Mantashe takes aim at Le Grange


African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, has labelled late former President Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda Le Grange, “a spoilt white person” after remarks on twitter over weekend, in which she blasted President Jacob Zuma for comments made during the ANC 103rd birthday celebrations in Cape Town two weeks ago.

“She preaches non-racialism to protect white people. Now she’s sowing racial division,” Beeld quoted Mantashe as saying.

“Non-racialism is about the total destruction of white domination. So we’re fighting against the system and not against white people”.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Le Grange criticised Zuma’s statement that South Africa’s trouble started when Jan van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape in 1652, leading to the eventual colonisation of the continent.

“I'm sure comments like: unafrican to have dogs, stress is western creation, Van Riebeeck etc all good for investment in SA,” she said, later adding, “Makes white people really feel welcome in SA. I think I'm calling Jan today to ask him what de hell he was thinking sailing to Africa.

She later tweeted, “I'm sick of Jacob Zuma's constant go at whites every few months. Why can't we co-exist without it having to be at the expense of one another”.

Le Grange also added that Zuma’s comment “made it clear [that] whites are not welcome in SA” and that “Next time a white business man from the US or Europe brings investment with job opportunity they must be told they are not wanted in SA.”

In a series of 14 posts, she later apologised for the outburst, saying that “Madiba was the hardest on me and today an apology went to him for appearing to generalize and hurting people not part of my frustrations (sic).

“On any day our democracy is better than apartheid, it's the only way and Ill defend it. But it doesn’t mean we can't be critical of it”.


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