The Presidency announced on Saturday morning that Nelson Mandela (94) was in a "serious but stable" condition after being admitted to a Pretoria hospital in the early hours of 8 June 2013. Thereafter, on Monday, it issued a statement saying Mandela's condition was "unchanged".
This evening’s SABC news did not shed any further light on Mandela's condition either.
I have no knowledge of Mandela’s personal circumstances or health, but what I do know is that when someone who is nearing the ripe old age of 95 is suddenly admitted to hospital, and their condition is described as "serious but stable" and - two days later described as "unchanged", then it is logical to assume that a ‘departing’ episode is going to happen soon. However, in our modern day-and-age with medical technology designed to maintain and sustain life for longer, “soon” can also become ages.
Mandela may have won many fights in his lifetime, but there’s one fight he (and all of us) cannot win: the one with death.
My 'old-school' upbringing taught me to respect the dead and dying, and if you have nothing good to say about a dead or dying person it is best to keep quiet, no matter how strong the urge to do otherwise. I was also taught that you only show aggression in self-defence, and if it so happens that you perhaps kill that person in the act of self-defence, attending his funeral - mourning or celebrating his death should be the last thing on your mind, as such madness can quickly weaken your defences in case you’re attacked again.
In the light of this I may as well make the announcement now that in the event of Mandela’s death there will be no major commotions on this blog. There will be no expressions of joy or tears of grief. I will not celebrate nor mourn his death. I will listen to the initial announcements and some of the news bulletins on the day his ‘passing away’ is officially announced. After that I’m switching off, because there will most certainly be an endless stream of liberal bleeding-heart propaganda about this man-made god – transmitted worldwide 24/7 for many days and weeks thereafter.
In the event of Mandela’s death before the year 2014 the ANC government will surely not miss the opportunity to exploit it to the absolute max, to gain support for the coming National Elections. That millions have already been spent in preparation for this massive exhibition (a weakening of our defences) is a definite certainty!
Although I am by no means hoping that Mandela will breath his last breath soon, it will not surprise me in the least if his passing away is ‘timed’ to occur precisely on a significant date, because believe it or not – such things can happen when your destiny is controlled by other powerful entities.
It is thus worth mentioning that the month of June has three noteworthy dates forthcoming, for example:
- 12 June - Mandela was sentenced to life in prison on Robben Island on 12 June 1964.
- 14 June - Mandela's last day in office as President was on 14 June 1999.
- 16 June – This date is celebrated as Youth Day in South Africa and commemorates the start of the Soweto uprising of 1976. It also The Day of the African Child - first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity.
In July there is one prominent date…
18 July - Nelson Mandela's birthday. The date was declared by the UN General Assembly as an annual International Day (Mandela Day).
In the meantime, while we’re waiting for more news on Mandela’s latest condition, I’ve taken the liberty of listing a few older related postings - with some commentary and associated links to external sources:
The double standard of the left – (April 2012)
This is an interesting article written by our old blogger friend in the UK, Sarah: Maid of Albion. When the Norwegian mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, used the clenched fist salute during his trial, a similar salute habitually used by Mandela and his followers, the media first published misleading reports that the gesture was a “far right salute”, but later corrected the error.
Another worthwhile read by Sarah is an older article, posted in June 2008, titled Mandela - The Legend and the Legacy.
Dead Boer Walking – (September 2011)
The posting introduces an extraordinary book written by Renate Ackerman. The book is a firsthand account of Susan Van Der Merwe’s story and explains how blacks threatened to kill her if she did not stop her inquiries in to racist attacks on Boers. Her most terrifying moment came when she was shot and left for dead outside President Mandela’s house. The Kindle Edition of the book is available from amazon.com. The softcover can be ordered from Kalahari.com.
Mandela – the useful idiot – (August 2011)
Mandela’s affiliation with the murdering godless communists is a truth that doesn’t seem to really concern the majority of contemporary South Africans. It didn’t even bother them when Professor Stephen Ellis, a senior researcher at the African Studies Centre, University of Leiden, published a study that confirmed Mandela’s membership of South Africa's Communist Party… The posting includes a piece, written by Rian Malan, on the significance of this fact.
