As South Africans paid tribute to former Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, the African National Congress was heavily criticised by businessman and former trade unionist Sipho Pityana, who says the ruling party is in crisis.
Pityana spoke at the funeral as a family friend. In his speech he reminded mourners of a Xhosa hymn, Zemk'inkomo magwala ndini (Wake up, the cows are being stolen while you people are sitting doing nothing) by the late Walter Benson Rhubasana.
He says the ANC is a movement in denial and it is time for new leadership.
Which ANC is this? Without any conference resolutions, that makes statements which attack judges as counter revolutionary.— Sipho Pityana, businessman and trade unionist
Our movement is in crisis and is tried beyond question. If you doubted it look at what happened during local government elections.— Sipho Pityana, businessman and trade unionist
Pityana said if President Jacob Zuma was present at the funeral, he would have asked him to step down.
I am very disappointed that the president is not here because I prepared the speech in anticipation that he will be here.— Sipho Pityana, businessman and trade unionist
Pityana described Stofile as a development activist and revolutionary who died with his boots on.
He was destined and grounded to become a public servant in leadership and government.— Sipho Pityana, businessman and trade unionist
He always reminded me of what Oliver Tambo said... that there is an important qualification that Oliver Tambo raised, that we should be cadres with questioning loyalty.— Sipho Pityana, businessman and trade unionist
Twitter also reacted to Pityana's speech.
Sipho Pityana gets standing ovation from audience&hugs from comrades.It was bold, fiery speech;brutal indictment on JZ&ANC #StofileFuneral— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) August 25, 2016
"When Stof was premier he did not build himself an extravaganza worth R250m in the midst of poverty" - Sipho Pityana #StofileFuneral— Fidel Castro 🇨🇺 (@Luzukokoti) August 25, 2016
Among the dignitaries who attended the funeral were Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former President Kgalema Motlanthe, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.
Stofile died last week at the age of 72.
WATCH Pityana's speech below (uploaded by SNN reporter on YouTube)