Sacred traditions stop ANC leaders from paying tribute at Qunu

South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa | AFP

South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa | AFP

Mandela's grandson and ANC MP Mandla Mandela said AbaThembu traditions needed to be respected and followed before the ANC leaders were allowed to lay wreaths at the former president's grave.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa reportedly said the ANC was aware of discussions between Zuma and Ramaphosa about "how to we ensure Luthuli House remains a centre of power without undermining the office of the president of the republic", but said he knew nothing of Zuma's reported conditions.

Mandela said the leaders expressed a desire to go to his grandfather's grave but would have to wait for the family to perform rituals ahead of the visit.

For the ceremony to take place, elders from the Mandela family will have to deliver the request to visit his grave from ANC leaders.

"He has made reckless decisions‚ destroyed key public institutions‚ weakened our democracy and ruined our economy‚ all under the noses of the ANC leadership".

"If it is seen as a president Zuma win, it will hamstring Ramaphosa to the point where people will say he's too soft and not in charge".

The Mandela family has since agreed for the ANC to return on 11 February for the visit to take place.

"In the top 6 some were linked to this and that faction and some didn't speak to each other".

She said that if Ramaphosa was truly serious about rooting out corruption‚ Zuma would no longer be the president of South Africa.

He added that there was a need for the party to reconnect with its constituency.

First up, Ramaphosa began his day with what has now become his famous morning jog since he arrived in East London for the party's birthday celebrations. The president and his supporters have reportedly said so in negotiations with the ANC's new top six, including its president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

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