Nelson Mandela: The man, the myth, and his legacy

By Al Kuchinka

February 11, 2014

Most of the world’s population mourned the death of Nelson Mandela. Many distinguished people gathered at his funeral and exalted him as a great leader. During the celebrations, on 6 Dec 2013, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the African National Congress (ANC) both chose to release statements that acknowledged “Comrade” Mandela was a high-ranking Communist Party leader who served on the Soviet-backed Central Committee. The revelation had been highly suspected by those who examined Mandela’s actions and statements, but vehemently denied by Mandela and his fellow communists throughout his life.

Does it seem strange that ordinary people, without security clearances, could detect Mandala’s communist leanings, while President after President — with the world’s best intelligence service — did not know or suspect? Perhaps Mandela and his fellow communists were not the only ones telling lies.

Now that the truth is out, how long will it take our national news media to inform the public that Mandela, the SACP and the ANC lied? Will President Obama ask forgiveness for comparing Nelson Mandela to George Washington, and ordering our flags flown at half-mast? Don’t hold your breath.

SACP deputy secretary Solly Mapaila’s statement claimed the life-long denial was for “political reasons,” and that all of the terrorists tried at Mandala’s Rivonia Trial were party members. It did not mention that Mandela could have walked out of prison any time he renounced the use of violence – which he stubbornly refused to do.

Also forgotten, or not mentioned, was Mandela’s own admitted terror campaign. He pled guilty to over 150 acts of public violence. He was involved in the infamous Church Street Bombing which killed 19 and wounded more than 200 men, women and children.

How have the people of South Africa fared after communist forces seized power? The following quote is from Alex Newman’s excellent article, “South African Communist Party Admits Mandela’s Leadership Role,” in the 6 Jan 2014 issue of The New American. The article is also available at www.jbs.org by searching under Nelson Mandela.

“Ironically, perhaps, since communist forces seized power in South Africa two decades ago, it has become one of the most unequal societies in the world in terms of wealth distribution. In a nutshell, as in every country dominated by communist political forces, leaders and their cronies end up with what remains of the perpetually diminishing supply of wealth, while everyday people end up living in squalor — oftentimes starving to death.”

Al Kuchinka is a local resident and guest columnist.