Zindzi Mandela in trouble with father’s foundation for ‘divisive’ comments

Zindzi MandelaBackers argue that Zindzi, despite her position as a public official, is entitled to her opinion.

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Zindzi Mandela, whose “Dear Apartheid Apologists” rant
recently sent shockwaves through social media, is expected to meet with the
custodians of her father’s legacy, the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Madiba’s daughter caused a storm over the weekend, when she
took to Twitter to criticise ‘land thieves’ and ‘Apartheid Apologists’. Zindzi
Mandela’s official position as the South African Ambassador to Denmark added to
the furore surrounding her salacious statements, with some colleagues calling
for decorum.

Zindzi Mandela backed by the EFF, Julius Malema

Public opinion regarding Zindzi’s social media rant is,
however, intensely divided. The ambassador has received an outpouring of
support from members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), including that of
party leader, Julius Malema. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has,
however, remained mum on Zindzi’s outburst.

Those defending Zindzi point to two primary exemptions.
First, the fact that Zindzi was robbed of a stable family environment by the
apartheid regime and its protracted imprisonment of both parents. This, her
supporters say, is reason enough for her embitterment.

Other backers argue that Zindzi, despite her position as a
public official, is entitled to her opinion – one which, supporters say, is
echoed by the majority of disenfranchised South Africans.

Meeting with the Nelson Mandela Foundation

Still, her comments – whether made with intention or not –
have been labelled by many as blatantly divisive, a point, which, by definition,
stands in contention to the role of a diplomatic ambassador of goodwill.

AfriForum has called for Zindzi’s immediate sacking, saying:

“With her Twitter messages, Mandela displayed a rancorous attitude towards white residents in the country and in a very public arena, contributed to the division of local communities.

Her defence that she is entitled to a personal opinion, shows a complete lack of insight into her responsibility in her position as ambassador.”

While threats and petitions by AfriForum are unlikely to
effectively remove Zindzi from her position, a meeting request by the Nelson
Mandela Foundation could, potentially, result in a firm tongue-lashing and
public apology.

This emanates from Madiba’s own commitment to an equal, non-racial society which placed forgiveness above elements of resentment and retaliation. The meeting between Zindzi and the Nelson Mandela Foundation is likely to centre on the discontinuity of a tolerant ethos, exemplified by the ambassador’s umbrage.

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