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Madiba’s granddaughter hits back at detractors over sell-out claims

Ndileka Mandela says her grandfather sacrificed a lot for freedom and such notions hurt her and the rest of her family.

FILE: Former President Nelson Mandela's grand daughter Ndileka Mandela dances before she addresses the crowd at the Freedom Movement rally against the leadership of President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on 27 April 2017. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – As the world on Wednesday marks what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, his granddaughter Ndileka says that she’s hurt by those who say he was a sell-out and didn't contribute enough to the struggle for liberation.

Ndileka Mandela says that her grandfather sacrificed a lot for freedom and such notions hurt her and the rest of her family.

“I think that when people are seeking relevance or can’t deal with their own shortcomings, they take a shot at him because he’s no longer there to defend himself.

“It really stinks, especially in light of what he sacrificed. He could not bury his mother and for people to come and say that, it really stinks (sic).”

Politicians, ordinary South Africans and many people around the world will be participating in charitable work today in honour of the late former statesman.

The European Union has also saluted Madiba’s legacy while the United Nations will mark his centenary with a vow to continue the struggle for equality.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)