Nelson Mandela defended by archbishop

March 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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NAIROBI, Kenya, March 12 (UPI) -- A retired South African archbishop said Friday allegations against Nelson Mandela made by the former president's ex-wife are false.

The Most Rev. Njongo Ndungane spoke out during a visit to Kenya regarding the allegations made by Mandela's former wife, Winnie, that Mandela betrayed South Africa's black population, the Daily Nation newspaper of Kenya reported.

The Daily Nation said Winnie Mandela accused her ex-husband not doing enough to help the poor during his presidency.

"I am not sure whether she was speaking for the record or her visitors misunderstood the discussions they were having. Even yesterday at the opening of Parliament she sat next to Madiba (Mandela) and the children confessed they have full access to the father," Ndungane said.

Ndungane also spoke of Mandela's accomplishments as president, crediting the former leader with limiting bloodshed in South Africa and helping the country embrace democracy.

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