Wednesday, 12 February 2014

MANDELA IN HIS OWN WORDS FOREWARNING US NOT TO TURN INTO ANC HATERS AFTER HIS PASSING


South Africa History website

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"The prophets of doom have reemerged in our country. In 1994, these predicted that the transition to democracy would be attended by a lot of bloodshed. Disappointed in their expectations by what actually happened, they nevertheless never abandoned their resolve to spread despair. The pivot of their offensive is that the history of Africa is a history of failure and disaster. Accordingly, they adhere to the openly racist position that a South Africa led by the African National Congress and no longer under white minority rule, will, inevitably sink into failure and disaster. And so they go about their business to high-light and elevate anything that is negative. Neither do they hesitate to tell lies or to invent stories so long as this advances their purposes...

"But in the battle to serve narrow partisan interests, our opponents do not hesitate to sacrifice the truth. As part of this same campaign, horror books are being published about what will happen "when Mandela goes", to advance this agenda of gloom and doom on which the enemies of real progress and social transformation rely to create the conditions for the defeat of the ANC, so that they are better able to ensure that no progress and no transformation occur. All this emphasises the point that for us, the challenge remains to discharge our responsibilities to the people to continue to lead our country as it traverses its historically decisive period of reconstruction and development."

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- Report by the President of the ANC, Nelson Mandela to the 50th National Conference of the African National Congress Mafikeng, 16 December 1997

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