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Report: Despite Decades Of Denial, Evidence Shows Nelson Mandela Was A Member Of The Communist Party… Was Mandela a Communist?

CAPISCE 2012/12/11 14:18:01
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A new book claims that, 50 years after he was first accused of being a Communist, Nelson Mandela was a Communist party member after all.

For decades, it was one of the enduring disputes of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. Was Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress, really a secret Communist, as the white-only government of the time alleged? Or, as he claimed during the infamous 1963 trial that saw him jailed for life, was it simply a smear to discredit him in a world riven by Cold War tensions?

Now, nearly half a century after the court case that made him the world’s best-known prisoner of conscience, a new book claims that whatever the wider injustice perpetrated, the apartheid-era prosecutors were indeed right on one question: Mr Mandela was a Communist party member after all.

The former South African president, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, has always denied being a member of the South African branch of the movement, which mounted an armed campaign of guerrilla resistance along with the ANC.

But research by a British historian, Professor Stephen Ellis, has unearthed fresh evidence that during his early years as an activist, Mr Mandela did hold senior rank in the South African Communist Party, or SACP. He says Mr Mandela joined the SACP to enlist the help of the Communist superpowers for the ANC’s campaign of armed resistance to white rule.

As evidence of Mr Mandela’s Communist party membership, Prof Ellis cites minutes from a secret 1982 SACP meeting, discovered in a collection of private papers at the University of Cape Town, in which a veteran former party member, the late John Pule Motshabi, talks about how Mr Mandela was a party member some two decades before.
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  • mustangluver 2012/12/16 10:02:24
    Yes
    mustangluver
    I knew that a long time ago..
  • Quazimoto 2012/12/13 18:56:59
    Yes
    Quazimoto
    Denial by who, Mandela and the media? I rest my case.
  • ready46xwu 2012/12/12 11:27:14
    no
    ready46xwu
    I've read 'everything' ever written about this MARVELOUS MAN!
    And have 'found NO EVIDENSE' TO PROVE IT!
    JUST MORE 'PROPAGANDA'!
  • dallasjoe 2012/12/12 03:21:48
    no
    dallasjoe
    Ever hear the quote Enemy of my Enemy is my friend. The Communist in the 1950 and 1960 supported "liberation" groups, so he took arms and aid. During WW2 Begin took up arms against the British, in Palestine. So using your logic Begin was an Honorary Storm Trooper
  • Woof 2012/12/12 02:01:18
    Yes
    Woof
    +1
    I have always considered Mandela to be a communist.
  • goatman112003 2012/12/12 00:48:10
    Yes
    goatman112003
    +1
    I knew this back years ago as members ANC stated they were marxist and communist. So this is no new info.
  • mustang... goatman... 2012/12/16 10:03:43
    mustangluver
    +1
    Same here, i had heard or read that many yrs ago.
  • goatman... mustang... 2012/12/16 10:14:13
    goatman112003
    +1
    Mandela chief of staff was interviewed when the civil war was going in Angola and the ANC was there by what I remember was NBC and he stated they were communists not nationalists.
  • ronbo51 2012/12/12 00:26:38
    Yes
    ronbo51
    +1
    was well hidden by the media outlets. especially by MSNBC moonbats and co.
  • beernbugs 2012/12/12 00:22:28
    Yes
    beernbugs
    And so what if he was? One of the tenants of true communism is everybody's equal. No one has personified that better than Madiba.
  • Jesferkicks 2012/12/12 00:17:33 (edited)
  • beernbugs Jesferk... 2012/12/12 00:26:24
  • Jesferk... beernbugs 2012/12/12 06:39:25
    Jesferkicks
    +1
    Concur. It is kind of a day late and buck short. Plus, at least here, little is added to the thought that he might of joined the Party simply to get Soviet goodies. But, for the record, don't know, don't care.
  • Frank Stephens 2012/12/11 23:35:04
    Yes
    Frank Stephens
    +1
    OK, we give Mandela his due and the revelation that Mandela was a prominent Communist Party member does not detract from his historic stature -- all well and good enough. With friends and family in South Africa it does, however, mean that the sanitized version of history propagated by the ANC, which has governed South Africa since 1994, is seriously flawed and must be made right.
  • Kaleokualoha 2012/12/11 20:28:45
    Yes
    Kaleokualoha
    Probably so! Civil rights activists were attracted by communist parties because they paid lip service and financial support to civil rights campaigns. The Utopian dream of equality was a major PR allure of communist parties. This does not mean, however, that Party members actually supported replacing private enterprise with collectivism.

