Alternative view of Mandela. What would have happened if Mandela hadn’t taken a conciliatory approach. The war between whites and blacks would have continued with increasing ferocity.
With outside help the blacks would have eventually won and an exodus of the whites would have taken place. Mandela had seen what happened in neighbouring Mozambique when the Portuguese lost their colonial war.We know what happened in Uganda when the Asians who ran everything left, the country despite its wealth fell off a cliff economically. We know from Zimbabwe what happens when the white property and managerial class are persecuted ,they leave and the economy gets in such a bad way it has to give up its own currency.
Without a deal between the ANC and the Afrikaners ,South Africa instead of being a relatively well run, affluent country would have been another barely functioning,outright kleptocracy where the president and his cronies backed up by the security forces paid by China do well and the rest appeal to the United Nations and or Bono.. So they did a deal that more (ANC certified) blacks would enjoy the wealth and whites would have to compete but there would be no revolution.
Mandela was for ten years conspicuously silent over the rampant corruption in the ANC, the manipulation of the new regime by a few blacks for their own ends,his wife’s involvement in murder , the idea that HIV could be cured by mumbo jumbo,the poverty of most of the black population and the violence meted out by the new black elite on its people.
Sure he was a saint so was Ghandi. They were both prepared to die for their cause as have millions of others and both showed wisdom in victory..Both kicked open rotten or even open doors but both would be hard put to stand on the bar of history and claim they helped the majority of their peoples. But they did help their cronies in the Congress and ANC parties become rich. Sure, and thats third world politics. The ANC didn’t want freedom they wanted their share.
When Mandela became President in 1994 some South African relatives of Vivien’s came over to the UK. They had with them a 20 year old son. With all the talk of positive discrimination he was very down about his chances of a career in the new South Africa and was very keen to find out about a life in the UK. Things didn’t turn out too bad and he never left the new South Africa..