MPs rush to lay claim to Nelson Mandela’s legacy

2014-02-19 08:24

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Nelson Mandela has been granted ANC membership beyond the grave after paying his fees in the form of royalties.

Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana told MPs during yesterday’s debate on President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address (Sona) that Madiba was supporting the ANC, even in death.

“Mandela is sitting on the ANC side wherever he is,” she said.

Mandela used to say that, when he died, he would find an ANC branch in the afterlife.

After his death in December, it emerged that he had left a portion of his royalties to the ANC in his will to educate the public on its policies.

MPs across the political spectrum tried to claim Madiba’s legacy as yesterday’s debate focused mainly on Zuma’s shortcomings and on electioneering.

Xingwana’s statement about Mandela was a direct response to IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s statement that he, ANC stalwarts, fellow MPs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Andrew Mlangeni, were the last survivors in a tradition of principled leaders.

In her speech, DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said: “We are in the South Africa of Nelson Mandela. We are the miracle nation that inspires hope.”

She contrasted that with the story of Zuma “and his ANC”.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor started her speech by saying Mandela would always belong to the ANC.

“In front of you, you see the ANC of Nelson Mandela. He will never be separated from the ANC, he will always be one of our own,” she said.

The debate continues in the National Assembly this afternoon.

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