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Winnie blasts Zuma over Mandela visit

Sunday 30 June 2013 15:37

Sapa-AFP

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela pictured with President Jacob Zuma.(SABC)

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife strongly criticised on Sunday a visit paid by President Jacob Zuma in April to the ailing anti-apartheid icon, who is again critically ill in hospital.

Zuma and the ruling ANC party had come under fire at home and abroad for the visit in April to the former president, who was recuperating at home following a 10-day hospital stay.

"I honestly cannot put in words how hurt the family was. It was one of the most insensitive things for anyone to have done," Winnie  Madikizela-Mandela told Britain's ITV News television.

In excerpts published on the ITV website, she added: "It was insensitive, it compromised the family, compromised his dignity and  it should have never been done."

Zuma said at the time Mandela was "up and about", a description that was clearly at odds with televised footage that showed the revered ex-leader frail and dazed, sitting frozen in an armchair.

Mandela, 94, is said to remain in a critical but stable condition after more than three weeks in a Pretoria hospital suffering from a recurrent lung infection.

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