Tina Sizovuka

The “Brand Mandela” steamtrain rolls on

Artist Ayanda Mabulu's painting depicts a scarred face of Nelson Mandela.

Tina Sizovuka on the ANC's promotion of Mandela into a personality cult, epitomised by the 'Randela' banknotes, to diffuse dissent and opposition. One of many articles in the first newsletter of Tokologo African Anarchist Collective (attached).

Nelson Mandela has become a brand, “Brand Mandela,” his image, name and prison number used to generate cash and to promote the legend of Mandela. In July 2012, for example, the 46664 clothing line was launched (all “Made in China”).

Get rich or lie trying: Why ANC millionaire Julius Malema posed as a radical

This article aims to explain, from an anarchist / syndicalist perspective, the rapid rise and fall of Julius Malema, the controversial and corrupt multi-millionaire leader of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) “youth league” (ANCYL). It is demonstrated that Malema’s posturing as radical champion of the black poor was simply a means to an end: rising higher in the ranks of the ANC, in order to access bigger state tenders and higher paying political office.

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