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Mandela's grandson goes into politics

world Updated: Mar 04, 2009 22:54 IST

Nelson Mandela's grandson is carrying on his legacy by pursuing a career in South African politics, the ruling African National Congress said on Wednesday.

Mandla Mandela, whose grandfather led South Africa out of apartheid, is on the ANC's list of candidates for an April 22 parliamentary election that the party is widely expected to win.

"Obviously his family has the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the world renowned icon of our struggle, so certainly there will be a lot of expectations of him," ANC spokesman Brian Sokutu said.

Mandla Mandela is a supporter of ANC leader Jacob Zuma, the party's presidential candidate, who has been dogged by a corruption case.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported last month that Mandla Mandela and fellow Zuma supporters spirited Nelson Mandela, who is 90 and has officially retired from public life, to an ANC campaign rally for what is likely to be South Africa's closest-run election since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Nelson Mandela has steered clear of the power struggles that have damaged the ANC over the past few years. His appearance alongside Zuma at the February 15 rally was seen at the time as an endorsement.

(Reporting by Rebecca Harrison; Editing by Phakamisa Ndzamela)