YCLSA supports ANC visit to Mandela

2013-04-30 16:24


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Johannesburg - The Young Communist League of SA said on Tuesday it supported the ANC's visit to former president Nelson Mandela.

"We are baffled by why some people have turned this gesture into a cheap political point scoring, insinuating that the ANC is using this as a publicity stunt," the YCLSA said in a statement.

"Mandela belongs to the ANC and the people of our country... and therefore his state of health and well-being should never be privatised."

The SABC broadcast footage on Monday of President Jacob Zuma, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and chairperson Baleka Mbete paying Mandela a visit at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Mandela was shown sitting impassively with a blanket over his legs, while those around him spoke to each other and laughed.

Zuma told the state broadcaster Mandela was "in good shape" and "up and about" following his recent release from hospital, where he was treated for a recurring lung problem.

The YCLSA said Zuma and the Mandela family should not apologise for the visit or for letting people know Mandela was well and recovering.

"We should accept that Mandela is ageing, therefore frail, and we should never be ashamed to see him in the manner we saw him on national television."

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