This Saturday, within the framework of the XXV Forum in Sao Paulo, Afro-descendant movements from Venezuela exchanged experiences with Zwelivelile Mandlesizwe, South African political activist and grandson of Nelson Mandela.
Among the Afro-Venezuelan movements that participated were the “Cumbe of Afro-Venezuelan Women”, the “Juan Ramón Lugo Afro-Revolutionary Movement”, the Afrosoy Movement, the Afro-descendant feminist movement “Insurgent Braids”, as well as the Afro-Venezuelan Social Movement (MSA).
The South African activist took the opportunity to talk about how he met his grandfather, Nelson Mandela, who by then had never seen his grandson, since he was born when he was deprived of liberty. It was precisely in the prison where this first meeting between grandfather and grandson took place, which became a decisive moment, because from there Zwelivelile Mandlesizwe set out to follow Mandela’s footsteps, a path that has led him to continue his anti-imperialist struggle .
On behalf of the Juan Ramón Lugo Afro-Revolutionary Movement, activist Chucho García said that “Mandela is an agenda of struggle, that is the agenda that we carry out for peace, which was what Mandela achieved during his presidency in South Africa, he managed to unite the South African people”.
Finally, García also pointed out that this activity was very significant because he claimed an [v common] agenda between Africa and the diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Translated by JRE