Well Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 just yesterday and the world is busy mourning his loss. In fact the main stream media is busy giving his memory a knob job, making him into a saint, while ignoring his violent past. President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House and other public and military facilities to be flown at half-staff through sunset on December 9 to honor the passing of Nelson Mandela, either choosing to ignore or just being ignorant of Mandela’s past. Hell, the Huffington post is busy tracking down tweets and branding racist everyone who acknowledges the truth about Nelson Mandela. For goodness sake, the man was on the United States terrorist list until 2008.
What you may have never been taught is that Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party. At his trial, he plead guilty to 156 acts of public violence including planting bombs in public places in order to incite terror, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists. Here are some highlights during his reign of violence even while imprisoned.
-Church Street West, Pretoria, on the 20 May 1983
-Amanzimtoti Shopping complex KZN, 23 December 1985
-Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court, 17 March 1988
– Durban Pick ‘n Pay shopping complex, 1 September 1986
-Pretoria Sterland movie complex 16 April 1988 – limpet mine killed ANC terrorist M O Maponya instead
-Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, 20 May 1987
-Roodepoort Standard Bank 3 June, 1988
In 1985, when the government offered to release Mandela if he would repudiate terrorism, he refused. Not only did Mandela refuse to renounce violence while imprisoned, Amnesty International refused to take his case saying “[the] movement recorded that it could not give the name of ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ to anyone associated with violence, even though as in ‘conventional warfare’ a degree of restraint may be exercised.” When Amnesty International won’t stump for you, then you are probably not a very good person at all. By the time he was released from prison in 1990, violence was no longer needed so he stopped calling for it. I guess then he started his narrative of peace and cooperation. When you’ve used violent means to get what you want I guess you can afford to be magnanimous about it afterwards.
I’m not saying that Nelson Mandela is pure, unadulterated evil. No, what I am saying is that he has a past of terrorism, which he never recanted, he was an avowed communist revolutionary and as such I see no reason to celebrate his life.
After all, what good did he do? South Africa may have gotten rid of Apartheid, but what replaced it? South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, 32 of every 100,000 people will be violently killed, at a rate of almost 50 each day or 18,000 people a year. An astounding 66,000 rapes also occur in South Africa each year—one approximately every four minutes. Interpol says this makes South Africa the rape capital of the world.
Even South Africa’s mining industry is collapsing. South Africa was once the world’s biggest gold producer by far…now it is fifth on the list and falling. International investors won’t build mines in a country that constantly talks about taking them away from “rich whites” to give to blacks. Meanwhile, as the population has skyrocketed, agricultural production has stagnated, and is now slightly beneath 1980s levels. Yay, peace in our time. Mandela was a great man….because he took the power from the white man and gave it back to the black man. The problem is that the country regressed under Mandela.
Mandela for all his good intentions was anything but a saint. He engaged in terrorism, embraced communism, and ultimately ruined a country that was really the only first world country on the continent of Africa, why then do we celebrate his life?