Zuma: ANC is living up to Madiba's legacy
President Zuma says government policies are ‘absolutely’ in line with Mandela’s beliefs.
PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma has said the current ANC government's policies live up to former President Nelson Mandela's legacy.
Zuma was speaking during a press conference following weekend talks with US President Barack Obama, who was in South Africa as part of a three nation African tour.
The President said government policies are 'absolutely' still in keeping with Mandela's beliefs.
He said the party is pursuing policies, like a mixed economy, which was crafted by Madiba when he became the country's first black president.
"In some of the visits I made before his health changed, he was saying when I go to sleep I will be very happy because I know that I would've left South Africa moving forward."
CAMPAIGNING OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL
Meanwhile, ANC members outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where Madiba is being treated for a recurring lung infection, have already starting campaigning for next year's elections.
Godfrey Mooketsi, an ANC member from the North West Province, has been selling Mandela memorabilia among the crowds since last week.
He said aside from making money with his new business, he was also there to campaign.
Mooketsi said it was not wrong to campaign outside the facility as Madiba was a former president of the ANC.
"He'd be happy if he saw me doing this because I am still campaigning for the freedom he fought for. "
MESSAGES OF SUPPORT
Several locals and tourists continue to visit the global icon's Houghton home.
Visitors are leaving messages of support, flowers and artwork.
"We all just hope to follow in his footsteps of creating a unified rainbow nation and stand together towards everything he stood for," said Yael Benjamin from local NGO Jerseys for Jozi.
The statesman is entering his fourth week in hospital.
He is in a critical but stable condition, according to the last update released by the presidency on Thursday