In 1992, the Free Ethiopian Church of South Africa had their centenary celebration. Nelson Mandela gave a speech that outlined eight tasks for the church. The tasks included, national reconciliation, supporting democracy, and the war on violence, in addition to acting as “the conscience of the present and future society”. Are churches across Africa drawing any lessons from Mandela’s counsel?
The Algerian revolution had a profound effect on both Mandela and Fanon’s thinking about colonisation, oppression and freedom.
The ANC has worked hard to monopolise the history of the anti-apartheid struggle – meaning transformational figures are being left out.
Okey Ndibe: South Africa is in the midst—some would say the very incipient stage—of a major political and cultural revolt. One of the most remarkable things about this movement is that young people, mostly university students, are leading it. I call them Nelson Mandela’s grandchildren, but the nature and context of their ongoing struggle render that designation highly vexatious.
The 5th of December marks the anniversary of the death of a global icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa’s first black, and democratically elected president who served from 1994 to 1999. We remember the Nobel Prize winner, philanthropist and anti-Apartheid revolutionary through his words.