What would Madiba do? Not pull down statues, that’s one thing ...

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What would Madiba do? Not pull down statues, that’s one thing for sure

ANALYSIS | As Black Lives Matter sees statues topple, historians analyse Mandela’s thoughts on the matter

Bill Gardner

On July 2 2003, Nelson Mandela stood in Westminster Hall in London to announce a “symbolic moment in the closing of the historic circle”.

It was time, the former South African president said, to look far beyond the horrors of the past. To that end, Mandela would join forces with a trust founded by Cecil Rhodes, the colonialist and white supremacist, to build a “better future” for disadvantaged Africans.

“In this, I am certain, Cecil John Rhodes and I would have made common cause,” Mandela said...

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