Winnie Mandela sings praises of new ANC leadership

Winnie Mandela sings praises of new ANC leadership

The ANC leadership paid a visit to Madikizela-Mandela as part of its nation-wide pilgrimage.

Winnie Mandela

"This leadership has just come at the right time."

Those are the words by struggle stalwart and ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who addressed reporters at her home in Soweto last night.

Members of the ANC's newly elected leadership paid a visit to her as part of its nationwide pilgrimage.

Madikizela-Mandela believes the new leadership will be able to turn things around for the governing party, which has been rocked by scandals through state president Jacob Zuma's two terms.

The 81-year-old has previously been critical of president Zuma's administration.

"We are very proud of the leadership that has been presented to us by the country, and we have every hope that indeed there is going to be renewal of the African National Congress," says Madikizela-Mandela.

She specifically also referred to ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa saying the party could not have "a better president".

Ramaphosa spoke to journalists before they met with "the mother of our nation".

In between repeated assurances that the leadership is united, Ramaphosa said 2018 is "the year of action".

He says the leadership will ensure it implements the decisions by the party's 54th national conference, which resolved, among others, that land should be expropriated without compensation.

After their meeting, Madikizela-Mandela concluded: "We have arrived and the African National Congress is deeply honoured to have this type of leadership."

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