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Mandela was not a sellout - George Bizos

George Bizos
Image: Thulani Mbele

People must desist from calling Nelson Mandela a sellout.

This was said on Tuesday by Geroge Bizos‚ the former lawyer of the late global icon‚ during the celebration of late anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada's 89th birthday at the Johannesburg Muslim School in Fordsburg.

Bizoz called on all South Africans to espouse the values of non-racialism as enshrined in the Constitution that Mandela and the likes of Kathrada had fought for.

"In our Constitution it is stated that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. There is a tendency recently which may affect this ideal negatively because there is a small group of South Africans who say Mandela betrayed South Africa in the Constitution when he said South Africa belongs to all who live in it. There is even a smaller group of people who say that there are people who are not South Africans‚ but people from outside the country and this includes certain religions‚" said Bizos.

"South Africa belongs to all who live in it and we must all support it. Neither you nor I are lesser South African. This small group is out of order."

Bizos’ sentiments were echoed by Essop Pahad who said those seeking to sow divisions in the country along racial lines such as the EFF must be rejected.

Said Pahad: "There are people who talk nonsense and truth is there are always people who have not always liked the ANC and Mandela. The PAC formed in 1959 because they believed Mandela was a sellout so we should not get excited over it. The EFF is the latest with these utterances and they speak for 6% of the population but you media give them publicity despite their divisive politics. I can tell you now they would be very lucky to get 12 percent of the vote in next year's elections."

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