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We are united to defend our democracy - Nelson Mandela's granddaughter

27 April, 04:07 PM

Wearing a T-shirt with her grandfather’s name on it, Ndileka Mandela evoked the preamble of the Freedom Charter, which says that the people shall govern, as a reminder that the government leaders could be criticised.

“The people have the right to call their government to account.  We are today calling the government to account.”

In particular, said Mandela, when it came to a proposed parliamentary vote towards a motion of no confidence in Zuma, “We want our leaders, that we elected from our communities, to do the right thing,” she said.

“Before [in 1994] we sang together, we bled together and we marched together and we are still marching together to call our government into order.”

Mandela later told News24 that if her grandfather was alive, he would have said that if the ANC did to people what the apartheid government did to them, then they must do to the ANC what the people did to the apartheid government. 

"It saddens me that we had to come here to defend our people when we stand on the shoulders of giants who stood for morality...it is sad. But what makes me happy is that again, we are united as one to defend our democracy despite the sadness that's accompanying it."

Freedom Day commemorates the country's first post-apartheid elections held in 1994. This year signals 23 years of South Africa's democracy.

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