his most recent attack on our country, the axing of the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebesi Jonas.

A year ago, Uncle Kathy wrote an open letter to Zuma calling on him to stand down.

His widow and struggle stalwart, Barbara Hogan, rightly stated in the press conference today that the recalling of Gordhan from an international road show “shows what an inept President we have”. She called on us to not be silent, to not sit on the fence and to stand up for our country.

We must not through up our hands in despair. Together, we have the power to put South Africa back on the right track.

It is time for each and every South African to come together and to march with the DA to the ANC headquarters at Luthuli House next Friday, 7 April 2017, to show Zuma and his cronies that we will not stand for or allow our country to be sold for the selfish benefit of a tiny Zupta elite.

The future of our country depends on each and every one of us standing together to say enough is enough.