What Mandela Didn’t Do

I didn’t pass many remarks on the death of Nelson Mandela late last year, mainly because I wouldn’t have said anything that wasn’t being said, probably better, already.  But this comes as no surprise whatsoever:

Less than a month after Nelson Mandela’s death, his children and grandchildren are entangled in an escalating power struggle over the family’s leadership – a dispute that could determine who controls the Mandela legacy and estate.

The bitter feud has expanded to include Mr. Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who is trying to anoint his eldest daughter as head of the family, despite strong resistance from tribal elders and the royal clan to which Mr. Mandela belonged.

The tensions have already triggered battles for control of Mr. Mandela’s rural villa in the Eastern Cape and the suburban house in Johannesburg where he died, according to local media.

If I were to be unkind, which I will, I’d say that this is merely business as usual.  In breaking this monotony, I think Nelson Mandela was unique in what he did not do, rather than what he did.

(And to avoid any argument, I’m referring to the Nelson Mandela that came out of jail, not the younger version.)

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2 Responses to What Mandela Didn’t Do

  1. Bardon says:

    The other thing that the released Mandela didn’t do is acknowledge the plight of, or recognise in any way the Australian Aboriginals when he visited down under.

    My late Grandfather who mixed with the young communist Mandela, unwittingly played a part in his arrest and risked his own freedom to assist many to escape from South Africa and eventually immigrate to Australia, found his omission of the indigenous very disappointing.

  2. Bardon says:

    Last post should have read Father in Law not Grandfather.

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