WATCH: The mayor of eThekwini throws a spade among the pigeons, saying: ‘The ANC should be taken from the capitalists of Stellenbosch’


By Sihle mavuso 8 min ago

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Durban – The mayor of eThekwini and member of the provincial executive committee (PEC) of ANC KZN, Mxolisi Kaunda, has called on members of the ruling party to demand their powers of government “from the capitalists of Stellenbosch”.

In a video speech on Monday in Mgababa, south of Durban, at the funeral of eThekwini advisor and uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) veteran Bheki Thabethe, Kaunda said members should not even fear the serious consequences of affecting the feared capitalists of Stellenbosch.

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The full video is still available on the eThekwini Municipality’s Facebook page, which broadcast the funeral live.

At the funeral, Kaunda shared the platform with former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, who berated ANC members who find it easy to work with FW de Klerk, the last apartheid president of the country, while being hostile to his comrades.

Speaking to mourners in Zulu, Kaunda said it does not help to see the ANC being shunned by voters when the issue is known and could be resolved by speaking out or fighting back.

“Comrades, we are the representatives of the ANC, not ourselves. We cannot have an ANC that voters shun because of certain people. Those who grabbed the ruling powers of the ANC and gave them to Stellenbosch, we have to retaliate, grab those powers and give them back to the ANC … These powers must be turned over to the ANC, because if we are going to be scared and say we’ll be tagged for calling for that even when we see a problem we’re in trouble, being tagged and said you are this and it doesn’t mean anything.

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“The most important thing is to protect the ANC. My people, we cannot be controlled by the capitalists, the capitalists control the economy, no. We cannot be wrong and say that we are in full control of the economy even though we know it is in the hands of the capitalists. The economy is not in our hands yet and to put it in our hands we need a strong and courageous ANC, ”Kaunda said in the video, which is now being released widely.

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He did not say who handed over the reins to the Stellenbosch capitalists or who these capitalists are. And as it continued with the blast, senior ANC members in the front row are seen applauding.

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