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Register to vote: Mandla Mandela

2014-02-08 12:50
Mandla Mandela (File, AFP)
Mandla Mandela (File, AFP)
Polokwane - Former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, has urged the youth to defend "democracy" by registering to vote this weekend.

Speaking at a Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi hall in Seshego on Friday evening, Mandela called upon ANC Youth League members to ensure that the ANC emerged victorious in the upcoming general elections.

"I want to call on each and every one of you to make sure that you take your ID and ensure that your name appears on the voters roll," he said.

"Make your mark, vote African National Congress and defend this democracy. It is your time, it is my time, it is our time to take the baton and lead the young people of our country."

The Mandela memorial lecture comes after President Jacob Zuma announced that the elections would be held on 7 May.

Former president Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison before being elected South Africa's first democratic president, died on 5 December last year.

Mandela said his grandfather and his comrades had done their part in delivering freedom.

"It is left upon us to ensure that we fully live, and be able to stand and defend this young democracy," he said.

Mandela, who has been named one of the beneficiaries in his grandfather's will, told the audience that the Mandela family would continue to support the ANC and would continue to serve the party.

Mandela urged members of the ANCYL to engage in debate that would strengthen the ruling party.

"I want to call on you that, as disciplined cadres of the ANC Youth League, you should be able to table one another's issues in meetings, be able to have open criticism and ensure that everything is buried within a meeting as you walk out," he said.

He said open criticism was quickly eroding the ANCYL because members were not open to self-criticism.

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