By Al Qalam Reporter
A tribute was paid to the late Ahmed Kathrada during a special sitting of the National Assembly on Tuesday, but the Foundation urged MP’s to do much more to honour the memory of the anti-apartheid struggle stalwart.
In a statement, the Foundation said though it appreciated that the National Assembly has found time to pay tribute to one of its first members, “a truly fitting statement to Kathrada would be to speak to the issue that troubled him up to his last days – the conduct of President Jacob Zuma.
“In this way, Parliament could fulfil its core obligations to the people of South Africa, and truly honour Ahmed Kathrada’s memory.”
It was the National Assembly’s failure to hold the President to account for the Nkandla issue and the subsequent ruling by the Constitutional Court on the matter that prompted Kathrada to write to the President imploring him to resign. He considered such a resignation to be in the interests of the country and of the governing party in the face of mounting evidence of state capture.
That call has since been taken up by many, including recently, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Fedusa, the SA Council of Churches, business and labour leaders, and various organisations.
“If the National Assembly was serious in its intention to honour Kathrada, it would not only lend its voice to the call made by Kathrada and many others – it would act on it when the motion of no confidence in the President comes up in the near future.
“We would urge parliamentarians to wholeheartedly support the motion of no confidence, whether it is through a secret ballot or not,” the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation said.