Man­dela saved SA from civil war

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Farouk Araie

AL­LOW me to com­ment on the let­ter by bril­liant an­a­lyst, Sam Dit­shego, ti­tled “Don’t si­lence my right to set things straight”.

Dur­ing Na­tional Party rule, I stuck my neck out, de­fend­ing both Nel­son Man­dela and Robert Sobukwe, in the me­dia. Let us be re­al­is­tic,it was Man­dela, who saved this coun­try from a civil war.

We should re­mem­ber Man­dela as that rare man un­changed by power, for he re­mained with­out pomp or guile, and needed no cer­e­mony.

We must be proud of peo­ple like Man­dela and Sobukwe who suf­fered and­fought gal­lantly. We must keep alive the his­tory of the no­ble move­ment for hu­man and global free­dom in the minds of the young. Let us re­alise that if free­dom was worth fight­ing for five decades ago, it is still worth fight­ing for to­day.

There­fore, if we are sin­cere we must carry on this fight un­til hu­man­ity is free. The torch of lib­erty has been handed to us and if we do not hold it high we de­serve all the degra­da­tion and slav­ery that will fol­low.

When Man­dela hu­man­ity wept.

We have the as­ton­ish­ing phe­nom­e­non of a rev­o­lu­tion led by an icon. The names of Man­dela and Sobukwe have be­come syn­ony­mous with rights and jus­tice.

It is my con­vic­tion that Man­dela was no sell-out, and most cer­tainly was not an op­por­tunist. He re­fused to ne­go­ti­ate his free­dom with the Na­tional Party. Ac­tonville, Joburg died,

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