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Solidarity2Pretoria News reports that trade union Solidarity says that comments by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa that Dutch navigator Jan van Riebeeck killed Solomon Mahlangu is a disappointing electioneering rhetoric keeping the country torn asunder.  

Mthethwa spoke on Saturday at the 40th commemoration of the execution of Solomon “Kalushi" Mahlangu, an operative of the ANC’s military wing, uMkhonto weSizwe.  The minister stated that the arrival of “that convicted criminal called Jan van Riebeeck” in the country on 6 April 1652, signalled the start of events which eventually led to Mahlangu’s execution.  Mahlangu was arrested and convicted for murder and subsequently hanged in 1979.  Connie Mulder, head of the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), said he was disappointed that the minister and the ruling ANC had chosen to go the populist route in gearing up for the upcoming general elections on 8 May.  This was particularly sad as President Cyril Ramaphosa had just days prior indicated a willingness to build bridges with white counterparts.  Mulder stated further:  “Basically what Mthethwa is saying is that white people are a mistake which echoes sentiments similar to former president Jacob Zuma in 2015 which is massively worrying.  We thought he was a reasonable man, but choosing to alienate a whole section of a country makes it difficult for all of us to engage.”  Mthethwa was entitled to his opinion, but it should not border on hate speech,” Mulder noted.

  • Read the full original of Goitsemang Tl.Habye’s report in the above regard at Pretoria News


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