Cape Town – As the #VoetsekMeghan is slowly dying down on Twitter, former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, has reportedly slammed the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle for comparing her wedding celebration with the release of his grandfather from prison.
Earlier this week, the hashtag #VoetsekMeghan gained traction on Twitter, with Mzansi accusing Meghan of being out of touch with reality and talking from a point of entitlement in her new podcast, Archetypes.
This was after the Duchess of Sussex reportedly compared her wedding celebrations to Prince Harry in 2018 with the joy when Mandela was released from prison after 27 years for opposing SA’s apartheid system.
Meghan alleged that a South African actor at the 2019 London premiere of a live-action version of the Disney classic, told her: “I just need you to know, when you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same as we did when Mandela was freed from prison.”
Mandla bashed the comparison, saying the two occasions could not be equated as the same, reported MailOnline.
“Madiba’s celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in SA. So It cannot be equated as the same,” the report quoted Mandla as saying.
He said that Madiba’s release was more significant than Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry.
‘We are still bearing scars of the past. But they (Mandela’s release celebrations) 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,
“Everyday there are people who want to be Nelson Mandela, either comparing themselves with him or wanting to emulate him. But before people can regard themselves as Nelson Mandelas, they should be looking into the work that he did and be able to be champions and advocates of the work that he himself championed,” the report quoted Mandla as saying.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe