Government disappointed because they had to withdraw from the funeral of Mama Sobukwe



GCIS Acting Director General Phumla Williams says it was an unfortunate situation because the government believes that the special official funeral is a way to say thanks to Mama Sobukwe and the public.

The funeral of Zondeni Sobukwe was disrupted by a group that wore PAC T-shirts on August 25, 2018. Image: SABC Digital News / youtube.com

CAPE TOWN – The government says it is disappointed that they withdraw from the official funeral of the fight icon Zondeni Sobukwe.

The 91-year-old widow of Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) leader, Robert Sobukwe, was laid in Graaf Reniet in the Eastern Cape today.

But the ceremony was marred by chaos and disruptions after people dressed in PAC regalia had expressed dissatisfaction with the involvement of the African National Congress (ANC) in the talks.

The event was also re-classified as a special official funeral with the PAC taking over the program.

GCIS Acting Director General Phumla Williams says it was an unfortunate situation because the government believes that the special official funeral is a way to say thanks to Mama Sobukwe and the public.

Meanwhile, seasoned PAC activist, Bishop Stanley Mogoba has called on the members of the party to unite in an effort to improve party representation in Parliament.

Mogoba described the success during the polls in 2019 as an appropriate tribute to the Sobukwe family


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