Zindzi Mandela takes aim at 'Apartheid apologists' as #OurLand trends

2019-06-15 16:00
Zindzi Mandela and Zelda la Grange at the launch of Zelda la Granges book on June 19, 2014 in Johannesburg.

Zindzi Mandela and Zelda la Grange at the launch of Zelda la Granges book on June 19, 2014 in Johannesburg. (The Times / Daniel Born)

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SA Ambassador to Denmark Zindzi Mandela was trending on Twitter on Saturday as she took on social media users who disagreed with her view on the land debate.

Mandela on Friday tweeted: "Dear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs."

Thereafter opting to shorten the hashtag to #OurLand, Mandela continued to take swipes at Twitter users who took exception to her comments.

Others tagged Denmark's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor.

ANC NEC member and Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula also entered the fray, seemingly calling Mandela to order by tweeting:  "Ambassador, hold it right there, comrade."

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela pointed out that Mandela's account had not been verified, therefore it could not immediately be confirmed if it was indeed hers.

Should this be the case and she stands by her comments, the department would need to establish whether the comments contravened its social media policy, he said.

Earlier this week, a follower commented on a tweet she had posted of herself in ANC colours, saying that she should "stop flirting with@EFFSouthAfrica".

"U are undoing the Mandela legacy. Rather try charity and volunteering at NPOs," @Thuso4u "advised".

Mandela pulled no punches as she hit back, saying she had love and respect for the leader of the red berets.

"I don't flirt with @EFFSouthAfrica I have deep, pure unconditional love and respect for @Julius_S_Malema and that won't stop. Mandela Legacy? Are you talking about both my parents who loved and respected CIC?"

In the run-up to the elections earlier this year, EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu tweeted photos of himself with Zindzi and her sister Zenani. In the two photos, each of the sisters took a turn to wear a red EFF cap.

After the death of Mandela's mother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the party said "no one suffered more in the hands of liberal and right-wing media than Mama Winnie Mandela". The EFF also called for support for its campaign to have Cape Town International Airport renamed in her honour.

Minority rights lobby group Afriforum have since released a statement, calling on Pandor to dismiss Mandela following the series of tweets, which they described as "extremely divisive, racist".

"With her Twitter messages, Mandela displayed a rancorous attitude towards white residents in the country and in a very public arena, contributed to the division of local communities. With false allegations and demeaning terms such as 'cowards' and 'land thieves', she is contributing to a dangerous discourse of scapegoating," the organisation's deputy CEO Alana Bailey said.

"Her defence that she is entitled to a personal opinion, shows a complete lack of insight into her responsibility in her position as ambassador. It is also inconsistent with the South African Constitution, which clearly states that the country belongs to everyone."

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