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South African Leaders Remind the World That Margaret Thatcher Supported Apartheid

Margaret Thatcher’s death set off a flurry of tributes from around the world, but none from South Africa. That’s because Thatcher, who margaret-thatcher-photodied on Monday, was a supporter of apartheid, even going to far to call Mandela and those fighting against apartheid “terrorists.”

“Anyone who thinks it is going to run the government in South Africa is living in cloud-cuckoo land,” she once said of the African National Congress.

Even though Thatcher showed profound disregard for South African self-governance, an ANC spokesperson issued a glowing statement.

“Her passing signals the end of a generation of leaders that ruled during a very difficult period characterised by the dynamics of the Cold War,” said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu. “She was one of the strong leaders in Britain and Europe, to an extent that some of her policies dominate discourse in the public service structures of the world.”

But other activists and leaders in South African aren’t being nearly as kind.

Pallo Jordan, an ANC leader who was once exiled from his own country, told The Guardian “Good riddance” when asked about Thatcher’s death.

“I’ve just sent a letter of congratulations,” Jordan said. “I say good riddance. She was a staunch supporter of the apartheid regime. She was part of the right wing alliance with Ronald Reagan that led to a lot of avoidable deaths.”

The South African president who governed and upheld apartheid, F.W. de Klerk, offered praise of Thatcher upon hearing of her death.

After hearing of her passing, de Klerk wrote that he was “honoured to have had Margaret Thatcher as a friend.”


27 Responses to South African Leaders Remind the World That Margaret Thatcher Supported Apartheid

  1. Emily Ero-Phillips

    April 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    And you know she and Ronald Reagan were in locked step! Since I can’t anything that’s nice, I’ll just end by offering condolences for her family members and close out!

  2. Kieran

    April 12, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Sorry but Mandela was a terrorist. He was directly involved in numerous terrorist attacks that took the lives of several innocent people, including a mother and her child.

    • Andrea

      April 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Kieran you are a Facist pig. Mandela was defending his people against the white devils who was brutally killing his people. Remember Europe invaded Africa and RAPE and Ravished the land of the original civilation. Thatcher is just a devil like the rest of them. She will have to answer for her evil doings

  3. Mike C. Okereke

    April 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

    How do you define temerity? Temerity, in this regard, is Europeans leaving their abode, and coming to South Africa to live as well as enslave the residents.
    And about Mrs. Thatcher’s death? I really don’t care one way or the other.
    In my Nigerian Igbo parlance it is called “Obiara nwere”

  4. coast cooker

    April 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I wish I could bring her back to life, So I can watch her die again..

  5. Harold

    April 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

    It is smellying a little better in here. Another racist down.

  6. Herman Hawkins Jr.

    April 10, 2013 at 2:17 am

    No kudos of any kind are coming to Thatcher from this reader. She and Ronald Reagan were the buddy buddy twosome from the right and their like minded policies and what has led to the economic mess the world is in today. Good riddance to her, Reagan and all their reactionary ilk.

  7. warren Johnson

    April 10, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Just goes to show that many of our people need to have their heads examined for trying to put this modern day witch on a pedestal for the rest of us to praise. So soon they forget, and that is why our cause is not much advanced from where it has been since the 40 Acres and the Mule were promised. Individual glory and accomplishments does not much to lift up a people and a nation.

  8. H. James Roseau, Connecticut

    April 10, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Obviously, she was not a goddess! Those that worshipped her and her reign of injustice will soon join her company to be judged by the real God, the only God. Then, they will realize that they were only humans, God’s creations.

  9. eric

    April 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    AMEN!!good riddance to her and all the other dictators… get rid of them. She was a very racist woman…NEXT TO GO!!!!!!!!

  10. marcus davis

    April 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I agree good riddance to her and the rest of her ilk.

  11. pylonas

    April 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    let the dictators perish for thier wrong doings