Mandela’s death shines uncomfortable light on South Africa’s ANC
Water and electricity to Mandlas house on the Qunu estate were turned off late on Saturday, the eve of Mr Mandelas funeral, the Johannesburg-based South African Times newspaper reported. Makaziwe is said to have ordered Mandla to remove his cattle, pigs and dogs from the property. Mandlas friends and close family members, including his mother, were sidelined during Sundays state funeral for Mr Mandela, according to the Times, and refused access to the burial site. Related Articles 15 Dec 2013 Mandlas spokesman, Freddy Pilusa, would neither confirm nor deny the reports. He doesnt want to focus on those type of things anymore, Mr Pilusa told The Telegraph. What he wants to do is to preserve and uphold the legacy of Madiba. Mandla, 39, whose father was Mr Mandelas second son, has styled himself as heir apparent, taking up the chieftainship in Mvezo village where his grandfather was born. Makaziwe, 59, the daughter of Mr Mandela and first wife Evelyn Mase, has also positioned herself as the head of the family. The two have been at loggerheads over leadership of the large Mandela family, with the spat made public in June when Mandla was accused of moving the remains of his father and Mr Mandelas two other deceased children from Qunu to nearby Mvezo. Makaziwe led efforts to have the bodies exhumed and returned to Qunu under a court order. There have been other ongoing disputes among Mandelas children and grandchildren over control of his legacy and estate, including the right to use Mr Mandelas name and image for profit, and over who will inherit his trust funds. Makaziwe is said to have taken control of preparations for her fathers funeral in Qunu, while a tired-looking Mandla kept guard over Mr Mandelas body during the three days it lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Mandla on Monday said the death of his grandfather left him feeling pierced by a sharp spear. I, like most in the family, told myself that when the eventuality of Madiba’s passing arrives, I would not mourn but celebrate all that is good that he has left within me and for the world,” he said in a statement. “I was however mistaken because the pain of losing him unexpectedly got to me like one pierced by a sharp spear. Further feuding is expected over Mr Mandelas will, the contents of which have not been made public. George Bizos, a close friend of Mr Mandela and a respected human rights lawyer, said last week that the contents of the will are to be announced in due course. “But don’t press either members of the family or any of us to tell you what is in the will.
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South Africa’s fifth democratic elections will be held in the next six months, and although analysts expect the ANC to win without much trouble, few expect the party to hold on to its huge majority . From its current 65.9% the ANC’s support could fall to less than 60% according to one group. Is South Africa about to descend into racial conflagration because Mandela is gone, though? Doomsayers have beaten this drum many times before in the past 19 years, even when Mandela left government in 1999. It has not come to pass, and is a scenario that is unlikely. The real challenges for South Africa today are poverty, inequality and unemployment. Zuma’s presidency has failed to implement necessary structural changes — the ANC is in alliance with the powerful trade union federation Cosatu and kowtows to it on labour policy, leading to government paralysis — to create jobs and economic growth. Education is poor — last year the government failed to deliver textbooks to some pupils for up to nine months.
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