Tag Archives: Nelson Mandela

WHAT OF RAMPHELE’S “PARTY POLITICAL PLATFORM”?

Mantashe is being hypocritical because the ANC itself was funded by the US in the run up to the 1994 general elections. What is good for the goose must also be good for the gander. And it is not clear

THE QUESTION IS: DID NELSON MANDELA SELL OUT OR NOT?

The heading of this article reminds me of "to be or not to be" passage in Shakespeare's Hamlet in which Hamlet is musing on the comparison between the pain of life which he sees as inevitable and the fear of

2012 JANUARY 8 STATEMENT AND THE HISTORY OF THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE

I don't want to dwell on whether or not the delivery of ANC President Jacob Zuma's speech on the occasion of the ANC's centenary celebration was or wasn't well delivered. I would rather delve on the contents of the speech. Zuma

THE RAPING OF HISTORY – REJOINDER TO PALLO JORDAN’S ‘ON A CENTURY OF MOVEMENT’

If I were to compare Dr Pallo Jordan‘s article headlined, “On a century of movement” in the Mail & Guardian of December 23 with the growth and development of a baby, then it is born and walks and skips the

MANDELA APPEASES WHITES!!!

The Long Walk to Freedom is an invaluable source of information on the political history of South Africa and the ANC although it is fraught with ethnic and organizational biases. If Mandela is a leader of all people of South

WHAT SOUTH AFRICANS NEED!

South Africans need to make a scientific class analysis of their society so as to create a more democratic form of parliamentary system of government based on one-man-one -vote with the power to recall those parliamentarians who are underperforming. The

THE AUTOPSY OF SA STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

President Jacob Zuma delivered his 2011 state of the nation address to parliament. Since the time of Nelson Mandela, we have been hearing the same story every February. Zuma gets his fat cheque every month so are Cabinet Ministers and

REJOINDER TO IDO LEKOTA’S ‘LARGER THAN LIFE’ CLAIMS

Ido Lekota’s article in Sowetan of 06 January headlined, “Larger than Life” refers. It is one thing to be lied to but quite another when one lies to him/herself. Lekota wrote about “the humility and selflessness carried in Nelson Mandela’s

THE 11TH ANNUAL STEVE BIKO LECTURE – “COMING TO SEE YOU SINCE I WAS 5 YEARS OLD”

I wrote this, this morning… so it’s fresh [laughs and applause] I have spent most of the early morning from 3 o’ clock thinking what I’ll say to you… there is so much. First of all I want to say that

NELSON MANDELA IS NOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE ENTIRE CONTINENT OF AFRICA

Nelson Mandela cannot be more important than the entire continent of Africa and its people at home and in the Diaspora. It is absurdity to try and elevate Mandela over and above the entire Africa and its people. He cannot