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Cape Town – In an interview with Al Jazeera's UpFront, Ndileka Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, was asked whether she supported nationwide calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

“If the people are calling for that, yes, he should listen to the people and then step down,” Mandela told UpFront host Mehdi Hasan.

In the wake of the biggest Cabinet reshuffle since 1996, opposition parties, civil rights organisations and trade unions took to the streets in several protests, demanding that Zuma step down.

“The leader must go back to the basic tenets of ANC. Of the Freedom Charter.”

During the Al Jazeera interview, Mandela was asked how her grandfather might react to the current turmoil within the ANC.

She said that while it was unfair to compare to the apartheid government, “I would refer back to what he [Nelson Mandela] said when he was alive, […] if the ANC does what the apartheid government did, you must do the same that you did to the apartheid government.”


Earlier this week Mandela said that the country was in dire of leaders who have moral values and integrity and will uphold the constitution.

Mandela was speaking during a Freedom Movement rally in Pretoria at which political leaders reiterated a call to President Jacob Zuma to step down. It was held to coincide with Freedom Day, which marked the anniversary of the country's first democratic elections in 1994.

*This UpFront interview with Ndileka Mandela aired on Friday night. For more information, follow UpFront on Twitter: @AJUpFront.

Al Jazeera and ANA