Nelson Mandala: Getting the facts of his life right.

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Nelson Mandala: Getting the facts of his life right.

Like countless post-colonial African despots, Mandela could have bought off his supporters by stealing the resources of those he replaced to enrich himself and his followers. He could have done what almost all men who have nearly unlimited political power have done with it…kept it and ruthlessly used it.

But he didn’t.

In the end the story of Mandela is that he wasn’t like almost all men. He wasn’t perfect and he wasn’t without sin (almost no one in South Africa was). However, he changed and grew. When he lacked the power to change his country he used violent means to attempt to get it. But once he had the power, he eschewed violence. That is not the typical tale of history. He did not crush those who had crushed him and his people. Instead he recognized that no one would benefit from that and more to the point, it was morally reprehensible to him to do so.

With Mandala gone, I fear for civilization in South Africa. Mandala is no longer there to hold back the thugs there on the left.



  • Cotour

    Plenty of small ball Obama’s to fill the void in Africa.

  • Kelly Starks

    I remember even when he was released from Prison he was NOT highly respected by most of South Africa’s black population. He was from a small tribe in S.A., and was just called uppity by the blacks from the bigger tribes. Certainly he couldn’t stop the incredible violence, necklacing etc after the “White tribe” lost dominance. I really don’t know how much influence he had now over internal frictions.

    The current black tribes were invaders who were part of Shaka Zulu’s campaigns across Africa. They wiped out or drove out all the native black tribes in South Africa and slammed heads against the “white tribe” the dutch Boers. (See the Movie Zulu.) These tribes unity fractured after that, and they fight one another viciously to a degree the Apartide rulers never did, and still want revenge on the Whites. Its not settling down (nasty old frictions get worse when folks are pour and don’t see opportunity) so its not likely to get any better there.

  • Kelly Starks


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