ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said the gathering was spontaneous and involved a platoon of MKMVA and marshalls from the ANC attempting to bring the body of Mlangeni into the family home.
He urged that the moment, honouring the life of the last Rivonia trialist, not be overshadowed by the gathering saying, “what a freedom fighter stood for must not be outdone by a moment of members of the community coming out.”
As soon as the mourners were informed of the violation, a limited number of attendees brought the body into the family home, Mabe said.
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“Just last year we did not have COVID-19, we ought to understand this. It will take its own time for our people to learn to understand and appreciate that COVID-19 calls for a greater change of behaviour from the rest of our citizens,” Mabe said.
The party spokesperson denied that further measures to disperse the crowds could have been taken.
“It is not for the ANC, as an organisation, to tell the people of South Africa how they must celebrate the heroic deeds of their leaders,” he said.
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