With Nelson Mandela Gone, Many South Africans Are Questioning The Anc

Photos: A public farewell to Nelson Mandela

“When Zuma talks about the good that Madiba did, but fails to emulate Madiba himself, let alone coming close to that, he deserved what came his way,” Malphia Honwane of Manyeleti said in a letter to the mass-circulation Daily Sun, referring to Mandela by his clan name. “The people are disappointed with the current crop of leaders to such an extent that they can’t hold back their anger.” Opposition leaders say the booing indicates that Mandela’s death has given voters, who for years cast their ballots for the ANC out of deference to him, “permission” to vote for the opposition. Mamphela Ramphele, leader of opposition party Agang, said Zuma’s speech sounded like an address to party members, and “the booing of the president by members of the ANC speaks to their discontent with him, his conduct as president and his personal conduct as much as for me it was an embarrassment that the president of South Africa was booed in the presence of heads of state from so many countries.” “You cannot expect the people of South Africa to respect the office of the president when the president and governing party do not,” she said. But analyst Gevisser said that South Africans have often expressed anger and dissatisfaction in interviews before elections, only to go ahead and vote for the party. “It’s almost part of election season for people to talk about how dissatisfied they are,” he said, “and it does not necessarily translate into how they vote.” Although he predicted no threat to Zuma’s leadership, he said the president’s credibility had taken a serious blow. “I don’t think he’s finished,” the analyst said, “but he’s severely compromised, and compromised on the world stage as well.” The most tangible symbol of disillusionment with Zuma is the mansion he built for himself, which has aroused both envy and contempt. Many South Africans mutter darkly about his lifestyle and the fact that he has many wives. An analogy that often comes up, speaking to South Africans about Mandela’s death, is a family that loses its way after losing the head of the household. “People do not respect our current president the way they used to respect Madiba,” said Irene Makitla, 33, who got up at 5 a.m. and waited hours Thursday to view Mandela. “We are so afraid, we are asking ourselves what is going to happen after this.
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Live blog: Nelson Mandela’s final journey

Live blog: Nelson Mandela’s final journey (© Reuters)

He talked about his family and children endlessly. It was he who tried to patch up the relatives who had some political and ideological differences. 12.15 pm: Khehle Subane, former president, Nelson Mandela Foundation who had been imprisoned with Nelson Mandela


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