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I heard a 5 minute gushing hagiography to Mandela on the BBC World Service. It ended with the anchorwoman describing this hagiography as "the unvarnished truth". So here is the unvarnished truth.

No doubt if Hasan Al Banna was assassinated today, the New York Times would not describe him as "a fascist", as they did in 1948.

The hero of the anti-apartheid struggle was not the saint we want him to be.

The image of Nelson Mandela as a selfless, humble, freedom fighter turned cheerful, kindly old man, is well established in the West. If there is any international leader on whom we can universally heap praise it is surely he. But get past the halo we’ve placed on him without his permission, and Nelson Mandela had more than a few flaws which deserve attention.

He signed off on the deaths of innocent people, lots of them

Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. At his trial, he had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilising terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists. Here are some highlights

-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

Tellingly, not only did Mandela refuse to renounce violence, Amnesty refused to take his case stating “[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.”


 As President he bought a lot of military hardware

Inheriting a country with criminally deep socio-ecnomic problems, one might expect resources to be poured into redressing the imbalances of apartheid. Yet once in office, even Mandela’s government slipped into the custom of putting national corporatism, power and prestige above its people. Deputy Minister of Defence Ronnie Kasrils said in 1995 that the government’s planned cuts in defence spending could also result in the loss of as many as 90,000 jobs in defence-related industries.

Mandela’s government announced in November 1998 that it intended to purchase 28 BAE/SAAB JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft from Sweden at a cost of R10.875 billion, i.e. R388 million (about US$65 million) per plane. Clearly, the all-powerful air armadas of Botswana weighed heavily on the minds of South African leaders…

Not content with jets, in 1999 a US$4.8 billion (R30 billion in 1999 rands) purchase of weaponry was finalised, which has been subject to allegations of corruption. The South African Department of Defence’s Strategic Defence Acquisition purchased a slew of shiny new weapons, including frigates, submarines, corvettes, light utility helicopters, fighter jet trainers and advanced light fighter aircraft.

Below are some of the purchases made, presumably to keep the expansionist intentions of Madagascar at bay…



Original Qty

Illustrative total cost



R4 billion

Maritime helicopter for corvettes


R1 billion

New submarines to replace Daphne


R5,5 billion

Alouette helicopter replacement


R2 billion

Advanced light fighter


R6-9 billion

Main Battle Tank replacement of Olifant


R6 billion

Total cost in 1998 Rand

R25-38 billion


Mandela was friendly with dictators

Despite being synonymous with freedom and democracy, Mandela was never afraid to glad hand the thugs and tyrants of the international arena.

General Sani Abacha seized power in Nigeria in a military coup in November 1993. From the start of his presidency, in May 1994, Nelson Mandela refrained from publicly condemning Abacha’s actions. Up until the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November 1995 the ANC government vigorously opposed the imposition of sanctions against Nigeria. Shortly before the meeting Mandela’s spokesman, Parks Mankahlana, said that “quiet persuasion” would yield better results than coercion. Even after the Nigerian government announced the death sentences against Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists, during the summit, Mandela refused to condemn the Abacha regime or countenance the imposition of sanctions.

Two of the ANC’s biggest donors, in the 1990s, were Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and President Suharto of Indonesia . Not only did Mandela refrain from criticising their lamentable human rights records but he interceded diplomatically on their behalf, and awarded them South Africa ‘s highest honour. Suharto was awarded a state visit, a 21-gun salute, and The Order of Good Hope (gold class).

In April 1999 Mandela acknowledged to an audience in Johannesburg that Suharto had given the ANC a total of 60 million dollars. An initial donation of 50 million dollars had been followed up by a further 10 million. The Telegraph ( London ) reported that Gaddafi was known to have given the ANC well over ten million dollars.


The apartheid regime was a crime against humanity; as illogical as it was cruel.  It is tempting, therefore, to simplify the subject by declaring that all who opposed it were wholly and unswervingly good. It’s important to remember, however, that Mandela has been the first to hold his hands up to his shortcomings and mistakes. In books and speeches, he goes to great length to admit his errors. The real tragedy is that too many in the West can’t bring themselves to see what the great man himself has said all along; that he’s just as flawed as the rest of us, and should not be put on a pedestal.

