Nelson Mandela Proven to be Senior Member of South African Communist Party

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


In news that should come as a surprise to no one, except the people who really believed the denials, Nelson Mandela really was a Communist and his movement was a Communist campaign. But look on the bright side, maybe 40 years from now there will be a mainstream accepted book that will show Barack Obama really was a Marxist and President Saddam Hussein Osama, the future 49th President of the United States really did deliberately detonate nuclear weapons in every major American city.

For decades, it was one of the enduring disputes of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. Was Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress, really a secret Communist, as the white-only government of the time alleged? Or, as he claimed during the infamous 1963 trial that saw him jailed for life, was it simply a smear to discredit him in a world riven by Cold War tensions?

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.

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.

But at least the good guys won and South Africa is exactly the sort of wonderful place that you would expect it to be after the Communist terrorists took it over. And by wonderful place, I mean the sort of place that Rwandans and Somalis run away from.

Although Mr Mandela appears to have joined the SACP more for their political connections than their ideas, his membership could have damaged his standing in the West had it been disclosed while he was still fighting to dismantle apartheid.

It was disclosed, but the political leadership in the West chose to stuff their fingers in their ears up to the wrist and lionize him as a saint. The saint of the rubber necklace.

“I think most people who supported the anti-apartheid movement just didn’t want to know that much about his background. Apartheid was seen as a moral issue and that was that. But if real proof had been produced at the time, some might have thought differently.”

In other news that Western elites didn’t want to know about, Stalin had his own death camps, Fidel Castro was a butcher and Che had all the morals of a sewer rat. And Mandela was a fitting member of their company and alliance.

Addressing the court, Mr Mandela declared that he had “never been a member of the Communist Party,” and that he disagreed with the movement’s contempt for Western-style parliamentary democracy.

And once his party took over South Africa, they have shown the same contempt for parliamentary democracy and the rule of law that you would expect from… Communists. The difference between Zuma and Mugabe is in the spelling. And the timing of their calls for genocide.

 Mr Mandela joined the ANC in 1944, when its leadership still opposed armed struggle against the apartheid state. However, by the early 1950s he become personally convinced that a guerrilla war was inevitable, a view confirmed by the Sharpeville Massacre in March 1960, when police in a Transvaal township opened fire on black demonstrators, killing 69 people.

But while other ANC leaders also came round to his way of thinking after Sharpeville, the group still had no access to weaponry or financial support. Instead, says Prof Ellis, Mr Mandela looked for help from the Communists, with whom he already had close contacts due to their shared opposition to apartheid.

So reading between the whitewashing, a senior Communist in South Africa turned the ANC into an armed terrorist group. How shockingly unpredictable.

“He knew and trusted many Communist activists anyway, so it appears he was co-opted straight to the central committee with no probation required,” said Prof Ellis. “But it’s fair to say he wasn’t a real convert, it was just an opportunist thing.”

Hogwash. Communist parties are dogmatic organizations. They never move anyone up to the central committee unless they know them to be die hard Communists. If Mandela was in the central committee, then he was a longtime member in good standing who had proven himself.

In the months after Sharpeville, Communist party members secretly visited Beijing and Moscow, where they got assurances of support for their own guerrilla campaign. In conjunction with a number of leading ANC members, they set up a new, nominally independent military organisation, known as Umkhonto we Sizwe or Spear of the Nation. With Mr Mandela as its commander, Umkhonto we Sizwe launched its first attacks on 16 December 1961.

Remember, the good guys won in South Africa. Just like they did in Russia, China and Cuba.

Angola was also the base for “Quatro”, a notorious ANC detention centre, where dozens of the movement’s own supporters were tortured and sometimes killed as suspected spies by agents from their internal security service, some of whom were “barely teenagers”. East German trainers taught the internal security agents that anyone who challenged official ANC dogma should be viewed as a potential spy or traitor.

The good guys. Overseen by a Nobel Prize winner and living saint. And Central Committee member of the South African Communist Party.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "But at least the good guys won and South Africa is exactly the sort of wonderful place that you would expect it to be after the Communist terrorists took it over. And by wonderful place, I mean the sort of place that Rwandans and Somalis run away from."

