The former wife of the anti-apartheid legend; Winnie Madikizela- Mandela has come out and publicly gave an endorsement to Julius Malema. Julius who had earlier on this year got himself expelled from the African National Congress got the endorsement when Madikizela-Mandela made a public announcement and appearance at Qunu; the home village of her former husband. It’s alleged that the former wife to Nelson Mandela appeared to snub Grace Machel; Mandela’s current wife. Speaking while making the endorsement, Madikizela-Mandela said, ”Thank you very much for making us see in our lifetime that it is possible to liberate our people economically and better their lives,” She said this while making a reference to Malema, who once led the ANC’s youth league. ”Thank you very much for leading that campaign because it is as a result of your emphasis, the youth league’s emphasis, on the role we should be playing as freedom fighters,” she added.
Malema, who at one time was deemed as a vocal campaigner for the current South Africa’s sitting President Jacob Zuma, was referred to as “grandson” by Madikizela-Mandela. She went ahead to castigate the ANC saying that the party was abusing Mandela’s family name by treating the family shabbily. This comes only a week after she was accused of populism. “It was most painful that 18 years after the advent of democracy in South Africa we still have people who say we have failed them. Our country is in deep trouble as we make promises, and yet the promises are never fulfilled,” said Madikizela-Mandela. It also unraveled that Winnie was also scheduled to inaugurate a Child Care Centre in the company of Mandela’s wife Grace Machel. Surprisingly, Machel left after what was claimed to have been as a result of Winnie keeping her on the wait for over an hour. It later emerged that after an hour, Winnie arrived for the ceremony in the company of the former youth league leaders. ”It’s a pity that my little sister Grace left,” she said.
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