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I’m sure this will have caused some people to panic…

 

President Jacob Zuma has sought to reassure South Africans as Nelson Mandela is being treated for the recurrence of a lung infection.  In an interview with the BBC, Mr Zuma said that people “must not panic” and that the former president was doing “very well” so far.

The 94-year-old was admitted to hospital before midnight on Wednesday. He spent 18 days in hospital in December undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones. In a statement released earlier, Mr Zuma’s office said the ex-leader was “responding positively” to treatment.

I wish Mandela no harm. He has led a long life if not necessarily a good one. At 94, he has had a good innings, unlike, for example, all those white farmers murdered by Nelson’s henchmen in the ANC terror wing Umkhonto we Sizwe.

We can all agree that Apartheid was a moral and indeed a political wrong but I dispute the BBC line being retailed that Mandela is a figure of moral authority. One need only review his embrace of every communist  tyrant from Gadaffi to Chavez to be clear of his political leanings.

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20 thoughts on “NELSON’S LAST STAND?

  1. Mandela was an anti-apartheid anti-colonialist. So he naturally gravitated towards those who shared his views. In the 1980s Britain and the USA were led by unashamed suppporters of the apartheid regime (Thatcher and Reagan) on the grounds that it was anti-communist, and they persistently supported pro-western tyrants in other parts of Africa and vetoed trade sanctions against the apartheid regime. So naturally Mandela was not pro-western and he has nothing to be ashamed of.

  2. “Mr Zuma said that people “must not panic” …”

    Truly, government is insane.

  3. At 94, he has had a good innings, unlike, for example, all those white farmers murdered by Nelson’s henchmen in the ANC terror wing Umkhonto we Sizwe.

    and also unlike those black people murdered by the National Party’s terror wing the SADF.

  4. Unlike, for example, all those white farmers murdered by Nelson’s henchmen in the ANC terror wing Umkhonto we Sizwe.

    How many people do you reckon were murdered by Pinochet’s military dictatorship?

  5. David how do you reckon Mandela stacks up against your favourite terrorists Begin and Shamir. # hypocrite.

  6. Pete

    We got half way up Pen y Fan yesterday. Had to turn back because of persistent light snowfall and lack of crampons. However, today we made it to the top of Table Mountain above Crickhowell. Snow-covered, but manageable to amateur hill walkers.

  7. Peter –

    That’s sensible. Any way up Pen y Fan it’s a steep finish and turning back is always an option. There’s nothing clever in pushing on when you shouldn’t. Also there’s the north face of Pan Y Fan. Slip off that you’re finished. Where did you park up?

  8. Beside the ?Arms on the road between Brecon and Merthyr (A470?)

    Serious snow, frozen waterfalls everywhere, but some great photos of the Welsh Alps.

  9. I have not always agreed with him but he certainly led a remarkable life and helped transform his nation in a peaceful way. The post strikes me as rather petty.

  10. The post strikes me as rather petty

    I agree Mahons so, in that spirit I’ll lower myself to the same level.

    I wonder will there be a similar petty post when the old white English woman shuffles off her mortal coil?

  11. Well there will be pictures of her shaking Mugabe’s hand as well.

    I don’t think any public figure who is on the stage for decades doesn’t make some mistakes. I think we have the judge them after adding everything up, and not focus on only their errors.

  12. I don’t think any public figure who is on the stage for decades doesn’t make some mistakes. I think we have the judge them after adding everything up, and not focus on only their errors

    Agreed my friend. Unfortunately not all feel the same. We are all only human.

  13. Why I myself have my failings. I once left a half finished beer in a pub. I am not proud.

  14. Mahons, please tell us you were overcome with shame and eventually ran back to the pub, redeemed yourself and finished the glass..

    We like a happy ending 🙂

  15. I didn’t think the post was petty.

    Ending apartheid without a civil war was a magnificent achievement, but there is a tendency to view him as some kind of secular saint which he really isn’t as his support for various tyrants and killers shows.

  16. Again Ross I’ll draw the anaology with the greengrocers daughter. I wonder when she pops her clogs will we see photos of her shaking hands with Mugabe, eulogising the General etc?

  17. Of course Nelson Mandela is no saint, no human is (apart from me 🙂 ) but his towering achivement, much greater than any negatives about him, is that when Apartheid ended and the change from White minority control occurred, what could have been a bloody and chaotic revenge fuelled episode was instead a remarkeably peacefull occurence almost entirely due to the genuinely pacific and embracing persona of Mr Mandela as he lead South Africa through this delicate period in its history.

  18. Paul- I’m an admirer of Margaret Thatcher but an honest appraisal of her legacy would have to include the bad stuff- like supporting Pinochet- as well.

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