- President Cyril Ramaphosa has penned a strong message to honour the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
- The mother of the nation passed away in 2018 and Ramaphosa remembered the late struggle icon on her birthday
- However, some people believe the current head of the state is only remembering the late struggle stalwart to canvass for votes
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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa honoured the former African National Congress Women’s League president Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Ramaphosa took to social media to pass a message for the late politician, who is celebrated as an icon of the struggle. Also hailed as a struggle hero, Madikizela passed away on 2 April, 2018.
Madikizela-Mandela was born on September 26 and she is recognised as a strong-willed 'mother' to the people, also called the Mother of the Nation.
However, some people feel the president is only using the late stalwart’s name to canvass for votes just before the upcoming local government elections. Ramaphosa wrote on Twitter:
“Friends and comrades, today we celebrate the 85th anniversary of the birth of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Since her passing three years ago, we have sought to honour her memory by, among others, renaming the town of Brandfort and William Nicol Drive in Johannesburg.”
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The post reads:
“But guys I still have a feeling that Mam Winnie deserve more than just a street, she was a teacher who taught us about a number of things therefore one University must be named by Winnie Madikizela University.”
“Mr President this house at Brandfort, Free State was it ever renovated & finished, wasn't it suppose to be turned into a heritage site, funds were allocated, only God knows what happened to those funds.”
“Mr President, it's blatantly clear that neither the ANC nor EFF have any regard for Covid-19. More than 500 people attended the EFF rally, and you went home to home to canvass. May I point out that the virus does not move, people do. You are going to be responsible for the 4th wave.”
“Celebrate, celebrate - the living in need, the aged, the poor, the hungry, the homeless etc, in the name of the departed Mandelas. That is how you build a living legacy. Do not make a monument of the dead. It is called idol worship.”
“Great decision, Mr President. Grandchildren will commemorate mama Winnie like other stalwarts.”
“Stop with this nonsense of renaming everything. People need jobs.!!!”
“Hahahhahahhaahhaa EFF honouring Winnie, ANC have to move fast hahahahahahahhaha.”
“It the greatest honour we can pay this stalwart of our liberation struggle is to follow her example of steadfast commitment to the poor and the marginalised of this country. #VoteANC”
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