- ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni says he was angered by Thabo Mbeki’s controversial statement about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
- Mbeki said Winnie should be remembered as part of a collective which fought against apartheid and not an individual
- Yengeni said the statement was shocking, even more so because Mbeki is seen as an ANC elder
A war of words is brewing between ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member, Tony Yengeni, and former president Thabo Mbeki.
Yengeni said he was angered by a controversial statement made by Mbeki about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Mbeki told the SABC during an interview that Winnie should be remembered as part of a collective which fought against the evils of apartheid and not as an individual.
Mbeki added that Winnie had defied the ANC on numerous occasions, most notably when she refused to disband the controversial Mandela United Football Club. The club was a thinly veiled gang of hired muscle who operated on the orders of Winnie.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Yengeni was shocked by the statement, even more so because Mbeki is seen as an ANC elder.
“He is our elder, and from our elders, we expect a lot. He should have known better and refrained from making such derogatory statements about Comrade Winnie. As a comrade, I was very angered by his comments and I will raise this matter at the next meeting,” he said.
“So let’s be careful about what we say. Let’s celebrate this life. If you have issues you can raise them after the mourning period, and write your books and host your lectures. For now, let’s give comrade Winnie a proper send-off,” said Yengeni
Yengeni said he would raise his concerns about Mbeki’s statement during the next ANC NEC meeting.
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