The ANC must find a brand new way to tackle South Africa’s issues, notably corruption, says party veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

“We cannot pretend that we do not have problems and we cannot pretend that things are not wrong in our country. A lot of things are wrong,” she told journalists.

“The kind of introspection we need would need a whole layer of fresh leadership, combined with the elders who are still left in the organisation, to revisit the question of the Freedom Charter, what has happened since 1994, and find out where we went so wrong.”

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Among other issues, such as questioning the system of proportional representation, Madikizela-Mandela said: “The one word on everybody’s lips is ‘corruption’.”

She said the ruling party’s leadership should consider going on a retreat for a month to find some answers.

Commenting on the #FeesMustFall crisis, Madikizela-Mandela said: “We feel very sorry for the students. It is a very difficult problem.

“From lack of experience we have done things that were not really according to the Freedom Charter.

“I know the clause that ‘the doors of learning should be open to all’.

“In 1955 [when the charter was adopted] all those things seemed possible [but] when we got into government from 1994 we realised that the free education we promised wasn’t going to be easy.”

Madikizela-Mandela said the cabinet should find a solution that met students halfway.

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