Last month it was that time of the year when South Africa and the world catch the fever of the Mandela Day Sabbath; I say Sabbath because this Mandela Day has become a quasi-religious event blindly followed by people who are not prepared to question what the hype about the day is all about or where it actually emanates from.

We are stuck with a cult figure more powerful than the Dalai Lama and Pope combined, yet we cannot actually point out what deed of his earned him this sainthood among people, even a messianic status of some sort.

Mandela enjoys unquestioned Christhood as a saviour of black people when in fact he is the Dalai Lama/Pope of the Imperialist West’s neo-colonialism project, the direct opposite of what he is celebrated for.


Because the media was cunningly used to sell what, alongside the HIV/AIDS story, is the biggest propaganda manipulation to mislead the masses in human history – the lie that Mandela liberated black people when all he did was deliver them on a silver platter to Imperialist West for another round of unremitting, ruthless molestation under the exploitative project of neo-colonialism. He simply sold the people out.

There’s classic old saying in English that a picture says a 1 000 words; and that this statement is gospel truth is indisputable, because Brett Murray’s “The Spear” painting would not have hit home like it did, neither would Zapiro’s cartooning give Zuma headaches like it does.

I have five pictures – a metaphorical representation of 5 000 words, as touted by the above-mentioned saying – out of which I will squeeze out my interpretation of the “1 000 words” each picture offers me.

Now that our people have spent their 67 minutes in honour of Mandela’s legacy, I urge them to spend another 67 minutes of any day that suits them reading this article (and “reading” the five pictures for themselves of course) and digesting the views shared within it, and verifying them through research of their own; after which they can decide whether indeed Mandela’s legacy is one worth honouring by us Africans, or is it really a legacy marred with beguiling deceit.


To fully understand the African struggle against Western imperialism, and why Nelson Mandela really has been a regressive factor to that struggle; one must understand the very labyrinth of it; its cunning approach.

Then only we can begin to see that democracy in South Africa is non-existent; instead we have a placebo in place that is even more brutal than right out enslavement because all we live on are future broken promises and more promises that will never be delivered, thus we put our guard down and allow criminals to exploit us in the name of the Rainbow Nation myth and its unequal equality, and Madiba magic deception.

Imperialism facilitated by the West on Africa over the last 350 years has been dynamic and metamorphosing in its approach. First it was right out, brutal enslavement of blacks for trade like cattle in slave-trade routes, predominantly the trans-Atlantic route.

When the system of slavery had used up its energy, new devices to take over the baton had been designed already.

Slavery was abolished and in no time replaced with colonialism – a better tool of gain that meant that there was no longer a need to transport slaves across seas to work in the West, but it was now a matter of enslaving them in their own backyards by means of cheap labour exploitation.

This cheap labour was forced onto Africans; they were used to dig out their own resources for the gain of colonial masters, while they themselves benefitted nothing but hardships of being second-tier citizens, who lived under perpetual abuse in the hands of white supremacy.

But like slavery before it, colonialism was bound to get to a point where it was no longer the most viable tool of gain for imperialists; and like colonialism replaced slavery, colonialism needed to be replaced in order to continue the merciless looting of Africa’s resources.

Neo-colonialism was the new plan, it would continue where its predecessor left off; but what made it and still makes it more nefarious than both slavery and colonialism was that it used the very leaders of the so-called liberation movements as agents in its plans.

The West negotiated – CODESA style – with the post-colonialism leaders of African countries to keep its power in place and retain all that had been stolen during colonialism in their position, while the leaders would be let in on some personal gain schemes to keep them happy.

If leaders of some movements resisted, the former colonisers financed coups for opposition movements and rebel groups who had bought into their idea to come into power; and once in power, the movement leaders would be brought into the spoils, made compradors of imperialism, and in no time they forgot the masses still toiling in sickening poverty and started to feast on their small share of the pie of exploitation thrown to them by the imperialist forces.

Another way would be civil wars, which opened up mass looting opportunities at even lower costs for the West.

This is what has made Western imperialism so successful, its ability to mutate time and again when conditions required a new approach. Neo-colonialism’s success depended on how it would be implemented; it had to be in such a way that was not met with immediate resistance.

To solidify neo-colonialism and be able to sell it to Africa, the West needed an ambassador for its project, someone who would be used by the West to say look at this leader, he complied with our deal and his country is happy, so follow his example; and no better person than Mandela was suited for this.

He was already an international media personality after having been used as a rallying point for international media attention against apartheid by the ANC for many years; so all that had to be done was to turn all the media focus on Mandela as a freedom fighter who singlehandedly saved South Africa and give him endless credit and perks like the Nobel Prize, and messianic status.

All he had to do was to buy into this deal and sign on the dotted line.


The legendary Malcolm X warns that the media is so powerful that it has the power to make the innocent look guilty and the guilty look innocent; he terms it the most powerful tool in the world.

Biko teaches us that why we remain in bondage is precisely because of the mind control that the oppressors are able to keep us, the oppressed, in check.

Through the media they tell us how and what to think, so the focal area of our thoughts will not be a revolution, thus allowing them to continue freely with their exploitation.

The media has been at the epicentre of every imperialist venture propagated by the West. It was at the centre of the propaganda of the “war against terror” farce, only this was a way to establish a way to steal the vast oil reserves of Middle Eastern countries, Afghanistan and Iraq in particular.

They created a storyline which the world bought into, and one by one they raided these poor countries and seized what they wanted.

The truth is Al-Qaeda is a creation of the CIA; it never existed in Islamic countries prior to the fabrication. Oh and Osama bin Laden, or should I say Tim Osman, was a CIA agent.

On the same wave of propaganda, Muammar Gaddafi was targeted and killed after 40 years of resistance; and similar propaganda, of nuclear weapons, is being used to target Iran.

Similarly, the drug war in Central and South America is another farce that imperialism uses to infiltrate those countries, oust revolutionary leaders and put their own, controlled, puppet regimes in power so exploitation can carry on.

Why do you think that during the Chavez reign in Venezuela, Spain went into financial crisis and needed a bailout from the Eurozone?

Simple, Chavez severed exploitation of his country’s oil resources; that’s why he, like many South American revolutionaries, died of “cancer”.

I need to reassure you that there isn’t really a war on drugs; organisations like the CIA specifically have made and still make trillions from drug money and finance drug operations coming from South America and the Golden Triangle that ultimately also make it into the US and the rest of the world.

Here in Africa we have the financed civil wars, where rebels are employed by the West to destabilise countries’ governance, making them ungovernable and thus creating an environment for free looting to flourish.

A classic example of this currently is the DRC; an extremely blessed and rich country in terms of mineral resources, be it diamonds, copper, manganese, zinc, you name them.

Here, the West employs Rwanda and Uganda to support the rebel war by financing the M23 through these countries and then continue the looting escapade of the beautiful Congo. Of course they will deploy the so-called peace keeping missions; but trust me when I tell you that keeping peace is never the objective of the UN.

The United Nations is run and controlled by imperialists, America and its allies, and only decisions taken by them matter; if you resist, they veto you at the Security Council – their own kangaroo court.

If they want resources from your country and you do not play ball like Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and the likes; they finance civil unrest and then NATO is on your doorstep.

