Mamelodi Sundowns Manqoba Mngqithi has labelled Western Cape government dishonest and untrustworthy.
Mngqithi has been left disappointed and baffled by the provincial government’s failure to honour the late Sundowns and Bafana Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca.
Ngcongca passed away in a car accident over two weeks ago and was buried in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on Thursday.
Mngqithi laid into the provincial government leaders, pulling no punches in his farewell speech to Ngcongca at the funeral service.
“I’m very unhappy and I guess I’m nobody to be unhappy because, if the leadership of Western Cape were honest, trustworthy and human, they’d have seen the need to honour and respect the life of Anele,” said an irate Mngqithi.
“I’ve seen so many people getting provincial funerals, some of whom I believe were not even worthy of them. When I see Anele, I see a young boy who left the province and went to shine the flag of Western Cape, representing the province with pride, dignity and honour.
”To the government of Western Cape, you know you played no role in Anele’s success. You’ve deprived the black people of Western Cape an opportunity to celebrate the son of the soil. I wonder if it’s because of race.”
As is the norm, political stalwarts, global icons and the country’s ambassadors in different fields, are bestowed upon them the honour of a state funeral.
Ngcongca earned 51 international caps, represented the country at the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and enjoyed a successful eight-year career with Belgian giants Genk, before returning home to win three successive league titles with Sundowns.
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