Thabo Mbeki's call for 'action to be taken against' Zindzi Mandela has Mzansi fuming
UPDATE: The Thabo Mbeki Foundation has denied saying he wants action to be taken against Zindzi Mandela. The foundation released a statement detailing what it claims is the context to the story published.
Former president Thabo Mbeki has called on the government to assess the country’s ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane, should her tweets on land be found to contradict what President Cyril Ramaphosa has said on the issue.
On June 14, Mandela created a stir on social media after her "apartheid apologists" and "land thieves" tweets went viral.
Her tweets divided social media users, including politicians. The DA and AfriForum called for her to be recalled, while the EFF defended her. Some even suggested that her tweets opposed her parents' teachings - but Mandela maintained that she was not accountable to anyone for her views.
The EFF has released a statement condemning former president Thabo Mbeki's call for action to be taken against South Africa's ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela after a series of her controversial tweets on the land issue.
According to a Sunday Tribune report, Mbeki said no ambassador should represent their own views.
“There’s no ambassador who represents themselves and if Zindzi Mandela’s tweets are inconsistent with what the president is saying, then that cannot be allowed," he said.
"The president I know has been very insistent on this, that land reform must be done on a constitutional and legal basis and such amendments of the constitution are to clarify the circumstance in which you would expropriate land without compensation.”
Mbeki added that Mandela's comments were indulging in hate speech.
The EFF condemned Mbeki's reported call for action to be taken against Mandela.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the party said Mandela correctly made observations that white people in SA were beneficiaries of stolen land and that "in essence, black people do not need the consent of white people to take back their land ... because, even by international law, colonialism is an unforgivable crime against humanity."
The EFF said Mbeki had "failed with flying colours to resolve the land question" when he was president, adding that Mandela's sentiments represented the "genuine cry of many generations of African people who want to call this country their own".
Many South Africans agreed with the EFF's statement. Here is a snapshot of some of the top reactions:
Dear Thabo Mbeki— Nontsikelelo Mazwai (@ntsikimazwai) June 23, 2019
An attack on Zinzi Mandela is an attack on Winnie Mandela....
And an attack on Winnie Mandela is an attack on the masses.
Singayisusa na nini
I just remembered that this one Thabo Mbeki failed to expropriate Land without Compensation with a 2/3rd Majority. Useless this one....— Constitutional Black. 👨🎓 (@Lipra_LM) June 23, 2019
Zindzi Mandela must be protected from Thabo Mbeki.— #OneMillionPadsCampaign (@MajavuThabiso) June 24, 2019
What Mbeki did to Mama Winnie, we must not allow him to do it again to Zindzi.
Thabo Mbeki was probably reading da dictionary wen the Mandela family was been torn apart @ZindziMandela no one can ever relate to your hidden scars.Who said sorry to you for having an absent mother and father? For your eyes have seen what the world views in pictures and stories https://t.co/hNBY3LumxH— Share Jobs by Pops (@Pops_TDK) June 23, 2019
We must never forget the pain that Thabo Mbeki caused to Mama.— Zindzi and Zenani's Stan✊🔥 (@MpiloKhumalo_) June 23, 2019
Patriarchy abused Mama to the core and she fought against it. Today patriarchy is trying to do the same with Zindzi, but it has another thing coming, we are behind Zindzi!
We are NOT scared!#HandsOffZindziMandela pic.twitter.com/7xgs7ivOWi