NELSON MANDELA (1918-2013)

06 December 2013

If you read just one thing about Nelson Mandela today, make it his historic speech at the opening of his 1964 trial for “sabotage”:

I am the first accused. I hold a bachelor’s degree in arts and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for a number of years in partnership with Oliver Tambo. I am a convicted prisoner serving five years for leaving the country without a permit and for inciting people to go on strike at the end of May 1961.

At the outset, I want to say that the suggestion that the struggle in South Africa is under the influence of foreigners or communists is wholly incorrect. I have done whatever I did because of my experience in South Africa and my own proudly felt African background, and not because of what any outsider might have said. In my youth in the Transkei I listened to the elders of my tribe telling stories of the old days. Amongst the tales they related to me were those of wars fought by our ancestors in defence of the fatherland. The names of Dingane and Bambata, Hintsa and Makana, Squngthi and Dalasile, Moshoeshoe and Sekhukhuni, were praised as the glory of the entire African nation. I hoped then that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to their freedom struggle.

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13 Responses to NELSON MANDELA (1918-2013)

  1. December 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm
  2. December 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm
  3. December 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm
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  5. December 11, 2013 at 1:38 am

    “Race and Mandela” by Michael Tan
    http://opinion.inquirer.net/67129/race-and-mandela

  6. December 11, 2013 at 1:42 am

    “Mandela the rebel and his Filipino counterparts” by Boying Pimentel
    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/93825/mandela-the-rebel-and-his-filipino-counterparts

  7. December 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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  10. January 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    “Unmask the “legacy” of betrayals & compromises by Nelson Mandela that is being celebrated today by the ruling classes and their agents across the world!” http://rdf-india.org/?p=274

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