This is the view of South African author, musician and activist, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh while speaking at a panel discussion led by Lord Peter Hain at Wits Business School. The title of the event was 'Mandela: Saviour or sell-out?'.\r\nQuoted by TimesLive Mpofu said Mandela had become whatever those in power wanted him to be.\u00a0 \u201cThe reason this debate emerged is because the appropriation of Mandela is more powerful than Mandela.\u201d\r\nPanellist and lecturer S\u2019thembile Mbete agreed: by saying \u201cI am so tired of the deification of Mandela (making him into a god).\u201d She said the obsession with Mandela was \u201ca way of forgetting the present\u201d. She added: \u201cThe ANC uses Mandela as a mask for its dramatic failures.\u201d\r\nMpofu-Walsh\u201a whose father Dali Mpofu is national chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters\u201a had a warning. He said if the ANC won elections next year after and because of invoking Mandela\u201a South Africa would be the same in five years\u2019 time.\r\nThe panel also tried to answer the question if Mandela was a sell out by - in the nineties - doing too much to keep white power happy and not enough to ensure there was justice for the oppressed black majority?\r\nActivist Zohra Ebrahim reminded the audience that the country was bankrupt in 1994\u201a when Mandela took over\u201a and he had to take the economic reality into account. \u201cWe must be careful of reinterpreting history without the context of history\u201a\u201d she warned.