ANC: Winnie's comments regrettable

2013-07-01 08:03

Johannesburg - The ANC was unaware that the family of former statesman Nelson Mandela was unhappy about a publicised visit President Jacob Zuma made to Mandela's house shortly after he was released from hospital in April, the party said in a statement on Sunday.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said comments made by Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela about the visit were regrettable.

"As the ANC we are in contact on a daily basis with the Mandela family and these issues that have been publicly aired by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela have not been raised in any of these occasions," said Mthembu.

The AFP reported on Sunday that Madikizela-Mandela told Britain's ITV News television that the visit by Zuma and other ANC delegates was insensitive.

"I honestly cannot put in words how hurt the family was. It was one of the most insensitive things for anyone to have done," she was quoted as saying.

‘Compromised Mandela’s dignity’

Zuma said at the time Mandela was "up and about", a description that was clearly at odds with televised footage that showed the revered ex-leader frail and dazed, sitting frozen in an armchair, said the AFP.

Prior to the visit, Mandela had been out of the public eye for some time.

In excerpts published on the ITV website, Madikizela-Mandela added: "It compromised the family, compromised his dignity and it should have never been done."

Mthembu said the visit was one of many that the ANC had made to Mandela to continue to show support to him and his family.

"We have to demonstrate [an] active interest in the life of [former] President Mandela who remains our leader and our icon," said Mthembu.

He said the ANC would continue to pray for Madiba who was in a critical but stable condition at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

Mandela has been in hospital since 8 June and is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

  • Penelope Magona - 2013-07-01 08:10

    neither here nor there, really!!

      JustAnotherAfrican - 2013-07-01 11:06

      Better here than there.

  • Mike - 2013-07-01 08:11

    Correction - everything about the ANC is pretty much "regrettable"!

      Nkosinathi Maseko - 2013-07-01 10:43

      .....and everything about apartheid and and the Nats(Nuts) is preety applaudable. Watch this space...

      Mike - 2013-07-01 11:16

      Nkosinathi - did I mention the Nats and apartheid anywhere - that is history, long gone... I suggest you start looking at the problems of 2013 - and if you have any morals you'd say also that everything about the ANC is pretty much "regrettable" - and that would be a way to fix the mess Zuma, Gupta and the entire ruling circus has created.

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2013-07-02 06:58

      Ag shame; the only response Nog 'n een can bring to the table is the default: "blame apartheid, race, etc". Regrettably a product of ANC edukashun.

  • Vaughan - 2013-07-01 08:11

    Shows you what JZ is made of that even the likes of Winnie will speak out against him. PS, the only reason why the ANC are praying for Mandela is for the election. If Mandela made to the election they will probably starting praying for his death to boost sympathy votes.

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-07-01 09:31

      I dont like the ANC either, but you must wonder why if the family were so against the ANC visiting did they allow the ANC to come visit. bizarre.

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 12:39

      Winnie is quite right in saying what she did. It was disgraceful ! Propping up an old sick man for the sake of JZ photo. How low can you go, and coming from her that is bloody low !

      Elsbietta Mansie - 2013-07-02 15:19

      So true Vaughan, When the ruling party want to score brownie points (especially before an election) if you are an "icon" of their party they decide when you die -- or if they can't keep you alive, they decide when it will be announced (sometimes weeks later) that you died. The only only important thing to Zuma is that he wins the next election. Reminds me of the death of King George the V in the UK (before I was born and before the advent of TV.) The king was dying, but "the powers that were" wanted to announce his death in the morning newspaper, because the evening newspaper was a non-event. His alleged last words spoken were "damn you", said to the nurse who injected the lethal dose of morphine into him before midnight, so that the newspapers could run the headlines the next morning, "The king's life is moving peacefully to its close." It's in Zuma's interests to have Madiba alive at this time. Whether or not he still is alive nobody knows, and we will probably never find out. Meanwhile, Zuma (and others with vested interests) are fighting over him like a pack of hyenas. Personally I hope is is at rest now, because he has suffered enough and I believe it was his wish to be allowed to die in peace.

