Opportunist Cope abuses MaMbeki

Cope's move to drag Thabo Mbeki's mother, Mama Epainette Mbeki, into active politics is foolishness and desperate insensitivity of the highest order.

Cope's move to drag Thabo Mbeki's mother, Mama Epainette Mbeki, into active politics is foolishness and desperate insensitivity of the highest order.

Mama Mbeki and former president Nelson Mandela are over 90 years old and have both served their political purpose. Cope has politically abused Mama Mbeki as political bait in a bid to canvass support in the build-up to their manifesto launch in Eastern Cape.

This obsolete strategy Cope is employing is based on the assumption that the Polokwane losers, led by Thabo Mbeki, would sympathise with them, particularly if his mother is with them. Mbeki himself refuses to be politically active anymore. After fruitfully serving his purpose, the former president is looking at contributing to societal development in a different way.

Mandela's letter read out by his daughter Zindzi at the East London launch of the ANC election manifesto stated that Mandela would not entertain any of the current challenges facing the ANC. He said in the letter that he had served his political purpose fully and would leave current challenges to this generation.

Can someone step in and save Mama Mbeki from Cope, which has no respect for the elders.

Risenga Maruma, Tshwane

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