No one pertinently sums up the sham that mainstream media really is, than American author Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) is his quote: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”

Don’t believe them brethren, they are in on it; they are selling you what the powers that be want you to know, not what you should know!


At many points in history, there are people who had invested in them the power to change the course of history by virtue of their decisions; but because of those decisions that they took, we are only left to wonder how different would things be had they opted to do things differently.

Where would Burkina Faso be today had Blaise Compaore not collaborated with the West and murdered Thomas Sankara? Where would the Congo be had Mobutu not plotted with Belgium, the US and Britain to overthrow Patrice Lumumba and hand him over for execution? Where would Guinea be had Inocêncio Kani not collaborated with the Portuguese to assassinate Amilcar Cabral?

Yes my question is, where would South Africa be, had Mandela opted for the honourable route as a true representative of the people would have done, and not signed a deal with the devil for his own personal gain, pulling a Judas Iscariot on us?

In (my) first picture, Nelson Mandela is pictured with Margaret Thatcher; at one point the most powerful woman in world politics. She was powerful simply because she was at the forefront of British imperialism as Prime Minister, and she did serve with distinction to her masters.

In 1987 Margaret Thatcher uttered these words: “The ANC is a typical terrorist organisation; anyone who thinks that the ANC is going to run the government in South Africa is living in cloud cuckoo-land.”

If you don’t understand the involvement of Britain in South Africa, you would think that she was being defamatory; but Margaret Thatcher knew exactly what she was talking about, she understood what was going to happen.

The ANC doesn’t govern South Africa; they are the faces of imperialism in what is still a British-American controlled economy to this day.

The ANC’s job is to keep the wrath of the people manageable, so that their bosses can continue the exploitation of resources.

Like many organisations who claim to fight for freedom forget about the people, the masses once some chunk of meat is thrown at them from the master’s table, the ANC went down a similar route, once let in on some part of the wealth; they became “yes sir no sir” boys of the imperialists.

All it took was them being told they would benefit on things like BEE and get co-opted to businesses they did not even know how to run by themselves and all the blood spilt over 350 years in defence of our land was forgotten.

I always hear people talking about “economic freedom”; saying that Mandela and his generation attained political freedom and it is thus up to the current generation of youth to fight for economic freedom.

Brethren, you must understand that imperialism knows how to invent lies that sound very good, because there is no such thing as political freedom existing as a stand-alone from economic power.

Freedom is a holistic entity, it is achieved as is and not in compartments; you are either free or you are not, and there’s nothing in between.

A prisoner in solitary confinement, eating crumbs and sleeping on the floor with no blanket, and a prisoner who has a nutritious menu, a good mattress, and even time for television and gym are both prisoners; yes the one might have better conditions to live under, but they are both prisoners nonetheless.

Similarly, an oppressed individual who is called a kaffir openly, gets kicked in the ribs lawfully and is forced to carry an identification book at all times, and an oppressed individual who can vote, walk around as they please at night without identifying themselves are both still oppressed.

Baron Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), who is the founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, aptly put it: “Give me control of a nation’s money supply and I care not who makes their laws.”

He knew the very same concept that I am now sharing with you, that whoever controls the means of production in a country, de facto the money supply, is the one with the real power; the politicians can sell all the lip they want to, it is in the economy where power rests.

Using this knowledge, generation after generation of Rothschild came and carried forward what they had started, and they are arguably the wealthiest family on earth today. Their net worth? Incalculable.

Let’s just say that they loan governments money at crazy interest rates among other things!!! Now real freedom is when means of production dwells with the people, not a select few like Rothschild, Oppenheimer, Ackerman, Rupert; it is when all people benefit from the wealth and money supply of the country, not those who align themselves to be beneficiaries at the expense of the people like Mandela, Ramaphosa, Zuma and the likes.

As the status quo is in South Africa, people will have to rise and struggle for freedom, or it will remain a distant dream while the molestation of imperialism on our people relentlessly continues.


We see (another) picture of the “heroic” Mr Mandela seated in a chariot with the Queen of England.

Queen Elizabeth to me represents the British throne, which has been at the forefront of the most atrocious genocides known to mankind; they have annihilated whole tribes of people altogether in their conquest to rule world.

Whenever I see her picture, I hear cries of the Lakota and other American Indian tribes that today do not exist precisely because of the British; I am reminded of how as recent as 1975, any white man in Australia could obtain a hunting licence to hunt and kill Aborigines like game, all because of the British philosophy that people who are not of European descent are not human.

To the British, any race that is not white is akin to mere animals, no more than a troop of baboons; it is for this reason that they felt nothing at all oppressing one third of the world’s population at one point, just for their personal gain.

Seeing Queen Elizabeth’s picture reminds me of the countless crimes against humanity – spanning over centuries – that Britain committed globe throughout, but never accounted for; in her eyes I see countless slaves tied down like oxen and driven by the whip from main land Africa to the West Coast bordering the Atlantic, to be piled up in ships like lifeless cargo.

I hear the cries of all the lynched slaves in American plantations, and the wails of widows bemoaning lost husbands to these brutal executions whenever her name is mentioned; I see her mouth and hands covered with blood of the countless black babies who were fed to alligators by slave-masters of the extension of her empire in America.

However, we see the beloved hero not ashamed to align himself with the face of all this ruthlessness, he is a beloved son of Britain that they erected a Statue of him in Parliament square.

He is put up there with the best servicemen of the Empire, and his name carried next to the likes of Cecil John Rhodes.

Ever heard of the Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship? Well this is a scholarship designed to take African students that show high potential and equip them for roles in neo-colonialism that is pioneered by South Africa; the same way that the Rhodes scholarship did for British Colonialism since 1902.

For those who don’t know, Cecil John Rhodes was a ruthless Englishmen who had not an iota of feeling for blacks. Leading the British conquest of South Africa’s minerals, having founded De Beers (De Beers was financed into existence by Nathan Meyer Rothschild – great-grandson of the founder of the dynasty who I mentioned above), and also leading British rule to our neighbour Zimbabwe and Zambia north of it (The two countries, known as Southern and Northern Rhodesia respectively in past times, were named after him), many a black man suffered at the hand of this man.

The first Chimurenga of the Zimbabwean people in the 1890s was an uprising against atrocities inflicted by Rhodes’ British South Africa Company, and it ended with executions of the likes of Mbuya Nehanda.

In his meditations in 1893 his states: “Nine-tenths of them (blacks) will have to spend their lives in manual labour, the sooner that is brought to them, the better.” He further says: “We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labour that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods produced in our factories.” As you can see that he was a white supremacist of distinction, he lived for the British Empire and to propagate its ruthless imperialism; in his last will testament he writes: “I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race … If there be a God, I think that what he would like me to do is paint as much of the map of Africa British Red as possible…”

Aimed at following the hermeneutics of this mantra of imperialistic gain, the Rhodes Trust and Rhodes scholarship were founded by Nathan Meyer Rothschild (see that name?) when Rhodes died.


Now is the question not popping up at the back of your head why Nelson Mandela wants to associate himself with all I mention above? Why he is a tool in shielding and glorifying a murderous heritage of the British Empire with all the falsehood that permeates controlled media?

