The ruling party ANC would have to do a lot of ground work ahead of May 8 elections.

Former president Nelson Mandela’s eldest granddaughter Ndileka says she will not vote for the African National Congress anymore, citing the social grants crisis and Life Esidimeni tragedy as the tipping points.Ndileka Mandela said on Friday that the two national crises have caused her to lose faith in the party.Ndileka Mandela, a nurse by profession, is the oldest of the third generation Mandelas.

She is involved with the Thembekile Mandela Foundation and spends many hours doing community upliftment work in the rural Eastern Cape.The 52-year-old said the two recent governance failures helped her make up her mind about rejecting the ANC in the 2019 general elections.

She said she “just couldn’t take it anymore” after the news that grants service provider Cash Paymaster Services had flouted its obligations with regards to beneficiary information.Her decision to turn her back on the ANC had not been taken lightly.”It’s so painful, it’s like wrenching my heart out of my soul, to be able to utter what I’m saying.”But my point stays.

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.”

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The ruling party ANC would have to do a lot of ground work ahead of May 8 elections. Former president Nelson Mandela’s eldest granddaughter Ndileka says she will not vote for the African National Congress anymore, citing the social grants crisis and Life Esidimeni tragedy as the tipping points.Ndileka Mandela...