Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Legacy:”After your experience with Apartheid, how does it feel to be leading South Africa as the highest ranking female in the country’s history?”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka:” It’s not so much that about what I went through, it’s what the country missed out.

Because as a result of Apartheid more than 70% of the population was literally driven towards a path of destruction. But I have to say that the wisdom of our leadership and generosity of African people in particular has helped in South Africa not to use the anger and the history of Apartheid to self-destruct to be vengeful.

President Mandela, his attitude is such that you know what, life has to go on. Let’s reconcile and let’s free the oppressor as well, and let’s rebuild this country. That was very liberating for all of us, because otherwise we could have been walking around with anger, which is all-consuming -that was taken away.

That moment to wallow in our anger was taken away from us. And we are giving a challenge to focus on building the country. That has been very refreshing.”

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