    This happened around the world, including Africa and the United States.
  • HillaryLover 2012/12/11 19:45:24
    no
    HillaryLover
    +1
    Ridiculous. Was Ronald Reagan a Fascist?
  • beernbugs Hillary... 2012/12/12 00:19:04
  • peggy 2012/12/11 19:38:40
    Yes
    peggy
    +2
    Yes...he still is
  • EvilMonkey 2012/12/11 19:16:49
    Yes
    EvilMonkey
    +2
    Nelson Mandela was obviously a communist, why do you think Hollywood gave him so much support? If he was a student of Jefferson and not Marx they would have been far less supportive. Look how much they love the murderous coward Che Guevara.
  • Kathulhu 2012/12/11 17:57:54
    Yes
    Kathulhu
    I bet you that Communists like ham.

    bet communists ham
  • libertybelle 2012/12/11 17:47:36
    Yes
    libertybelle
    +2
    Well..DUH!! No surprise here.
  • Surly Curmudgen 2012/12/11 17:20:13
    Yes
    Surly Curmudgen
    +2
    And due to his actions should have been kept in prison or simply stood against a wall and shot. Mandela is and was a tool of the communists in their effort to destroy a free nation, South Africa. Yes South Africa had some problems and they were working through them. Blacks in what was South Africa now have less freedom and rights than they did before the destruction of that nation.
  • JJ 2012/12/11 16:47:57
    no
    JJ
    The way things are going on in this world...for power, money, etc, its mighty hard to figure mandela involved in such things. I feel he probably knew quit a bit about it and should know what's going on in order to help others stop it. Right now, I think the one that knows the truth is, God.
  • Boo 2012/12/11 16:23:00
    Yes
    Boo
    +4
    Liberals are his closest friends, and we know today's liberal is just a communist by another name.
  • Red Boo 2012/12/11 18:44:26
  • Lanikai 2012/12/11 16:08:08
    Yes
    Lanikai
    +5
    More likely than not, and he probably still is.


    Seems many leaders of color think communism is the great equalizer, for them, the top get the money the rest are slaves to the top. Perfect for those who profess to hate oppression.
  • Pedalpusher 2012/12/11 15:58:37
    Yes
    Pedalpusher
    +5
    Well ya! Is it going to take 50 years for us to find out about Obama being an Islamic wannabe Communist?
  • Magniloquence 2012/12/11 15:41:10
    Yes
    Magniloquence
    +5
    He was offered his freedom 3 times if he abandoned violence (by the ANC which he was the leader of) but refused. There were many people killed by his bombs - black and white, mainly black.
    He was a terrorist.
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/12/11 15:40:54
    Yes
    Elaine Magliacane
    +6
    Elite liberals and foolish young people all think Communism will work.... they are wrong, it never has and never will.
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/12/11 15:11:29
  • macbeth whitewu... 2012/12/11 17:56:20
    macbeth
    I know very well that the picture painted of post-apartheid South Africa is over-optimistic.
    But what would be your solution? Even the SA National Party eventually had to admit that apartheid was an unworkable option. Their own fault really. They should have made sure that there was not only separate, but also equal development.
  • whitewu... macbeth 2012/12/11 20:11:14
  • adeenmc... whitewu... 2012/12/11 22:42:29
  • Magnilo... adeenmc... 2012/12/12 21:01:14
    Magniloquence
    Did the White South African govt exert its power over the US govt? I didn't know SA HAD so much power!
    Or did they sneek over there, unbeknown to the US govt, and oppress the South American blacks?

    Sounds a bit dubious to me!
  • macbeth 2012/12/11 15:10:29
    Yes
    macbeth
    +2
    And look how much he achieved!
  • NightRyder 2012/12/11 15:07:40
    Yes
    NightRyder
    +2
    But does it really matter, or does it change the fact that most of Africa is dictatorships of one kind or another?
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/12/11 14:56:13
    Yes
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    +2
    Is there anything wrong in that
  • ID51 2012/12/11 14:43:36
    Yes
    ID51
    +1
    I don't really know. It appears he did more good than bad though.
  • Lanikai ID51 2012/12/11 16:08:53
    Lanikai
    +3
    Between him and his wife a lot of innocent blood was shed.
  • Magnilo... Lanikai 2012/12/11 17:30:23
    Magniloquence
    +3
    They would 'necklace' people they thought were against them. They still do that today to Zimbabwean refugees who the feel are stealing their jobs.

    For more pictures of 'necklacing' go to Google Images and type in 'necklacing in South Africa'.

    neck 01

    neck 02

    neck 03

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