Madiba: de­nial doesn’t al­ter facts

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Te­bogo Brown

I CONCUR with Faruok Araie that Sam Dit­shego is a bril­liant an­a­lyst but that is where our con­cur­rence ends.

If you look at other pub­li­ca­tions that pub­lished Dit­shego’s ar­ti­cle to which Araie re­sponded, there are two books that The Star omit­ted. They are: In­side The South African Re­serve Bank: Its Ori­gins and Se­crets Ex­posed by Stephen Good­son in which he re­veals that in the early 1990s Man­dela had £20 mil­lion in Bar­ings Bank; and MI6: Fifty Years of Spe­cial Op­er­a­tion by Steven Dor­ril which says Man­dela was an MI6 agent.

These books could have per­haps con­vinced him that in­deed Man­dela was a sell-out and an op­por­tunist.

The two books by Pil­ger and Ter­re­blanche that Dit­shego cited should have pro­vided suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence in that re­gard to Araie.

It was Robert Sobukwe who said Man­dela was an op­por­tunist and Sobukwe has never gone wrong, how­ever Araie has ap­par­ently made up his mind de­spite pal­pa­ble ev­i­dence. Man­dela did not save us from any civil war.

The hand­ing over of South Africa to the ANC by the im­pe­ri­al­ists was a well or­ches­trated plan hatched over a few years. No sell-out can be an icon, peo­ple like Araie do not want to grap­ple with the harsh re­al­ity that Man­dela was a sell­out and an op­por­tunist but that does not al­tar the facts. Wit­poortjie, Rood­e­poort

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