• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Nelson Mandela, "Little more than a terrorist" or "An abused leader of his people"?

Extracts from this document...


South Africa 1945-1994: Was Nelson Mandela a Terrorist? Question 7: Nelson Mandela, "Little more than a terrorist" or "An abused leader of his people"? When the Nationalist Party came to power in 1948 in South Africa, the ANC were not that popular and many of the blacks lived in the country and not the towns and cities. Slowly many blacks moved to the towns to find work in the ever expanding industry. Ever since this time many white liberals and blacks joined the ANC and the movement against apartheid because they felt the rules were not fair on them, from this time the ANC were continually trying to make the country ungovernable by different methods such as the Defiance Campaign of 1952. In 1961 the ANC devised a different method, to blow up power stations and to disrupt the country. Many people thought that the ANC was resorting to terrorism, If Nelson Mandela was "little more than a terrorist" then it would mean that he was killing innocent people and causing unnecessary damage. But, on the other hand, if he was an "abused leader of his people" it would mean that he was discriminated, arrested and jailed for no reason. ...read more.


The answer is "...in some spheres of life, yes". Here Maisels is proving that Mandela was forced to work with the communists because of the unfair laws laid down for the black community. Source B also is on Mandela's side because Walter Sisulu talks about the NP being at its "high water mark" and there being, "no possibility of the Nationalists getting any stronger". This is on Mandela's side because it says nothing about Mandela doing anything wrong, only that the NP are on their last legs. But Sisulu would say this anyway because he was the Leader of the ANC and would not say anything different. In Source C Winnie Mandela describes her in her memoirs the police searches of her home in the 1950's. This is saying that Mandela is "an abused leader" because it implies that the police searched the Mandela's home for no good reason other than an excuse to put him in prison so that the ANC no loner was a threat to the NP. In the source Winnie says, "They couldn't find anything incriminating". This proves that Mandela was abused and was only trying to lead his people just like any other leader would do except to do this he had to motivate them. ...read more.


Even though he was using violence for what he believed in. The evidence for this is that Mandela was suspected even during the Treason Trial of being guilty and the reason they raided his home was to find evidence incriminating him, another reason is that even though he did not order the attacks he was blamed for them by the NP. The reason I do not think that the violence that the ANC used was terror is because the deaths that occurred during the bombings were probably not intended and the Mandela had no other choice than to resort to violence because there was no point in teaching peace when violence was inevitable. It is also clear that it was not terrorism because many people outside the country agreed that the NP should be kicked out of power and agreed with what Mandela was doing. The world did not look on the events with disgrace because they knew Mandela was fighting for a just cause. The truth is that Mandela slightly lost control of his people while he was in prison and this is why he would not admit to using violence in Source H and why he was blamed for the violence. Nelson Mandela was "an abused leader of his people" who resorted to violence instead of admitting defeat. History South Africa Coursework Edward Mathews Source Based Question 7 Centre No: 65129 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Morality of War section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Morality of War essays

  1. "King Billy" by Edwin Morgan is a poem about the life and death of ...

    After giving us this, lonely, depressing image, Morgan then gives us contrasting image by talking about "a thousand people" who "stopped traffic for the hearse of a folk hero". Where were these people when he was poor and dying? Morgan also tells us that the mourners "threw Onward Christian Soldiers to the winds, from unironic lips."

  2. Domestic violence.

    indeed explore the midwives knowledge and experience of dealing with domestic violence. The work does not include either an introduction or a literature review. The respondents were clearly defined as a group of one hundred randomly selected midwives practicing at grades E, F, and G, from two midwifery units.

  1. Violence in the South of Thailand

    More than 60 people have died, including 3 Buddhist Monks. The government and police have described these people as bandits who want to steal and get money, believing them to be extremists who have come from Malaysia. However, Malaysia has dismissed these claims.

  2. Free essay

    The Role of the Accident Compensation Corporation in the Prevention of Family Violence in ...

    From Fear (Donovan, Francas, Paterson & Zapelli 2000), Aktiv gegen M´┐Żnnergewalt / Active Against Male Violence (Women Against Violence Europe), Zero Tolerance Campaign (Women Against Violence Europe)

  1. Argument Construction - Terrorism

    In 2001 Iraq gathered $3 billon illegally. Even with all this information and evidence that the government has on Saddam Hussein, they are still debating on what to do next, to take up arm or to carry on trying to negotiate. The easy way will be to take up arms and get rid of Saddam Hussein once and for all.

  2. Explore the idea that organisations fail when it comes to supporting domestic abuse survivors ...

    It had been a hidden issue but over time women have started to report cases of Domestic Violence, through professionals or self referrals. When it comes down to what services are available for the survivors of Domestic Violence, there are numerous, but the reality of these services come to live

  1. To what extent if at all might a religious ethic be pacifist?

    If pacifism was a part of Christianity it would have to be through its absolute form, for this implies acting through duty, therefore involving the use of rational thought and the deontological principles of Christianity. Yet we have already identified the problematic idealistic nature of absolute pacifism.

  2. Source based discussion on the events at Sharpville.

    Another factor is the attitude of the crowd. In Source C, we cannot see clearly the expressions on the protestor's faces if indeed that is what they are doing. They could be smiling and protesting peacefully. Or they could have rocks at there sides silently aggravated and angry.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work