Nelson Mandela’s grandson has called out Meghan Markle for comparing her royal wedding to Prince Harry with the release of his grandfather from prison. Markle, in a recent interview, suggested that her marriage got the same joyful reaction from people in South Africa as was there during the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison.
Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela slammed the Duchess of Sussex saying, “Madiba’s celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa. It cannot be equated to as the same.”
Zwelivelile Mandela Lashes at Meghan Markle
Zwelivelile, who is a member of Parliament and also chief of Nelson’s Mvezo tribe, said that he was surprised by Meghan’s remarks as South Africans dancing in the streets for Mandela’s release in 1990 after a massive anti-apartheid campaign was definitely more important and more serious than her marriage to a “white prince”.
He added, “We are still bearing scars of the past. But [celebrations during Mandel’s release were] a product of the majority of our people being brought out onto the streets to exercise the right of voting for the first time.”
“He [Nelson] spoke for oppressed minorities, children and women and protracting the most vulnerable people in our society. He always spoke about oppressed nations around the globe and yet people are silent on those issues. But this is what we like to see (from) people when they regard themselves as being a Nelson Mandela.”
“My advice to everyone is to live the life Nelson Mandela lived and support the causes he supported. That is the ultimate litmus test. What is the value of people dancing in the street and chanting President Nelson Mandela’s name when what they stand for is diametrically opposed to what he stood for?” Mandla concluded saying.
Markle had compared the Two Events in her Recent Interview
The outrage from Mandla came in the aftermath of the Duchess of Sussex’s recent interview, in which she shared that someone once told her that the reaction to her marriage was comparable to Mandela’s release.
The former actress said that she was attending the premiere of live-action The Lion King in London in 2019 when a South African cast member from the film told her, “I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison.”
Meghan and Harry had recently also paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon when they appeared at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.
People from South Africa Supported Zwelivelile
Several South Africans supported Zwelivelile and called out Markle on Twitter. The hashtag “#VoetsekMeghan” also started trending on the social media platform. “Voetsek” is an Afrikaans word that means “get lost” or “go away”.
A user tweeted, “I cannot believe that race baiter had the gall, the bloody liberty and the absolute audacity to equate her pathetic over privileged life to the suffering and release of Nelson Mandela.”
A second one wrote, “No one was rejoicing in the streets of South Africa when she got married. For her to imply that it was the same as when President Mandela was released is the utmost disrespect.”
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