Book / Film project by Alexis de Vilar
A personal account of Alexis de Vilar as a special correspondent in South Africa for Le Figaro Magazine in Paris.
Alexis de Vilar was the only international journalist admited in Victor Versten jail while Mandela was still incarcirated by special permission from Elsxa Jones, Minister of Justice and introduction by Omar Dullah, Mandela's personal lawyer.
Church Street bombing
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Apartheid in South Africa
"The Church Street bombing was a car bomb attack on 20 May 1983 by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress, in the South African capital Pretoria. The bombing killed 19 and wounded 217, and was one of the largest attacks engaged in by the ANC during its armed struggle against apartheid.
The attack consisted of a car bomb set off outside the Nedbank Square building on Church Street at 4:30pm on a Friday. The target was South African Air Force (SAAF) headquarters, but as the bomb was set to go off at the height of rush hour, those killed and wounded included civilians. The bomb went off ten minutes earlier than planned, killing two ANC operatives in the vehicle, Freddie Shangwe and Ezekial Maseko. At least 20 ambulances took the dead and wounded to hospital.
Truth Commission hearing
In submissions to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1997 and 1998, the ANC revealed that the attack was orchestrated by a special operations unit of the ANC's Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), commanded by Aboobaker Ismail. Such units had been authorised by Oliver Tambo, the ANC President, in 1979. At the time of the attack, they reported to Joe Slovo as chief of staff, and the Church Street attack was authorised by Tambo."
Nelson Mandela never officially disapproved this cruel attack neither the executions using "necklacing" (a form of torture carried out by forcing a rubber fire, filled with petrol, around a victim's chest and arms, and setting it on fire...) ordered by his lovely wife Winnie Madikizela in Soweto, Crossroads, Khayelitsha and other townships (black ghettos) against their own people, most youngsters that did not fully adhere to their combat against white people. History will judge Nelson Mandela... Probably he was necessary to end up once and for all with this tremendous injustice named apartheid, but he was no saint... Nelson Mandela is often compared wIth Dr Martin Luther King and the Mahatma Ghandi and their policy of nonviolence but the sad truth is that Mandela's methods were criminal and sanguinary taking the life of many civils including those of innocent black people. Just as an exemple one of the black women murdered in the Pretoria terrorist attack was expecting a baby and the blast exploded her stomach...
In his later years Mandela was very busy. He smiled a lot, kissed quite a number of children, received more than 250 awards including the Peace Nobel Price together with Frederik De Klerk and gave awards to rugby and soccer teams but all of this can not hide the other side of truth.
* Casper Venter, Press Secretary to President Frederik De Klerk
* General Stadler, Pretoria
* Dr Christiaan Barnard, Cape Town
* Omar Dullah, Cape Town
* Comander Helder, Victor Versten, Paarl, Cape province.