ANC refuses to be drawn into debates about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

May 20, 2014: ANC Deputy Secretary general Jessie Duarte addresses the media at the announcement of the ANC premiers who will lead eight of the provinces in South Africa.

File: ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte.


JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) has refused to be drawn into heightening debates involving late struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The party’s deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, said on Monday evening that the family is mourning.

ANC Women’ League (ANCWL) members were expected to address the media to respond to allegations against members who reportedly resigned during the late Madikizela-Mandela&39;s tenure as ANCWL president.

However, the briefing was handled by Duarte after a no-show by the members who were supposed to host the briefing at Luthuli House.

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“The Madikizela-Mandela family, our organisation and our people as a whole are still in mourning for the mother of the nation,” Duarte said.

“Since the passing of comrade Winnie there has been an outpouring of sadness and love for this remarkable woman, who carried the flag of the struggle ... "

Duarte mentioned the role played by apartheid security agents in  fostering division within the ANC, but  said, "We say this is not the time.”