As Nelson Mandela is moved from his death bed in a Pretoria hospital to his South African home, greed lives on and the jackals gather to feast off the spoils of a celebrated life. Speculation about his health continues. Although already declared brain-dead – a fact revealed in court and corroborated by a Guardian Express source – he remains, apparently, connected to four life support machines as he is sent home under cover. In the meantime, many are attempting to piece together the motivations and mindsets of his children and grandchildren. Simultaneously, those descendants have been busy waging numerous court battles and attempting to gain control over Mandela’s trust account, which the Guardian Express has discovered is worth over 120 million South African Rand.
Mandela, even in death, is transported without a camera in sight, still believed to be attached to machines. There is a certain sad irony to the fact that the man who spent almost three decades in jail and emerged to become the “Father of the Nation,” to lead South Africans out from under the bondage of apartheid, is now, once again, imprisoned, this time inside his own body.
To fully unravel the mystery of what is really going on within the Mandela family, it is critical to understand the culture and environment in which Mandela’s children and grandchildren were raised. South Africa, many citizens claim, is a nation descending ever further into the worship of the almighty dollar, the deep and abiding love of greasy palms, and the unquenchable desire for more. In short, South Africa is a nation of unadulterated greed. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is deeply mired in this culture of corruption, to the point where even prominent party members are becoming disillusioned with the movement and the ideals for which it was supposed to stand.
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, head of the Tembu Royal House and Nelson Mandela’s cousin, announced in June that the ANC had lost its way and had pushed corrupt leaders to the top. He signaled his intention to leave the movement and join the opposition party.
The rot has already set in and spread to every organ of authority: Imagine, for a moment, getting pulled over by a police officer in the United States for a broken headlight. Imagine that officer walking up to the car and saying “you have a headlight out. What do you think we should do about that?” As he asks the question, he holds out his hand, making it very clear that if his palm is greased correctly, he will silently get back into his vehicle and go away; the entire incident forgotten. It is almost unthinkable in the US, but in South Africa, it is an accepted part of the culture.
Corruption is so rampant that the government’s Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, freely admits it. “There is no point in pointing fingers. [Corruption] is becoming a cultural problem in South Africa,” he said at a recent press conference. “We need to fight the culture of corruption. A culture of easy money making and not having to think hard, work hard, be clever and find an innovative way of making money.”
Other South African experts feel that the unstructured nature of legal and government institutions is what gave rise to the money-grabbing mindset of many South Africans, especially those in power. Dr. Elisabeth Grobler explains that it is caused by the “ease with which it is committed due to the lack of sanction and lack of adequate institutions to deal with the investigation and conviction of this phenomenon.”
Certainly, police officers and other elected officials enjoy the green palms provided to them by citizens looking for a quick fix to any legal problems, but elected officials are perceived to be the worst offenders when it comes to outright greed. The atmosphere among South Africans is one of gloom as many citizens feel the people in power do not care about bettering the country, but are only concerned with their own personal wealth.
The Secretary General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe, stated earlier this year that the ANC’s insatiable lust for money has harmed their cause. “Money has bedeviled our movement,” he said. “It is messing up our movement because comrades have a tendency to create space for themselves to accumulate wealth.”
Many different activist groups and factions have sprung up to combat what many feel is destructive avarice. Blogger Keith Somerville notes that those who are in positions of power have now turned to draining the coffers of the organizations that put them into those positions in the first place:
“Senior politicians who had fought their way to prominence as union leaders and opponents of apartheid are seen to be reaping the benefits of investments in mining and of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE)” Somerville writes, “They have become increasingly distant from those whose support made them national leaders. Every newspaper I read told this story and it was reflected in a general atmosphere of gloom, brooding resentment and a certain amount of fear…There is a feeling that change, perhaps with much violence, is imminent.”
The fear Somerville speaks of is palpable to those traveling in South Africa. It permeates hushed conversations. It hangs in the atmosphere like a trembling sword of Damocles. Everyone wonders when that sword is going to drop. People talk of impending destabilization and possible violent outbreaks among different factions who may be secretly vying for power. And the root of it all returns, invariably, to money. The Guardian Express has obtained exclusive audio of a recorded telephone conversation in which an officer of the South African Defense Force tells of plans to drive migrants from the country in preparation for widespread violence and, essentially, genocide.
This audio will be released with the third article in this trilogy, after the Guardian Express has taken steps to ensure that the identities of its sources – for their own safety – are not revealed.
That South Africa is deeply entrenched in greed and corruption is no secret, but while Mandela himself amassed a great fortune while he was the president, he did so, by all accounts, legitimately, with his legacy – his descendants – in mind. He was known for being an outstanding earner. The British newspaper The Guardian reports that a seasoned journalist who had been following Mandela for many years said “I know Mandela never had a hard time asking for money. He was known as the African National Congress’s greatest fundraiser.”
Mandela was rich, and he had been dedicated to ensuring that the funds he amassed stretch to benefit a long line of kin. His current descendants, however, don’t appear to have the same altruistic leanings, specifically his daughters and granddaughters. They want to remove the current trustees – who are sworn to make sure the money lasts for generations – and appoint themselves as the managers of the money; a move which Mr. Mandela vetoed just before he became critically ill.
Many feel that the culture of greed that permeates South Africa did not skip past the Mandela descendants. They have been accused of outright greed on many occasions by private citizens and officials alike. The question is, how far does greed extend, and what actions would members of the Mandela family take to ensure their own personal wealth?
Makaziwe, Mandela’s eldest daughter, owns a mansion in Johannesburg that is worth an estimated $1.36 million, according to South African newspaper the Star. She and other family members run a number of ventures that cash in on the famous name; there is a reality show, a restaurant, a clothing label and even a “House of Mandela” wine.
Despite their formidable collective wealth, the Mandelas appear willing to take what they can get for free; when family members took legal action against Mandla Mandela, the patriarch’s grandson, over the relocation of the bones of three of Mandela’s children, they applied for – and received – free legal aid that is intended for poor South Africans.
The jackals gather around Nelson Mandela, who, it seems, is being kept ‘alive’ because a dead man cannot be sued for control of his trust fund.
According to the same Guardian Express source, the Mandela family has sold the rights to coverage of Mandela’s funeral to CNN, for “25 million;” it should be noted that the currency denomination was not disclosed. CNN, in turn, sold broadcasting rights to the South African Broadcasting Company (SABC) for “three or five” million US dollars.
Sinister developments are revealing themselves in South Africa; the details of which will be expanded upon in the upcoming third article in this series. Nelson Mandela dies and then is kept, technically, alive by virtue of being connected to machines. Greed needs no life support device, however; it lives on in South Africa. The scavengers gather to capitalize on Mandela’s death and his legacy; the ruling ANC struggles with internal divisions. All this, while the country – mired in crime and corruption – lurches toward a complete meltdown.
The audio in this video points to proof of Mandela’s death. It also provides hints of a cover-up, whose motives will be revealed in Part III of this Trilogy. The smoking gun audio proof of cover-up and motive will be including in the next installment.
An Editorial by Rebecca Savastio & Graham J Noble; Investigative Contributors: Laura Oneale & Michael Smith
Read Part I of this trilogy here