Last week, Nelson Mandela, the iconic political leader that ended Apartheid in South Africa, left his people, and left the World. He has gone to a better place than the South Africa he was born into and the South Africa he left, which he played a great, great role in improving, respect for individual rights, respect for civil order, respect for minority rights, even though a majority could rule a minority out of existence and into exile, during his reign. Mandela did not bite the poisonous fruit of self indulgence as our vain leaders in Seychelles who’s expiry date has long been passed, all of them.
Mandela’s Greatest Lesson To The World
Nelson Mandela left many great lessons to the World, which will live on into history, like the lessons of all great men of history. He joins, Ghandi, Martin Luther King as great leaders of the ages. His body may have gotten old, and could no longer sustain his being, but his lessons remain fresh, new, and as bright as each one came through, one by one, as he struggle with a minority regime, that was bent on treating the majority of its population as less than human.
Mandela Makes Rene Look Small
Mandela once released from prison, could have sought retribution, like France Albert Rene did of his opponents in Seychelles during the one party state. Mandela became President of South Africa by the ballot box, and punished no one for the apartheid system, he used his power and color of state to kill no one, mayhem no opponent. Mandela instilled democracy and worked to consolidate peace and prosperity in South Africa. He asked all white South Africans to stay in Black Majority South Africa, and not to leave for England, Belgium, France, Italy, Holland, where their forefathers came from.
In contrast, President France Albert Rene became President by the bullet, and the AK -47, imposing his brutal will on a simple island people. Mr. Rene told Seychellois, all Seychellois, if they do not like his system, to leave Seychelles, exile themselves, and go away. Many did, as much as 45,000 people, or nearly half of the population.
While James Richard Marie Mancham forgot about politics in exile, forgot about his people, and forgot about Justice, it was Gerard Hoarau who raised the flag of Liberation Mandela Makes Mancham Look Like A Puppet
against a one party state system, which was as bad as Apartheid. Hoarau paid for a failed coup with his life. He was shot 42 times with an AK-47, and it is assumed reasonably that the person ordering the London sidewalk execution was from the Rene Regime. The SFP has provided details of this execution to the Scotland Yard, for their perusal.
Mandela even in prison, did not forget about the fate of his people. He retained courage to the end of incarceration, which allowed him to advance effective and real, national reconciliation. In Seychelles, Mancham had no courage, and he produced only capitulation guised as reconciliation. Next to Mandela, he is a historical political ant. Next to James Michel and Albert Rene, Mancham appears to be nothing more than a puppet on a string.
Mandela was famous for visiting his opponents . The visits shocked them and mazed them. In Seychelles, Rene spent most of his spare time currying the favor and support of his army soldiers, and sledge hammer killers. He drank with them, ate with them, and kept them in line, to do his killings when he needed them done. Mandela did not kill his opponents, he invited them to stay in South Africa, to add to its rich diversity once he had the reigns of national power.
What Does Michel Do?
Mr. Michel kept the killers on the pay roll. That’s what he did. Sure he moved a few of them out of State House grounds, but he kept them on line just in case.Worse, when Mr. Michel did not have enough obedient Seychellois to do his dirty work, he did worse than Apartheid South Africa, to keep law and order: Mr. Michel imported foreign troops, Gurhkas, Nepalese, UAE to our shores to control our people. He stepped up road blocks, stepped up search and seizure, on public roads, stepped up search and seizure without Probable Cause under NDEA Act, a
law that created a para military Police unit much like the Internal Security Police in Apartheid South Africa used to control the country and keep it from turning its will against a leader whose roots are deeply set in the one party state era, behind the barrel of an AK -47, of course.
The Fake Opposition
Could any one of you see Nelson Mandela, facing a boycott of elections by the opposition in South Africa, then he would stage a fake opposition to run elections? Of course not.
But in Seychelles, this is exactly what happen when PDM was fielded in the last parliamentary elections. A fake opposition,” encouraged” by Vice President Danny Faure, was staged and propped up by a Court of Appeals decision. Consequently, we now have a parliament that needs a “Guide”, ironically written by Vice President Danny Faure, to give it a semblance of Democracy. Would we expect that from Nelson Mandela? Never.
Would Mandela Block Airtime of Opponents?
In Seychelles, we have now a situation where Hollywood James Michel (nothing like James Dean) is hogging all the airtime, on a public broadcasting network, SBC. His party loyalists, control 100% content, production, and questions. His ministers have unfettered access to the nation, through SBC 100% at the exclusion of the entire other ½ of the nation that opposes this evil system, born from the barrel of gun, and manipulated now with money and funding from the UAE.
Would Mandela block opponents access to the television press? Never. In fact, Nelson Mandela, would encourage his opponents to come forward, and speak, share ideas, to foster more diversity and greater growth and stability for South Africa. Shame on you, James Michel!
Mandela Freed Property InterestIn South Africa, as Mandela’s opponents were threatening to pull out of South Africa, Mandela encouraged people to invest in South Africa. He empowered land
ownership , he empowered the right for South Africans to develop their properties and create more value.
In Seychelles Albert Rene took people’s property. He sent them packing.
In Seychelles James Michel restricted property development held by Seychellois, and encouraged property development held by foreigners, ironically White South Africans, fleeing Nelson Mandela’s free South Africa, who were peddling what? A second home for White South Africans, just in case things do not work out in South Africa, is what Seychelles economy is based on today, under Michel.
PL Imports Apartheid To Seychelles
Ironically, while South Africa saw the success of its country through integration, diversity, and a open and free democratic country, in Seychelles, the PL have seen the success of its government by importing mercenaries to control its people, seeking aid from foreign countries to prop itself up like UAE, and importing the relics of Apartheid South Africa, offering them a second home in paradise.
Neither Rene or Michel, the great dictators of Africa, for their time, can touch Nelson Mandela’s little pinky finger. That is why Mo Ibrahim ignores them year on year.
We should all aspire to be 10% of Nelson Mandela, if we want change in Seychelles.
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!