Mandela no holy man

Johannesburg – Former president Nelson
Mandela is not a “holy man” unlike some
people’s idea of him and he had been a “cruel
and unfair” political opponent, said former
president FW de Klerk.
De Klerk gave a talk at the River Club in northern
Johannesburg on Friday evening.
De Klerk described Mandela “one of the biggest
South African leaders of my generation” and said
they had clashed repeatedly.
He said Madiba – a Xhosa nobleman – had
integrity, was a good communicator, charming
and someone of stature who was able to keep the
ANC unified through the most difficult times.
He also spoke about other politicians like former
president PW Botha, whom he described as
difficult and with a short fuse. He said he had
ruled through fear rather than consensus but was
also highly functional and capable.
He also had a lot of praise for former Russian
president Michail Gorbachev and said he was
responsible for changing the world.
(date:) 2012-04-08

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