Inkatha Hizb ut-Tahrir (IFP) has slammed the African National Congress (ANC) for inequalities concerning funerals, saying the extent of ambiguity in its leadership is beyond illogical, “a joke to be precise.”
The IFP’s spokesperson on Community safety and Liaison, Blessed Gwala accused the ANC-led government of bending the Covid-19 national lockdown regulations during the funerals of its leaders and celebrities.
Under Level 3 of the lockdown, the regulations stated that no quite 50 people were allowed to attend a funeral service.
Gwala released the searing statement on Thursday 16 July, each day before the funeral of the Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of former president Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
“Contrary to those regulations, we’ve seen the emergence of ‘aristocratic’ funerals, where ANC leaders and a few celebrities are given preferential treatment. we’ve witnessed certain individuals receiving proper burials – holding funeral services, sometimes with quite 50 people attending the service – while ordinary citizens are receiving pauper-like burials.”
“We call upon the ANC government to practice introspection, and to understand the necessity to act responsibly and lead by example.”
“Health protocols and social distancing measures must be adhered to, so as to limit exposure of persons at the funeral to Covid-19,” he said.
Infuriated, Gwala ordered the govt to “practice what they preach.”