Sort fact from fiction before saying your bit
WITH REFERENCE to Tebogo Brown’s letter (January 27) slating the late Nelson Mandela, one can only shake one’s head in disbelief that such a statement, that “Madiba was a sell-out”, could be made by a South African citizen.
The black pimpernel, Madiba knew he was dicing with death, as he could easily have suffered the same fate as Steve Biko. But not only was Madiba made of stern stuff, he eventually outwitted all the Nationist Party’s bright boys as well, including the groot krokodil, PW Botha.
One can use Brown’s own words and say Madiba was an opportunist. Yes, he took the opportunity apartheid offered of being willing to die for his belief, but then welcomed incarceration instead to identify with his suffering people. He could very well have taken the opportunity to engage in a legal career, enriching himself as a gifted attorney.
Robert Sobukwe will also go down in history as a great leader, but please Mr Brown, sort out the facts before making rash statements and believing everything you read. Northwold, Joburg