ANC leaders can only visit Madiba's grave next month - Mandla Mandela

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

11 de enero de 2018, 15:05Pretoria, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The top leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party paid homage today to the legendary anti-apartheid fighter and South African former president Nelson Mandela in his native village of Qunu, in the province of Eastern Cape.

Madiba's grandson, Nkosi Mandla Mandela, welcomed the leaders to the global icon's Qunu home and told journalists after the meeting that the family was honoured by the courtesy. "They are paying tribute to the father of our young democracy", he said.

For the ceremony to take place, elders from the Mandela family will have to deliver the request to visit his grave from ANC leaders.

These included telling the family and going to Madiba's resting place and informing him of the ANC's intentions.

On the day of the ceremony an ox will have to be slaughtered to cleanse the ANC leaders.

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Piotr Matys, emerging market strategist at Rabobank, warned that ousting Zuma could also cause trouble for the South African currency, saying that: "The governing ANC could be engulfed in political bickering between Zuma's camp and members of the party who voted for Ramaphosa".

"In the top 6 some were linked to this and that faction and some didn't speak to each other. So we will see where it ends up after the national working committee and heads of sub-committees are selected at the next NEC", a member was quoted saying.

"Each one brings a particular strength to the ANC, something new and fresh to the ANC". Firstly, because ANC leaders do not want to humiliate him, and secondly, because he still has allies in the NEC that Ramaphosa supporters will not want to alienate.

He added that there was a need for the party to reconnect with its constituency.

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