Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I am hopeful about this new movie coming out about Winnie Mandela. Winnie Mandela is very famously the second wife of Nelson Mandela, who is more famous for his work on apartheid, even though Winnie herself was one of the three major leaders of the movement, doing more than Nelson was able to do while he was imprisoned.
The one thing that gives me pause is the possible depiction of Nelson's economic policies. Nelson was sentenced only to life in prison (and not death) because, unlike the other leaders of the movement, he supported capitalism and major businesses in South Africa. These business leaders wanted to keep him alive, and Nelson's loyalty to capitalism is part of the reason that South Africa still has such a large gap between the rich and the poor.
Also, I want to know how the third leader of the anti-apartheid movement, Chris Hani, is going to factor into this.

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