Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

THE ANC needs to find a fresh way to tackle problems in SA‚ notably corruption‚ says party veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

"We cannot pretend we do not have problems and we cannot pretend things are not wrong in our country. A lot of things are wrong‚" she told journalists on Thursday.

"The kind of introspection we need, would need a whole layer of fresh leadership‚ combined with the elders who are still left in the organisation, to revisit the question of the Freedom Charter‚ what has happened since 1994 … and find out where did we go so wrong."

Among other issues such as questioning the system of proportional representation‚ Madikizela-Mandela said: "The one word on everybody’s lips is corruption".

She said the leadership should consider going on a retreat for a month to find answers.

Commenting on the Fees Must Fall crisis‚ Madikizela-Mandela said: "We feel very sorry for the students. It is a very difficult problem."

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"…From lack of experience, we have done things that are really according to the Freedom Charter…. In 1955 (when we drafted the Charter), all those things seemed possible (but) when we got into government from 1994‚ we realised that the free education we promised wasn’t going to be easy‚" she said‚ adding that finding the money to fund education from the onset was impossible.

Madikizela-Mandela said the Cabinet should find a solution that meets students halfway.

Watch the interview below: