There is no doubt that Mandela was at times after his release more popular than the ANC and that he could sometimes act without organisational authority. Continue reading
Below is a glimpse of Mandela operating underground as the ‘black pimpernel’ before his arrest in 1962. Continue reading
There is a myth that to be strong and manly one cannot also be tender and gentle. Mandela, in a range of ways dispels any such myth. Thereby his life is a challenge to tough and violent masculinities, that are all too prevalent in South Africa today. For Mandela there were times where he found it necessary to fight, both as a boxer and in MK, times where he had to show his strength as in prison. But this photograph with a baby is only one of a range of manifestations of his tenderness.
Possibly the closing words of Nelson Mandela’s statement from the dock as ‘accused number one’ in the Rivonia trial are amongst the most quoted in political history. Continue reading
Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro) is a leading South African cartoonist, here capturing Obama’s imminent visit to South Africa, receiving the red carpet treatment from Zuma
I think this film gives some sense of Mandela’s life Continue reading
An important article on the displacement of popular power and the UDF from the mid 1980s onwards. It is a chapter in Adebayo O. Olukoshi (ed), The Politics of Opposition in Contemporary Africa. Nordic Africa Institute. 1998.
Some of the commentary is by Uma Duphelia-Mestrie
In one of the clips Gandhi is seen with Charlie Chaplin, who admired him greatly
It is hard not to be impressed watching on television and now reading the speech of Dr Mamphela Ramphele at Agang’s launch.
How much weight to we place on a speech? Continue reading