“I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.”
“Great anger and violence can never build a nation.”
[I’m trying to see if I can speed up my posts and still have them make sense, so apologies if this fails entirely]
Much like Thatcher, Mandela dies a polarising figure. It’s just that more people believe he is a saint rather than a devil. Whatever the truth of the matter (and I wonder lazily whether anything he supposedly did in his MK days was ever the subject of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission), his death leaves South Africa in a moment of decision.
Whether he was a monster or a martyr is not the issue, but whether he will be permitted to die a man or be immortalised as a myth. I think the latter would be a disaster, regardless of his personal righteousness, for the ANC would (as I believe it currently does) use that status to create a de facto one-party state, with consequences that I think are already apparent.
Mandela must not become the posthumous Geordie Messiah of South Africa.