South Africa: War of words over Nelson Mandela

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A war of words has broken out between firebrand politician Julius Malema and Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, after Malema said the global statesman had “turned his back on the revolution”.

The Economic Freedom Fighters leader this week addressed the Oxford Union in England, saying Mandela was determined to appease white South Africans. “When Mandela returned from prison he went to stay in a house of the rich white men...he was looked after by the Oppenheimers.” The Oppenheimers are one of South Africa’s wealthiest families and played a major role in running the country's multi-billion dollar mining industry.

Mandla Mandela on Friday hit back, saying Malema did not understand his grandfather’s legacy of nation building, reconciliation and social cohesion.

He accused Malema of making “spurious and unsubstantiated claims regarding Nelson Mandela’s relationship with big business”.

"Julius Malema has no regard for traditional African values such as respect for elders, mutual respect, as encapsulated in the spirit of Ubuntu, or our long tradition of principled struggles for which many generations have sacrificed life and limb. Madiba’s legacy is unassailable and Julius Malema’s drivel is just that, drivel."
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28 november 2015 06:23:14

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