December 9, 2012
WHICH IS WHY WE DIDN'T PUT HIM IN POWER UNTIL WE'D WON THE COLD WAR:
Nelson Mandela 'proven' to be a member of the Communist Party after decades of denial (Colin Freeman, and Jane Flanagan, 08 Dec 2012, The Telegraph)
The former South African president, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, has always denied being a member of the South African branch of the movement, which mounted an armed campaign of guerrilla resistance along with the ANC.But research by a British historian, Professor Stephen Ellis, has unearthed fresh evidence that during his early years as an activist, Mr Mandela did hold senior rank in the South African Communist Party, or SACP. He says Mr Mandela joined the SACP to enlist the help of the Communist superpowers for the ANC's campaign of armed resistance to white rule.His book also provides fresh detail on how the ANC's military wing had bomb-making lessons from the IRA, and intelligence training from the East German Stasi, which it used to carry out brutal interrogations of suspected "spies" at secret prison camps.
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2012 5:29 AM
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