Why they put him on the notes of their privately owned South African Reserve Bank? You do the math.

Another picture shows our beloved hero in the company of FW De Klerk. Now if the whole process of creating the rainbow nation farce was a movie, De Klerk would have won an Oscar for best supporting actor; we all know who best lead actor goes to … oh but wait, they won the Nobel for it, excuse my feint memory!

FW De Klerk is a representation of Afrikaner supremacy, a microcosm of white supremacy that manifested itself as Apartheid in South Africa.

A strategist of the system, he was a key component in the facilitation of the new South Africa into existence; he was clear about his job even so, stating that he was not going to negotiate himself out of power.

Black people need to understand that a revolution is non-negotiable, and there is no bargain that goes about it; whenever leaders go into negotiations with the oppressive forces and what results is a win-win situation, know that your leaders sold you out for their own gain.

What came out of CODESA was that ANC became an extension of the National Party; it was a change of faces of the status quo but no change to the status quo itself.

After 11 years of excellent service by the ANC to the system of capitalism that unforgivingly blood-sucks blacks on a daily basis, proving their worth of being able to crack the whip on blacks just as well as the Malan, Vorster, Botha and De Klerk governments; the National Party officially co-opted ANC to itself with a merger that took place in August 2005.

It was merely officialising the marriage that had already taken place at CODESA; in which a transition of government faces took place – black ones replaced white ones in a rent-a-black project – while policies kept the power locked with the imperialists.

We need to be frank about things like Chikane’s book intended to be; there really is not any significant difference between a black man in 2013 and a black man in 1983. This is because ’94 changed nothing; blacks are still the wretched of the earth they were before 1994.

Eighty percent of the land is still white-owned and 100 years after the treacherous Land Act of 1913 the ANC is adamant that they will not budge on their policies that allow the land to remain in the hands of a white minority that constitutes a meagre 13 percent of the population, how dare blacks think they can take land back from white masters and rhinos?

White people worked hard for the land isn’t it? We are told that they bought the land; I guess the 100-year war of the Xhosas lasting from the 1700s to the 1800s and the battle of Isandlwana in 1879, all attempting resistance against British seizure of land from the natives were fair economic transactions huh?

Whenever blacks voice out their concerns they are told that they can’t use the land, that they are not skilled as white people to run mines therefore it is a good thing that our wealth is taking by imperialists for their personal gain.

Last year August Lonmin (London Minerals), sitting on the third biggest platinum mine in the world, collaborated with the ANC to mimic their own Sharpeville by mowing down with bullets black workers who stood up and demanded better wages after they realised NUM was another neo-colonialist demagoguery project whose objective was not to stand up for them, but to help the exploiters continue so they could benefit from kickbacks (well now it is public that COSATU and affiliated union bosses screw their workers – pun intended).

I mean NUM bosses are trustees in the investment companies – NUMPROP and MIC – that sleep with mining houses in the form of business relations and tenders; how then is it expected that they represent the interests of the employees when they themselves benefit directly from the exploitation of the employees?

It’s like sending a jackal to represent sheep against a wolf; only one result is possible there – a sell-out.

It is no secret that the vestiges of apartheid and colonial economic patterns, ownership and control remain intact.

For instance: Leibbrandt, M et al (2010) state that trends in South African income distribution and poverty since the fall of apartheid show that in terms of racial distribution of per capita income, African and coloured income levels in 2008 were still only 13 percent and 22 percent respectively of white per capita income, compared to 10.9 percent and 19.3 percent in 1993.

The income gap for Indians has narrowed, with Indian per capita income in 2008 standing at 60 percent of those of whites as against 42 percent in 1993.

In 1995, median per capita expenditure among Africans was R333 a month compared to whites at R3 443 a month. In 2008, median expenditure per capita for Africans was R454 a month compared to whites at R5 668 a month.

We are stuck with a blatantly skewed system that feeds itself at our loss; while Zuma earns more than Obama in terms of citizen ratio, the black male has an average salary of R2 400 that falls far short of the R19 000 of the white male.

Yet FW De Klerk (was pictured) lifting Nelson Mandela’s hand in a triumphant fashion; a sign of Nelson Mandela having won the battle.

The question however is: on whose side was he fighting?

He claims to have fought against black domination, but nowhere have I seen blacks dominating on any level in South Africa at any point since that dreadful Autumn day in 1652, so as to what he was fighting against I am not sure.


I am sorry that the ANC did not tell you the truth my people; they spoke about reconstruction and development, yet the piece they forgot to mention was that this RDP programme was aimed only at their mansions in high-class white suburbs, and the scraps you would get were degrading matchbox houses akin to dog kernels and open toilets that intend to further humiliate your undignified existence.

They also did not tell you that should you cry for clean drinking water you would be met with parabellum boot soles and live rounds of ammunition a la Andries Tatane; you probably thought that Vlakplas ended with Eugene de Kock, little did you know that ANC had a bigger “Kock” to screw you with.

Well here we are, and this is where Mandela’s heroics have landed us.

Patrice Lumumba, in his last letter to his wife before being martyred, teaches us that history that will absolve African heroes like him is not that which will be taught in Brussels, London, Paris, Washington nor the United Nations, but in African countries which have been freed from the claws of imperialism.

The fact that Mandela’s legacy is celebrated in London and all other imperialist strongholds as I showed above indicates clearly that he is a puppet of imperialism and is used for imperialist agenda advancement.

It cannot be that the system that murdered Lumumba for his ideas before he even implemented them in the Congo; that murdered Thomas Sankara after he had set the pattern for other African states to follow in a mere four years of power (unlike two decades of lies we have received here), rejecting the world bank and IMF and drastically transforming Burkina Faso, can equally turn and cherish Mandela as they do if he was indeed a genuine revolutionary.

Your kids learn about the French revolution, Nazi Germany, American Revolution, but never do they learn about the Chimurenga or the Battle of Adwa or the knowledge harboured in Timbuktu.

The same system teaches them about Louis XVI, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, but fails to mention Kwame Nkrumah, Amilcar Cabral, Marcus Garvey, Frantz Fanon or Malcolm X.

They rather your children read books by Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and George Orwell; but none by Chinua Achebe, Tsitsi Dangarembga or Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

This very same system holds Mandela in high esteem; he is the archetypal black man according to them.

Ask Robert Mugabe, when you are doing what the system requires of you, you are a hero; you become a monkey when you start to address the real needs of the black man, like land dispossession.

Before 2000, Robert Mugabe had accolades from institutions all over the world and one by one they were revoked after the land reform programme; simply because he was (not) their puppet, Blair had been told to keep his England and stay away from Zimbabwe and how it addresses its affairs.

Whenever they tell you about “a long walk to freedom”, tell them that the only long walk that has taken place and is still taking place is that of thousands of black children in rural areas and white-owned farms, who walk countless kilometres on end to and from school on a daily basis – in blistering cold during the winter and scorching heat and unforgiving rains in summer – only to learn under a tree at the mercy of these weather conditions, and expected to miraculously produce results when not even textbooks are delivered to them.

We will always have the most progressive constitution in the world for as long it is anti-black, but Sobukwe taught us long ago that it is impossible to implement something that is unjust in a just fashion; thus the wrath of the people will always at some point get to enough levels to inspire reform.

