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AFRICANGLOBE - While he still breathed, Mandela’s symbolic aura shielded the ANC from the harsh verdict of history. The battle for the ANC’s soul got under way, and was eventually lost to corporate power: we were entrapped by the neoliberal economy – or, as some today cry out, we ‘sold our people down the river.
AFRICANGLOBE - In the days since Mandela died, alarmist messages have been circulating on Facebook in the Afrikaans language, according to locals, reviving old warnings that Black South Africans would butcher Whites when the former president’s life ended.
AFRICANGLOBE - Family membrs, senior officials and VIPs have paid their respects to Nelson Mandela whose body is lying in state in South Africa's Union Buildings. A flag-draped casket made a solemn journey through the streets in Tshwane (Dec 11), guarded by 16 motorcycle outriders on roads lined with South African’s waving their national flag as they formed a public guard of honour.
AFRICANGLOBE - David Cameron said that “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time.” The flag above Downing Street was even lowered to fly at half-mast as a mark of respect. This all sounds very nice were it not for the inconvenient fact that as a college student, David Cameron took part in the “Hang Mandela” campaign.
AFRICANGLOBE - While he sought justice in his own country, he also wanted it for African Americans. When Nelson Mandela arrived in New York City four months after his 1990 release from detention, he was widely – and wrongly – seen as just the leader of an African struggle for self-determination. But as I quickly learned, he was much more than that.
AFRICANGLOBE - As President Obama expresses Americas condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa, he should also apologize to them for the CIA’s involvement in the initial arrest of Nelson Mandela. He should apologize to them for Reagan’s policy of Constructive Engagement. Reagan’s vetoing legislation and blocking attempts by the UN to impose sanctions and to isolate apartheid South Africa.
AFRICANGLOBE - There is a fear on the part of some White people in South Africa that Black people will no longer hold back - that they will wield sjamboks, knives and guns and take what is rightfully owed to them. It will be chaos, they say; the country will burn after the death of Nelson Mandela.
AFRICANGLOBE - Nelson Mandela, South Africa's 94-year-old former president, is "looking much better" after being treated for a lung infection and gallstones, but will remain in hospital for the time being, the government said on Tuesday. The country's first Black president was admitted to a Tshwane hospital on December 8 after being flown from his home village of Qunu in a remote part of the Eastern Cape province.
AFRICANGLOBE - The murder of 34 miners by the South African police, most of them shot in the back, puts paid to the illusion of post-apartheid democracy and illuminates the new worldwide apartheid of which South Africa is both an historic and contemporary model. In 1894, long before the infamous Afrikaans word foretold “separate development” for the majority people of South Africa, an Englishman, Cecil John Rhodes, oversaw the Glen Grey Act in what was then the Cape Colony. This was designed to force Blacks from agriculture into an army of cheap labour, principally for the mining of newly discovered gold and other precious minerals. As a result of this social Darwinism, Rhodes’ own De Beers company quickly developed into a world monopoly, making him fabulously rich. In keeping with liberalism in Britain and the United States, he was celebrated as a philanthropist supporting high-minded causes.
Millions of South African schoolchildren sang happy birthday to Nelson Mandela as he celebrated his 93rd birthday on Monday while politicians and ordinary citizens did charity work to support his call to do good.