ANC's Duarte hints at rift between ANCWL, Madikizela-Mandela

Gwede Mantashe

Although Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was an icon in the ANC, I certainly do not believe, as controversial as it may sound, that she was an icon of SA.

"The Madikizela-Mandela family, our organisation and our people as a whole are still in mourning for the mother of the nation", Duarte said.

He said the women resigned as ANCWL national executive committee (NEC) members because they said they can't be led by a criminal.

Sister Makoro said she and the conference's associate secretary-general, Stigmatine Father Patrick Rakeketsi, visited the family before the funeral on behalf of South Africa's Catholic Church and "were well received" by Madikizela-Mandela's daughters and other family members.

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"Lies had became part of the narrative of her life". We know that in some instances this debate is meant to detract from the significant role that she played in the liberation Struggle and in the ANC.

Duarte mentioned the role played by apartheid security agents in fostering division within the ANC, but said, "We say this is not the time".

The labour leader urged trade unionists especially female unionists in Africa to "learn from the leadership example of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela", adding that as a stateswoman, "she was labour friendly, a working class stalwart who favoured minimum wage and decent work for the workers".

"Now, we're saying now it's not the time for us during a period of mourning to explain all of that".

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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.

Winnie's body was brought to the house where she lived with Nelson Mandela before he was incarcerated.

For Madikizela-Mandela, the anti-apartheid struggle involved separation from her husband and children, banishment and continuous surveillance, "while bearing the expectations of the oppressed millions", the bishops said.

"You might as well ask the chief of Stratcom operations to write a biography of Winnie Mandela, if you want to approach it this way that the views of her own comrades must be subservient to the views of Stratcom", Mufamadi said.

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