Stofile warned against ANC losing its way: deputy finance minister

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The Deputy Finance Minister says Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile was vocal about the ANC going astray and the need for stronger leadership. Mcebisi Jonas was speaking ahead of Stofile's funeral this morning.?

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas says Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile was vocal about the ANC going astray and the need for stronger leadership.

Jonas was speaking ahead of Stofile&39;s funeral at the historic Fort Hare University in Alice in the Eastern Cape on Thursday morning.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is also there.

"Comrade Stofile [was a] ... very brave as a leader," said Jonas. "... he believed in consultative processes and in the ANC as a collective ... He was vocal about the state of affairs in our country and in the ANC ... the leadership can be stronger ...  and turn the country around....we are going astray in addressing these issues."

Stofile was an anti-apartheid activist, former sports minister, Eastern Cape premier and ambassador to Germany.

He died at his home in Alice last week after a long battle with diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy.

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