Mandela not trained by Mossad agents - foundation

2013-12-21 18:12

Johannesburg - The Nelson Mandela foundation on Saturday quashed reports that the former president received training from Israeli agents in 1962.

"Media have picked up on a story alleging that in 1962 Nelson Mandela interacted with an Israeli operative in Ethiopia," the foundation said in a statement.

"The Nelson Mandela Foundation can confirm that it has not located any evidence in Nelson Mandela's private archive... that he interacted with an Israeli operative during his tour of African countries in that year."

British national daily newspaper the Guardian website reported on Friday, that Mandela apparently underwent weapons training by Mossad agents in Ethiopia in 1962 without the Israeli secret service knowing his true identity.

They attributed their report to "an intriguing secret letter lodged in the Israeli state archives".

The site reported that the missive, revealed by the Israeli paper Haaretz - two weeks after Madiba's death - that he was instructed in the use of weapons and sabotage techniques, and was encouraged to develop Zionist sympathies.

The foundation has however denied that such a thing occurred.

"In 1962 Mr Mandela received military training from Algerian freedom fighters in Morocco and from the Ethiopian Riot Battalion at Kolfe outside Addis Ababa, before returning to South Africa in July 1962."

"In 2009 the Nelson Mandela Foundation's senior researcher travelled to Ethiopia and interviewed the surviving men who assisted in Mandela's training and no evidence emerged of an Israeli connection," read the statement.

Mandela died on 5 December in his Houghton home in Johannesburg and was buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

  • Freddie Van Reenen Mostert - 2013-12-21 18:20


  • Kensong Ben - 2013-12-21 18:20

    Ok ! He is no more ! Start opening the can of worms !

  • Mpafana Thukela Guners - 2013-12-21 18:23

    Who cares anyway that is overdue

  • Frans Delport - 2013-12-21 18:51

    As usual, Liberals don't want their illusional god mandela's so called "legacy" destroyed.The guy was a terrorist!

      Blane Blandon - 2013-12-21 18:57

      @ Frans, he was the el supremo of terrorists

      Andile Khoza - 2013-12-21 19:28

      We'll see who'll be the terrorist after EEF takes over next year

      Siphiwe Dlamini - 2013-12-21 19:29

      terrorist is your father jou gat

      Kensong Ben - 2013-12-21 19:31

      @frank - terrorist in the eyes of folks of your sort , freedom fighter in the book of many .thx to the " terrorist" , you can safely hide behind your keyboard and freely spew your bile with no fear of retribution and for that , you should be very grateful !

      Zom Apo - 2013-12-21 19:58

      He didn't go to jail because he was selling flowers on the street corner. He went to jail because he was a terrorist. In his own book - long walk to freedom - he says himself he orchestrated tge Church street bomb out of jail. That bomb killed 19 innocent people , mostly black. That is what you call terrorism.

      Siphiwe Dlamini - 2013-12-21 20:35

      we do not care about your thumbs down fools

      Sentle Innocent - 2013-12-21 21:14

      he was a very nice terrorist if he still greatful 4 wat wat he has done 4 SA n myself..

      Kensong Ben - 2013-12-21 21:43

      @ zom . Granted , mandela masterminded the church street bombing and as u pointed dozen of folks lost their lives . If that makes him a terrorist , what would you call your bear fathers , apartheid architects soaked in the blood of thousands of beautiful and brave blacks ? What would you call them? Sons of one night stand between RAT and SATAN ? !

      Diran Pillay - 2013-12-21 23:16

      That same terrorist said no to civil war, that same terrorist did not take away the white man's land! How can you call him a terrorist when he fought for the majority of the people in SA? It's the little minority of racist causing unnecessary racial tension in South Africa. All we want to do is live in peace and harmony, please change or take your racist selves and disappear!

      Rhaqa Ruckus - 2013-12-22 09:55

      But you white folks are ungrateful, disrespecting and very hating. Its the same guy who protected you and now he is a terrorist. He was and is known all over the world as a freedom fighter, and you white South Africans only you know Him as a terrorist. You guys are really full of Shi###

      Dawit Assefa Anteraga - 2013-12-27 07:03

      If fighting against apartheid was terrorism, probably terrorism wasn't a bad idea after all.

  • Tshembani T Mhlengwe Mabasa - 2013-12-21 19:01

    mossad,nazi,al qaeda,jihadist,al nusra,al shabaab,CIA, we don't care, as long as everyone got the freedom that we were seeking

  • Imani Azania - 2013-12-21 19:18

    So what!!

  • Mncedisi Mabena - 2013-12-21 19:19

    Evidence like agents name etc would be a start 2ward making the story worth lossing sleep over.

  • Imani Azania - 2013-12-21 19:19

    You must be glad he didnt use his skills to bring about 'true' revolution

  • Colin Traumatizer Zungu - 2013-12-21 19:23

    Why tell us now?

  • Ntlahla Tiva - 2013-12-21 19:43

    He remains the greatest human being ever to have walked on this earth after Christ the redeemer and his disciples!

      Zom Apo - 2013-12-21 19:48

      Rather the greatest terrorist.

      Siphiwe Dlamini - 2013-12-21 20:26

      you a greatest caveman Zom ape

      Siphiwe Dlamini - 2013-12-21 21:35

      you speak like this because he is gone you coward Zimo Ape

      Charlet Tasmer - 2013-12-21 21:40

      Really?? Really??

  • jonas.mbedzi - 2013-12-21 19:52

    being trained by algerian freedom fighters or not He remain a colosal giant/leader/apartheit activist and a wolrd leader who fought 4 our 4reedom

  • Sanette Brink Fourie - 2013-12-21 20:18

    please stop nothing can change the past...focus on the future.....leave the dead in peace...where is the sense of dignity

      Siphiwe Dlamini - 2013-12-21 21:09

      well said Sanette, we do focus on the future but when we still have luciffer's grandsons Frans Blane and Zom who speaks like cowards.we are not going to sit watch.

      Blane Blandon - 2013-12-23 07:47

      Siphiwe, notice how many thumbs down you and your cronies received ? many agree with us , you are blinded by your stupidity

  • Raul Curado - 2013-12-21 21:22

    He was probably trained by KGB.

  • Chris Fourie-Lipman - 2013-12-21 21:55

    For crying out loud what is wrong with the media, and that includes you News24, all you seek is sensationalism, let this great man rest in peace and concentrate on the real criminals in this country!!!

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-12-21 23:48

    I always knew that the CIA was involved in alerting the then apartheid authorities. The foundation should not deny this revelation outright....mosad must have alerted the CIA... may his soul rest in peace

  • Nkosingiphile Cofu - 2013-12-22 05:45

    Everyone wants a piece of history that is assciated with Madiba.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-12-22 09:42

    Israeli intelligence is among the best in the world, I can't imagine for one minute that the Mossad would have been involved with Mandela, or he with them. Sensationalism, nothing more.

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-12-23 08:00

    So what if he did or didn't receive any weaponry training? For that matter what real grounds does the Foundation have for denying it? Perhaps he didn't leave that kind of stationery lying around. The Foundation should look further into the matter before dismissing it offhand.

  • Dawit Assefa Anteraga - 2013-12-27 06:55

    Israel helped the Apartheid system in South Africa. Now they came up with this ridiculous story to clean their bloody racist history.

  • Willie Coetzee - 2014-07-18 19:30

    What a joke.!!!! .New goverment hate mossad. As we know there is no love between israel and new sa goverment. Old SA and Israel were a force to recon with.

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