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The Mandela Beatification apparently went on for hours.  And all the world's leaders had their saccharine thoughts translated into sign language.

Only they didn't.  The man stood there and flapped his hands and arms meaninglessly for hours.  Just goes to show how corrupt and fake the whole thing was.

The organisers were probably guilt-tripped at the last hour into having a signer (for the 0.001% of the audience who were deaf and who don't have access to the internet or newspapers - only 13,000 people in Britain use sign language).  So the Africans thought "who cares, just put anyone up there waving his hands around - as long as it looks correct who cares".

Why didn't they have someone up there doing a simulatenous translation into Welsh?  There are 3 million Welsh speakers.  Probably more than the global audience of deaf people watching the Mandela Beatification.

it is not clear that that 'Signer for the deaf' is on stage with government sanction; he could be a lone wolf/clown act, someone seeking his '15 minutes' fame that last a few hours!  If the latter, then it is an amazing security breach but also an amazing feat of acting.  I look forward to how this one plays out.

According to this article the Signer was a schizophrenic ; - but hey, never mind, he's probably a lot less harmful than most of the tin pot dictators up there with him.

Why is Nelson Mandela so revered?

So, why is Mandela so revered? Partly it’s a carefully cultivated mythology that this saintly man presided over a saintly process. Type "South Africa peaceful transition" into Google and over a million hits appear.

There are references aplenty to statements such as this: South Africa’s peaceful transition to democracy was indeed a miracle that captured the imagination of people all over the world.

Fine, soaring sentiments. And quite untrue.

Between 1985 and 1996 deaths from political violence in South Africa exceeded 20,000, with a large number taking place in the KwaZulu/Natal area. In Poland by contrast deaths from political violence of different shapes and sizes during the Solidarity period and through to the first free elections were very rare, to the point where individual killings of pro-democracy activists such as Father Popieluszko were a major mobilising event. 
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60% of South Africans (blacks and whites) think the country was better when run under Apartheid. In the first 5 years of Saint Nelson's reign, the average income of all South Africans dropped by 40%. The rape and murder capital of the world.


I saw an interview with Obama's cousin in Kenya, who said that Kenya was better off under British rule.

The text associated with the above video:

Published on Dec 9, 2013
Nelson Mandela is portrayed in the mainstream media as a peace-loving anti-apartheid revolutionary and philanthropist. But what is the truth about Nelson Mandela?

Correction: For decades, Mandela supported nationalization, but abandoned his plans after being informed of the negative effects they would likely engender.

60 percent of South Africans felt the country was better run under apartheid, with both blacks and whites rating the current government less trustworthy, more corrupt, less able to enforce the law and less able to deliver government services than its white predecessor.

Transparency International released its 2013 Global Corruption Barometer report. It found South Africa to be among the most corrupt countries in the world. According to its findings, an astounding 83 percent of South Africans believe that the police force is corrupt. And 36 percent of respondents admitted to paying at least one bribe to the police.

A 2010 Medical Research Foundation survey found that more than 37 percent of men admitted to raping at least one woman. Seven percent said they had participated in a gang rape.

59 murders, 145 rapes and 752 serious assaults out of its 42 million population. The new crime is the rape of babies; some AIDS-infected African men believe that having sex with a virgin is a cure. Twelve percent of South Africa's population is HIV-positive, but President Mbeki says that HIV cannot cause AIDS.

In response to growing violence, South Africa's minister of safety and security, Steve Tshwete, says: "We can't police this; there's nothing more we can do. South Africa's currency, the rand, has fallen about 70 percent since the African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994. Emigration from South Africa (mainly of skilled people) is now at its highest level ever."

The tragic fact of business is that ordinary Africans were better off under colonialism. Colonial masters never committed anything near the murder and genocide seen under black rule in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, and other countries, where millions of blacks have been slaughtered in unspeakable ways, which include: hacking to death, boiling in oil, setting on fire and dismemberment.

