‘Mandela Still Lives!’

1a mandela and winnieKapiti’s John Murray recalls Mandela’s triumph

By John Murray
(former Moderator of the NZ Presbyterian Church)

Kapiti resident John Murray recalls his time observing the impact of Nelson Mandela during the first democratic election in South Africa.

The Rt Rev John Murray writes: ‘I was there in April of 1994, as an observer for the World Council of Churches. I have many memories of the time, but here is a brief comment…

We were warned by the Afrikaner military commander that violence, if not civil war even, might break out after the election.

This was South  Africa in April 1994. Without Mandela that might well have happened but because of the aura of Madiba, there was peace.

How I remember those weeks before and after May 10th when I was there as a member of the World Council of Churches’ Observer Team monitoring the election.

Mandela personified for the people, all the people, two things:

First,  he was willing to suffer as his people were suffering, and to go on  suffering with them and for them, until he and they were set free.

And secondly, he learnt and then he taught forgiveness, how to overcome that deep and mutual hatred of both white and black, and so bring unity and peace. These are the marks of a true political and spiritual leader.

So out of suffering and forgiveness was born a new nation, a non racist,

non sexist, democratic Republic, a rainbow people.

What I remember most was and will always be the strength of Madiba’s smile.

God rest his soul.

His long walk is over. Together with others, he has changed the life of our world in this twenty-first century.

Mandela still lives!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More from Pilger

Ironically, Mandela seemed to change in retirement, alerting the world to the post 9/11 dangers of George W. Bush and Tony Blair. His description of Blair as “Bush’s foreign minister” was mischievously timed; Thabo Mbeki, his successor, was about to arrive in London to meet Blair. I wonder what he would make of the recent “pilgrimage” to his cell on Robben Island by Barack Obama, the unrelenting jailer of Guantanamo.

I’ve been smelling a rat these past few days, it all started when I saw a photo of Mandela with Thatcher, then Clinton, and the final insult Obama.

I think Mandela was used as a glove puppet by the global elite/powers that be.

This report from Russia Today enplanes why I think Mandela was used and abused …. and is still being so.

http://rt.com/op-edge/mandela-legacy-hijacked-death-903/

“Arguably, without Mandela, Barack Obama would never have reached the White House; he admitted on the record that his first political act was at an anti-apartheid demonstration. But let’s make it clear: Mr. Obama, you’re no Nelson Mandela.”
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The ‘Chicago Boys’ managed to totally screw the ANC South Africa.

John Pilger covers it here – Mandela’s greatness may be assured, but not his legacy-
http://johnpilger.com/articles/mandelas-greatness-may-be-secured-but-not-his-legacy

Few ordinary South Africans were aware that this “process” had begun in high secrecy more than two years before Mandela’s release when the ANC in exile had, in effect, done a deal with prominent members of the Afrikaaner elite at meetings in a stately home, Mells Park House, near Bath. The prime movers were the corporations that had underpinned apartheid.

Around the same time, Mandela was conducting his own secret negotiations. In 1982, he had been moved from Robben Island to Pollsmoor Prison, where he could receive and entertain people. The apartheid regime’s aim was to split the ANC between the “moderates” they could “do business with” (Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Oliver Tambo) and those in the frontline townships who led the United Democratic Front (UDF). On 5 July, 1989, Mandela was spirited out of prison to meet P.W. Botha, the white minority president known as the ‘Groot Krokodil’ (‘Big Crocodile’). Mandela was delighted that Botha poured the tea.
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The global elite will keep screwing us until the lights go out.

And throwing children at our problems is not going to remedy the situation 😉