Incidentally, the full text of the handwritten Manuscript: HOW TO BE A GOOD COMMUNIST by Nelson Mandela can be downloaded here.
I did it for Madiba! – (July 2011)
Whenever I do something for charity I try my best not to advertise it -- in keeping with the principles of my Rule Book, which states: “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets (and on Facebook), to be honored (liked) by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” - (Matthew 6:1-2 NIV)
Mandela is NOT my god, so what gives people the right to tell me that on a certain day of the year I MUST do it for Madiba?
This posting also reveals, among other interesting facts, that in the year 1983 when Soviet-backed forces were threatening to invade our borders, and while Mandela was still an inmate of Pollsmoor Prison, the world’s new god-figure was being decorated with honours of all sorts, including honorary citizenship of the world’s greatest 'Western' cities... The hypocrites!
Ramblings about Mandela, his facial blemishes, latest pics, and so forth... – (June 2011)
This posting presents a few seemingly insignificant details (ramblings) about Mandela and his facial blemishes. The posting also expresses dismay as to why pictures of this world-renowned idol, taken during Michelle Obama’s visit to his home during June 2011, are of such pathetic quality. Shouldn’t gods be photographed by experts?
Missing Makarov Pistol worth R22 million? – (May 2011)
A Makarov pistol was given to Mandela by Colonel Biru Tadesse of the Ethiopian Riot Battalion in Addis Ababa when he was on a trip to seek military assistance, in the early 1960s. However, Mandela was arrested before he could use it. Mandela apparently buried the gun somewhere on Liliesleaf farm in 1962. Years later the missing pistol is still haunting the old
Bulala: A True story of South Africa
This posting introduces Cuan Elgin’s book - Bulala: A True story of South Africa, a historically accurate story of South Africa, in novel form. The posting carries the label “Mandela” because it includes a short extract from the book which mentions that Mandela was NOT imprisoned for his "political beliefs" (as commonly believed by the clueless millions), but for 193 counts of sabotage (terrorism) and for smuggling huge amounts of Soviet-bloc munitions. Mention is also made of Mandela’s foreign bank accounts, on which he paid no tax (according to Business Day, March 10, 2007).
Reflections on the Mandela myth – (October 2010)
Patrick Laurence writes about the dual burdens of Mandela’s sainthood, and the newly published sequel to Mandela’s internationally acclaimed autobiography Long Walk to Freedom in which Mandela apologises for the false image of being a saint that he "unwittingly projected" while in prison. Entitled Conversations with Myself, Mandela writes in the sequel: "I never was one, even on the basis of an earthly definition of a sinner who keeps on trying."
Desmond Tutu and The Elders - (July 2010)
The Elders (aka Global Elders or 12 Elders) is a group consisting of 12 prominent public figures. Although Nelson Mandela is Founder and Honorary Member of this group, The Elders was founded by the British entrepreneur Richard Branson and the English musician, Peter Gabriel. Mandela announced the formation of The Elders in July 2007, on the occasion of his 89th birthday. Richard Branson and others pledged $18m to fund the group.
The ANC does not own Mandela – Zille – (July 2010)
This article by the DA leader, Helen Zille, illustrates how far the ANC government has strayed from Mandela's legacy, and how they have long ceased to respect the values (seemingly) symbolized by Mandela - such as selflessness, integrity, non-racialism, and freedom for all under the law. Hmmm, does Zille really think these hooligans will ever regard such values in high esteem?
Invictus - The Film – (December 2009)
Nelson Mandela’s time in prison wasn’t all that dreadful as most people tend to believe. He himself spoke of listening to Springbok games on the radio during his long incarceration on Robben Island, and admitted that he never supported the Springboks. Yet, in 1995 – in the rugby-crazy New South Africa, the peculiar game of politics forced Mandela to publicly support the Bokke, or else!?!