When Africa rewrites the narrative of history that Lumumba speaks about in his final words as he stared death in the eye without a quiver, let it rewrite a narrative that will truthfully present the legacy of Mandela as that which was at the centre of perpetuating a brutal system of relentless exploitation on our beloved continent.

In Azania there must be no Mandela Bridge, mall, university, street or even squatter camp; the deception of Madiba magic must be buried with South Africa.

The only monument left to bear his name should be the Nelson Mandela theatre, as it shall be a constant reminder of the multi-award winning theatrics of the man; which deceived our people to a Rainbow Nation of freedom that still continues to enslave them, where equality is unequal, where justice is discriminatory.

However, history must not forget him; his story must be a constant reminder for future generations, of what not to do.

That we have to overthrow this tyranny and oppression in our strife for true egalitarianism is not in doubt; it is just a matter of when.

Slavoj Zizek asserts that regicide (the killing of a king) is not justified by showing that a king transgressed the people, because the very existence of a king is an offence against the people.

Similarly, a society that purports classism and stratification, creating a polarised control of resources by a few as we know imperialism and capitalism to do is de facto offensive to the people; and revolution against it is always justified. – MyNews24

By Yamkela Fortune Spengane
The writer is a Black Consciousness and Pan-Africanism scholar and proponent. This article was published in The Southern Times newspaper at on 02 September 2013.

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  • Rome was not built in one day. I feel you my Brother.

  • valerie dixon

    So very few black peoples’ eyes are open. The mere fact that the entire white race has to go to such lengths to keep the black race under subjection, is proof positive that they know what they are up against and must therefore do all in their power to dilute and obliterate African power. Black Africans must be kept ignorant of their true identity, history, spirituality and culture by any means necessary.

    In my own country, Jamaica, our mis-leaders know that if the teachings of Marcus Garvey were to be released to the Jamaican people, they could not retain the power to keep the black people in check and under their control. So they pay lip-service to placing the pure essence and solid teachings of this great man in the schools’ curriculum.

    After 50 years of so-called “Independence”, the leaders have enriched themselves and in return have made mendicants and criminals out of a once proud people. They go all over the world begging and borrowing to their benefit and the ignorant mass of black people cannot see that they are the ones who are sick and thin with one of the world’s highest crime rates, while the so-called leaders are fat and jolly.

    As puppets of the West, they dare not speak out against any atrocities that occur within the region for fear that they be labeled “anti-American” and be treated in-like fashion as the late Maurice Bishop of Grenada, who was murdered as he was perceived as being anti-American and for keeping company with Cuba.

    Today, most black leaders, especially those in the Caribbean still remember the Grenada Invasion and don’t want the same fate to reach them, so they will gladly sell their mothers, fathers and the future of the black race, in order to keep the “crumbs that fall from the West’s table”, filling up their secret foreign bank accounts with wealth that comes from the blood, sweat and tears of the people who look just like them- the black and mixed-race peoples of Africa and her Diaspora.

  • Paballo

    Exactly the truth, why are we not told all this because I believe that those in power know about this truth.

  • I don’t know what say about this. I have been vilified and called names and even ostracised from some circles of brothers because I have always held the believe that the only people that Mandela set free were the white supremacist but I have never been able to articulate it like this. Brother, who ever you are, may you live long and may continue to guide and bless you for this education. I wish I can meet you in person

  • Listener

    How interesting – it is always easy to point fingers and criticise those who have the courage to stand up, do something, sacrifice years of their lives in prison all in the name of a cause and never once mention how you would have done it better since you are so intelligent and have the peoples interest at heart.

  • Lebo

    I dont really understand what options u think Mandela had. The society that we live in today was based on the cause the ANC and Mandela as its front man had for the country way before Mandela was even a part of the ANC. Neo-colonialism or not I know of no country that has attained freedom holistically from the tight claws of colonialism. Rome wasn’t built in a day boss! and the white knows it, his strategies are designed as such. To suck our lives out slowly. You can say whatever but the Mandelas of Africa excluding the dictators have given the native people of this beautiful continent the leverage to fight against further economic, political and colonial and racial oppression.

  • Ms Pyper

    As an African and a South African young woman, I have always been bothered by how things turned out for us, I wondered what kind of a revolution is this, I often wonder what freedom must be like because I know that it is not this that I am living in SA today. I am aware of the puppet and the master, I have tried to explain to peers but they are so misled that it breaks my heart. We need more African leaders and Africans in general to start thinking along these lines, we must not be afraid of death or anything, we must take charge of our lives. I really appreciate this article, I would like to meet the author one day.

  • gift kwazi

    My brother you r veri hi I tell u, stop smoking weed

  • To say the man stayed in prison for 27 years only to qualify as a pawn in the hands of some Neo colonialist is an insult to humanity who watched his oppressors fight over themselves later to be his friends. Your theory turns everything on its head.

  • Nakedi

    If I did not know any better, I would swear you used passages from my book, because you say what I have highlighted therein. Mandela is not a focal point for me, he is a bit player in a larger scheme where war is good for business. He has his own special place in the jigsaw puzzle; ours is to be forever aware of the bigger picture, which you capture above when you say – The ANC’s job is to keep the wrath of the people manageable, so that their bosses can continue the exploitation of resources…..all it took was them being told they would benefit on things like BEE and get co-opted to businesses they did not even know how to run by themselves and all the blood spilt over 350 years in defence of our land was forgotten. – I quote Dr John Henrik Clarke in my book when he said – “The situation in South Africa is a fraud, a fake, if they had the elections tomorrow and if Nelson Mandela became president, there would be no change because whites would still control 87% of the land, the airports, the mineral wealth of the country. You can only have an alliance between equals. …Why do we keep lying to ourselves and think that we can
    gain freedom without hurting anybody; everybody else in the world had to do it.” This was sometime before 1994.

    I have also written about the history of Haiti and how it is instructive for all freedom lovers, especially in terms of actually fighting for your freedom and winning! Little Haiti defeating Napoleon’s forces at his height. I also write about the following Africans and the contribution they made to Pan Africanism, to the whole body of rich history that makes this continent and the people of it so vibrant. I mention – Toussaint L’Ouverture, Jean Jacques Dessalines, Olaudah Equiano , Ottobah Cugoano, James Horton, Sojourner Truth, George Padmore, Ras T Makonen, Marcus Garvey, Henry Sylvester Williams, Nathaniel Akinremi Fadipe, Theophilus Scholes, WEB Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, Martin Delany, Aime’ Cesaire, Duse Mohamed Ali, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Ahmed Toure, Cheikh Anta Diop, Alpheus Hunton, Claudia Jones, Patrice Lumumba, Chief Albert Luthuli, Anton Lembede, Amilcar Cabra, Ladipo Solanke, Martin Luther King jr, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe32, Bantu Stephen Biko, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Kambarage Mwalimu Nyerere among others so that the rich history of Africans and Black people in the diaspora is known.

