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Freedom Movement Twitter / Ndileka Mandela addressing Freedom Movement supporters in Tshwane, South Africa, earlier today
The eldest granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Ndileka Mandela, has addressed a large crowd of demonstrators who are calling for President Jacob Zuma to stand down at a rally in the capital Pretoria.
Some opposition parties and other formations have come together under the banner of the recently established Freedom Movement as part of efforts to pressure President Zuma into resigning, local Eyewitness News reports.
It seems that Ms Mandela did not explicitly call for Mr Zuma to step down in her address, but said that “our government is failing us” and “needs to hear our cries”.
She also quoted her late grandfather’s warning about the governing African National Congress, which has been in power since the end of apartheid in 1994:
I would echo the words he spoke when he was alive: ‘If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government’.”
She said her grandfather would have wanted lawmakers “to do the right thing” at the upcoming no-confidence vote in Mr Zuma.
Local radio station Jacaranda FM spoke to her at the rally, taking place on Freedom Day, which marks the first free elections after white minority rule.Source: BBC / Jacaranda FM