Saturday, May 31, 2008

Winnie speaks out on SA's issues

The "Queen of Africa" opens her pie hole.

She, of the “with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country” slogan.

Coming to expect the workmanship of your trained minions, are we?

And who can forget the kidnapping and killing of Stompie Sepei?

Then, she smacks more nails into Mbeki’s coffin as well. My, my, how quickly they jump from one seat of power to the next.

“Zuma, Zuma, he’s our man, if he can’t do it, no one can.” *sing it cheerleading style*

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ANC veteran and member of the party's national committee, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has spoken out on Thabo Mbeki's government and the country's woes, the Mail and Guardian reported on Friday.

In an interview with the newspaper, she described recent xenophobic attacks as "the worst tragedy in the post-apartheid era", and said government's poor economic policies and lack of service delivery had contributed to the recent wave of violence.

"Is it not a terrible indictment when, 14 years after our liberation, the minister of housing stands up in parliament and says she could not build houses because there is no money?

"This is 14-years after the drafting of the ANC's original manifesto..."

Madikizela-Mandela said she went into Alexandra after the xenophobic violence broke out.

She said Zimbabwean refugees in Alexandra told her the violence could have been started by Zimbabweans who wanted to drive their countrymen home to vote in the election.

Without mentioning Mbeki's name, she blamed the ANC leaders who did not tolerate debate in the party for devising policies that have failed.

She said the xenophobic crisis had arisen also because of the fact that government had not controlled or monitored the number of foreigners entering the country.

"The reality is coming to us now, if we had debated policies, we would not have had Polokwane... but no, people were called ultra-leftists and counter-revolutionaries."

She said the country was now in serious trouble and educational institutions were in crisis because "we had these mergers that were totally ill-advised.

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