Pallo Jordan joins the chorus that says Madiba didn't sell out
ANC stalwart Pallo Jordan says at times Nelson Mandela had to compromise for the good of society.
JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Pallo Jordan has joined the group of voices that have defended Nelson Mandela against suggestions that the former statesman sold out.
Jordan, who served as a minister in Madiba's administration, was speaking on the sidelines of a memorial service for ANC and South African Communist Party stalwart Sarah Carneson in Cape Town.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema sparked debate after he told an audience in the United Kingdom that Mandela had compromised on the Freedom Charter.
Jordan says at times Madiba had to compromise for the good of society.
"The realistic thing is once you are in government you are dealing with society and every step you take must involve negotiation. Only in a dictatorship do they say what they will do and anyone who argues will be put in jail."
He says opposition parties will always criticise.
"It's easy for a young man like Julius, who is a virtual born free, to say he [Mandela] sold out. Will Julius ever be challenged to live up to the process making? Time will tell, I doubt it."
Meanwhile, people around the world continue to share their fondest memories and lessons learnt from the global icon.
In South Africa many have taken to social media to remember and celebrate Madiba's life on the second anniversary of his passing.
It was on this day in 2013 that President Jacob Zuma told the world that Madiba had died at his home in Houghton at the age of 95.
Some people say they will always remember Madiba for his humanity and wisdom.
You are missed. #RememberingMandela— Kris (@KristoffDJ) December 5, 2015
A man with a heart not only for his family but a heart so big enough for an entire nation #rememberingMandela— Mpume M (@MpumeMF) December 5, 2015
Madiba was the greatest President South Africa has ever seen. #RememberingMandela— Athol Trollip (@AtholT) December 5, 2015