Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says ANC needs fresh leadership

The ruling African National Congress needs to find a fresh way to tackle the problems in South Africa‚ notably corruption‚ says party veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

“We cannot pretend we do not have problems and we cannot pretend things are not wrong in our country. A lot of things are wrong‚” she told journalists.

“The kind of introspection we need‚ would need a whole layer of fresh leadership‚ combined with the elders who are still left in the organisation to revisit the question of the Freedom Charter‚ what has happened since 1994… and find out where did we go so wrong.”

Amongst other issues such as questioning the system of proportional representation‚ Madikizela-Mandela said: “The one word on everybody’s lips is corruption“.

She said the leadership should consider going on a retreat for a month to find answers.

Commenting on the #feesmustfall crisis‚ Madikizela-Mandela said: “We feel very sorry for the students. It is a very difficult problem.”

“From lack of experience we have done things that were not really according to the Freedom Charter…. I know the clause … ‘the doors of learning should be open to all’… In 1955 (when we drafted the Charter) all those things seemed possible (but) when we got into government from 1994‚ we realised that the free education we promised wasn’t going to be easy‚” she said‚ adding that finding the money to fund education from the onset was impossible.

Madikizela-Mandela said Cabinet should find a solution that meets students halfway.