Who could hate Nelson Mandela, arguably the most revered politician alive? Well, apparently some South Africans.
Not white South Africans pining for the good old days. No, the harshest words for the man who led the country out of Apartheid come from Black activists.
Brent Meersman, a columnist for South Africa’s Mail and Guardian, wrote that an activist named NativeFox WaAzania Mbweha, who identifies himself as part of the “Black consciousness movement” wrote a “poem” on his Facebook page that seemed to call for the death of Mandela, and called for an end to his lie.
The Facebook post became heavily circulated after it was placed on a popular political blog. Apparently, to a certain segment of the far left in South Africa, Mandela is a sell-out because he compromised with South Africa’s white elite to create a peaceful transition of power.
Meersman concedes that mistakes were made, but points out that Mandela’s approach kept the country from tearing itself apart.
And he writes: “We tinker with the myth of Mandela at our own peril.”
Read Meersman’s editorial below, and be sure to check out some of the more than 70 comments, which show just how touchy this subject is in South Africa.