Friday, 06 December 2013 19:00

In Death, as in Life, Truth About Mandela Overlooked

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With the widely anticipated passing of South African revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela late Thursday, December 5, presidents and dictators from around the world — as well as everyday people, and especially the press — are in mourning. Lost amid the tsunami of praise and adoration, almost canonization even according to some of his supporters, however, is the truth about the man himself, who was, after all, still just a man.

The announcement of Mandela’s death was made by current South African President Jacob Zuma, the fourth leader of the so-called “rainbow nation” ushered in after the fall of Apartheid rule some two decades ago. “Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed,” said Zuma, a polygamous tribal chief who, amid never-ending corruption scandals, regularly sings “struggle” songs about murdering European-descent Afrikaners.

According to the current South African president, Mandela passed on “peacefully” in the company of his family late Thursday. “He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma continued, adding that the deceased leader would receive a state funeral and flags would be flown at half-mast until then. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.”

Like heads of state and the media around the world, Zuma celebrated Mandela’s alleged “tireless struggle for freedom” and how he “brought us together” in common cause. “Our thoughts are with his friends, comrades and colleagues who fought alongside Madiba over the course of a lifetime of struggle,” South Africa’s current president continued, offering the briefest of glimpses into the reality about Mandela that has been largely expunged from the history books.

President Obama, also heaping praises on Mandela, even ordered American flags flown at half-mast until Monday — especially shocking when considering that the late leader and his Soviet-backed armed movement spent decades on the official U.S. government terror list before being removed in 2008. “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspirations from Nelson Mandela’s life,” Obama said. “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. So long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him.”

By contrast, even in the late 1980’s, shortly before the Apartheid regime surrendered to overwhelming global pressure to hand over power, Western leaders saw Mandela and his “African National Congress” in a very different light. “The ANC is a typical terrorist organization,” explained former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. U.S. President Ronald Reagan put Mandela and the ANC on the American terrorist list in the 1980s.

Indeed, outside of open support from ruthless communist dictatorships — the tyrants ruling over Cuba, East Germany, and the Soviet Union, for example — Mandela’s ANC and its South African Communist Party partners were widely viewed as ruthless communist terrorists. Considering their murderous activities, which included the barbaric executions and torture of countless South African blacks who opposed them, it is easy to understand why.

With help from elements of the Western establishment and the media, however, all of that gradually changed. Widely adored in South Africa and around the world, today Mandela is almost universally portrayed as a peaceful hero who struggled to bring down the white-led Apartheid regime that ruled the area for decades — all in the name of “democracy,” “equality,” and racial harmony.

Lost amid the cacophony of praise and near-worship, though, is the truth about the late South African leader, which has been all but erased from the planet’s collective memory. Today, for example, endless amounts of news reports on Mandela’s death continue to falsely suggest that he was a political prisoner jailed merely for his “beliefs” and opposition to the system of Apartheid (meaning separate development, which despite its myriad flaws, was working to grant full independence and sovereignty to the various tribal and ethnic groups in South Africa).

A mere handful of articles have offered even a hint of the truth. In reality, the Soviet-backed revolutionary was imprisoned for terrorism, sedition, and sabotage — an integral part of Mandela’s long communist history that his adoring fans tend to downplay, at best, or more often, ignore altogether. Almost none of the adoring eulogies pouring forth from around the world have noted, for example, that Mandela was offered the chance to walk out of prison a free man if he would just renounce violence. He refused.

Instead of a man of peace, as his legions of fans would like to believe, and in many cases do believe, Mandela was actually the co-founder of the armed wing of the ANC known as Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation). Outside of communist dictatorships, virtually every government recognized the movement as a communist-backed terrorist outfit — it was, after all, famous for murder, torture, bombings, sabotage, and more. More recently, as The New American reported, conclusive evidence further confirming Mandela’s senior role in the Soviet-backed South African Communist Party has been widely published. 

Meanwhile, Mandela’s wife during much of that time, fellow ANC revolutionary Winnie, was a zealous and open advocate for one of the most brutal murder tactics ever conceived by man. Pioneered by the ANC, so-called “necklacing” involves filling a tire with gasoline before putting it around the victim’s neck, setting it ablaze, and watching the poor target slowly writhe in horrifying agony before eventual death. Most of the ANC’s “necklace” victims were fellow blacks.

Unsurprisingly, Mandela’s history of violence, brutality, terror, and communist scheming has scarcely been mentioned in the thousands of obituaries currently on the front pages of newspapers around the world. Instead, one of the ex-guerilla’s key accomplishments, which earned him praise from around the world, was his supposed ability to prevent a “blood bath” and mass-slaughter in the transition to “democracy” — as if genocide were the obvious course that history would have inevitably taken absent a figure like Mandela.

Almost incredibly, the few reports that have highlighted even the tiniest hint of controversy surrounding the life and works of Mandela suggest that the only criticism of his legacy comes from extremists who think the late leader did not do enough to turn South Africa into a full-blown Marxist dictatorship. An opinion piece in the New York Times, for example, describes the rage among some forces in South Africa over Mandela’s failure to completely disempower or even obliterate the Afrikaner people — a process that many respected analysts say is accelerating and could quickly spiral out of control.

“It is ironic that in today’s South Africa, there is an increasingly vocal segment of black South Africans who feel that Mandela sold out the liberation struggle to white interests,” claimed Ohio University Professor Zakes Mda, who knew Mandela, in the Times column. “This will come as a surprise to the international community, which informally canonized him and thinks he enjoyed universal adoration in his country.” As the Times’ piece suggests, even more extreme anti-white racist and Marxist forces are gathering momentum.

