Saturday, 14 December 2013

Apartheid, the ANC and Mandela's 'political ' fight for Freedom

It's been a week of remembrance, thanks, and goodbyes to Mandela across our media forums and channels.
Today he returned to his childhood home. His work is over, and he had a profound impact on the world.

This documentary is quite long, so can be watched in parts. I found it very insightful and definitely worth a watch.
This looks at the political negotiations leading up to those '94 elections.. and is a reminder of how truly difficult ending minority rule must have been..
..not many will give up on power easily.. regardless of its illegitimacy.
Often I feel that the struggle, was very much a struggle for humanity

Mandela.."The reason why you are not using your capacity to put an end to violence, is because you want to maintain the status quo.. you wanted to either weaken, or destroy the ANC.. I said that to him ( de Klerk) openly"

'In the winter of 1964, Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island where he would spend 18 of his 27 prison years. Confined to a small cell, the floor his bed, a bucket for a toilet, he was forced to do hard labor in a quarry. He was allowed one visitor a year for 30 minutes. He could write and receive one letter every six months. But Robben Island became the crucible which transformed him. Through his intelligence, charm and dignified defiance, Mandela eventually bent even the most brutal prison officials to his will, assumed leadership over his jailed comrades and became the master of his own prison. He emerged from it the mature leader who would fight and win the great political battles that would create a new democratic South Africa.' [source]


  1. His was an interesting story. He was a remarkable man.