Funerals have been occasions for politicking in South Africa - analyst

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi and Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete brought politics to the funeral of 16 Verena crash victims.

Speaking at the funeral, Mbete said OR Tambo and Nelson Mandela would be proud of the African National Congress (ANC) today and the marches against President Jacob Zuma were just noise.

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke -Policy and Political Analyst at the University of Pretoria says funerals have historically been occasions for politicking in South Africa.

Sometimes it is politics that is constructive. Sometimes it is politics are that is not constructive.

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke -Policy and Political Analyst at University of Pretoria

Maluleke adds that the death of the 16 school children is a reflection of a battling schooling system and has nothing to do with politics in the bigger picture.

Mbete and Maswanganyi were seemingly adamant to address political matters at the funeral, he added.

They would have raised this even if it was at a birthday party and not a funeral.

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke -Policy and Political Analyst at University of Pretoria

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