Mandela In Poor Health: Why White South Africans are Praying for Him

Mandela In Poor Health: Why White South Africans are Praying for Him

Pretoria : South Africa | Jun 10, 2013 at 5:14 AM PDT
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Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandella and Joe Slovo

Nelson Mandela was rushed to the hospital with a lung infection on Saturday. Officials have described the 94-year-old's health as "serious" and South Africans of all colours are praying for his health. The burning question is when he dies will emotional blacks to go on an anti-White rampage?

Many people believe that Mandela’s death will spark a steep rise in the already horrific rate of black on white hate attacks and murders. Whites are praying for his return to health because they fear that his death will be an excuse for more violence. In many quarters the belief is also that the ANC government leadership which already publically sings about killing whites will encourage these attacks. The fear is real as statistics show that last year hate crimes against whites averaged 66 attacks a month: thus far this year these attacks rose to an average of 67.8 attacks monthly.

Back in 10th November 1997 an ANC Councillor, Mzukizi Gaba stated “ When Mandela dies we will kill you whites like flies” and since then there have been numerous comments to the same effect.

The world loves "Madiba" and we are reminded about his suffering in prison under Apartheid. In his book,” Long Walk to Freedom”, Nobel Peace Laureate, Nelson Mandela writes that as a leading member of the ANC’s executive committee, he had “personally signed off” the ANC’s acts of terrorism even while in prison. These included dozens of bombs that specifically targeted civilians. Between 1981 and 1989 seventy four civilians including women and children were killed and hundreds more wounded, maimed and disfigured. These were bombs placed in locations such as shopping centres, restaurants and sports gatherings.

In 1985 The late SA president P.W. Botha reportedly told Nelson Mandela that he could be a free man as long as he did just one thing: ‘publicly renounce violence'. Mandela refused. When he was arrested at his Rivonia hideout near Johannesburg a huge amount of munitions and bomb-making equipment was confiscated. This included 210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium nitrate, 21,6 tons of aluminium powder and 1 ton of black powder.

While the other terrorists involved in the bombings were pardoned under the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, in 1995 Nelson Mandela was never called to testify before the now disbanded Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Sadly, with the horrific murder rate in South Africa and the gruesome methods of torture employed in many of these murders, Mr. Mandela has never publically called for an end to the violence or, unlike Bishop Desmond Tutu, criticised the ANC leadership.

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Africadesk is based in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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