Durban - The mooted Robert Mugabe memorial service to be addressed by former ANC and state president, Thabo Mbeki, on Tuesday in Durban will mark Mbeki’s first prominent return to KZN in 13 years.
According to a flyer issued by the ANC in KZN, the memorial service will be held at the Durban hall at 4pm and party structures are expected to come out in full force.
The last time Mbeki addressed a political event that involved ANC structures in KZN was in December 2006 in Pietermaritzburg during the reburial of the remains of Moses Mabhida who died in Mozambique in 1986. Because of the apartheid regime policies that barred its opponents from returning home even after death, Mabhida, a senior alliance leader, was buried in Maputo.
In 2006 his body was returned from Maputo but that historic reburial turned into a nightmare for Mbeki as he was booed by a crowd that was sympathetic to Zuma whom he had fired for alleged corruption in June 2005.
The firing marked the turning point for Mbeki as he was seen by Zuma’s supporters as trying to use the now-infamous Schabir Shaik corruption trial to derail Zuma’s presidential ambition.