Yesterday marked a year since the passing of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, family and friends gathered to celebrate her life in a memorial ceremony.
Criticism of the African National Congress (ANC) continues to pour in from ordinary citizens to the party’s affiliates alike, as the 8 May elections fast approach. Tuesday, 2 April 2019, marked a year since the passing of struggle hero Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, fondly dubbed the ‘mother of the nation’. Family and friends gathered at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery in Johannesburg to remember Madikizela-Mandela.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines, the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) leader Julius Malema commented on the state of the ruling party, saying that the party was in such bad shape that not even the resurrection of Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela could save it.
Madikizela-Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi Mandela, told the media that the party had failed her mother’s legacy.
“I think the ANC needs to do more and as she said, ‘I am the ANC’, she is the ANC and so the only way to uphold her legacy is to live true to her values.
“[She] always spoke truth to power and she always believed in corrective measures, had specific solutions and she was always very frank to her party when she saw things going wrong,” Zindzi said.
The sentiments from Zindzi came two days after a picture of herself and her sister Zenani wearing EFF caps was posted by EFF’s national chairperson Dali Mpofu, who suggested that the sisters had joined the party. However, Zenani arrived at the memorial donned in ANC regalia.
The absence of the ruling party at the memorial fuelled speculation of a disagreement between the party and the sisters about the renaming of the Cape Town International Airport.
ANC spokesperson Dakota Legoete defended the party’s failure to have a major event to honour Madikizela-Mandela.
“There is no official event scheduled. All events are done sporadically throughout the country from our branches and in the women’s league.”