Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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14 Apr 2018
12:44 pm

Mbalula promises Mama Winnie land will be taken, education will be free

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The ANC chief of staff was speaking at the funeral of Madikizela-Mandela in Soweto. 

Fikile Mbalula rubs his head during a media briefing about the results of the ANC's Strategy and Tactics panel at the party's 54th National Elective Conference at Nasrec, Johannesburg on 20 December 2017. Nathi Mthethwa and Mbalula spoke about changes in the panel's policy, the importance of gender equity and the need to institute an inquiry on state capture. Picture: Yeshiel Panchia

“Tell your children to come home [to the ANC],” said ANC chief of staff Fikile Mbalula.

He was referring to members of the EFF in the crowd, saying they should return to the party.

He was speaking at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Mbalula, who delivered his entire address in isiXhosa, then turned his attention to land.

He promised Madikizela-Mandela that expropriation of land without compensation and free education would go ahead, led by the ANC.

“There will be unity, the ANC is stronger because [President] Cyril Ramaphosa is at the helm,” he exclaimed.

Mbalula’s speech followed fiery speeches by EFF leader Julius Malema and Madikizela-Mandela’s daughter with Nelson Mandela, Zenani.

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