Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was not a saint and was wrong to criticise President Jacob Zuma's polygamous lifestyle, said deputy communications minister Stella Ndabeni, according to a report on Monday.
Ndabeni took to social media and slated Madikizela-Mandela's latest criticism of Zuma's multiple marriages, the Sowetan newspaper reported.
She wrote on Facebook how former SABC CEO Dali Mpofu represented expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema in his disciplinary hearing.
"Life can be interesting. Dali Mpofu represented Julius Malema in the NDC [national disciplinary committee] hearings, Mam' Winnie has always seen a great leader like Madiba in Malema, and now the mother of our nation sees immorality in Zuma... who is a saint between the two of them?" wrote Ndabeni.
Ndabeni's statement came after Madikizela-Mandela in an interview said one could not advise the youth to stick to one partner while the president had multiple wives.
The interview will be aired on September 5.