NELSON MANDELA IS A HERO BUT NOT IN TOTALITY AS POTRAYED BY THE MEDIA TOGETHER WITH THE WHITE MAN.
The people of Africa and the world have been morning one of the sons of the African continent that played an important role in the fight against apartheid. That had put South African citizens mostly the blacks to be taken as slaves in their motherland and this was because of white domination in both their economic, social, political status
In his book long walk to freedom he was first insighted during his circumcision where the chief that presided over the function spoke about land that was grabbed by the white man that had made the blacks slaves on their own land. But because Mandela was young, he was unbothered but he started being inquisitive and because the abuses put by the white man were wall paintings Mandela started to understand that indeed the white man was worth fighting from lower intensities to the highest intensities in which struggle he met his imprisonment for 27 years.
As he entered prison in all his speeches in campaigns and courts of law his argument and the cause of his imprisonment was to fight for the blacks such that it could get social, economic and political privileges but after 27 years in jail the Mandela came out as a reconciliatory and a forgiving individual which was good but the question remained because of these two traits that he had developed since the two according to the white man meant that there was no revenge which according to the white meant that MADIBA was not to ask them to return the properties.
The result of this is that the political power was delivered by this great man without economic and social benefits to his people for example the law might have not allowed the blacks to go to certain shops, schools, hospitals etc. But as we talk now they will not go there because they are poor and unable to pay for these services as the whites who took their fore fathers properties by force use the properties to get the services as the real south Africans suffer in the SOWETO with poverty, diseases and lack of services and many other indicators of poor standards of living meaning that MADIBA won a battle and not a war in totality.
So portraying his struggle as the final struggle is aimed at diverting blacks from continuing to fight for their properties as Boers continue to dominate the economic and social aspects of life that have interfered with the political status of the country hence even affecting South African leaders to run on the whims of these Boers for example Jacob Zuma’s campaigns and manifesto included nationalization but after winning he, changed and the nationalization talk was swallowed because the Boers who own the economy in which these blacks live therefore Mandela won a battle but never won the ultimate war and therefore the blacks of my generation should not sit and feel comfortable as these abuses continue as the Boers have started entering the ANC and running according to what they want an example is the expulsion of Julius Malema who was expelled from the ANC not because he was indisplined but to my own view it was because he thought about the abuses the Boers had continued to press on south Africans overtime that’s why his song shot the Boers is portrayed to be more racial segregate than the abuses they have continued to anlish to the south Africans indirectly because of the social economic segregation and his campaign is almost what Mandela had in the 1960s
In conclusion the struggle for the liberation should continue and Mandela can only be thanked for praying his role in his time such that the young South Africans start from where he stopped
Brian Atuheire Batenda
Student Makerere university kampala