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Mandela and the manipulative nature of the Western media

By Nicholas Sengoba

The Western media took up these two issues with the usual manipulative aim of creating a new narrative. The story of South Africa from then on became, on the one hand, Mandela the Saint (and he is a very exceptional human being without doubt). On the other it was the crime, and insecurity of black South Africa.

South Africa’s first democratically elected former President Nelson Mandela, 94, is making news for his failing health. The world is literally holding its breath. Mandela made great history.

After 27 years in jail for fighting the apartheid policy of racial segregation, which relegated black people to fourth class citizens – a tier below pets like dogs and cats – Mandela was elected to power. The new president did not revenge but urged reconciliation in word and in many of his deeds.

Contrary to the fears of the apologists of the apartheid system, South Africa did not go into pay back mode or degenerate into a banana republic where nothing seems to work.

Mandela led for one term and gave way to Thabo Mbeki. A precedent was set. A foundation was laid for governance that respects vital aspects of a working democracy. Poverty and insecurity still prevail in many of the impoverished areas terribly affecting especially black people who were the victims of apartheid. Apartheid in anyway intended to degrade and dehumanize them.

The Western media took up these two issues with the usual manipulative aim of creating a new narrative. The story of South Africa from then on became, on the one hand, Mandela the Saint (and he is a very exceptional human being without doubt). On the other it was the crime, and insecurity of black South Africa. How many cars are stolen per hour. The number of women raped per day. The incidence of HIV.

The deaths and muggings in measured periods are all well documented.

Occasionally, the economic growth and how it excludes the black South Africans is reported in that order and with that twist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mukwano.gwange Mukwano Gwange via Facebook

    Very true….