Madikizela-Mandela endorses Ramaphosa’s call for ANC renewal

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her home in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. PHOTO | PETER DUBE
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her home in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. PHOTO | PETER DUBE 

South African anti-apartheid veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has rallied behind the newly elected African National Congress (ANC) president, Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he is poised to revive the party’s fortunes ahead of the 2019 General Election.

The ANC has lost ground during President Jacob Zuma’s second term in office due to numerous scandals and corruption allegations that have tainted his reputation.

But the ANC stalwart and former wife of the late President Nelson Mandela says the party is now on its way to renewal under the new leadership.

“It's time that we had a renewal of the ANC.

“I am really short of words to explain my pleasure at what my president has done. I’ve been watching him giving speeches - he promised the renewal of the ANC and I am deeply honoured by his visit,” she told reporters on Monday night.

Six of ANC’s top party officials visited her at her home in Soweto, Johannesburg, on Monday night, led by Mr Ramaphosa.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela, also referred to as the mother of the nation, added that she was proud of the current crop of leaders.

“We had this leadership at the right time, when we needed the ANC - not only to be inspired by us but also this new energy,” Ms Madikizela-Mandela said.

Mr Ramaphosa said the visit formed part of the officials’ pilgrimage to honour the party’s former leaders.

He said they would also visit the families of deceased ANC leaders.

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