ANC struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has taken another opportunity to take aim at President Jacob Zuma. Speaking to News24 at the Ahmed Kathrada commemoration ceremony in Johannesburg this week, she reiterated her views that the country is not being run well. She did not mention President Zuma directly, but it was clear she was referring to Zuma. Madikizela-Mandela was among the ANC leaders to reportedly push for Zuma’s resignation last year, as was Kathrada. Nelson Mandela’s former wife, meanwhile, has also been increasingly vocal about whether the system of proportional representation, established in 1994 after the end of apartheid, is responsible for widespread corruption. Mama Winnie, no stranger to controversy, still holds considerable influence among ANC supporters. However, the anti-Zuma camp has shown itself to be less powerful than the Zuma faction within the top echelons of the ANC, which is why Zuma has so successfully resisted attempts to remove him from power. Nevertheless, the fact that senior figures in a party bound by loyalty are increasingly breaking ranks to speak out against graft and poor governance among their own is a sign that the tension is building behind-the-scenes. – Jackie Cameron
By Amanda Khoza
Johannesburg – South Africa is in crisis and anyone who cannot see that, is just bluffing themselves.
This was the scathing criticism shared by struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on the direction the country is headed.
A frail Madikizela-Mandela was speaking on the side-lines of the Ahmed Kathrada commemoration ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Kathrada died early on Tuesday morning.
Madikizela-Mandela said: “This is not just another loss of a struggle stalwart, this was a rehash of Madiba’s passing and it is very, very emotional. I just saw all over again what I saw on that day, the 5th of December 2013, when Madiba left us.”
She said Kathrada was an extension of Madiba.
“His departing brings finality to the chapter on the history of our struggle. One, of course, has fears for our country. I wish he hadn’t left at this particular time. I can imagine how pained he was that he left at this particular time.”
— Justice Malala (@justicemalala) March 29, 2017
“All what we fought for is not what is going on right now. It is a tragedy that he lived and saw what was happening, we cannot pretend like South Africa is not in crisis, our country is in crisis and anyone who cannot see that is just bluffing themselves.”
Close friends, family and members of the community said they would remember the 87-year-old as a jolly, kind and honest man. A man “spoke truth to power”.
— Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) March 29, 2017
The ceremony was attended by George Bizos, Gauteng premier David Makhura and former justice Zac Yacoob.
There was not a dry eye in the auditorium as speaker after speaker shared fond memories of Kathrada.
The funeral service is taking place on Wednesday in Johannesburg. – News24