‘We have failed ourselves’, says Modise on ANC leadership

Johannesburg – National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise on Tuesday said the best tribute to the late African National Congress (ANC) veteran Andrew Mlangeni would be for the governing party’s leaders to self-correct.

“The two of them, both Denis Goldberg and himself after Ahmed Kathrada left, took it upon themselves to correct our steps and they did not keep quiet and they challenged us,” Modise said.

Modise made the remarks at the late struggle icon’s Soweto home.

She admitted that the current ANC leadership had been a disappointment.

“I think we have failed ourselves; we have failed our children… Andrew [was] beginning to be frail and yet he spoke out about wrongdoing, [it] made some of us be determined to be unpopular if we have to speak up,” she said.

Andrew Mlangeni passed away last week at the age of 95. Mlangeni was the last of the Rivonia Trialists and he had spent 26 years on Robben Island.

He will be laid to rest on Wednesday morning at the Roodepoort cemetery. His funeral service will be held at the UJ Soweto Campus.

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