Debating Nelson Mandela, the Anti-Apartheid Icon (Video)

InformAfricans – Is the ruling-white minority South Africa apartheid regime that put Nelson Mandela in jail for 27 years, stole the land, racially divided the country to impoverish South African Blacks – dead or alive and still actively ruling? In this Press TV video, the correspondents debate Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon.

Debating Nelson Mandela and the fight against the Apartheid Regime of South Africa.

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.” -Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died at the age 95. Mandela was South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison.

In this debate we will discuss his legacy, and its impact, and whether it would translate to changes, like on the lives of oppressed Palestinians in the occupied territories, a form of apartheid exercised by Israel.

VIDEO: Debate – The Anti-apartheid icon (Nelson Mandela)

Below are comments made by Dr. Randy Short from the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization during the Press TV debate:

From video duration 09:42 – 10:28: “Mandela was let out of jail to not assure that the majority of people who are Black and indigenous to South Africa – that they would get land reform – this has not happened. He was a great man, one of the greatest that’s ever lived. But most of his greatness has a lot to with the years of struggle before he was released in February of 1991. The Mandela that a lot of people are singing about, is a man in many ways – made a deal with people who would continue the Anglo-american corporation of the multi-national corporations robing of the resources and the labor of the people of South Africa and particular its Black majority.”

From video 12:26 to 13:58: “They are trying to do it in Syria right now, they did it in Libya. The united states has systematically being overthrowing legitimate regimes. Let us remember that Mossadegh, the greatest Iranian head of state, was kicked out by a CIA coupe that the US government admits. It is known that the CIA and the United States has been on a maniacal-colonial project against all the global South communities.

The United States does not respect these countries that say our resources are ours and we have our right to try our own path. The cold war that cost over 20 million lives outside of the Western countries, the United States is complicit and these deaths, we can’t run from that and Mandela is celebrated because he went along and join the neo-liberal Washington consensus, he gave away his nuclear weapons and he allowed the white minority to continue to have an unfair share of land that they took through genocide and slavery. And this why they can’t embrace Mugabe who is simply saying the land of the Shona and Ndebele is theirs. Why would someone who calls himself European claim land in Africa that’s not theirs?”

From video duration 14:11 to 14:50: “South Africa is a state that’s at a brink of civil war. People are very worried about what would happen. What we see in South Africa is like the Obama presidency – it’s wonderful, it’s Madison avenue, it’s propaganda but on the ground people are hungry, people are jobless. When you look at the miners who shutdown and the strikes, there’s a lot of injustice and structural racism and inequality in South Africa that needs to be addressed. I’m not blaming Mandela for them existing, but the system that he compromised to be released out of jail, he help put a Black face on neo-apartheid.”

-Dr. Randy Short [Black Autonomy Network Community Organization]

Dr. Randy Short is pretty much saying that the white-ruling-notorious-minority South Africa apartheid regime that put the late Mandela away in jail for good 27 years is still very much alive, active and running the South African country. The only thing that changed is that the white ruling minority allowed a Black face to rule the country on their behalf.

In South Africa, land ownership remains much as it did in the final years of apartheid — the white population (an estimated  8% – 14% of the South Africa population) owns around 85% or more of the land.

Madiba rests in peace.

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