This was from an anonymous contributor to this post, I thought it was worthy of a stand alone post. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
In his autobiography, Mandela describes how he explained to those he held the talks before talks with behind prison walls that his mission and the struggle he was in pursuit of was not a communist revolution. Writing about the 1988 working group meeting which had begun to discuss the details of South Africa's transition, Mandela says: "They were also concerned about the idea of nationalisation, insisting that the ANC and the Freedom Charter supported the wholesale nationalisation of the South African economy. I explained that we were for a more even distribution of the rewards of certain industries, industries that were already monopolies, and that nationalisation might occur in some of those areas. But I said the Freedom Charter was not a blueprint for socialism but for African-style capitalism. I told them I have not changed my mind since then."