    I end up towards the end with this pointed observation by John Dolan when reviewing the book Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkin, capturing everything not only about Britain, but about imperialism and the quest to retain hegemony over others:
    “One of the great mysteries of the 20th century was the way Britain got away with pillaging nearly every country on the planet without suffering any retribution. I’ve spent a long, bitter time brooding over this experimental proof that there’s no such thing as karma. Among the reasons I’ve found for this failure to prosecute are the reluctance of the raped to report their sufferings, the stupidity and credulity of American scholars vis-a-vis their Oxbridge colleagues, and the charmed life that seems to reward those individuals and nations lucky enough to lack any vestige of conscience. But the answer is simpler. The Brits simply destroyed all records of the
    massacres. And dead men don’t tell tales. The difference between the British Empire and other fascist empires is not that these guys were nicer. Nobody who reads this book could continue to believe that, if they were fool enough to believe it beforehand. The difference is that the Brits
    were good at it, and had no conscience to trouble them. Thanks to that careful incineration of records and highly adaptive national sociopathic disorder,…there would be no soul-searching or public accounting [in Britain] for the crimes perpetrated against the hundreds of thousands
    of men and women in Kenya… These were the same Brits whose purported colonial mission was bringing Christian civilization to the savages.” Last time I checked, the Kenyans who were interned and brutalized having survived death in these Gulags had won the case for an apology and were now fighting for reparations. Small victory but important in the struggle for Black dignity the world over. What are we doing to usher in the kind of freedom we want, the true freedom in SA?! I want us to move beyond talking now, I want to hear concrete actions. We know the problem, we must implement a solution.

  • Tambu

    Hi all the word have been said, but no solutions, I am a blackman and the problem I have with us is that we just talk, but cant implement and that is why your white counterpart will always capitalise on.. I think we have brains just like them, so why can we use it instead of talking. Chinese are example they are taking over from white by action and not talking

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  • mbali

    Eish, why was I born when the world was in such a mess, I kinda agree with what you are saying, I dont have all the facts that are based on my own research but your statements do make sense, I remember Steve Biko saying something about the fact that for as long as we do not touch on economic issues as far as change of power is concerned then its only a cosmetic change thats going to happen were a small group of blacks will filter into the borguoise elite, which is exactly what we witnessing, its all evident to me that this is a do or die situation were you are forced to be obedient or suffer the consequences,

  • Aya

    I have read so many blogs highlighting how we as the people praise Mandela, my worry though is what are we suppose to do now? Do we go to war with the whites cause clearly no matter the steps we take, as human beings we always highlight the colour of our skins. Mandela paved a way for us, he did not have many options, now people are born frees and can write such articles and point fingers cause they were not there. You are here NOW and you have clearly pointed the mistakes people made in the change of this world, DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE THAT, BUT do not put us at war. I cannot choose how I wanna die but I definitely do not wanna die with a bullet or a stab from a knife cause that is what the people are asking for. You are not free only if you choose not to be free. Mandela opened the doors of change and therefore I say; ‘if you see a problem then do something,’ telling the people with such articles will cause more racial killings. I am tired of these racial killings.. black, white, blue, brown; are we not all the same? Why do we let skin colour define us, I am tired and I say please do something to change what you have clearly highlighted. Give us the freedom that we have not been given.

    • Nakedi

      Problem it seems to me about us Black people is that we talk too much but do little….we are very good at analysing the problem but poor in doing something to solve the problem permanently!! This is like a sickness. As I said somewhere, we must stop whinging and DO something!! While I encourage highlighting problems and exposing falsehoods, equally if not more so, we must find solutions and take remedial actions to change our conditions of living once and for all! I repeat, we know the problem, where is the solution?? PAC, AZAPO, all types of BCM structures, etc, must get their house in order and lead the way!! Time for talk is gone, as I said in another article, the time is upon us to realize, achieve and fulfil the promise. Less talk, more action!!

  • Kele

    People just stop entertaining in what is not useful to us in this century clearly the article writer is trying to destroy what our Tata Madiba has tried so hard to build by Tata Madiba himself by insinuating foul play by Tata Madiba, this article will not even exist had it not been for him fighting for right to freedom of speech, so now you have the freedom to write this nonsense because of Tata Madiba.

    Other countries now recognize and respect South Africa because of Tata Madiba, he had the courage to sit next to so called the face of ruthlessness trying to reunite countries. what was he suppose to do? from white domination to black domination and start a never ending war in South Africa.

    What exactly are you trying to gain from this article???
    War between blacks and whites that’s what.

    • Would you rather be fed with lies? Its a stark reality. You are afraid of having your picture about mandela changed?

  • Tshego4860

    Can we stop focusing on the lives of celebrities and move on with our lives, We have a purpose on earth and looking into the businesses of other people will only waste your time. If u think our leaders are deceiving us then choose not to be deceived. Rather pray for our nation!!!!

    • Aya


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  • Thank You gazie for this article, will share far and wide!

  • Mzie

    You are free and allowed to say whatever you want and you claim not to have tasted the freedom. I take this as your point of view not the fact, but i am wondering what are you trying to suggest we should do because there is no way forward here. I just wasted my time reading this nonsense.

    • Rus

      You posed a rather interesting question.. What’s the way forward… the scribber has a point.. good points but no solution to the problem

  • Letuba

    It is so sad for people to enslave themselves mentally like this. It also worries me to see some of our people entertaining this kind of nonsense. You look at Palestine and Israel, they have long been at war with each other and the situation seem not to subside. Why do we keep on looking down upon ourself so much. It goes further to give me an impression that some got education which seemed to be confusing them. My thinking is that education is there to help people to make informed decision and not being reactionaries. It is foolish to call yourself a revolutionary when you are in actual fact a reactionary.

  • Rueben

    If we can just meet and do something about this,cause its a reality but for some people its nonsense,thats why i say we should do something not just writting,talking is cheap lets act,plan=solutions for our future generation

  • It was obvious from the start that this was a grand master minded charade, I was in South Africa when rap group Prophets Of The City chanted “Excellent Finally A Black President” and the next day it was a if nothing had happened. I was also in Zimbabwe in 1980 when Muage took power and within days there was a clear shift in the paradigm, this never happened in South Africa and still has not happened – Amandla Awetu !

  • Mthunzi

    please send these articles to my email

  • Excellent summary of Mandela’s flawed legacy. I wrote about this and the western media’s deception of Madiba. I used the context of white supremacy and how he was used for this in his role for freedom.

  • Reblogged this on Revival of my Soul And Spirit in Dominica and commented:
    The articulation of this piece sums up what I was trying to articulate when writing about Mandela and his flawed legacy that he left.

  • Rus

    Wow, okay I didn’t this one coming but I’ve always had questions about our own politicians…. well I mean our puppets. Thanks for a great eye opening read. As I read some of the comments stressing the 27 years in prison story, they all skipped the fact that when he came out, he sold us. Nonetheless I always preach same thing to my friends “we are slaves to the system”.essential resources made to seem scarce and ridiculously priced to get us to work so to attain them but the bigger picture.. the little yoy made to attain the essential is nowhere equivalent to what the man on top of the food chain makes. Thanks again to the author and others who contributed an illuminating informations

  • thoz

    Woow 1st. Maybe in your eyes and other critics you think people see Mandela as a saint well think again, open minded people know that no men will ever be a saint. 2nd. I personally and most people celebrate Mandela’s life because u sacrificed his time to spend with his family, watch his kids grow and enjoy his life to the fullest which is something your father or you wouldn’t do even go to jail for your own children **that was a good deed**. 3rd what have you done/doing to change what Mandela has done?? What are you doing to improve what he didn’t do?? Is criticizing/scrutinizing other people’s work part of doing something positive or bringing change?? Remember what Mandela and other freedom fighters did was to try and fix the mess that was created by fore fathers who gave Africa to whites which is something your great grandfather failed to do **i bet he was an informer**. Today you have freedom of speech thenx to people like Mandela who were jailed for it, YES the same person you call a sellout

    • Mzie

      Good one Thoz

    • yee who is forgoten by history, yee is greatest

      why dont you celebrate bra Jafta Masomela who spent 28 years in roben island and unlike madenla after 18 years of his jail sentence he wasnt in a house with servants, he was still in a cell?

