Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

No Tears for Mandela

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Every generation needs heroes.  However the elevation of Nelson Mandela to sainthood  by an adoring world is not only wrong, it is a slap in the face to all those who suffered irreparable loss directly by his hands or by the hands of African National Congress/South African Communist Party mobs.

Mandela denied any involvement in the Soviet-backed SACP, which is tantamount to denying that his hands were not part of his body.  There are numerous pictures of Mandela by the side of SACP leader Joe Slovo underneath the hammer and sickle, hands raised, giving the communist clinched-fist salute  http:/theconservativemonster.com/?

Mandela was one of the people who helped transform the ANC from an organization dedicated to bringing about reform through peaceful political means into one committed to the violent overthrow of the government.

Mandela was charismatic and adept at political expediency, often doing what was right, but often doing what most certainly was wrong.

In the late 1980’s, after Congress had over-ridden a Reagan veto to impose economic sanctions against South Africa, I spent several weeks in that country as part of a fact-find mission sponsored by Renaissance Women.

We traveled from one end of the country to the other meeting with key individuals in the struggle against apartheid as well as key economic, political and religious groups.

We also talked with people in the pews and on the streets who were just trying to earn a living and escape the violence.   The most fearful were blacks in the Soweto township where Winnie Mandela’s thugs, known as her “Soccer Club,” went about brutalizing her neighbors who sent their children to school against the wishes of the ANC and would not join terrorist groups.

When we asked black children living in Soweto what was their biggest concern, it was being murdered by Mandela’s militia on the way home from school.

Fourteen-year-old Stompie Moekhetsi Seipei was one who did not survive.   Mrs. Mandela later was convicted of kidnapping this child.  She has since been found guilty of the torture/murder of countless other men, women and children by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Nevertheless, she has not served any time for her crimes.  Instead, she now sits on the Executive Committee of the ANC, which is the de-facto government of South Africa.   So much for reform!

I thought it a good sign when Nelson Mandela divorced this woman two years after he was released from prison.  However, he raised money for her defense and then married Graca Machel, the widow of Samora Machel, the brutal dictator of Mozambique.

Before my arrival in South Africa,  I though apartheid was the law of the land.  After my arrival, I found this despised law largely ignored.  There were integrated neighborhoods churches and businesses.  Segregation was more economic than racial, much the way it is in this country.

I discovered that most of South Africa’s economic problems stemmed from the hundreds of people seeking a better life who were pouring into the cities each day from the tribal areas. The government offered job training programs and housing starts to the new arrivals but was having a hard time keeping up with the influx.

I  also gained insight on the press restrictions that had been imposed by the government.  Moderate reformist blacks long had claimed there was collusion between the press and the ANC.  TV crews would arrive outside a home or business, set up their cameras and, a few minutes later, a mob would appear to torch the place and provide the world with “terrorist theater.”

I came away convinced that President Reagan was right to veto sanctions against South Africa, which harmed the overwhelming majority of blacks who were making key economic and political gains.  They undermined governmental reforms which had been underway for more than a decade and drove President F. W. de Klerk to sell out moderate black leaders like Zulu Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Bishop Elijah Mokoena and Mayor Tomsanga Linda in order to make an unholy bargain with the ANC.  This assured de Klerk’s political survival, but it put his country on a path to social and economic collapse.

No amount of hand-wringing or political hindsight on behalf of James Baker, Reagan’s Treasury secretary, can change these facts.  It’s a thinly-veiled effort by Baker to appear relevant during this international Mandela love-fest.

As for Mandela, I can’t imagine the mother of Stompie Moekhetsi or the mothers of the other moderate blacks who lost their lives in this struggle are shedding tears at his death.

 

Written by Jane Chastain

December 11th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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  1. Leftists simply adore Black people;in fact, they worship them…the ones not murdered before birth by the leftist eugenics death cult known as “Planned Parenthood.” But they don’t worship all Black people. In fact, they can’t stand the likes of Eric Rush, Alan Keyes, and the Reverend Peterson. But they are madly in love with race baiters like Weird Hair Al and that Kenyan fellow who used to hang out in the Man’s Country Bathhouse but later moved to the White House.
    And Mandela was their kind of guy, and the new South Africa is their kind of country…a dysfunctional, crime-ridden hell hole where Black gangs boil White babies alive for kicks.

    William B Stoecker

    11 Dec 13 at 10:11 pm

  2. It has been one of the sadness day in the history of South Africa. It must has been the biggest funeral for a communist ever.
    If the world can only see what this regime did it this new form of black apartheid they will regret that they forced apartheid on a country well organized.
    The ANC burn the schools down, the ANC would not come to the table and work together on a plan to govern the country as a rainbow nation together.
    After twenty years in power, they did not spend any money on maintenance on the infrastructure. They in rich themselves and not their poor and let the white poor to live like never before.
    When President Obama and his wife came to visit they took him to black squatter camps and not the white ones.
    It’s unbelievable that they kept the man on life support to gain political gain out of it.
    No tears from me but I do pray as a Christian may god have mercy on his soul.
    If he did what he have done in ANY OTHER COUNTRY he would have received the death penalty.
    Also for may God forgive America’s President for the lies that he send through his speech the world in.

    Andre Oosthuizen

    12 Dec 13 at 2:48 am

  3. It is so sad. When I first arrived, the first person I encountered was a maid at my hotel. I asked her about the ANC. She told me that (in her mind) white people had several houses and when the ANC took over, they were going to take those houses and give one to her. Obviously the ANC could not give everyone a house. That is why so many are burning and looting. That promise could not be fulfilled.

    Later, I discovered she did not represent all blacks. Most were peaceful and fearful of the ANC. They were not in favor of getting a national vote at that time. The problem in Africa, because of the huge migration from the tribal areas into the towns, was “one man one vote, one time.” That is essentially what happened as the ANC is ruling the country. Most wanted these new arrivals to go to school so they could not be easily controlled by the ANC before getting a universal national vote.

    Terror won out with the help of the media and international pressure.

    Jane Chastain

    12 Dec 13 at 9:47 am

  4. Thanks for the update of truth. Intuitively I have not been a fan of Mandela and now I understand why. It makes me feel ill that our flag was flown at half-staff, influenced by the uninformd or the manipulative informed. Misinformation apparently is the food of the masses, and they love to live in their ignorance.

    Warren Rosenbaum

    12 Dec 13 at 11:36 pm

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