Skip to comments.“Nelson Mandela’s Legacy” [Africa Ping]
Posted on 12/08/2002 10:21:39 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March
Two weeks ago we discussed my 1985 trip to Africa, and my observations of chaos in the making.
In 1985 I took my Dad Glenn Caylor with me on an extended safari into the African bush. We were hunting some really big game including the Namibian Eland which weighs over a ton and can jump over a ten foot fence - easily.
One night we were driving back from hunting on the Botswana border and had a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. Americans can hardly fathom the term nowhere unless theyve traveled the Outback of Australia or the Kalahari Desert.
Our guide Hennie Koetses flashlight was broken so we had to build a small fire to light our work. Our stop and the fire made me nervous because we had been informed earlier that the communist African National Congress (ANC) had been in the area attacking farms and killing farmers. The Republic of South Africa sent in an anti-guerilla unit to suppress the violence. The action was fairly close to us and I could imagine myself in some communist guerillas crosshairs. Obviously we made it through the night with no casualties.
Most of us have heard of the African National Congress and its most famous member, Nelson Mandela. He was one of the founders of the ANC and was an avowed communist. Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a policeman and several black magistrates.
Under pressure from America, Nelson Mandela was released from his life sentence. He was then immediately elected as Republic of South Africas president.
While Mandela was in prison, he exerted a great deal of power and influence over the affairs of RSA. His wife Winnie was a communist agitator who instigated the torture deaths of dozens of blacks who did not want to be communists. Her most common death-by-torture device was the necklace which I wont describe. Its just too barbaric. Winnie, however, became the darling of the American press and graced our television sets nightly with her rhetoric. Due to her communist leanings, our press overlooked and forgave her little torture hobby.
How has Republic of South Africa fared since it elected Nelson Mandela as its leader? According to our own Jesse Jackson, South Africa is now an international role model of what can be. Truly a Utopia. A miracle.
Before we look at South Africa today, we need to remember that this country once had the lowest crime statistics, the highest employment and one of the best health care systems in the world. Blacks from black-governed neighboring countries crossed into white racist South Africa by the millions. When I was there, doctors made routine cost-free visits to everyones homes. The economy was strong, people were well-fed, healthy and safe.
Lets take a look at Mandelas new so-called miracle and see if it holds water.
The culture of South Africa has become so deformed that we no longer have respect for the rights of others. No state on earth has failed as dismally as ours to meet the fundamental test of any civilization: to enforce law and order, to protect the lives and property of its citizens. - Police Commissioner George Fivaz.
The problem was ANCs new laws that protected the rights of everyone but law-abiding citizens. Over 20,000 of South Africas most highly trained policemen and women resigned or took early retirement from the force. This left a gap that criminals soon exploited. (Sound familiar?)
Another problem is with the ANCs new justice department. Of every 109 murders, only nine result in a prison sentence. In other words, you can literally get away with murder 90% of the time.
South Africa is now the rape capital of the world - more than double the rate of any other country. Rape cases are seldom, if ever, prosecuted. Black women suffer in silence and their rapes are no longer even reported.
One in three black adults are infected with the AIDS virus. This will leave the country decimated much the same way as neighboring Kenya and Uganda where entire villages are comprised of only the very young and the very old. Their inhabitants of sexual activity age are dead.
I have two friends working as missionaries to those villages. They are building orphanages, clothing the children, and teaching them to survive. The working adults are simply no longer there.
Finally, unemployment has risen to nearly 50%. Of course, blacks now have the vote. And in every election, their black leaders tell them how to vote. Not exactly the freedom promised by Mandela. Jesse Jackson had it wrong. The new South Africa doesnt sound quite like paradise to me. But maybe it is to him.
© 2002 by George V. Caylor. All rights reserved. George Caylor is a wealth planner and syndicated writer in Lynchburg, VA. To read past columns or e-mail him, go to www.OnTheRightSide.com [or the source link at the top]
Do you think he received a fair trial?
How do you know that he received a fair trial? Seems rather odd, since the white-minority government stripped blacks of all their political rights under apartheid.
Do you believe that Biko starved to death?
According to our own Jesse Jackson, South Africa is now an international role model of what can be.
Sounds like a good place for Jesse and his friend Bill to visit frequently.
Did you observe the trial? Did Mandela have the same rights that whites were afforded at that point in time?
Didn't think so...
As for Steve Biko I often find it amusing how so many Americans always try to defend communists...he was a terrorist sometimes stuff happens to bad guys
As an American, I believe that police should not beat prisoners to death. Silly me...
By the way, how would you have brought apartheid to an end if you were a black South African?
Too bad the white-minority government stripped the blacks of all their political rights and eventually their citizenship.
By the way, you could make the same statement about the Soviet government.