The Myth + Reality of Nelson Mandela

Speaker: Prof Kwandiwe Kondlo, Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg.

Venue: Theatrette, Sir Rowland Wilson Building
120 McCoy Circuit, ANU

Date and Time; 8 May, 2019, 6-8 pm. The lecture will last about one hour and will be followed by light refreshments.


Topic and Abstract The Myth + Reality of Nelson Mandela

The lecture seeks to debate Nelson Mandela’s place in public memory. It will deal with several questions about the myths surrounding Mandela. These include, for instance, was Mandela a towering symbol of hope or was he a sell-out? Mandela, the ‘reluctant’ prince from the Tembu royal family; Mandela, the ‘black pimpernel’ operating from the ANC underground network before he was arrested, Mandela the ‘look alike’ of the ‘real’ Mandela ‘who died in Robben Island long ago’- these are aspects the lecture will cover to debate the mythical aspects of Nelson Mandela. The reality of Mandela as a genuine leader of the struggle for freedom in South Africa; a pioneer of South Africa’s nation building project based on values of non-racialism, non-sexism and inclusivity, will also be explored.

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