  • Reblogged this on Social Crusader and commented:
    This article should be read by all who want to understand Mandela and what he represented

  • schizzo

    Mnxim! There had 2 be someone…

    • Mzie

      I think we need to appreciate the little that our leaders have sacrificed their lives for and move forward with a legacy. Rome was not built in one day, at least we moved even if it is an inch. We cannot focus on the past, we need to start identifying the problems and fix them. I’m sure the likes of OR Thambo, Mandela, Biko, Sobukhwe, etc would be glad to see those changes happening in our continent.

  • Skeem says

    Nelson Mandela took hundreds of pictures with different leaders around the world but you just had to use those selected few just to drive your filthy point across!!!!!!

    Judging from your style of writing it’s clear that you are a rather educated individual.I wonder if it wasn’t for Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters sacrifices, would you be able to express yourself in English like you did in this column.We need to ship all moronic idiots like yourself to some deserted island where you can feel free to call it Azania or whatever! This new SA has no place for people like you!!!!!

  • Well said. I’ve rebogged it on

  • Lerato Kumalo

    To insinuate that Mandela would spend 27 years behind bars, give up 27 years of his life and family time to become a puppet is not only disrespectful but also very stupid. What did you expect him to do? Encourage the blacks to start a war against white people? What was that going to achieve? Would be not be living in a war torn country right? How about the people who would’ve lost their lives as a result? Someone had to be the humanitarian and put an end to all the madness and thank God he was able. Seeing that you are so good talking, would you have been in the forefront of the war? And what good would it have achieved. Black people are so good at talking without really taking any action. What would you have done differently? Mr know it all

    • nicky mcleod

      Crackhead when white people want to change things they dont agree with they go to war. how many wars have america been involved in within the last 50 years?? why should it be different for us are we cowards?? He (mandela) couldve started by redressing the land imbalance and brought in a system where everyone can have a decent home as promised, no need for warfare there. Face the truth, the man is just reporting an opposing opinion, to the lies that have been sold Can you cleary and accurately refute any of his findings in the article if so let us know so we can research and find the truth, not the lies.

  • latoya

    When i read things like this i am reminded very harshly that the fight will never ends for power and rulership of one race over another. Mandela was fight was not about empowering black people it was about bringing peace between all people hence why you have these photos. He was trying to drive out hate by making friends with all leaders who have the power to change the world. He was not interested in division he saw people before race and creed. People like you will never understand that because unlike Mandela you cant forgive, you cant see the man before you see his colour.

  • emmanuel

    ja ne, everyone has a opinion. to the writer I would love to have a private conversation with. 076 147 4358.

  • emmanuel

    Nelson Mandela he did his part in the world, me and you (Writer) are alive and we also have a role to play. The Former president was no angel, he did his part. he was a loved leader. he was used as an instrument for peace. He did well to negotiate for unity and peace, if u think that was selling us out South Africans. He did well. I rest ma case and I shun away unforgiveness.

  • Lagzen

    Nigger plz!! Look at mzansi b4 mandela sold out n look at mzansi after mandela sold out?….well am glad he sold out coz now I’m an analist I was granted a busary my sister is a pharmacist she stay in an estate…where if mandela had nt sold out she would nt set foot unless if she was a domestic worker.

  • Gavin

    Reading your “Statement”, that you so ‘freely’ make, made me think of Julius Malema… And educated Julius Malema, but a Malema nun the less. As said before by others you appear to be an educated person (perks of the free South Africa) but what is your true intentions with this “Statement” what is it that you are promoting. Are you promoting freedom are you truely interested in educating people? Or are you attempting to make a political statement that would enrage the masses, that would stir emotions in the majority of South Africans. You sure start of with a bang in trying to irritate the christian community and trying to make a good impression by using good sentence construction but then you reveal your true colors, slowly but surely your writing style indicates that no longer are you pretending to be an academic, instead you are a trouble stirrer, a judas in your own way. One of my biggest problems with your “statement” is that there is no real facts, no real proof , its al speculation. Which you hope the reader will buy because you made an educated impression at the start, so surely what this guy is saying must be the truth and factual. But you have no real fact, no real citation, its just smoke and mirrors. That’s all! All the subjects you ‘expose’ could be used in different context to create a completely different argument and to proof a different point, but you were smart enough to construct them for your own Propaganda, look who’s using the media now, mmmmm….. Interesting. I hope that the people of South Africa will be wise enough to identify ‘statements’ such as this one as hate speech. Statements like this one could have horrific consequences for a Young country such as ours. A FREE country, freedom that hundreds of people has died for. People like you are not needed in this country. Believe me we as South Africans are not stupid, we know that leaders like Zuma are trampling on the legacy of Mandela. But such is life my friend, you state problems without solutions but finding the solutions despite your leaders makes you a leader. Because then you can fight your own leaders. Your true agenda here is not to inform, is not to educate, is not for freedom. It is for hate to arrise in our people, people like you want to start wars, people like you should not be a part of this country. I ask you, why do you still live in this country? Why haven’t you moved to Zimbabwe the day you had this revelation? Surely you believe that they are “FREE”, I mean you are insinuating it after all. Surely staying in this country means that after your revelation that you are now oppressing yourself so please feal no nead to stay. Hopefully we won’t hear from you soon. Please go, go find YOUR idea of “freedom”.

  • Tawanda Chitsinde

    Mr Gavin I suggest you get off. I am a Zimbabwean who lives in Zimbabwe and yes for your own information we are free. Our president has done way more for than African people than Mandela ever did he opposed white supremacy and is the greatest threat to white supremacy ever in the history of mankind. Our resources and economy are ours not you South Africans who live a borrowed life and 95% of your economy is run by whites. Mandela empowered white people not blacks.

    • Skeem says

      I suppose you’re one of the few who benefited from Mugabe’s so-called “Economic Transformation”! I say this because there are Millions of skilled African Zimbabweans wondering the streets of SA looking for cheap labour! Why did these people leave their own country with resources? I know why, see they weren’t “quick enough” to benefit from the “first come first grab” so-called “Economic Transformation” that happened in Zimbwabwe.

      Thank you Tata Nelson Mandela for instilling civilization onto our beloved country unlike our nabours barbarism!!!

      So, Mugabe takes back the Economy from whites and now seem to be giving it to the Chinese!! What a joke!!!