  • John Jackson - 2013-07-01 08:12

    Keep fighting....

  • patrick.masseyhicks - 2013-07-01 08:13

    Hayi, Winnie. You as an anc member are not allowed to say anything in public without anc permission first. Amateur!

      Andrew Selous - 2013-07-01 08:37

      Blame Kenny Kunene.

      Andile Andy Mchunu - 2013-07-02 12:21

      An ex is an ex for a reason Winnie cannot be trusted, oh yes she is a Malema supporter what an exit from the ANC maybe she is a member of fatboys political PARTEEEY

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-01 08:15

    While I agree Why say something only now and to the foreign press? Think all the Mandela's want their five minutes of fame!

  • MSGRules - 2013-07-01 08:18

    the dogs are turning on each other. so much pie to eat but only a few can have some. Ugliness is coming when the you try pull those dogs apart. The country is getting wasted while the cANCer is fighting instead of building the country

      Donovan Hendricks - 2013-07-01 08:36

      They are already divided,now they only needed to be conquered.

      Meezy Slam Dunk Mbhele - 2013-07-01 11:46

      dogs? if u referring to the ANC I understand but if saying black ppl are dogs then what are you???

      Michael Wilson - 2013-07-01 12:47

      Don't be dof guys, it's pretty clear that he (or she) is referring to the anc as a pack of dogs fighting. Now suddenly he is saying all black people are dogs. Come on people, stop trying so hard to be offended, it's really counterproductive.

      Mark Neisius - 2013-07-01 20:52

      Malizba, are you trying to spell 'people' or 'poephols'?

      Herman Burger - 2013-07-01 21:03

      Indeed the "poeple" deciding on our tax money. Freudian slip of note, bru!

      Hein Huyser - 2013-07-01 22:38

      @Malizba, you can't meke the distiction? Le me el. The "ruling" party do not rule. They are there to "govern". Big difference. Subjects hae king ruling over them. People in a democracy with a Constitution are fools for choosing a leech to "rule" over them. Me, I choose democracy, and in a democracy, n one is ruling, just managing the affairs of the state and brainless people who give them power where there is none.

      Elsbietta Mansie - 2013-07-02 14:45

      @Hein Huyser, Thanks for your very good points. The government is there to govern. They are also there to serve the people, which is why those who work for the government are called "public servants" in democratic countries. (If they don't serve the people who put them into office, they get voted out at the next election.) I seems that Zooma and co. think that part of the job description of MPs and other officials includes giving job tenders to their pals, building palatial houses costing millions, needing the most expensive cars, and burning millions of rands of the tax-payers money on luxury holidays overseas. All this while the lives of most of the people living in poverty in the townships hasn't improved very much -- except thank God we got rid of Apartheid, the "dompas" etc., but we have Madiba (and others) to thank for that, not Zuma.

  • Jodi Kruger - 2013-07-01 08:19

    So what were the comments made?

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-01 09:04

      Jodi - reading the article you're commenting on would be a start.

  • mapepaki - 2013-07-01 08:20

    Winnie waits 60 days until the big guns are here, then fires from both barrels about the ANC visiting Mr Mandela. You are no longer his wife so off with you.

      mapepaki - 2013-07-01 12:15

      Thanks Zweli, how does graca feel about it all, overwhelmed I'm sure. While I agree the ANC were and are trying to boost their image, why does she wait 60 days before having anything to say.

  • Rudolph Opperman - 2013-07-01 08:22

    Winnie's in the pooh!

  • Theo Doms - 2013-07-01 08:22

    For who is it regrettable?

  • Nhlanhla Mkhize - 2013-07-01 08:24

    I'm sure Mandela regrets ever marring you Winnie, you're the worst disgrace that ever happened in his life that's why he filed for divorce immediately after being realized from jail

  • Stephen Mulomba - 2013-07-01 08:25

    convicted criminal, child murderer, adulterer, etc, etc, still getting light of day to make public comments. We do live in a free country dont we!! Yes it was very insensitive by JZ and crew but whats that they say about people who live in glass houses????

