Mandela on Violence
In a manifesto published by the Cape Town-based publication, South, one week before Mr de Klerk’s monumental February 2 speech [announcing Mandela would be released – Editor], Mandela made clear that his revolutionary socialist fervour still burnt bright, despite his 71 years of age and 10 000 days in prison.
In this South statement, he pledged strong support for the ANC, stressed that the ANC would not abandon its close alliance with the SA Communist Party and emphasised that the ANC “must not surrender its right to perpetuate violence, even during negotiations.” His exact words:
“White South Africa must accept the plain fact that the ANC will not suspend, to say nothing of abandoning, the armed struggle until the government shows its willingness to surrender the monopoly of political power and to negotiate directly and in good faith with the acknowledged Black leaders. The renunciation of violence by either the government or the ANC should not be a precondition to, but the result of, negotiation.”
And again: “The position of the ANC on the question of violence is therefore very clear. A government which used violence against Blacks many years before we took arms has no right whatsoever to call on us to lay down arms.”
Mandela denied – as he has always done – that the ANC is dominated by the SA Communist Party or its ideology. However, he candidly acknowledged that the ANC and SACP were still intricately bound together in a so-far “unshakeable alliance.” He explained: “Co-operation between the ANC and SACP goes back to the early ’20s and has always been, and still is, strictly limited to the struggle against racial oppression and for a just society… No dedicated ANC member will ever heed the call to break with the SACP. We regard such a demand as purely divisive government strategy.” (Italics added).
And his own political views? “My political beliefs have been explained in the course of several political trials in which I was charged, in the policy documents of the ANC and in my autobiography, The Struggle is My Life, which I wrote in prison in 1975. I stated in these trials and publications that I did not belong to any organisation apart from the ANC.”
“In my address to the court which sentenced me to life imprisonment in June 1964, I said: ‘Today I am attracted by the idea of a classless society, an attraction which springs in part from my Marxist reading.’ It is true, as I have already stated, that I have been influenced by Marxist thought.
“But this is also true of many of the leaders of (Africa’s) early independent states. Such widely different persons as Gandhi, Nehru, Nkrumah and Nasser all… accepted the need for some form of socialism to enable our people to catch up with the advanced countries of the world, and to overcome their legacy of poverty. My views are still the same.”
We all know what socialism has brought to Africa. On this, the Washington-based political journal, Human Events, commented: “The danger (in South Africa) is that this most productive country on the African continent, where Blacks themselves are freer and more prosperous than their neighbours, will not wind up in the hands of those devoted to the cause of freedom, but in the grip of the still very potent revolutionary left.”
The failure of our media to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about Mandela and the ANC, obviously very much accentuates that danger.