Nelson Mandela, the former South African president has died. Mandela was 95 years old.  Over the last several years, Mandela has suffered from serious health issues that involved prolonged hospitalizations.

Mandela most recently entered the hospital in June and was listed in serious but stable condition.  In April, Mandela spent 18 days in the hospital due to a lung infection.

Mandela spent 27 years in the infamous Robben Island prison. After being release, Mandela went on to share the Nobel Peace Prize with F. W. De Klerk.

In 1994, Mandela became South Africa’s first black president and was considered a hero of South African democracy.

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy,” Mandela once said. “Then he becomes your partner.”

Mandela’s public appearances had become increasingly rare as he dealt with his declining health.

His last public appearance was in July of 2010, when he attended the final match and closing ceremonies of the soccer World Cup held in South Africa.

In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela wrote that when he walked out of prison, his mission was “to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both,” because both are robbed of their humanity when human freedom is restricted.

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter,” he wrote. “I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds there are many more hills to climb.”

Sunrise: July 18, 1918 Sunset: December 5, 2013. Rest in peace, Madiba.


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  • WhatIThink

    Nelson Mandela was one man he was not everything they say he was. There are millions of South Africans in South Africa today still struggling to achieve the goals of freedom that they were promised. I cannot ignore that reality by focusing on this one man. He has passed on and cannot be used by this evil system any longer. Black folks need to start reading the news and doing their own research and not believing in the nonsense coming from the media in the U.S. Is black America doing great today JUST because the president happens to be black? Are streets flowing with milk and honey now for black folks? No. Actually black folks are in a far worse position than they were just 20 years ago. And it is the same in SA. Focusing on individual figureheads and ignoring the facts on the ground are pointless and meaningless if you really believe in upholding dignity, sovereignty and justice for black people…..

    • Anthony

      From what I have read and seen, Black South Africans are not worse off now than they were under Apartheid. They make more money, are better educated, have more job opportunities, have better housing than under Apartheid. As a New York Times reporter mentioned on Sunday, despite their improvements, whites are still doing much better. In my opinion, the biggest problem with South Africa is that the ANC has a monopoly on power, and too many leaders have not followed Mandela’s example, and are stealing government funds, instead of seriously creating opportunity for the majority.

      As others have written, Mandela’s forgiveness towards whites was strategic, not altruistic. He could have lead of movement to wipe out the whites, and South Africa would have ended up as poor as Haiti, and as unstable as The Democratic Republic of Congo. President Mandela, instead, set an important democratic precedent by voluntarily stepping down from power while he was still pretty strong and vigorous, plus his respect of minority rights not only protected whites, but black groups who happen to be out of power.

    • WhatIThink

      The ANC negotiated a deal with the apartheid government that left all the land and wealth in the hands of the whites. This has been documented and commented on by many folks, including white folks over the last 20 years. The main supporters of Apartheid were the U.S., British, Germans and Israelis. That is why the biggest mining company in South Africa is called “AngloAmerican” and as such had a lot of support from the Anglos and Americans. As a result of the decision by the ANC to not take the land and mines from the whites, the ANC leadership were given billions of dollars and they are the main beneficiaries. Cyril Ramaphosa is one example. And many of these leaders were inducted into the order of the Knights of St John, including Mandela, Zuma, Mbeki and Tutu. You don’t get into that order unless you support the white agenda.

      On the ground in South Africa today, most blacks are still living in shanty towns while the whites still have most of the wealth and live in gated country club like estates, with black nannies and servants just like before. Most black children lack access to proper education in South Africa and unemployment is over 30% for blacks, while those who do have jobs are mostly working in low wage menial labor jobs just like they did before. There are constant strikes and protests because many blacks live without adequate access to running water and electricity along with strikes and protests over health care and pay increases. In almost all cases, the black police are treating these people in as much the same way as the white apartheid police did, most notably at the Marikana mine strike.

      The ANC is simply a bunch of stooges put in place by the whites to do their bidding while they take the money out of the country and continue to control the land and wealth. And this is why Jacob Zuma was booed at the service along with others. Yes they are corrupt, but like most corrupt dictators in Africa they are propped up by the West in order to keep their people oppressed while the west takes all the resources. In fact, many of the mining companies in South Africa have ties to British, European and American political figures to this day. The ANC has basically taken a pay off from the whites and are playing the role of the fall guy or the bad guy because the black population is angry because the promises haven’t been kept. But they will attack the ANC because the ANC is in power and not the ones who are behind the scenes pulling the strings which are the whites and their Western backers. That is all part of the plan that was put into place years ago by the colonists because they do not ever plan on giving the money and land back to the blacks in South Africa or Kenya, or Zimbabwe or Namibia or Congo or anywhere else in Africa where foreigners still control much of the natural wealth of the continent.

      And to this end the name of the game is neo-colonialism, which means using black flunkies as the face of government but keeping the same colonial policies in place. And it is all a big con game because most of these political parties and their leaders are on the payroll of the whites. For example Mamphela Ramphele and the new political party Agang. She worked for the World Bank and the Ashanti Goldfields mining company for many years. So no matter who you vote for, it is still the same agenda: black folks on the bottom now and black folks on the bottom forever. The rest is simply political theater and acting designed to distract people from that fundamental fact. And then of course the white National Party is still there, waiting to put on a white “savior” candidate as if the problems in South Africa are the fault of the blacks, when the blacks don’t own or control the wealth, major industries or mines in South Africa.

      And black folks are so ignorant they accept token gestures from these people as if it means something. World wide, whites who have created the most horrendous forms of human oppression and committed all sorts of criminal acts of savagery against black people have gone unpunished and have not paid one cent back to the victims or given back one inch of land. As a matter of fact, the good old U.S. of A has not even OFFICIALLY apologized for slavery. And moron black folks sit up here and let these people run around calling themselves the epitome of freedom and progress.

      I bet most black folks here don’t even know why Raul Castro was even at the funeral in the first place.

    • NYCDave

      “Black folks need to start reading the news and doing their own research and not believing in the nonsense coming from the media in the U.S.”

      WhatIThink: SURELY you must know that most Black folk have little to NO interest in researching modern US / world history, and the corporate shill / lamestream media LOVES that fact.

      This way, the folk at the top can simply continue to recycle the same gobbledygook, with the same archetypes, but with different names, and continue to assure folk that they making true progress, when in fact we are REGRESSING.

      They KNOW that the majority of Black folk will continue to accept the okey-doke, as long as the lies are delivered with style and panache. The US “elite” monster plotters also know that Black folks are essentially anti-intellectual, anti-history-research; that we are WAY more preoccupied with being on the “cutting edge” of stylish consumerism.

      The folk on top DO appreciate, however that Black folk, our women in particular, will / can quote the Bible at the proverbial drop of a hat.