President Jacob Zuma says African National Congress (ANC) members must honor fallen comrades by safeguarding the unity of the party and closing ranks.
Zuma and his Deputy Cyril Ramaphosa are at the funeral service of 10 ANC bus crash victims in Katlehong on the East Rand.
The party members were killed when a bus they were travelling in overturned while they were returning to Johannesburg from the launch of the ANC manifesto in Port Elizabeth last Sunday.
He says members must live their lives to serving and defending the ANC at all times. “By consolidating democracy, building a better life for all and providing meaning leadership to society.”
Zuma says, “The horrific tragedy of Sunday removed from us beloved family members and friend from among us.”
Their lives are of equal worth to those we regard as ancestors of the ANC
The President adds, “Thank you to the family and friends of the deceased. I thank them for borrowing us exemplary human beings.”
“Their lives are of equal worth to those we regard as ancestors of the ANC…They shared the belief that the ANC is the movement of the people.”
Earlier, Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele , who was one of the speakers said, “Indeed you died for the movement that owes its centurion resilience through submission to the state of the people and this nation at large.”
“The movement that guarded jealously its view of the state of the people over years at all times against any interruption, including its own situation this is in my understanding what you died for.”
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