Sort fact from fic­tion be­fore say­ing your bit

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Pat Dacey

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

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