How Mandela Sold Out The Blacks

Since it is Nelson R Mandela
birthday today 18 July 2012, it is
only befitting to write a letter to him
as he and the world celebrates his
birthday. This is an open letter to
Dear Former President Nelson
I was only about 5 years old when
were released from prison. I come
from a poor background as a black
child and I was raised by my
grandmother. In 1994 South Africa
had its first democratic elections; I
remember people around me
including my grandma were excited
to vote for you and the ANC
government. Sadly my grandma
passed away before she could vote
in beginning of April in 1994.
I understand that you had meetings
between 1985-1990 with P. W.
Botha to have a negotiated
settlement. Revered late ANC
President, Oliver Reginald Tambo,
referring to your meetings with the
colonial-apartheid regime in the
crucial 1980s, said “ Prisoners
can’t negotiate their freedom”.
I have read that according to aged
ANC veterans, Tambo seemed
disturbed about senior members of
the leadership including you, who
could have compromised the
organisation. He seemed to
question whom to trust. This,
according to those veterans,
eventually led to Tambo’s first
In 1990 before you were released
from prison you assured your
supporters that the nationalisation
of mines, banks and minerals were
on the cards. That belief had
formed the core doctrine of the
ANC and was enshrined in a
document known as The Freedom
“The national wealth of our
country, the heritage of South
Africans, shall be restored to the
people; the mineral wealth beneath
the soil; the banks and monopoly
industries shall be transferred to
the ownership of the people as a
whole; all other industries and
trade shall be controlled to assist
the well-being of the people,” the
charter states.
It later emerged that you and other
ANC leaders were busily creatively
re-interpreting the “Freedom
Charter’s” commitment to
nationalisation in order to comfort
the monopoly white capitalists.
The nature of the sell out
When you negotiated with the
Nationalist had intended to oversee
a settlement which guarantees the
maintenance of a white capitalist
South Africa and of the profits
extracted from the exploited black
masses, and leaves power firmly in
the hands of the white capitalists
for the foreseeable future. As De
Klerk has insisted “ I do not intend
to negotiate myself out of power”.
On the contrary, negotiations were
intended to prevent the victory of
the black masses. De Klerk had laid
a trap for the blacks into which
they were being led by you. Any so-
called ‘deal’ made with devils
MUST, by default, go wrong! Truth
be told; you were out-negotiated by
the Nationalists.
Failed transfer of power during
The negotiations focused on two
aspects: one was political, the
other economic. When you were
negotiating with the Nationalists
you choose to separate political
and economic power. That was
your biggest mistake and betrayal
to black people. The transfer of
ownership of wealth and land is at
the heart of a transfer of power.
Hence it was clearly stipulated in
the Freedom Charter. But you chose
to ignore that.
During the negotiations everyone
was watching the political
negotiations. You were too
concerned that if the political
negotiations didn’t go well there
would be mass protest. People
were not interested in the economic
negotiations and when the
economic negotiators would report
back, people thought it was
technical; no one was interested.
(Lack of education) You should
have known better. This is where
we missed our freedom completely
and you sold it to the Nationalists.
Failed economic negotiations and
state ownership of the Reserve
Mr Former President, your mandate
from the people was to ensure that
the values of the Freedom Charter
were implemented including
nationalisation of country’s assets.
Instead of nationalising the mines
you were meeting regularly with
Harry Oppenheimer, former
chairman of the mining giants
Anglo-American and De Beers, the
economic symbols of apartheid
Shortly after the 1994 election, you
even submitted the ANC’s
economic program to Oppenheimer
for approval and made several key
revisions to address his concerns,
as well as those of other top
industrialists. Shame on you for
selling out of minerals and land to
the imperialists.
The outcomes of those meetings
were that you could have the
political power but the gold and
diamonds would remain in the
hands of the individuals that
controlled it before. Have you
forgotten what the Freedom Charter
had said??
One of the most revealing aspects
of the economic transition was the
ownership of the Reserve Bank of
South Africa . Arguably the most
powerful institution in the country,
its fate was explained by Durban
businessman Vishnu Padaychee;
asked to draft a document for the
negotiating team on the on the
pro’s and con’s of having an
autonomous central bank, run with
total autonomy from the elected
government. Padayachee could not
believe what he was hearing. He
and his team drafted and submitted
the document with a clear policy of
not allowing the Reserve Bank to be
He was later told by the negotiating
team that, “We had to give that one
The bank is privately owned and
today has some 650 shareholders.
Why did you let go of the Reserve
Bank and let the imperialist whites
take control of it Mandela?
During the negotiations you agreed
that not only would the Reserve
Bank be run as an autonomous
entity within the South African
state, with its independence
enshrined in the SA constitution,
but it would be headed by the same
man who ran it under apartheid,
Chris Stals. Another Apartheid era
figure, finance minister Derek
Keyes, also retained his position in
the new administration. Mandela
how could you allow the people
who oppressed us to be in charge
of the Reserve Bank?
