Youth defend ANC Madiba visit

2013-04-30 13:47

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The ANC Youth League national task team has defended the ANC’s right to visit the ailing former president Nelson Mandela, and added that the DA had no right to claim him.

Task team convenor Mzwandile Masina told journalists at a Luthuli House press conference this morning that they “welcomed” the visit by ANC officials, including President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, to Mandela’s Houghton home yesterday.

Mandela’s legacy “will never be claimed by a racist regime”, he said.

He added “Tata Madiba’s name is not to be bandied about”, and said the ANC “was within its right to visit him”.

This came after the SABC was granted exclusive access to the visit and broadcast footage last night showing an apparently unresponsive Mandela with ANC leaders laughing and joking around him.

This caused an outrage on social networking sites like Twitter.

The ANC has recently increasingly claimed Mandela’s legacy as first South African president as part of its own history as a part of the country’s democracy.

The league task team used the press conference largely to give feedback on its way forward, and defended itself against accusations that they were factional appointments or “lame ducks”.

Convenor Magasela Mzobe said “the ANC has given us the right to be militant and radical”.

The team said it was responsible for rebuilding youth league structures and it would go around the country to do an assessment of the state of all the structures, and it would help the ANC campaign for next year’s general elections.

It could not say what the time frames of its work were.

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