“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite,” Nelson Mandela in his Long Walk to Freedom.
But the man who propagated, peace love and coexistence for as far back as we remember, has a number of haters. Who could hate Nelson Mandela, one thinks, he is no doubt the most revered politician alive? Well, apparently some do!
And we do not mean the likes of Jon Brown who hates Mandela because he thought he was a selfish bastard.
He says, “I was 11 years old when he finally checked out of his cell on Robben Island. And what day does he choose to come out? The day I've set the video timer to record the wrestling. So the next morning, as I replayed the tape, all I had was two hours of news footage of Mandela making his long (and, might I say, boring) walk to freedom.
He'd been in there 27 years. Another night wouldn't have killed him.”
NativeFox WaAzania Mbweha and Khanande Biko
Then there are the likes of NativeFox WaAzania Mbweha and Khanande Bikowho are pretty vocal about their dislike for the leader. Mbweha going as far as writing a “poem” on his Facebook page that seemed to call for the death of Mandela, and called for an end to his lie.
Nelson Mandela was accused by his former wife of betraying South Africa's black population. 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.
She also said ex-husband had become a 'corporate foundation' who was 'wheeled out' only to raise money for the ANC party he once led.
Breyten launched into an emotional and personal attack on Mandela in Harper’s Magazine. His complaint seemed to boil down to the fact that Mandela was not God.
According to him, Nelson Mandela is just sitting around and letting people make a big teddy bear of him, while he should be addressing crime.
He is known to have held a severe dislike for the South African leader and is on the record for saying ‘Nelson Mandela should be shot.'
Another one who shared the feelings of his fellow MP Teddy Taylor was Terry Dicks who is renowned for saying, 'How much longer will the Prime Minister allow herself to be kicked in the face by this black terrorist?'
“The ANC is a typical terrorist organization ... Anyone who thinks it is going to run the government in South Africa is living in cloud-cuckoo land' said the Iron Lady in 1987.
John Bercow, a Tory MP in his student days, calledNelson Mandela names and wanted him hanged duringhis student days at the University of Essex. From there he went on to be head of the Federation of Conservative Students (FCS) - a group notorious for its harsh actions and left-wing activities such as wearing "Hang Nelson Mandela" T-shirts.
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