ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule says ANC members were quick to easily forgive the apartheid system, yet completely fail to forgive one of their own.

He was delivering a eulogy at the funeral service of the late UMkhonto Wesizwe General Secretary – Wiseman “Santana ‘ Ntombela at Ezingolweni, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

Magashule says freedom was brought about by the masses of this country who sacrificed their lives – not the leaders. He has called on party members to forgive one another and rebuild the party.

“I am sure the leadership of the ANC will find one another in renewing and rebuilding the ANC. You the ANC members are surprising. Afrikaners killed you, tortured you and murdered you – they imprisoned you but you have forgiven them, but you leaders and members are fighting and cannot forgive your own family. I think we must do self introspection and criticism.”

The secretary general says the unity of the ruling party in KwaZulu-Natal is of paramount importance as the continued division among party members weakens and costs the ANC.

“The KwaZulu-Natal is one of the most important provinces of the ANC. When KZN is divided, the ANC becomes weaker. People of KZN must ensure the ANC remains united. The division in KZN is planned by the sellouts. And if the KZN is divided we can’t build the SA – you are one of the most important provinces,” he said.

ANC members and hundreds of community members…sang their hearts out to pay tribute to Ntombela. He died last week after a short illness.

At the funeral, Magashule urged people to learn from the late Ntombela and Winnie Madikizela Mandela. He says they owe the democratic dispensation to the masses who physically fought with the enemy during the struggle.

“Rest in peace hero of the heros. Let us pick up his spear to renew and rebuild the African National Congress. KZN  is one of the most important province of the ANC…(IsiZulu)”