We need an­other Man­dela

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THE LET­TER from Roslyn Bris­tow (“Con­front racists”, Week­end Ar­gus Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 10) about white man who be­haved abom­inably to­wards guards in a hospi­tal car park de­scribes the be­hav­iour of an in­di­vid­ual who, I would guess, be­haves abom­inably in any so­ci­ety.

In other words, a white fel­low with a most un­pleas­ant per­son­al­ity who just man­ages to keep his abom­inable be­hav­iour un­der con­trol, but with dif­fi­culty. There aren’t many who are so bad. Non- whites are, un­for­tu­nately, likely to as­so­ciate his mis­be­haviour with all whites, whether true or not, and I am sure that is what the ANC would like peo­ple to be­lieve, de­spite the num­ber of oc­ca­sions when we are told that South Africa is for all its cit­i­zens, black, white and so on.

Of­ten in com­ments to on­line ar­ti­cles in the me­dia I read, the in­di­vid­u­als com­ment­ing demon­strate an at­ti­tude of hop­ing to rein­tro­duce the black ver­sion of apartheid against whites.

And this is where the ANC demon­strates by far its worst fail­ure, namely to up­hold the gen­er­ous moral at­ti­tude that the late Nel­son Man­dela adopted.

And what is the great­est pity is that he was re­ally too old when he took over power to have time to en­sure what he wanted to hap­pen for South Africa would be per­ma­nently im­planted in the minds of the ANC lead­ers who would take over power af­ter he re­tired from ac­tive pol­i­tics. He missed out with the years he was im­pris­oned on Robben Is­land.

The im­pres­sion I get is that Man­dela is held in far higher re­gard in Western coun­tries than in his own coun­try.

What hon­ours are added to his mem­ory here are largely a sham – it seems that many black South Africans don’t care. When, and from where, will the next Man­dela arise? He or she will nec­es­sar­ily need to be a po­lit­i­cal fig­ure. I don’t see any­one on the hori­zon.

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