Are these really your comments, Winnie?

THE ANC says its is trying to contact MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to find out if she really said Nelson Mandela had let down black people.

THE ANC says its is trying to contact MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to find out if she really said Nelson Mandela had let down black people.

"She is in the US now and we are in the process of trying to locate her," ANC spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said.

"We want to ask her if these comments were made by her; if this is exactly what she said."

Mnisi denied a report that Madikizela-Mandela would be called to explain herself at the next national executive committee meeting next week.

"That is not correct," he said. "What we said is that we would wait for her to verify if thee reports are truly attributed to her."

The struggle stalwart lashed out at Mandela, who is also her ex-husband, in an interview published in the London Evening Standardthis week.

She said Mandela had become a "corporate foundation" who was being "wheeled out to collect the money".

Madikizela-Mandela also called Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a "cretin", in the interview with Nadira Naipaul, who visited her with her husband, the writer VS Naipaul, in Soweto.

"Mandela let us down. He agreed to a bad deal for the blacks. Economically, we are still on the outside.

"The economy is very much white. It has a few token blacks, but so many who gave their life in the struggle have died unrewarded," said Madikizela-Mandela, in the interview published on www.standard.co.uk.

She said Mandela had no control over the ANC anymore and was just being used by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to get funds. - Sapa

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