Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

ANC delays response to Winnie furore

ANC delays response to Winnie furore

Journalist Thandeka Gqubule has responded to claims that she is part of an alleged group of journalists involved in an apartheid covert operation aimed at discrediting struggle icon Winnie-Madikizela-Mandela.

"Victims of rape and all kinds of abuse always knew that they could call on Winnie, who would be there for them", said Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp.

The delegation, which arrived in South Africa last Wednesday, visited the Mandela House on Friday where they paid their final respects to Winnie at a memorial event.

Mufamadi dismissed the documentary as being similar to what Stratcom was peddling, as it disregarded those who knew Madikizela-Mandela better, and opted to depend on apartheid operatives. The April 14 funeral service in Soweto, a township outside Johannesburg, was attended by tens of thousands of people and was followed by a burial ceremony at a memorial park north of Johannesburg.

"Accordingly, the ANC officials and the national working committee are discussing ways in which we will further honour her contribution and her life".

Madikizela-Mandela, who had a "complex history", was a "courageous leader", the bishops' conference said in a statement. "She was just an ordinary woman, one of us, but dared to fight for what is right", Zondwa said.

Recalling a recent conversation with her daughter Zenani Dlamini, he said she cried when she said her mother had lived a hard life.

Madikizela-Mandela, who was Johannesburg's first black female social worker, was routinely harassed by apartheid security forces, imprisoned and tortured during Nelson Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against white minority rule.

"My sisters, since she was unable to come and receive her award, I'd like to invite you that you can come to Namibia so that we can give you that honour, and also allow us as Swapo and Namibia to also honour her", Geingob said during his speech at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral.

"It is not appropriate that only 48 hours after she was laid to rest, our organisation participates in controversial debates regarding her life and her legacy".

"The Anti-apartheid regime has been misinterpreted to mean it was a man's triumph but we want to remind the world that it was not a man's struggle and triumph, she rose against a might of a nuclear state to bring peace to South Africa", she said.

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