13 dead: Mandela’s tribe celebrates annual circumcision rites

Nelson Mandela was very much in favour of his Xhosa tribe’s annual initiation rite during which circumcision for teenage boys takes place in remote rural areas, usually with blunt instruments that are not sterilised.

The current “initiation season” is upon … Read the rest

Mandela’s funeral: Complete chaos, bad planning, wasted money

Nelson Mandela’s long-serving personal assistant has described the “chaos” around his funeral and bickering over his legacy in a hard-hitting memoir.

Zelda la Grange, who was Mandela’s assistant for almost 20 years, paints a picture of ANC politicians and his … Read the rest

Mandela’s legacy: the Shell House massacre

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by Dan Roodt

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Twenty years ago, on 28 March 1994, the ANC’s militia massacred a crowd of protesting Zulus in downtown Johannesburg, using automatic weapons against men armed only with … Read the rest

Boerehaat and South Africa’s Khmer Rouge 1

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Few outsiders understand the ethnic dynamics of South Africa. Foreign journalists come here and imagine that we are some kind of remake of the USA, transposing American ethnic categories (and Hollywood movies) onto us. Of course, … Read the rest

Mandela for Dummies

Winnie and Nelson Mandela, as well as Joe Slovo of the SACP, singing "Kill the whites"
Winnie and Nelson Mandela, as well as Joe Slovo of the SACP, singing “Kill the whites”

by Albert Brenner

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It simply boggles the mind having to witness people still prostrating themselves in the dust whenever … Read the rest

Thatcher did not mention Mandela in official discussions with PW Botha

PW Botha and Margaret Thatcher
PW Botha and Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher made no mention of Nelson Mandela during the only formal talks she held with South Africa’s leader PW Botha, documents released recently reveal.

The papers blow apart recent Tory boasts that she helped … Read the rest

South Africa’s war of perspectives and the whites’ dwindling fortunes

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by Dan Roodt dan[at]praag.org

Ever since Britain started getting seriously interested in South Africa after the discovery of diamonds at Kimberley in 1866, there have been at least two conflicting views of the country. Throughout the twentieth century too, South … Read the rest

Fidel Castro: Mandela Is Dead, So Why Hide The Truth About Apartheid?

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by Fidel Castro Ruz

Maybe the empire thought that we would not honor our word when, during days of uncertainty in the past century, we affirmed that even if the USSR were to disappear Cuba would continue struggling.… Read the rest

Mandela family feud over his money

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Makaziwe Mandela

Various newspaper reports suggest that Mandela’s heirs are fighting tooth and nail over the world-famous terrorist’s estate. One family friend even described the environment as “toxic”. 

Apparently the Mandelas aim to kick Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, out of … Read the rest

Mandela ‘started the revolution at Wits University’

Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, George Bizos and Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib
Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, George Bizos and Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib

At a ceremony held at the University of the Witwatersrand yesterday, the audience heard that “Madiba was a radical and revolutionary” who met his fellow revolutionaries such as communist leader … Read the rest

Pickens County sheriff refuses to lower flag for Mandela

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says the lowering of the American flag to half-staff should be reserved for Americans. / KEN OSBURN/Staff / Greenville News
Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says the lowering of the American flag to half-staff should be reserved for Americans. / KEN OSBURN/Staff / Greenville News

The American flag that flies over the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will be raised high … Read the rest

Mandela one of the world’s communist greats – SACP confirms his membership

Winnie and Nelson Mandela, as well as Joe Slovo of the SACP, singing "Kill the whites"
Winnie and Nelson Mandela, as well as Joe Slovo of the SACP, singing “Kill the whites”

In a statement a few days ago, the South African Communist Party confirmed Nelson Mandela’s membership, calling him “one of the greatest revolutionaries of … Read the rest

Mandela has no birth certificate, say archivists

Valentine's Day letter from Mandela
Valentine’s Day letter from Mandela

By Christopher Torchia

Most of Nelson Mandela’s handwriting is neat, but it harbors a few mysteries. Archivists sometimes struggle to decipher words in the vast body of documents that Mandela penned, and he often jotted … Read the rest