Ndileka Mandela. Picture THE TIMES
Ndileka Mandela. Picture THE TIMES

Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandchild has publicly ditched the ruling ANC over its damaging and seemingly endless scandals.

"I will not be voting for something that does not resonate with me anymore, and does not resonate for what granddad and his comrades fought for," Ndileka Mandela told News24 at the weekend.

Ndileka said her decision followed scandals including the death of about 100 psychiatric patients in a neglect crisis and a social welfare grants dispute that threatened payments to 17-million of the most vulnerable South Africans.

"It’s one scandal after the next and there’s no accountability. And our people suffer for it," she said.

"I am highly upset. And this is not a decision that has been made out of anger. I’ve been thinking about it for a while," she said. "It’s so painful, it’s like wrenching my heart out of my soul."

Her pronouncement forced her cousin Mandla Mandela, an ANC legislator, to make a public plea for her not to turn her back on the party.

"Please do not throw the baby out with the bathwater," Mandla said in an open letter. "What we are dissatisfied within the ANC, it is our obligation to set right. Abandoning the ANC does not serve the people of SA."

In 2016, the Constitutional Court found President Jacob Zuma, the current ANC chief, guilty of violating the Constitution after he refused to repay taxpayers’ money used to refurbish his private rural homestead.

“What we are dissatisfied within the ANC, it is our obligation to set right. Abandoning the ANC does not serve the people of SA.”

He is also fighting a court order that could reinstate almost 800 corruption counts against him over a multibillion dollar arms deal in the 1990s.

Increasing numbers of anti-apartheid veterans, ANC activists, trade unions, civil groups and business leaders have called for the President to resign.

In August, the party recorded its worst election results to date at local polls, but remained the largest party by a wide margin.

SA is scheduled to hold its next general election in 2019.

AFP

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