      • Phoenix fire

        Skeen, you are an idiot in every sense of the word, You do not know who your enemies are nor what they who hate you have done to sabotage the world you live in and the way you perceive it. The unfortunate result of this, by design thus makes you the enemy. There were black men fighting for Rhodesians, happy to remain slaves, possibly without knowing it. Mandella was like Martin Luthur King: placed there at a crucial time to pacify a pending unrest that would overthrow the white supremacist. Its an old trick. Fighters like Mugabe who fought and defeated them are attacked by propaganda to get the very people who he liberated to turn against him by simply ignoring the free nation and not trade, nor willingly acknowledge the revolution. They then stand back and say “look at what bad thing you did.” And you are the idiot who believes them. While a man,is made famous for being a “prisoner.” Are you stupid? That is what they would have as the fate of all black men, while they rape his land and birthright and feed you the garbage to keep you the weaker. If you are too brain-dead to see, you need to step back and not interfere with the progressive power of the black.

        • Know Your History

          Not true Phoenix fire. Dr. King didn’t pacify anybody. He was considered a rabble-rouser, a trouble maker and a threat to the “American way” and white supremacy. Although he was non-violent, he never tried to pacify those who proved to be racists and haters of Black people.

          Which was why he was murdered.

          Dr. King and Mandela are not not very alike at all actually. Dr. King believed in peace and that all humans should be treated as equals, yes, but he also believed that you should always stand up to your oppressors as no one race of man has the right to oppress and mistreat other races.

          Dr. King was a non-violent FIGHTER, and was considered a huge threat to white imperialists in the U.S. and was thus killed for it, just like Patrice Lumumba.

          The sappy rhetoric about Dr. King being a pacifist all about love, love love no matter what is the media spin that started posthumously. While alive, King was hated and feared.

  • WillMG4

    Yes! Yes! Yes! We were sold out big time, Mandela wasn’t the only individual to sacrifice his life and go to prison. We have had loved ones too who sacrificed their lives to live this country for Guerrilla training which was meant for a “coup de ta” of which never materialized because the prisoner which was held in Robben Island started having secret meeting with the masters behind our backs (except for the ones we know at the Union Buildings). What was a prisoner negotiating besides his freedom and parole??? 27 years he was released and he was celebrated world wide — mind you we had brothers, fathers and son that were in exile training for a coup de ta, some are yet to return to this day. Those that return after we had a black president, were sneaked back to their own homeland, they were never celebrated as people who fought for us and sacrificed a lot like some guy who spent 27 years in cell; they never got a single parade and honor from their beloved country why??? why??? People who opposed the way that prisoner negotiated our were eliminated; ask General Chris Hani, why he was assissinated!!!? Please do not brag about how Mandela changed our lives with education — because that education is designed to better and serve the mastersat its best; our education doesnt have an independent structure in it. We were given an illusion of wealth a system that was designed for failure.
    We were promised a better life in this country, but the neccessities were privatized and thereafter we were told this will make things run more effeciently but instead the quality remained the same and prices keep increasing to such an extent that they will become and unaffordable luxury. Everything in our country was owned by people that had no connection to our culture, by those who never had our interests at heart, they didn’t care about our survival or well being, they just wanted to turn a profit by raping our land, by exploiting our people, our industry and our resources. First by creating racism to justify slavery, building the capital for capitalism, and then when they gave us what they call liberty, everything we had was still owned by them. Our governments told us that socialism was the real enemy and that we would have freedom, but the foreign powers and corporations were the ones with real freedom; the freedom to take all the wealth generated by our work and our land and gave us only a small percentage of the scraps from the table.

    Build your defenses my independent brothers and sisters. They’ll stop at nothing to get what they want!!!

  • jahstar

    This truth is hurting u.U wish white supremacy could reign 4ever undetected.This 1piece of history could help rebuilt this world.Dont hurt the writer,hurt the evil history of the Vultures.

  • cordelia

    This article says it all. The Tatane issue and Marikana are the real incidents which were suppose to open our eyes as South Africans,

    • Nakedi

      shows black lives mean nothing in new SA!…imagine if these were white folk like the marching racist ystegard or protesters in Orania…the international outrage!!….

  • Mandela was a human being and so ur, he did what he did and what he believed it was right at that particular time, its not a secret he stood for what he believed in and tuck his guts, he has done his part and no one is perfect, yes there are people like u who will always see the negative in any greater leader than has emerged and I believe u also see faults in the other u mentioned like the Pope, Jesus etc. the fact is what are u dong to improve the blacks or so human race, nothing but to go around and saw seeds of destruction and confusion. try a little harder to dig deep and appreciate the good Mandela did than to be an attention seeker. so u want us black to always dwell in the past. times have change u cant go around and blame the dead or others for ur own destiny

  • John Dzino

    I am sure Mandela meant well and had no intention of selling out. But still he was not immune to the West’s deviousness. The whites would only accept a situation which they could control. All over the world they will always refer to the support of “the moderates” otherwise no support at all.

  • Macbeth Neizel

    I think, you guys have got more than enough time to waste…Are you enjoying the perks of the new SA?..I’m not talking about our current political leadership and state..I’m talking about our ability to access all basic needs and luxuries(like your website) at our will and ability.Our fathers could not access the resources you are using now…they struggle to read a major warning sign..worked blue colar when they were smarter than most oppressors…Then you u try to find a way to despise someone who stayed in jail, fought so hard with an aim to bring the much so needed peace in SA…I do not worship Mandela, I respect him for having courage… to lead great and determined personnel into negotiations, he fought so hard to establish. Whether it was deception or not..I do not give damn ..I’m happy to live now that back then…and you guys are taking us..BACK THEN…Please stop with this nonsense and find a proper, dignified way to make South Africa prosper ethically, economically and socially..STOP THIS AND TELL US HOW WE CAN UTILIZE OUR CURRENT RESOURCES TO MAKE THE BEST OF OUR AFRICAN CONTINENT..POST SUCCESS STORIES AND HELP US UNDERSTAND THE FUTURE BETTER THAN WE DO….WE ARE TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT 1976, 1994 etc…we want to be able to rest in peace knowing that our kids are not going into another political war…Please help!!!!!

  • Matabele

    I am a black man in ZImbabwe.We came from a white oppressor to a black one. After grabbing all the land from the white man we are now importing mazise from Zambia.And guess what the same whites Mugabe chased away are now feeding us. We cant grow nothing ,we Import everyting.BTW Mugabe killed more than 20,000 Nddebeles from Matebeleland provice during the early eighties. Very few firm are working we import almost everything including chicken gizzards ! THe country doesnt NOT even have its own currency.Millions of Zimbabweans have left the country to do some stupid jobs to feed their familes back home.Only a few elite people in Zim and from a certain tribe are looting the country. I feel pity for blind black south africans wanting to rush into things.U will end up worse than Zim.Ask yo self why there are so many ZImbos in SA loitering the streets if Mugabe has indeed done.Mugabe is the sellout.Mandela is no angel like anyone but after 27 years in jail he resigned.BY the way Zimbabwe has ONLY had one president in 33 years.

