We all have our views about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the past few weeks of hagiography. It’s been very educational. In fact, it has underlined my long-held belief that politicians will say one thing through the left side of their mouths and contradict themselves with the other side. For two weeks every Tom, Siphokazi and Nomcebo who never had a nice word to say about Madikizela-Mandela was rushing off to Orlando West to prostrate themselves in front of a camera and tell us how amazing she was. Those who dared to open their mouths and say the verboten name Mandela United Football Club (for my younger readers, that’s the violent gang that surrounded Madikizela-Mandela in the late 1980s and which the ANC in exile and the United Democratic Front ordered her to disband) were branded apartheid spies. The cherry on top was the sight of the great peacetime revolutionary Julius Malema telling us that the UDF’s 1980s leaders were "sell-outs" and that Madikizela-Mandela was some sort of u...

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