Published on Pambazuka News, by Udo W. Ffroese, April 22, 23010.
Over twenty years ago, on 11 February 1990, South Africa’s retired president and Nobel Peace co-laureate, Nelson Mandela, left the colonial-apartheid prison of Victor Verster outside Cape Town. South Africans and the international West considered Mandela as the African messiah.
The rest of Africa awaited the outcome from a distance, particularly as time went on and the country’s newfound ‘freedom’ hadn’t accommodated the black majority on its land and in its economy … //
… A LEGACY DEAL:
Senior researchers of South African history explain that a transformation in the ANC leadership took place from 1980. Many in the leadership had become over-compromised during talks with a host of imperial colonial-apartheid representatives across the board, South Africa’s powerful foreign owned and controlled industry as well as the international West during the ‘Cold War Era’. It was thus transformed to a capitalist elite.
The established senior advocate and anti-apartheid veteran, George Bizos, also known as Mandela’s attorney, said on national television in Johannesburg, the ‘SABC TV 2 Morning Life’ programme in the morning of 11 February 2010, ‘Nelson Mandela was the master of his own destiny, of his own life since 1985’.
While Mandela served his time in Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, he had a chef who cooked for him; free access to his family and the outside world; house attendants; newspapers, television and radio; and flights to Pretoria to meet with then State President P. W. Botha, his minister of justice, Kobie Coetzee and the head of National Intelligence Services (NIS), Dr Niel Barnard, in order to discuss and negotiate.
In other words, Mandela had from 1985 to 1990 – five years before his release – to prepare for the historic leaving of his prison.
Revered late ANC President, Oliver Reginald Tambo, referring to Nelson Mandela’s meetings with the colonial-apartheid regime in the crucial 1980s, observed, ‘Prisoners can’t negotiate their freedom’. He added saying, ‘Whilst still in prison, terms and conditions would be laid down to accept and agree on a take-it, or leave-it basis during talks with the regime’.
Tambo remarked during his visit to the ANC camps in exile, ‘We are singing the same national anthem, raise the same flag and talk about our ANC’. According to aged ANC veterans, Tambo seemed disturbed about senior members of the leadership, who could have compromised the organisation. He seemed to question whom to trust. This, according to those veterans, eventually led to Tambo’s first stroke.
THE FINAL ANALYSIS:
The terms ‘national reconciliation’, ‘free market economy’, ‘equality before the law’, ‘equal participation’ and even ‘democracy’ including the hailed ‘freedoms’ remain an absolute cynical farce for as long as the imperial-colonial-apartheid beneficiaries, their economy, the banking cartel and organised crime structures dictate the terms and conditions for the aforementioned without any compromise, without any access to land and the economy.
To quote Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild global banking dynasty: ‘Give me control of a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws.’
For as long as Caucasian economic plunder barons, the ‘former’ colonial occupiers, all their minority groups, including Indians insist on being African and in return, Africans remain kept as ‘hewers of wood’ and ‘carriers of water’ with a dysfunctional democracy, no access to their land and the economy, South Africa’s and Africa’s blacks have simply been betrayed. National reconciliation and nation-building remain propaganda. (full text).