  • UneducatedRuralBoy

    I believe that the writer wants to incite violence. I believe that the writer is not a member of the ANC. I also believe that the writer does not hold judaism high but this writer is right in every sense of his words. Since when black people are cowards? Since when black people conformed to mediocrity? 350 years ago? How? All the tags you hang on this writer are true according to Africans since democracy. In fact what this writer is doing is exactly what he should be doing… You believe its all talk? You have no idea how many people still don’t know about this or the real reason behind this black man awakening. We are in hell and trying to keep peace with the devil will not give us real freedom but makes us obedient under an unfair and inhuman oppression.

  • Thaban


  • Macbeth Neizel

    To UneducatedRuralBoy. I believe that you were or are one of the people that were deprived by those around you to achieve what you wanted to achieve. You are filled with anger and what you see around you are results of your influences within your life(Political, Emotional, Financial and otherwise). I am deeply sorry for what’s happened to you but here is another story of my life. Before Mandela negotiated democracy with a government that was killing and oppressing black people, my mom had an opportunity to study and she was deprived of it because she was black and had money issues. I had the same experience after 1994. I worked in a country club earning very little money and I used that cash to study towards a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I now have two of them, one financed by a bursary from an international institution which I slave in earning even less money from the salary I was earning in a country club until I got another job. I had all the reason to hate the government, question the agenda behind our democracy however I didn’t find the reason to because I honored what was done by Mandela and his team. I looked for opportunities and focused on them based on the goal I have for my own life. I stayed in all horrible places including an area in which I was robbed on a daily basis but because I stayed focused on the goal at hand, worked myself out of it and now I can say, life is better than it should’ve been. I guess what I am trying to say is, it is better when one focus on ones own goal than looking outside when his or her own life is falling apart. I care less about the background story than I do for my own life and those of my kids, brothers, partners, friends and other people I can help bring positivity in their life.

    To Thaban. Our freedom is not institutional, it is the results of unity, pursuit of peace and assurance of results bearing relationships. Mandela was not a Christ for South Africa, he was an exceptional leader who took advantage of the opportunity the moment he laid his eyes on it. He perseveres and fought, he tolerated and strategized. Yes he did that under the name of the ANC. If we could compare Mandela and ANC to a man wearing a suit. We would say Mandela was the suit and ANC was wearing him. And the fight was also not about ousting white with black, it was about ensuring peace amongst every race within the SA nation. So please stop making this about black and white. Understand the purpose and use it as an inspiration to make SA a better nation, not to spread hatred and instil anger. This is going to stagnate the country not help it go further. BELIEVE ME BRA, I AM BLACK AND I’VE EXPERIENCED IT ALL….HATRED WOULD HAVE NEVER BROUGHT US FREEDOM AND IT IS NOT GOING TO START TODAY. SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF PEACE NOT HATRED AND ISOLATION. Build companies not alliances and South Africa will be saved. Again please stop digging unnecessary stories and publish them because you can. You are doing the opposite of what a proud african would do. Thank you.

    • Garvey

      You can be as black as charcoal but you still missed the point by a thousand miles.. Just because you personally ‘worked so hard’ and ‘made’ doesn’t make any difference whatsoever. . Mandela and a lot other so called liberation heroes sold us out.. Finish n klaar.. You need to understand neo colonialism to get the point.

  • Fela

    Pseudo radical nonsense this article….thinking the african is king in the world where hes a pauper….Mandela was always the wiser. Go ahead do better than Mandela then.

  • valerie dixon

    Jomo Kenyatta outlined the Black race’s problem very aptly when he said that when the white man came to Africa, the white man taught the black man to pray with his eyes closed. When the black man opened his eyes, he had the Bible and the white man had the land.

    The black man has been transformed into a fool and a clown and millions cannot see the dilemma that the white man has used to control them. White people tell black people that the white God is the real God, yet this God according to white people made a horrible mistake when he created all other races, as they teach the rest of the world that the white race is superior to all other races.

    So the white God is only capable of making one “superior” race every other race is “inferior” and the black race swallows this crap minutely and prays every moment to be “saved” by the white Christian God, with blonde hair and blue eyes. What a travesty and absurdity as he reads his Bible and prays for ascension into the white man’s Heaven.

    Africans once ruled the world before Europeans left their caves, but complacency and fool-hardheartedness made African leaders trust the “hungry and half-starved wolf” who came into their land searching for food. The wolves and their pups have devoured all of the black race’s food and now it is the black race that is “hungry and half-starved”.

    The choices that our black leaders made and are still making, will continue to cause dire consequences upon their own race, because they are ignorant and greedy, trying to impress millions of white (and black) people who don’t like them. Many “leaders” have lost their spiritual connection to their ancestors and their heritage and have adopted the white man’s foreign culture and the Christian God who is not capable of making anything “good” – apart from the Capitalist white race.

    As long as the black race continues to worship a God that is not a mirror image of itself, then that race will never know the greatness that lies within it.

  • an eye opener

  • ntanganedzeni

    it all makes sense now , as to why we are living under these humiliating conditions, when we speak against something they say ( Mandela forgave the whites) people who don’t know what it is to be oppressed can simply say GET OVER IT!!

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  • martha

    an eye opener. very educative and imformative.

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  • Garvey

    This article is spot on…. Does it not strike you as strange that they have Mandela’s statue at Parliament Garden but nothing for Biko, Lumumba, Garvey etc? Mandela was initially a genuine freedom fighter.. Then, I suspect, something terrible happened during his time at Robben island.. He chickened out.. White people loved him because he maintained their financial status quo and kept the blacks in their places.. Why was there no arrangements to bring other ‘previously disadvantaged’ people on par with the white people before the property protection/rights clause in the Constitution kicked in? What properties did blacks and coloureds had to protect?

    If Mandela was glorified purely because of amazing stuff he did for mankind, how come you never heard of the Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica or why was Hugo Chavez ( the man who had the balls to demolish Venezuela’s two luxurious golf courses to make way for low cost houses for the poor) getting soo much stick from mainstream western media?
    Thankfully, not all of us are brainwashed. .

  • Itu

    Please check your grammar…It hurts to read what you wrote, punctuation exists for a reason Mr. Mayihlome.

  • Lebo

    The mere fact that you can voice your opinion freely and express your views openly is the exactly Mandela’s legacy. The great misconception is the believe in a messiah and promised lands and divorce themselves from their responsibility as the sons and daughters of the soil. As long as you do not credit anyone for your achievement in life also don’t blame anyone for your failures. Mandela really represents an ideal of doing what you can in your surrounding to make it better for you, your family and community.

  • macdonald

    Very very, informative.

  • Albert IronStein

    People who claim Mandela sold out, people who have not sacrificed an hour of their lives for the benefit of others, are people who are one dimensional, who have not tasted enough of life to know there is no world where the conversation is ‘my way or the high way’.
    These people never understood what the fight was about to begin with, It was about three objectives 1) Take back our right to Freedom. {Done}, 2) Liberate the oppressor {Many do not know what this means} 3). Redistribute the wealth of the country.
    We are stuck at liberating the oppressor, because as much as Mandela went all the way, maybe too far, to liberate the oppressor of his fear, hatred and god complex – the oppressor did not reciprocate, instead they saw it as a sign of weakness.
    Until the oppressor is liberated, there can be no fair distribution of wealth, there will linger these rumblings of a ‘sold revolution’ from confused and frustrated Africans.