The ANC Has Come Full Circle and Nelson Mandela and Yasser Arafat Would Be Extremely Proud..

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readJan 11, 2024

Genocide on trial…

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Time really does fly.

Once before the African National Congress was a movement of protest for the rights of millions of South Africans.

Back in 60s, 70s and 80s, the Republic of South Africa was run under of the system of apartheid, which relegated the natives to a position of second-class citizenship on the land of their forebears.

The country of my birth — the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Israel, were the biggest supporters of this racist enterprise and allowed it to flourish despite its pariah status, internationally.

It took the efforts of the likes of Cuba, Libya, Russia, Nigeria, Palestine, India etc. to break the resolve of the west and destroy apartheid.

And in breaking the resolve of the white minority government, did it become possible for elections to hold, which ushered Nelson Mandela to power in May 1994.

The late great Mandiba was by no means a perfect leader but he did his very best in addressing years of entrenched and systemic inequality, but had created a template for his successors to follow.

But the African National Congress has had many missteps since Mandela stepped down from office in 1999.

In Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa, we have had a succession of ill-equipped, corrupt and sometimes misguided players, who failed quite miserably in addressing the grotesque inequality and poverty of the natives, while enriching themselves and their cronies.

Watching the Republic of South Africa become something of a basket case in the last few years has been quite painful, given the high hopes that we all had for Ramaphosa, who was an activist cum warrior during the final years of apartheid.

But it hasn’t been all bad.

South Africa, as part of the strategic alliance — BRICS —has sought to move forward things and the green shoots of recovery are there to see.

But this is nothing compared to what we have seen in the last few months from Africa’s second biggest economy: which has been to call Israel out at…



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible