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Those with brains already knew this but those without brains always said they "wanted" more proof or from another source, which was just a delay tactic anyway....well, no more denying it.

 

 

SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY CONFIRMS MANDELA WAS A MEMBER

December 7, 2013

 

Former president Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party’s (SACP’s) central executive committee at the time of his arrest in 1962, the SACP and the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday.

"At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our party’s central committee. To us as South African communists, Cde Mandela shall forever symbolise the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle," the party said in a statement reacting to Mandela’s death.


"The contribution of communists in the struggle to achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Cde Madiba became a great and close friend of the communists till his last days."

Even though it had always been denied, the ANC and the SACP confirmed that Mr Mandela had served on the party’s central executive committee in their statements paying tribute to the antiapartheid icon. There had been much debate about the issue among historians and academics.


SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila on Thursday said he was a member of the party, but it was denied at the time for "political reasons[...]"

 

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Those with brains already knew this but those without brains always said they "wanted" more proof or from another source, which was just a delay tactic anyway....well, no more denying it.

 

 

SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY CONFIRMS MANDELA WAS A MEMBER

December 7, 2013

 

Former president Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party’s (SACP’s) central executive committee at the time of his arrest in 1962, the SACP and the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday.

"At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our party’s central committee. To us as South African communists, Cde Mandela shall forever symbolise the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle," the party said in a statement reacting to Mandela’s death.

 

"The contribution of communists in the struggle to achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Cde Madiba became a great and close friend of the communists till his last days."

Even though it had always been denied, the ANC and the SACP confirmed that Mr Mandela had served on the party’s central executive committee in their statements paying tribute to the antiapartheid icon. There had been much debate about the issue among historians and academics.

 

SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila on Thursday said he was a member of the party, but it was denied at the time for "political reasons[...]"

 

 

So? Mandela lived in a horrible country where a tiny minority made life as bad or worse for blacks than the life southern planters made for them in this country. Did the United States, that bastion of freedom whose politicians regularly bleat that our purpose is to spread freedom around the world -- did the US go to the aid of the people held in virtual chains in that country? H*ll no we didn't. I'll bet you don't even know why.

 

If you're living in a situation like that, you're going to embrace anyone who says they're coming to help you, whether they are or not, because things can't get any worse and they might just get better if you accept help from anyone who's offering it. The point here is not whether communism would help or hinder black South Africans. The point is they were desperate, to a degree to which you have no idea. Many brave men and women suffered for their outspokenness of the DeKlerk and other regimes, and we did nothing to help them. So don't whine about Mandela being a "communist." That's just an all-purpose word right-wingers use to smear anybody they don't like. "Heyyyyy, didja know Mandela was a com'nist? Hm? Well, didja? Ha!"

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