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-07-01 08:28

    Mythembu you and the ANC are not actively interested in the life of Mandela, you are actively interested in showing the world that you are idiots! Calm down you don't have to prove anything the world already knows.

  • Richard - 2013-07-01 08:28

    It is regrettable that all this in fighting is taking place around the illness of Mandela, not only between family and the ANC but between family and family. It shows in what state the ANC is finding itself being so divided in their own ranks.

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-01 08:32

    Zuma and anc making asses of themselves again in the World Media! Ouch! Giggling idiot...

  • pws69 - 2013-07-01 08:35

    Mthembu is fast becoming the Comical Ali of South Africa.

  • Gemma van der Merwe - 2013-07-01 08:35

    Not one time did they apologize to the family. Only tried to justify why they think they had a right. By all means, show your support, but to him and his family. By trying to show you support for him to the rest of the world you are showing that you use him to support your cause. It was just a publicity stunt that backfired, because they can't do even that properly

  • Carling Blacklabel - 2013-07-01 08:37

    tit for tat childish behavior by these idiots that think they are celebrities

  • Dale Lancaster - 2013-07-01 08:43

    Has she forgotten about the Stompie story and how she compromised his dignity then?

  • Zukisa Msudukwa - 2013-07-01 08:45

    The best way is to pray with Madiba family not to critised each other. Is this not enough? Get well Tat'mkhulu

  • Thuto Moloi - 2013-07-01 08:47

    "Critical but stable condition" - I think i will auto-tune that..

  • Denis Gomo - 2013-07-01 08:49

    Winnie coming out of the wood work and speaking on behalf of the Mandelas. Where's Graca in all this? Looks like Winnie is taking over...or taking advantage of the situation?

      Annemarie White - 2013-07-01 20:10

      Grace is a very private person. She is a lady and behaves with seemless grace. I cannot imagine her wanting to join this circus.

  • Bongs Ndlazi - 2013-07-01 08:50

    Winnie where is Advocate Dali Mpofu?

      Maria Kwata - 2013-07-02 03:54

      ask your mother abt your real father! amazin stupid.

  • Aqeelah Khan - 2013-07-01 08:52

    It happened in April and she talks about it now? Just go to show how long they take to deal with things ey

  • Mosiuoa Jeremiah Mbele - 2013-07-01 08:54

    a once politician and a recent politician once hate a media but how stupid they are is that they invite a media to complain and instead of showing a combined support to the icon who made us an opportunity for economic world. let the spirit of tata be glorified by God. stop your stupid ideas and suggestion. the mandela's family will decide

  • Neo Philip Moepi - 2013-07-01 08:57

    As a religious leader, I have grown to know of many lies said on daily basis, I am really concerned to see one lie growing so fast even in churches. This is a lie people unconsciously say when they just say without thinking " I have you in my prayers or we are praying for you" this is said despite the fact that no prayer has ever been uttered for you. I am not a family representative of the Mandela family but if I was to be, I will thank all of you who prayed for Madiba even when TV and journalists were not present. This is not time to tell lies neither to fuel tensions in this nation, we can't even talk of Madiba the way many are doing, Madiba is alive Nd just like any family, they deserve the right to deal with their family issues in the manner they deem fit. Peace be unto you Madiba.

  • Zuna Pezu - 2013-07-01 09:03

    Por people , they think just because they are coming from Mandela's blood ,they think they are so important, and the celebrities from S.A

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-01 09:07

      You think Winnie's from Mandela's blood? We have laws against that sort of thing, Zuna.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-07-01 09:12

    Anyone who saw the picture of Mandela staring into space and clearly not well must agree with Winnie's statement. No, I'm not a Winnie fan but it's not about Winnie but about Mandela.

