Thursday, 18 July 2013

Nelson Mandela, 95 today

Happy Birthday Nelson! Or should we call you "Madiba" now that you don't really like your fine old English war-hero name? Ninety-five years? That's pretty impressive. The Robbin island prison regime must have been good for you after all.

Nelson has lived so long that some of his children have died of old-age. Which does raise the question: how many children does he have? Well, officially six, but since he couldn't keep it zipped the real number is likely much higher and the chances are even he doesn't know.

Another question that might come to mind is: how many people has he killed with his bombings and shootings (quite a lot of the victims, it must be admitted, ANC members.) Our Nelson co-founded and was leader of "MK" - the Spear of the Nation - which could be called the Provisional Wing of the ANC. The blood of hundreds of people is on his hands. You didn't think he was sent to jail for 27 years for being a nice guy, did you? His ex-wife Winnie is also not adverse to the occasional killing - we all remember 14-year-old Stompie Moeketsi, don't we? Abducted on Winnie's orders and later found with his throat slit. And he was not the only one.

So murder is a bit of a family business. But hey, you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. And look how nice South Africa is now!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pity SA didn't impose the death penalty all those years ago.

Maybe SA would have reached first world standards by now, instead of sinking further into the depths.