Madikizela-Mandela slams 'insensitive' ANC

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has slammed the ANC's visit to Nelson Mandela in April.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has slammed the ANC for its ‘insensitive’ decision to visit a frail Nelson Mandela at his home in April. The ANC has described her comments as 'regrettable'.Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has slammed the ANC for its 'insensitive' decision to visit a frail Nelson Mandela at his home in April.

Madikizela-Mandela told ITV's News Channel programme that she and her family were more hurt than she could say by the visit.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says the ANC was unaware that the family was unhappy by the visit and has described Madikizela-Mandela's comments as "regrettable".

Senior ANC officials, including President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the statesman at his Houghton home in April shortly after he was released from hospital.

The visit sparked public outrage due to television footage showing Mandela sitting next to Zuma with a pillow behind his head and his legs propped up under a blanket.

Mandela was staring straight ahead, his face showing little expression. There were camera flashes going off during the visit.

It was Madiba's first television appearance in almost a year.

At the time of the visit the ANC said "national officials" were "satisfied that President Mandela" was in good health and "receiving the very best medical care".

Zuma and the other leaders had found "Mandela in good shape and in good spirits", the party added in a statement.

Mandela currently remains in a critical but stable condition at the MediClinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection for the past three weeks.

Khoza says the ANC's preoccupation at this time is to ensure Madiba gets well.