Azania, Mandela, and the non-Hollywood Story

Last week, I posted this status on my facebook wall:

  1. What does Nelson Mandela represent to you?
  2. In a few words, can you summarize Mandela’s role in the anti-apartheid struggle, and post-apartheid conditions, in Azania* (South Africa)?
  3. What are your sources of information about this story?
    Everyone is invited to provide their answers to the questions above.”

The reason that made me think of asking these questions is the disparity I was seeing, on my facebook live feed, in opinions about the ailing Mandela.… More

Something about Sobukwe

A few months ago, my wife and I visited Robben Island in South Africa. The island is less than 7 kilometers away from the coast of Cape Town, and is only about 5 square kilometer in area. Its fame comes from being the notorious prison island where the racist apartheid system used to hold political prisoners. The most famous person who has been held in that prison island for over a decade is Nelson Mandela, who later became the first president of a democratic South Africa.… More