Mandla Mandela calls on MPs to lead by example

Mandla says his grandfather would not be impressed with the current behaviour of MPs in the house.

FILE: Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel greets Mandla Mandela during the Nelson Mandela Day of Remembrance held at Union Buildings, Pretoria on 05 December 2014. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla has called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to lead by example saying the former president would not be impressed with their current behaviour in the house.

Mandla was speaking to delegates at the one year anniversary commemoration of his grandfather's death at Freedom Park in Pretoria yesterday.

He said leaders should remember that citizens look up to them and trust them to lead the country.

"South Africans in all their diversity look up to our leaders in Parliament to play their role in ensuring the realisation of a vision of a better life for all. Madiba was a true democrat and would therefore not be impressed by all all the current happenings in our Parliament."

He says he remembers his grandfather as a peacekeeper and a person who maintained respect in the National Assembly which is seen by the country as a sacred and democratic place."

Parliamentary sittings have recently been characterised by disorder.

A scuffle erupted on 13 November when fully armed public order police entered the house during a heated sitting.

Tempers flared when African National Congress Members of Parliament objected to motions brought by the opposition in an attempt to delay the tabling of a report on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her Nkandla report and found that Zuma and his family "unduly benefited" from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.