“Oom Ray, Vuyisile Mini, Robert Resha and Harry Gwala, who would have also turned 100 this year had they still been alive, sacrificed their freedom so that we can enjoy this freedom that we have today,” Mabuyane said.
“While it is always best to avoid speaking on behalf of those who are no longer with us, what I know for sure is they would’ve been disappointed and dismayed at the conduct displayed by some MPs during the state of the nation address.
“What transpired on the evening is regrettable, especially in a period that requires all South Africans to unite and pull together towards the goal of overcoming the complex challenges we face as a nation,” he said, in an apparent reference to EFF MPs, who used interjections to delay the president’s speech by more than an hour.
Mabuyane emphasised the importance of political education and training for ANC members.
“As such, we recently established the OR Tambo School of Governance, among whose objectives is to build agents of change who have a well-rounded world view,” he said.