Where’s the real Mama Winnie?

2012-07-28 10:07

Mduduzi Phiri
Former ANCYL spokesperson of Gert Sibande region,
Mpumalanga

Last week we were ­bombarded with Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s statements concerning President Jacob Zuma’s polygamous lifestyle.

It was painful to read about ­Mama Winnie’s utterances.

When we were growing up we wanted our mothers to be like her, a strong woman.

We said there was no one like her.

She loved the ANC.

Mama ­Winnie knew the ANC in and out.

The leadership and the general membership of the ANC stood by her in difficult times.

She taught us the ANC is above individuals and educated us to respect the leaders of the ANC but on many occasions she did the opposite.

The murder and corruption charges she faced, as well as her her ill-discipline in Parliament were low points.

The ANC policy conference has just ended, where corruption and tenders were discussed, and tangible steps taken to address these challenges.

Why would ­Mama Winnie want to raise these issues as an individual?

She is part of the national executive committee.

Mama Winnie is a law unto herself.

She is abusing her political credentials, just as Desmond Tutu did.

Mama Winnie has not been a good mother in advising her prodigal son, expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

When Malema was insulting ANC leaders, our beloved mother was ­silent.

When Malema hurtfully ­expelled his comrades in the youth league, nothing came from Mama Winnie.

When Malema accumulated millions in unscrupulous deals in Limpopo, she didn’t say a word.

It is painful to see Mama Winnie joining people who insult the president.

If she fails to respect the elected leadership, she can’t be respected either.

Zuma is also human. Mama Winnie and ­Tutu behave as if they are the only ones who fought for black people.

They think they have a monopoly to say anything they feel like.

The Mama Winnie we know was last seen just before the first democratic election.

The one today is not that character.

The Mama Winnie we see now cannot wear the tag “mother of the nation”.

When Malema insulted former president Thabo Mbeki, there was silence from Mama Winnie.

Last week, Malema rebuked ANC ­secretary-general Gwede Mantashe by saying he had no authority to criticise Mama Winnie.

Mama Winnie destroyed Malema’s political future by not teaching him about real politics.

If Malema has the right to insult our democratically elected leaders in front of Mama Winnie, we also have the right to tell her to keep quiet and sit down.


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