  • Edward Ics - 2013-07-01 09:14

    Load of rubbish!!!

  • Sibongile Mkhatshwa - 2013-07-01 09:17

    She is not Mandela's wife she is just the mother of his children,why is she always the one speaking on behalf of the family?Graca is Mandela's wife she should be the one speaking not her.

      Sarah Mokgoko - 2013-07-01 10:13

      how's Graca we dnt know her ,she is right to keep silent ,nothing to says we know her Winnie she fought n she is de first lady dont judge all of us we have mistake

  • Jacob Jody - 2013-07-01 09:18

    tell them madam winnie truth hurts,what is the right time to tell?

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-07-01 10:49

      mandela is anc no one can divorce them even when he dies he will be buried by the anc the rest will be spectators so its regretable that an ex-attention seeking wife is commenting instead of the real wife

  • Cfobia Tshavhu - 2013-07-01 09:25

    And she only expressed this to the media? Isn't there an easier platform to push a disgruntlement of such sensetivity? And in time? It has been a pretentious period for her

  • Philip Schalkwyk - 2013-07-01 09:25

    Zuma has no brains, ethics, and now proves he has no tact.

  • Nqaba Tom - 2013-07-01 09:35

    It is unfortunate that this shows deep division within Mandela family because ANC visit was accepted by some members of the family hence they went there. It is clear Winnie is not part of those and is building case for family feud. This happened many months ago and why she say it now?

  • Shannon Moffett - 2013-07-01 09:40

    Of course the ANC was unaware he was unhappy - any person who looks at the footage of that visit will see that he was unaware of anything around him. And that is what makes the visit even more appalling.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-01 10:02

      Shannon Moffett. We should also remember this visit only took place after the DA published a picture of Mandela and Suzmann together.

  • Triffie Vorster - 2013-07-01 09:42

    The only reason Zuma and his government 'keep close contact'with Mandela family is to pretend that Madiba is on their side!!

      Nkosinathi Maseko - 2013-07-01 11:04

      Check your facts Triffie.

  • Al Loots - 2013-07-01 09:45

    Just watch the hyena circling. So much for respect and the good name of Mandela. His demise now an opportunity for the hyena to fight for scraps of his cloak. Despicable.

  • Andrew M - 2013-07-01 09:46

    All is not well in the ANC house with Jacob Zuma as headboy, or maybe just herdboy.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-01 09:52

    Regrettable?. She spoke the truth and it is regrettable?.

  • Sefako Mokgalaka - 2013-07-01 09:58

    Jackson Mthembu is becoming a mouthpiece of the denialists.

  • David Neave - 2013-07-01 10:04

    Who gives a poo what the Pooh thinks anyway!

  • Bradley Brits - 2013-07-01 10:04

    The anc visit was regrettavle you mean..

  • Sisa Ronny Busakwe - 2013-07-01 10:15

    that was bad of you,a n c.since i how tata's illness thanks a n c,bad decision

  • Valerie Vale - 2013-07-01 10:38

    Yes Winnie I agree, should not have shown the world ailing and confused Madiba!

  • Sarah Mokgoko - 2013-07-01 10:44

    i'm very happy cos now Tata he's coming right.pls South African let have peace n stop all this nonsense

  • Nhlanhla Mkhize - 2013-07-01 10:47

    This is not the time for Winnie to engaging the media and the public about such matters, the old man is fighting for his life for haven sake!

  • Mike Lowry - 2013-07-01 10:50

    How and why do they continue protecting this guy? Poltically he has to be the most immature person around - diplomacy is notpart of this vocabulary at all.

  • Twist Cas - 2013-07-01 10:52

    The family does not have a spokesperson, everyone just say whatever comes into his or her mind. ANC got permission from other family members and now Winnie wants permission to be granted by her, the only person who was suppose to complain is the wife (Graca) not the former wife?

  • Pontsho Seemane - 2013-07-01 10:54

    Now what are you guys going to do? Conduct an investigation and charge her like you do with everyone.