It saddens me to hear that a great man like Nelson Mandela has departed from this lifetime. He was a man who was truly inspirational and showed us the possibilities of how a continued struggle by indigenous people could manifest itself in levels of freedom that have been marred by centuries of oppression.
Our Native people suffered the same types of oppression many times. It is not as overt and as easily distinguished as in some places; however, if you are dead because a policeman shot you, or dead because you could not stand the racial and cultural genocide, so you committed suicide— you are just as dead either away.
Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK) was the armed wing of the African National Congress, which fought against the South African apartheid government. MK was co-founded by Nelson Mandela. It launched its first guerrilla attacks against the racist regime December 16, 1961.
By Joseph Albright and Marcia Kunstel, Cox News Service
June 10, 1990 — For nearly 28 years the U.S. government has harbored an increasingly embarrassing secret: A CIA tip to South African intelligence agents led to the arrest that put black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela in prison for most of his adult life.
But now, with Mandela en route to the U.S. to a hero`s welcome, a former U.S. official has revealed that he has known of the CIA role since Mandela was seized by agents of the South African police special branch on Aug. 5, 1962.
The former official, now retired, said that within hours after Mandela’s arrest Paul Eckel, then a senior CIA operative, walked into his office and said approximately these words: “We have turned Mandela over to the South African security branch. We gave them every detail, what he would be wearing, the time of day, just where he would be. They have picked him up. It is one of our greatest coups.”
Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa: Township residents march to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in the street outside his old house, December 6, 2013.
Mandela’s body was moved early this morning from Johannesburg to Pretoria’s One Military Hospital. Mandela’s coffin was draped in South Africa’s flag. The black SUV-type vehicle containing Mandela’s coffin was escorted by the military.
There will now be 10 days of national mourning throughout the country. A memorial service will be held Dec. 10 at a stadium in Johannesburg. His body will lie in state in Pretoria from Dec. 11-13 so that South Africans can pay their final respects. He will then be taken to his ancestral village of Qunu on Dec.15 where he’ll be buried alongside three of his children who are deceased.
March 1, 1990 - While the mass media devoted hours of broadcast time and scores of articles to Mandela’s release, they missed a key part of the story on how he got to prison in the first place—namely, the CIA’s reported role in luring Mandela to his capture.
Mandela was arrested in August 1962, while traveling disguised as a chauffeur. According to 1986 reports in the South African press, Mandela had been on his way to a top secret meeting with the U.S. consul in Durban, South Africa—Donald Rickard, a diplomat reputed to be a CIA officer. Rickard, the reports said, had tipped off the South African authorities to the time and place of his meeting with Mandela, allowing him to be apprehended.
This story was referred to on CBS Evening News (8/5/86), in an op-ed column in the New York Times (10/13/86), and it received extensive coverage in the Fall/Winter 1986 National Reporter. But in all the reporting on Mandela’s release, FAIR saw no mention of the CIA’s reputed role in his capture.