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By Zukile Majova | Oct 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has described University of Free State vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen's reconciliation efforts as a "blunder" that has taken South Africa back to a past the nation was trying to forget.

"I think he blundered. He overdid his reconciliation efforts. You don't do it (reconciliation) superficially like that," Madikizela-Mandela told journalists at Luthuli House yesterday.

She said Jansen should have waited for the outcome of the court case before pardoning the four students.

Madikizela-Mandela also slammed the families of the Reitz Four. She said the incident raised questions about the students' upbringing.

"It brings to question how their families responded to 1994 (when South Africa became a democracy)."

She could not understand why the families had not publicly denounced their children's actions.

The UFS incident showed how little transformation has been achieved in post-apartheid South Africa.

"It's certainly an indictment on all of us. How much transformation do we think we have done in 15 years?

"Are we fooling ourselves, thinking that we have done anything at all if there are schools that still want certain schools to be speaking certain languages 15 years down the line."

She called on the ANC and government to review how much had been achieved through efforts at reconciliation.


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