Last week Winnie thought Nelson's 'struggle' legacy was that he was the Saint of the Black Poor; this week she changed her mind 180 degrees......
Winnie Mandela accuses Nelson of 'betraying' the blacks of South Africa
Nelson Mandela has been accused by his former wife of betraying South Africa's black population.
Colin Fernandez, DailyMail.UK
Last updated at 12:34 AM on 09th March 2010
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie walk hand-in hand-with after Mandela's release from prison
In a savage attack, Winnie Mandela said he had done nothing for the poor and should not have accepted the Nobel peace prize with the man who jailed him, FW de Klerk.
The 73-year-old said her ex-husband had become a 'corporate foundation' who was 'wheeled out' only to raise money for the ANC party he once led.
She said Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a cretin and claimed the sacrifices of Steve Biko and others in the fight against apartheid were being overlooked.
The comments were made in an interview yesterday with Nadira Naipaul, the wife of novelist V S Naipaul.
Mrs Mandela became notorious in 1991 when she was jailed for six years for the kidnap of Stompie Moeketsi - a sentence later cut to a fine.
Stompie, 14, had been murdered three years earlier by members of Mrs Mandela's bodyguard, the Mandela United Football Club.
She also caused outrage by endorsing the punishment of apartheid collaborators with ' necklacing' - putting burning tyres around their necks.
Yesterday she said: 'This name Mandela is an albatross around the necks of my family.
'You all must realise that Mandela was not the only man who suffered. There were many others, hundreds who languished in prison and died.
'Mandela did go to prison and he went in there as a young revolutionary but look what came out.
Party: Nelson and Winnie Mandela in 2004
'Mandela let us down. He agreed to a bad deal for the blacks. Economically we are still on the outside. The economy is very much "white".
'I cannot forgive him for going to receive the Nobel with his jailer de Klerk. Hand in hand they went. Do you think de Klerk released him from the goodness of his heart?
'He had to. The times dictated it, the world had changed.'
The Mandelas, who divorced in 1996, were married for 38 years - although together for only five.
Mrs Mandela criticised her country's Truth and Reconciliation Committee - which she appeared before in 1997 and which implicated her in gross violations of human rights.
She said: 'What good does the truth do? How does it help to anyone to know where and how their loved ones are killed or buried?
'That Bishop Tutu who turned it all into a religious circus came here. He had a cheek to tell me to appear.
'I told him that he and his other like-minded cretins were only sitting there because of our struggle and me. Look what they make him do. The great Mandela. He has no control or say any more.
'They put that huge statue of him right in the middle of the most affluent white area of Johannesburg. Not here [in Soweto] where we spilled our blood.
'Mandela is now like a corporate foundation. He is wheeled out globally to collect the money.'
She said her daughters, Zenani, 51, and Zindzi, 50, had to struggle through red tape to speak to their 91-year-old father, who led South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
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Winnie on Nelson
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Politicsweb
28 February 2010 (Excerpt)
The pair pictured together in 1990
Nelson Mandela and his institutions have focused on addressing many of the shortcomings I raised above in a way only someone of his immense stature could do. Much of what they do, however, cannot be done by any government alone. Madiba has mastered the best local and global resources to assist in this effort. This is a lasting tribute to his legacy.
But it would be a mistake to consider only one part of Nelson Mandela as his legacy-his philanthropy. He is a symbol of reconciliation and peace. But he is also a potent symbol of Struggle over oppression. He has become an inspiration to all people who suffer oppression. He has demonstrated that one can wage a just war to achieve freedom and people's power.
It is these qualities that he developed before and during his years in prison-a refusal to give up on his principles and his bravery, matched by a unique understanding and forgiveness of his opponents-that have guided his actions and made him the first Black President of South Africa and a unique figure on the world stage who commands tremendous moral authority and is the best symbol of excellence that Africa has produced.
What can we draw from this legacy? What do we learn? Is it that respect for human dignity and personal courage that has given Madiba his authority and respect? It is these qualities that make people trust and believe him and want to follow him. I doubt if there is anyone who will have that exact mix of charisma, intelligence and common touch as Madiba has.
But that on its own is not enough. To be good leaders we have to draw on his gift of understanding, his common sense, his good judgment, his behaviour and his good timing. It is not enough for us to celebrate and quote him-we must walk in his shoes and complete the long walk he has started.
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Or did Winnie change her mind, for a reason???? Perhaps a Damascus moment?? Is that possible??
Dr. Truth: ‘SA’s TRC was a fake political PR show’
Dr. Brad Blanton, Radical Honesty
02 November 2009
[2.] I have a Ph.D degree in Psychology; I have been a clinical psychologist in Washington DC for 25 years.
[3.] I am the author of 1) Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling The Truth; 2) Practicing Radical Honesty: How to Complete the Past, Stay in the Present and Build a Future with a Little Help From Your Friends, 3) Honest to God: A Change of Heart that can Change the World with Neil Donald Walsh, author of the Conversations with Good books; 4) Radical Parenting: Seven Steps to a Functional Family in a Dysfunctional World; 5) The Truthtellers: Stories of Success by Radically Honest People and 6) my biography, A New Kind of Trailer Trash.
[4.] I am the founder and currently the President and CEO of Radical Honesty Enterprises SparrowHawk Book Publishing, the founder and board member of the Center for Radical Honesty, a non-profit corporation.
[6.] I was a Candidate for Congress of the United States from Virginia in 2004 and 2006. I am the Pope of the Radical Honesty Futilitarian Church.
[33.] There is a difference between posed, fake intellectual forgiveness, and sincere, sensate being forgiveness, which is so far, almost always avoided by politicians.Forgiveness occurs through telling the truth and then staying there to experience the sensations in the body and the emotional response of the person speaking the truth. Staying present to the experience requires a broadening of attention, a widening of focus from the narrower focus on right and wrong, admitting lies, admitting crimes, reporting what really happened in the past. The shift from primary attention to the intellectual domain of judging right and wrong, to giving primary attention to the bodily experience that comes with telling the truth, is so that the person can feel their way through, rather than think their way around, the experience triggered by the report about the past.
Forgiveness is required for reconciliation. And the process of reconciliation is forgiveness squared. Because, as the one who initiates telling the truth, whether it is confessing what you have done or reporting on what others have done, you have to stay present to the persons who responds to your words, and to your feeling response and verbal response to them, and they must do the same in response to you...and this must go on for however long it takes for all the parties to be moved in their emotions, in their bodies and at the level of sensations experienced in the body, so that the sensations can increase, persist for a while, decrease, and then recede and go away. It is this bodily sensation of a change of heart that is the criterion for forgiveness that creates the possibility of reconciliation. If this process goes on honestly and is supported by those who give the invitation to reconciliation, sometimes former enemies become allies and friends out of mutual respect for each other's willingness to go through the process of telling the truth and experiencing and sharing their honest heartfelt, bodyfelt response.
Sometimes, many times, the truth never gets told. Sometimes, many times, even if the truth is told, reconciliation does not occur.
Sometimes truth and reconciliation happens. When it does, new people make a new beginning."
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