    I don't know enough of the history from direct evidence to say much, but obviously things did not work out for the best, unless the only thing that counts is rolling back "white" hegemony. If that really is as important as Hollywood thinks it is, then the good guys won, and now need to learn how to play the role of the good guys. We're still waiting for that phase I guess. Maybe they can crank out some more films to inspire evil people to turn good after convincing so many good people to not care about evil. I'm a little skeptical but they can try.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "East German trainers taught the internal security agents that anyone who challenged official ANC dogma should be viewed as a potential spy or traitor."

    Apartheid as we think of it in the West is bad. What do you call totalitarian murderers then? Can something be worse than the South African rulers before the propaganda forced them to cave – without assurances of a decent government to replace it?

  • Mary Sue

    I've known Mandela was a communist since the early 80s. And his ex wife was no prize either, I mean, you don't get married to a crazed b with an itch that lights tires on fire around people's necks without sharing SOMETHING in common with her.

    I'm sure crazed leftists don't mind the communist part at all but want to make it seem to normal people that Nelson Mandela was just a normal anti-apartheid person who was down with the struggle.

  • antisharia

    The sad thing is that most people will never really know the truth about Mandela, or care about what he really was. That's the truth of our time: never allow the facts to get in the way of the narrative.

  • Tan

    I'll have to research Mandela. I've never heard in my life that he was associated with Communists. What I have read about Mandela last time was that he condemned Israel as an apartheid state. That was a bit red flag for me. From there, I new something wasn't right about him. But because Greenfield said that he was affiliated with Communists, that probably explains it all.

    • Mary Sue

      I was fortunate enough to get my hands on some literature that had well-researched, well-sourced facts about Mandela and where he came from and what he was all about. A couple of books (I forget which ones), and a few news publications.

  • Terence Beney

    Very entertaining. Precisely the sort of anachronistic perspective that trumpets the utter irrelevance of this writer and this magazine's ill-informed punditry. No-one living down here anywhere on the political spectrum who gives a damn about what happens would be surprised at the 'revelation'. Nor would it feature on a list of 'facts that matter'. We have real problems here that have nothing at all to do with communists in thrall to reptilian aliens sacrificing children in free main ceremonies to satan for multi powered political sway. Grow-up!

    • Edgar

      Finally, a sensible post.

      Personally, I think the "Obama's a Marxist" claim is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. It's almost as funny as the pictures of him next to Martin Luther Kind and Malcolm X. These three men would've been disgusted by Obama.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        >"We have real problems here that have nothing at all to do with communists"

        "Finally, a sensible post."

        Said another dupe.

        "Personally, I think the "Obama's a Marxist" claim is one of the funniest things I've ever heard."

        We're all laughing. His domestic policies and the economic performance of the nation have nothing in common and even if they did, why would all of his policies be considered to have been influenced by Communists? There's just no evidence outside of his own words, his relationships and his actions. Other than that, nobody can prove a thing.

        "It's almost as funny as the pictures of him next to Martin Luther Kind and Malcolm X. These three men would've been disgusted by Obama."

        That doesn't negate the analysis that you ridicule. It just means he's also an idiot, not to mention his global aspirations vis-a-vis Islam, whatever you consider that to be. You can't possibly claim he has no interest in Islam. He's fully vested and declares it according to his own words.

    • Mary Sue

      Nobody cares about that one guy's Saurian Conspiracy theory.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "We have real problems here that have nothing at all to do with communists"

      Said the dupe.

  • Cat K

    I guess the presence of such trolls is an indication that our friend Daniel is garnering more attention. I think that is a good thing, but then again……
    & yes, I've known this "saint" was a fraud and anti-Semite for some time, so, add communist- evil philosophies of a feather…..

  • Myriam Israel

    I remember his first speech after beeing released from "jail" : big support to Arafat,the archterrorist ,and harsh condemnation of Israel. At first I thought he received money…
    No need to be a communist to dislike Israel (and the Jews ),but it helps…

  • Martifr

    Obama is another Mandela. Obama will do to America what Mandela did to S. Africa.

    • Robert Phillifent

      You mean completely jigger the whole place up?