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Gosebo Mathope
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11 Jan 2018
1:18 pm

Lindiwe Zulu denied access to Nelson Mandela’s Qunu homestead

Gosebo Mathope

Zulu was eventually allowed inside the property after the intervention of ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu.

Lindiwe Zulu and Faith Muthambi in Qunu. Facebook.

It was a tough day in the office early this morning for ANC NEC member and Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu.

After alighting from her car to the entrance of the famed former statesman’s home, tight security waved her back.

It is unclear whether they simply didn’t recognise her or that she lacked the correct accreditation into the homestead, where ANC heavyweights will later have a private meeting with Mvezo chief and ANC MP Mandla Mandela.

Zulu started her day on a cheerful note, informing her Facebook followers that she looked forward to today’s engagement.

The leaders are visiting the home of the former ANC president as part of the movement’s 106th celebration.

“No task can be insurmountable for the ANC, its leadership and members. Each phase has its challenges…working together…we will build a better South Africa! In Qunu. Respectfully!,” she wrote.

Action moved to the Qunu community hall, where the indomitable former MK operative welcomed ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to the event.

It was made clear it was the police officers who actually refused her entrance to the venue.

Indeed, it appears security had beefed up in anticipation of the high-profile visitors expected at Mandela’s ancestral home as well as media crews from around the world.

Police in Qunu. Facebook.

Police in Qunu. Facebook.

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