All of that, however, has been largely covered up amid news of Mandela’s death. “As we gather, wherever we are in the country and wherever we are in the world, let us recall the values for which Madiba fought,” said Zuma, referring to Mandela by his African tribal name. “Let us commit ourselves to strive together – sparing neither strength nor courage – to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.”

Acquitted of rape charges in 2006 by claiming that his victim was wearing a “kanga” and so, clearly wanted to have sex with him, Zuma has been steadily following in the footsteps of his communist-affiliated predecessors. With the economy crumbling and violence exploding, Zuma and his allies continue to publicly sing “struggle” songs inciting genocide against the white population at virtually every political rally.

Meanwhile, the ANC-Communist Party alliance that has ruled South Africa since the end of Apartheid is steadily working to foist tyranny and lawlessness on what was once among the most prosperous countries in the world. The planet’s top authority on genocide, a man who worked to help bring down Apartheid in South Africa, has even warned that the Afrikaners may be on the verge of literal extermination.

While the largely bogus public image created of Mandela certainly has some praiseworthy elements — opposition to racism, violence, and support for human rights, for example — it is important that reality not be overlooked. Senior Editor William Jasper with The New American magazine wrote a detailed piece on the real Nelson Mandela under the headline “Saint” Mandela? Not So Fast! If the truth is worth anything, Americans should resist the temptation to worship a fake caricature of a leader who was, after all, still just a man.

Photo of Nelson Mandela with South African Communist Party head Joe Slovo: AP Images

Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is normally based in Europe. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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South African Tells of Genocide in Communist-dominated South Africa

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  • Comment Link Dave Yates Saturday, 07 December 2013 18:39 posted by Dave Yates

    I might add... I'm not claiming that the transformation of SA was a good thing overall.

    The same political dishonesty that is inherent in the game of politics, sold a bill of BS goods to the people of SA.

    The outcome, probably for everyone, has been a disaster.

    But, the facts of the matter, and of history, remain the same.

  • Comment Link Dave Yates Saturday, 07 December 2013 18:34 posted by Dave Yates

    Years of working in publishing, media, marketing and advertising have ruined my ability to take most of what masquerades as "informed political speech" without just shaking my head in amazement.

    The inability of Americans to engage critical thinking skills is certainly not a partisan malady. Americans of every political stripe get most of what they think as "fact" in the form of "pre-masticated ideas".

    Would we eat a dinner that some "authority" pre-chewed and then spit out on the plate for us to eat?

    No... we would not.

    Mandela, like most 2nd and 3rd world political players, get's a skewed treatment of reality. On the one hand, his fraternization with "marxists" and proponents of "revolt" get's no treatment from the left... despite the facts of the matter.

    On the right side of the spectrum, there is the presumption, that if whites using force and superior weaponry to brutally subjugate "uncivilized" people of cover... than it is obviously a beneficial, and possibly even divinely inspired colonization.

    Apparently God, and all his marvelous attributes smiles on the fair skinned alone... hell, he must even be white!

    Of course, we ALL know... if an invading force landed on American soil, and used overwhelming force to slaughter American resistance, Americans would just shrug and say... "Oh well... you got us there! Tell us what to do."

    NO. THEY WOULD NOT. Yet, somehow, we act as if the peoples of 3rd World nations should be grateful for the conquering they get from us "exceptional folks" from the Western world.

    In the case of S.A., it was the Dutch... but, if you are intellectually honest, you completely get my meaning.

    Mandela, as the article suggests, was just a man. Anyone reading this that was put in his position, can not keep a straight face and say they would have behaved differently, any more than they would react to an invasion of the U.S. by saying to the invaders... "Golly, looks like you got us. We surrender".

  • Comment Link matthew schoech Friday, 06 December 2013 22:14 posted by matthew schoech

    Mandela was a terrorist who never gave up on using terrorist tactics. He could have left his plush prison long before if only he consented to giving up on the use of terrorism as a tactic to end apartheid. In truth he was a communist thug who could do no wrong in the eyes of the Western media. The New American published a cover photo of Mandela with Joe Slovo, a white Eastern European Communist, standing with their communist clenched fists in front of the communist flag. One picture is worth a thousand words. Republish that picture from your cover magazine.

  • Comment Link Moira Egan Friday, 06 December 2013 18:59 posted by Moira Egan

    Thank you for this article. A few years ago while I was traveling in Italy, I met a woman who told me the story of how her father, a wealthy man in South Africa who, even as he championed racial equality, was murdered by the ANC. It must break her heart again and again to read the disinformation about Mandela. If I knew how to do so, I would certainly send your truthful article to her. I am certainly going to forward it to others.

  • Comment Link Roger Kostiha Friday, 06 December 2013 18:38 posted by Roger Kostiha

    Truth about Mandela overlooked....or more likely ignored. I thought Fox News at least leaned conservative if not actually being "fair and balanced". As you may have noticed at the New American (I used to get your hard copy publication), Fox now seems in the business of canonizing Nelson Mandela. I have South African friends so I know the countries history as well as who Mandela really was and what he did accomplish, namely a terrorist, and the most crime ridden country and rape capital of the world respectively. You would not know that by watching the glowing praises on Fox by both program hosts and reporters alike. I'm now lobbying cable and TV broadcasters to replace Fox with ONE AMERICA NEWS NOW. Would NA fans like to join me in writing their providers?

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