South Africa

Madiba week: The lessons his sacrifice taught us, part IV

By Jay Naidoo 20 July 2012

Even if we did our 67 minutes of service on Wednesday, in all likelihood, we ticked it off a to do list and went back to our lives when it was over. We should remember, however, that that’s the one thing Nelson Mandela never did. Video courtesy of JAY NAIDOO.

Instalment four of our Nelson Mandela video series features the establishment of Umkhonto we Sizwe and Madiba’s appointment as Commander-in-Chief.

He further goes on to discuss the infamous Rivonia Trial. We gain insight to the real risk and possibility of death he and his comrades faced. He shares his trepidation and the intimidation he battled with, but he inspires us all with his unrelenting resolve as he stood his ground in the face of the illegitimacy of Apartheid. DM

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These are extracts from conversations with prominent leaders, recorded by the VNS/AFRAVISION video collective. Photo by Reuters.

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No, not really. But now that we have your attention, we wanted to tell you a little bit about what happened at SARS.

Tom Moyane and his cronies bequeathed South Africa with a R48-billion tax shortfall, as of February 2018. It's the only thing that grew under Moyane's tenure... the year before, the hole had been R30.7-billion. And to fund those shortfalls, you know who has to cough up? You - the South African taxpayer.

It was the sterling work of a team of investigative journalists, Scorpio’s Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm along with our great friends at amaBhungane, that caused the SARS capturers to be finally flushed out of the system. Moyane, Makwakwa… the lot of them... gone.

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