Hundreds of African National Congress (ANC) and SA Communist Party (SACP) supporters on Friday gathered at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto for the 22nd commemoration of former SACP leader Joe Slovo.
Cabinet ministers including Dipuo Peters, Naledi Pandor and Thulas Nxesi were at the event, along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura and former ANC deputy secretary Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele. Leaders of the SACP and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) also graced the event.
The Trade Union Federation formed in 1985 is part of the tripartite alliance with the ANC and the SACP.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived moments before the event could start.
Draped in red SACP regalia and ANC T-shirts, people sang and danced to revolutionary songs. Avalon is the burial site of Slovo, who died on this day, January 6, in 1995. He was 69.
At the time of his death, Slovo was the chairperson of the SACP. He was also the first minister of housing in former president Nelson Mandela’s cabinet that led the first democratically elected government in 1994.
Slovo was also member of the ANC national executive committee.