The eldest granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an anti-apartheid icon, has been urged to reconsider her decision no longer to vote for the governing African National Congress.
Ndileka Mandela, 52, has been told she should instead help revive the party.
She had earlier stated she no longer believed the ANC represented the values of her illustrious relative.
Ms Mandela said the party was neglecting to care for the poor. “I will not be voting for something that does not resonate with me anymore, and does not resonate for what granddad and his comrades fought for,” she told News 24 South Africa.. Ms Mandela, a nurse, runs a Mandela family foundation to tackle rural poverty.
She said the ANC’s recent period in power had left her feeling despondent, especially when it came to its record in wasting public money.