Mandela’s Death Reignites Old Debate: What Is An African?

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Max Boqwana, director of law firm Boqwana Burns, said: “The mantra of colonialism was to regard people from Africa as something less than human. And its important now that we begin to find ourselves collectively. While many Africans strongly believe the continent belongs to all who live in it, both black and white, in South Africa, a black, armed militia group has been stepping up its public rallies. It has posted internet incitement messages calling for white South Africans to be killed, under the slogan “One Bullet, One Settler. When South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma sang this song last year, many whites felt their time was up. South African filmmaker Chad Meyer said: “Some people say that white people dont belong here, and that we are not South African. My ancestors were here so long ago that I dont even know where theyre from. Sandile Memela is a South African blogger and journalist who writes extensively on the subject. For him, the answer of who is an African is clear. Mr Memela said: “An African is anyone who chooses to be African. An African is defined as someone who is not only born in the continent but owes allegiance, patriotic commitment, to the African countries and the continent. Artist Ben Nsusha uses art to express his Africanness. He tries to portray the beauty of the land and its people through his paintings Mr Nshusa said: “When I was studying in Britain, and because I wanted my Africanness to be more prominent. I made it a point that all the marks that I put on a canvas, all the marks I put on a piece of paper, all that I am talking the ideas and everything should remain African. The passing of Mandela, for many, represents the end of an era. From across the globe, mourners of all backgrounds grieved his death. One of his greatest teachings was the power of humanity.
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After his release from prison, Mandela made some high-profile appearances with communist leaders. He visited Fidel Castro in Cuba. And to commemorate the relaunch of South Africa’s communist party in 1990, he gave a speech. But he also made a point of distancing his own party. “The ANC is not a communist Party,” he said. CONTENTION 2: Nelson Mandela


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