Mandela negotiated SA's future: Holomisa

2012-07-18 18:11

Cape Town - Former president Nelson Mandela used his negotiating skills to ensure a peaceful path from apartheid to freedom, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said on Wednesday.

"Tata Madiba was a skilful negotiator and a hardline lobbyist... he was a brave man, who never allowed fear to stand in the way of doing good for others," Holomisa said at the Dinokana Stadium in Zeerust, North West.

He said he would never forget the day in 1992 when he accompanied Mandela to address the United Nations Security Council in New York, regarding his idea for deploying violence monitors.

The former leader spent most of his time on the phone lobbying the presidents of various member states of the council and other key decision makers.

"It was in the period preceding the meeting, and at the meeting itself, that I learnt the true art of persuasion from him."

Holomisa said Mandela worked his magic and the security council voted unanimously in his favour.

"I also learnt a lot from this global icon when we went around the country to persuade the private sector to become responsible corporate citizens."

It was because of Mandela that the private sector helped build schools, clinics, and sports facilities around the country.

As the revered man celebrated his 94th birthday on Wednesday, the nation could learn from his impeccable work ethic, his tolerance and selflessness, his willingness to forgive, and his ability to lead with integrity, he said.

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-18 18:20

    No such thing as a one man band !

      snotty.dotty.9 - 2012-07-18 18:45

      what nonsense. People should find out who is responsible for the pathetic state of this country!!! From 1994 to date it has gone to the dogs........

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-18 18:49

      Its not "who" , its "who all". So much potential in this country, going down the toilet

      WitWolf - 2012-07-18 19:29

      I agree Snotty. It's all gone down the long drop drain...

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-18 18:33

    This country might be in a peaceful state but by no means safe.Maybe he could just this once say that all must strive to respect lives and the well being of all without any discrimination.

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-07-18 18:39

    We got negotiated...right up the creek without a paddle !

  • Allan - 2012-07-18 18:48

    "his willingness to forgive, and his ability to lead with integrity" Pity no one else in the NEC of the ANC has these qualities!

  • patterson.graeme - 2012-07-18 19:08

    Simple question - how do people who had zero get to be billionaires in no time? Well, u change the law so that u and your can steal leggaly - not so?

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-07-18 20:55

      @ PATTERSON and WITWOLF people like you are the one who still create racially atmosphere in south Africa, the reason I'm saying this both of you guys posted racially offensive remarks couple of minutes ago and news24 spotted them and deleted them, guys I'm also a critic of this current ANC government because of their corruption

  • clement.mokone - 2012-07-18 19:10

    Dear Rolihlahla,\r\nYou are a true leader,a sacrifice,an example on true leadership and an inspiration. We love u Madidba,u suffered so that we could be free,black and white! \r\n\r\nHappy birthday!grow much older.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-18 19:11

    Two thirds of SA have brown rings around their mouths tonight..

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-18 20:26

      Well you can count me amoungst the 1/3 that doesn't

  • barend.wasserman - 2012-07-18 19:18

    "Former president Nelson Mandela used his negotiating skills to ensure a peaceful path from apartheid to freedom" Now it's corruption, rape and violent murder all around the block.......

  • consortium.scenarios - 2012-07-18 19:48

    lol Some ppl(white) will try to undermine Mandelas contribution to society wake up idiots!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-07-18 19:53

      I have no problem with Mandela and what he tried to achieve. I do however have a problem with greedy and lazy Africans who continue to destroy this once-beautiful continent of ours. The same old African tale...

      luvo.luvos - 2012-07-18 20:43

      White people are still waking up to the fact that they're not a gift to humanity as the apartheid government made them believe. They have a snobishness about them that makes me wanna puke. Just listen to the condescending attitude on John Robbie's show on 702 to get my point!

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-18 20:25

    Agreed. But Mandela has now retired and look at the rubbish we now have as leaders. That's hardly a reason to celebrate

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-07-18 20:29

    Great words from Holomisa but some whites still call Mandela a terrorist. Little do they know how he played his hand to prevent genocide which would have seen them wiped out in the aftermath of the Chris Hani murder. Their self righteous, elitist attitude galls me like nothing would!

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-07-19 07:51

      Talk about rewriting history! Whole generations are being brainwashed into believing that Mandela is a saint and that he single-handedly saved South Africa from a fate worse than death.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-18 21:07

    Yes he did. ZA was bankrupt and was completely without friends. It was the best deal on the table at the time. In fact it was the only deal on the table apart from civil war - and we've seen enough of that around the world to know it's not an option. We're all annoyed that today there will be much lauding of "the legacy" and reminiscing of visions and dreams long lost on the frenzy of the bargain basement sale every facet of societal woes has become. Tomorrow we'll be back to the same mental instability that underlies the entire regime. Mandela et cie were educated, well-read, had clarity of thought and above all a vision. Today's govt is more akin to Homer Simpson, drooling at the word "tender"

  • lunga.mehluku - 2012-07-18 22:25

    What do u say now! Who sold who???

  • Sandiso Nako - 2012-07-19 07:47

    i dnt undrstnd y these ppl keep on beefn abt our gov becoz its here 2 stay! f u dnt like t thn tke ur bags n go! its realy sad listenin 2 u owes, actualy its pathetic cz nthn will realy chng! the smart 1z were those tht left a lng time ago n saved their crying. fact is that thre r mre blck ppl thn any othr colours and the party thy vote 4 will win so long therz democracy n ths country.

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