Phumlani Kubukile and Lulamile Jack — two former bodyguards of assassinated South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary-general Chris Hani — have left the ANC where they worked in the security intelligence unit to join the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, linked to Jacob Zuma. The two are among 24 people named Wednesday, January 17, as provincial organizers and coordinators of the newly registered political party. Chris Hani’s former bodyguards join the MK party. Kubukile was the chief bodyguard of the late political activist and Umkhonto chief of staff weSizwe, who was assassinated in 1993. He also worked as the bodyguard of the deputy minister of…
Phumlani Kubukile and Lulamile Jack – two former bodyguards of murdered South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary-general Chris Hani – left the ANC where they worked in the security intelligence unit to join the Umkhonto weSizwe party (MK), linked to Jacob Zuma.
The two are among 24 people named Wednesday, January 17, as provincial organizers and coordinators of the newly registered political party.
Chris Hani’s former bodyguards join MK party
Kubukile was the chief bodyguard of the late political activist and Umkhonto chief of staff weSizwe, who was assassinated in 1993.
He also worked as a bodyguard to Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Zoleka Capa during his two terms as mayor of OR Tambo District Municipality.
Another notable name on the list dominated by former ANC members and affiliates is that of Fumanekile Booi, a former member of the ANC’s so-called self-defense units.
Booi, Kubukile and Jack are the organizers of MK in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo respectively.
ANC’s Booi follows suit
Booi was also the regional president of the now-disbanded MK Military Veterans Association in the Western Cape, while Jack chaired the association in Limpopo.
He was also one of the ANC anti-apartheid activists who petitioned the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s amnesty committee in 1999 for amnesty.
He requested amnesty for killing police officer Nicholas Els in July 1990 in Langa during a shootout between the police and the ANC self-defense unit, the Association of Police reported at the time. the South African Press (Sapa).
The “last straw” for Hani’s chief bodyguard
While Jack declined to comment, Kubukile told the Citizen in an exclusive interview on Thursday that leaving the ANC was long overdue.
“I have exposed the failures of the ANC government – both within the MK military veterans structures and on social media,” Kubukile explained.
“I tried in vain to influence the ANC to allow MK members to participate in the renewal of the ANC by being granted a quota like all other leagues and alliance partners.
“Recognizing that the ANC has long strayed from its strategy and tactics, the final straw was the announcement that the DA is the preferred coalition partner of the ANC,” he said.
Kubukile added that he knew the ANC had been successfully captured by the imperialists.
“Indeed, the DA cannot be expected to ever support the quest for land, nationalization and radical economic transformation in general. These principles are also enshrined in the Freedom Charter,” he added.
He said he had not informed the ANC of his resignation, but “I deliberately violated the ANC constitution by joining the MK party as a means of my resignation.”
When asked if Hani would be happy about the formation of the MK Party, Kubukile replied that as a dedicated communist, Chris Hani would have long ago rallied the people against the stagnant and regressing ANC.
“The ANC has long strayed from the People-Inspired Freedom Charter, which Chris Hani preached. By the way, I maintain that the South African Communist Party, as part of the national democratic revolution, was supposed to be the one standing for this, but it has been tainted by the same irreversible challenges as the ANC. Two sides of the same coin,” Kubukile said.
He added: “Yes, if all means of righting the wrongs from within had been exhausted, he would have supported this decision. »
MK general secretary Thanduxolo Dyodo promised to issue an official response on behalf of the members. Comments will be added once received.
Ripple effect in the ANC – security expert
Security expert Paul O’Sullivan believes that if MK members working as protectors of politicians in public office and within the ANC’s internal security group continue to leave in droves, it could have a knock-on effect. training on the security system of the ANC and that of the country.
“This will leave a void within the ANC, which will have to be filled either by private security companies paid for by the ANC, or by the police, paid for by taxpayers.
“In the latter case, we can only expect to see crime continue to rise exponentially, as it has under a police department run by executives, at the expense of the taxpayer, while politicians function in the public service are 100% safe. in their secure, taxpayer-funded cocoons,” O’Sullivan said.
Assassination of Chris Hani
Hani was murdered on 10 April 1993 by Polish national Janusz Waluś while returning home from the shops. He reportedly gave his bodyguards the weekend off.
Waluś was sentenced to life in prison alongside Conservative Party MP Clive Derby-Lewis, who was also involved in the murder.
Both men have since been granted parole.
Comments from the ANC will be published when received.