Winnie Madikizela-Mandela slams Maimane & DA over Mandela ad

Madikizela-Mandela says the party is using Madiba’s name because its own leaders are morally bankrupt.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her home in Soweto. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says Mmusi Maimane should stop appropriating late president Nelson Mandela's legacy to advance a party that she says supported the oppression of black people during apartheid.

Madikizela-Mandela says the party is using Madiba's name because its own leaders are "morally and intellectually" bankrupt.

She says the late statesman would never have allowed for his name to be used to promote the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the party should respect that

Madikizela-Mandela spokesperson Udo Froese says, "He can't defend himself as he's no more, so he should be respected. The way the DA and Mmusi Maimane act is highly disrespect.

"The ANC has never used the DA or Helen Zille or Maimane. Helen Zille was never quoted by the ANC nor was Maimane."

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Members of the Mandela family accused the DA of abusing the late statesman's name and demanded that the party "immediately" withdraw its online election advert featuring Madiba's voice.

In its advert, which has been posted on YouTube, the opposition uses excerpts of Nelson Mandela's recordings, calling for peace and justice.

It said the use of Madiba's voice is an attempt to lend credibility to a party which has made the preservation of white privilege its reason to exist.

The family further said the association of Mandela's name with the DA is an "insult" and "affront to his history, his party of choice, his legacy and the values for which he stood".