Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, attends his funeral in his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province, 900 km (559 miles) south of Johannesburg, in this still image taken from December 15, 2013 video courtesy of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). REUTERS/SABC

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,”I Warned The ANC About State Capture”

Former anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says she doesn’t recognise the African National Congress (ANC) anymore.

In an exclusive interview with HuffPost SA, Madikizela-Mandela said that corruption in the ruling party is not part of the ANC she fought for during the the anti-apartheid struggle.

“The ANC of our forebears has disappeared,” she said. “Every day you open a newspaper, there are stories about this corruption, capture of the state, the ANC is also captured … This is the news we read today about my ANC.”
Madikizela-Mandela (80) says the ANC has “serious problems”.

“Not even a fool can pretend that we don’t have problems,” she said. “We have very, very serious problems. The ANC is haemorrhaging. We are in trouble.”

 Madikizela-Mandela said she took the current corruption allegations against the party personally. “Hopefully, after bleeding and haemorrhaging as it does, somewhere we are going to find an antidote,” she said. “We’ll bring it back to its former glory.”

Madikizela-Mandela said she told the party’s leadership at the Codesa negotiating table in the 1990s that things were going awry, adding that these problems were to be expected. “There are human beings who are doing [this] to the ANC,” she said. “This is what happens to revolutionary movements … and I warned about that 23 years ago.”

Source: Huffington Post SA

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