The National Bureau of Economic Research found that the average income of all races in South Africa dropped 40% between 1995 and 2000. The UN 2006 Human Development Report found that over the last 3 decades Africa has had a "virtual reversal" of human development; South Africa dropped 38 places on the Human Development Index since 1994. (UN Development Programme, 2007). The country of the world's first heart transplant (Christian Barnard, Dec., 1967), the Union of South Africa, is now the rape and murder capital of the world. [15]

At the start of the year 1900, the number of African South Africans was found to be 3,5-million according to the British colonial government census. By 1954, our African population had soared to 8,5-million — and by 1990, there were a full 35-million of us

in the decades prior to the official policy of apartheid, (which was started in 1948), the average life expectancy of African South Africans was only 38 years.

However, during the last decade of the apartheid era from 1948 to 1994, our average life expectancy had risen to 64 years — on a par with Europe's average life expectancy.

While China had lifted some 400,000 people out of poverty in the past 20 years, Nigeria had pushed 71 million people below the poverty line.

A United Nations report said that Africa was the only continent where poverty had increased in the past 20 years. South Africa's HDI figure was far higher in 1995, after nearly 50 years of apartheid, than it was in 2010 after 16 years of ANC rule. Moreover, the trend continues to be downward.

Been watching BBC news and apparently Mandela is off to his Ancestral home of Qunu (to be buried).  It's like some long lost son returning home after putting the world right.  It's way more story book than reality.

If I remember rightly Mandela's Father was a Chief who got ousted and Qunu was where they went to live. If I'm wrong i'll be happy to admit it. But 'Ancestral' home! that is pushing it. 

More problems with the Mandela funeral: anger after the coffin speeds past the Hoi Polloi, giving them no chance to look, and Archbishop Tutu, a close friend of Mandela, was not invited, obviously, because he's criticised the gangsters running the ANC (a party the Left obviously love because, well, they're black aren't they?)

I think this is a case of the "Chickens coming home to roost".  There have so far been 4 spoilers to Mandela's funeral.

  • the fake deaf signer
  • the continual load booing of Jacob Zuma, the gangster leader of SA, which was so bad that they had to stop putting any of his images on the display screens
  • Archbishop Tutu snubbed and not invited (due to his criticism of the ANC)
  • anger at the motorcade speeding past the "little people" - the blacks that clearly don't matter to the ANC

I can't help feeling that if they'd been honest about Mandela, than man and his legacy, in a more humble way that he himself would have preferred, then the funeral itself would have been a more solemn and respectful event, instead of being the circus pantomime that it was

Lots of empty seats at Mandela's funeral.  So, the claim that people stayed away because of rain (at the other service) looks increasingly hollow.

Remembering Mandela, without Rose-Colored Glasses

The South African reality differs from the Western lore.

By Andrew C. McCarthy

I was fairly certain that the "signer" would be an intimate of Mandela's circle.

Nelson Mandela signer in group that burned men to death, says relative

"Instead of standing trial, Jantjie was institutionalized for a period of longer than a year, the four said, and then returned to live in his poor township neighborhood on the outskirts of Soweto. At some point after that, they said, he started getting jobs doing sign language interpretation at events for the governing African National Congress Party."

No doubt he was getting these sinecure jobs,even though he couldn't sign. The signing company that provided him to the ceremony has since disappeared.

Since there are only 13,000 people in Britain who read sign language, we can be confident that there was not a single deaf person at any of the events where this man had been employed (for years) to act like the ANC was some kind of caring organisation. The article goes on to say that this man claimed to have been taught sign-language in the Eastern Cape Province, where there is not a single signing school.

Probably 10 years of fakery/corruption by the ANC has been exposed on the world stage.

I thought when I caught 10 minutes of the Mandela memorial "there's not many white faces there".  Those I did see were people like Prince Charles and Richard Branson.  Turns out, Afrikaners were not invited (just like Desmond Tutu was not invited).

Remember: there were so many empty seats, even half way through the service, they were sending in soldiers to occupy empty seats.

As someone else said: South Africa is probably just 10 years behind Zimbabwe.


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