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Nelson Mandela's granddaughter turns back on ANC party


NELSON MANDELA'S eldest granddaughter will no longer vote for the African National Congress (ANC), after stating that they don't hold the values that her grandfather fought for.

52-year-old Ndileka Mandela, who runs Mandela's family foundation said she feels that the ANC left the public squandering for money and neglecting the poor.

“This is not a decision that has been made out of anger,” said Ms Mandela. “I've been thinking about it for a while. It's been a build-up.”

"I will not be voting for something that does not resonate with me anymore, and does not resonate for what granddad and his comrades fought for," Mandela told News 24 South Africa.

Her criticism of the ANC resulted in her cousin Mandla Mandela, an ANC lawmaker, to make a public plea for her not to turn her back on the party.

“Please do not throw the baby out with the bathwater,” Mandela wrote in an open letter. “What we are dissatisfied within the ANC, it is our obligation to set right. Abandoning the ANC does not serve the people of South Africa.”

South Africa’s highest court last year found President Jacob Zuma, the current ANC chief, guilty of violating the constitution after he refused to repay taxpayers’ money used to refurbish his private rural house.

He is also fighting a court order that could reinstate almost 800 corruption charges against him over a multi-billion dollar arms deal in the 1990s.

Mandela, who died in 2013, joined the ANC in 1944 before it was banned under apartheid from 1960 to 1990. He was jailed from 1964 until 1991.

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