Padayachee lamented that with the
loss of the Reserve Bank,
“everything would be lost in terms
of economic transformation”. This
is indeed true; everything was lost
when YOU handed over the Reserve
Bank!!!!! One of the Freedom
Charter pledges is the redistribution
of land; this became highly
constrained with a new clause in
the constitution which protected all
private property.
Failed rainbow-nation coated myth
You have been preaching this
rainbow-nation myth to the world
that does not exist but only exists
in your head. Reconciliation has
meant nothing but black people
`forgiving’ whites for 300+ years of
dispossession, humiliation and
suffering. I experience pain every
time a white South African – at the
shop; in a bar; on the Talk Radio
702 or online forums – says that
“ We need to forget the past, get
over it.” It is like they are saying to
us `forget your pain’. And that from
someone who benefited at your
expense! We have suffered racial
abuse and our abusers are among
You and Desmond Tutu’s rainbow
myth glossed over this pain – much
to the relief of whites. Whites fail to
acknowledge our pain and
suffering – and their position as
beneficiaries of our pain. But you
were overly concerned with not
rocking the boat as far as whites
were concerned. That is why you
are the subject of a personality cult
in the white community than the
black community.
Whites in this country believe that
you are the only honourable black
person while the rest of us blacks
are corrupt, criminals, rapists,
drunkards and uneducated
The FREE & FAIR environment
post-94 is another rainbow-coated
myth. Black people are not free
(unless you describe freedom as
being able to vote and not having
to carry ID’s 24/7). We are not
FREE and very little is fair! All
thanks to you Mandela.
The current state
Are you aware that blacks remain
landless, underfed, houseless,
under- employed, badly
represented in senior managerial
positions? The state of healthcare
and education for black people
remains as it was, if not worse
than, under apartheid.
Vestiges of apartheid and colonial
economic patterns, ownership and
control remain intact despite the
attainment of political freedom by
you. Are you aware that political
freedom without economic
emancipation is meaningless?
The unemployment crisis is also
defined along racial lines due to the
fact that in the third quarter of
2010, 29.80% of blacks were
officially unemployed, compared
with 22.30% of coloureds, 8.60% of
Asians and only 5.10% of whites.
About 12 million of the population
lives on less than R2.50 per day,
whilst 16 million South Africans
receive social grants.
In terms of racial distribution of per
capita income, African and
coloured income levels in 2008
were still only 13% and 22%
respectively of white per capita
income, compared to 10.9% and
19.3% in 1993. The income gap for
Indians has narrowed, with Indian
per capita income in 2008 standing
at 60% of those of whites as against
42% in 1993.
In 1995, median per capita
expenditure among Africans was
R333 a month compared to whites
at R3 443 a month. In 2008,
median expenditure per capita for
Africans was R454 a month
compared to whites at R5 668 a
month. Source: [Leibbrandt, M. et
al. (2010), “Trends in South
African Income Distribution and
Poverty since the Fall of
The economy has failed to create
jobs at the pace necessary to
reduce extremely high
unemployment, and the education
system has failed to ensure that
equalised public spending on
schooling translates into improved
education for poor black children.
Final thoughts
The democracy has not brought
what was promised, you as former
president of the ANC and of the
country is responsible for that
Mr Former President what you have
done for black people is that you
have laid the final brick by selling
out on the struggle to achieve your
dream of political victory. Your
dream which has become our worst
nightmare as black people.
You sold us as black nation for a
“Noble Peace Prize” and that is the
reason for the service delivery
demonstration and the lack of
service delivery. Our Constitution
hailed as the best in the world
favours the Caucasians while it
oppresses the Africans. Thanks for
nothing Mandela. You understood
the Kempton Park negotiations as a
sell-out solution to rescue white
capital and for the few in power,
and that such a democracy would
continue the suffering of the black
I have a problem with people giving
“Messianic status to Madiba” like
a black Jesus when we all know
that you have failed the black
When I started out this letter I told
you about my grandma who died
before she could vote for you. Well,
I am glad that she never voted for
you as she would have voted for a
traitor. What you have done is
simply continued where the
apartheid government left us off
and dug the holes of poverty and
oppression deeper.
Before you leave this earth I would
like you to take responsibility and
apologise for your actions and
what you did to black people. You
sold our land to the imperialists, if
you fail to apologise before you die
it simply means you are an
accomplice to them.
When you eventually die and meet
the likes of Dr Hendrink Verwoerd
and P.W. Botha may you have
good time with them and laugh at
how blacks continue to suffer. I
have nothing but hatred for what
you have done to us.
Signing out from the deep dark hell
hole of continued oppression you
put us in.
Yours Sincerely,


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