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Published on December 6th, 2013 | by Dr. Joel McDurmon


The Real Mandela

“There is nothing sacred or inherently superior about non-violent methods of struggle.”

—Nelson Mandela

With the media gushing about the greatness of Nelson Mandela now on the day after his death, a counterpoint with the rest of the story is badly needed. Below are a few video interviews of South African missionary Peter Hammond, who tells the real truth about Mandela.

Portrayed as a liberator by the media, Mandela was a Marxist and convicted terrorist. Hammond relates of Mandela:

He admitted in open court—pleaded “guilty”—and remember, he was trained as a lawyer—he pleaded “guilty” to 156 acts of public violence and terrorism. He was the head of the revolutionary terrorist wing of the ANC [African National Congress] “Umkhonto we Sizwe.” And he was behind so many different operations: from the plotting of bombs in the railway station (which killed women and children, which crippled people), bombs in shopping centers, attacks on farmers, . . . so many acts of violence.

He goes on to say that modern portrayals make Mandela out to be a saint, but never mention why he was in prison to begin with. It was for good and just reason. “Not even the Amnesty International would take his case, because they said he wasn’t a political prisoner. He had had a fair trial and a reasonable sentence. He had his day in court. He was not a political prisoner. He was in jail for acts of violence.”

He relates that the crimes for which Mandela was given life imprisonment in South Africa, he would have received the death penalty in the U.S. or Britain at the time. It was the political climate that later got him released, and leftist revisionism that has whitewashed his early life of violence. If anything, Mandela’s legacy is an argument in favor of the death penalty. When such criminals are not disposed of, there is always a chance future political powers may be corrupt enough to release them—perhaps even into positions of power.

In light of the truth about Mandela, Hammond can say, “I’m astounded that so many in the west idolize Nelson Mandela and lift him up as a messianic figure, because they obviously don’t know what he teaches, what he believes, or what he does, or his support for some of the most radical Marxist dictatorships on the planet.”

This includes many Christians: “A lot of Christians out there idolize Nelson Mandela just because they’ve only been given false, misleading, and incomplete information.”

When Mandela fell ill a year ago, the media began to prepare for the very hagiography which it is now publishing about the fallen terrorist. Barack Obama seized the opportunity to tour South Africa, speaking on human rights everywhere he went, invoking the name of Mandela at every stop and praising his work.

A liberal NPR commentator could not contain himself this morning. He lamented the fact that during Obama’s visit to the country, Mandela was too ill for a photo-op: “The first black president of the United States standing beside the first black president of South Africa would’ve made for a powerful moment.”

Or he might have said: “One crypto-communist friend of terrorists standing beside a known communist and convicted terrorist would’ve made for a revealing moment.”

In the wake of the Boston bombings, Obama stated that the acts would be investigated as acts of terrorism, because, “Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror.”

Any time. . . .”

Yet this morning, when addressing the death of Mandela only a few months later, the same president said, “We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.”

There is indeed a disconnect in the public discourse.

And yes, even, many Christians will be confused and cornered. Many will find themselves trapped by the perceived dilemma created by the whitewashed narrative of Mandela. If opponents openly criticize him, they risk being publicly associated a friends of apartheid and racism (just as supporters of states’ rights in the U.S. today get associated unduly with slavery and racism). Give Mandela a pass, however, and you give a pass to his Marxist ideology and terrorism. It sounds a lot like many other lesser-of-two-evils decisions presented to us.

The videos which follow come from a missionary who judges matters differently. He upholds the truth in the public square, no matter what people say against him or try to do to him.

Mandela has passed on to stand before his maker. We will now see if God judges according to the lesser of evils.

If you’d like to learn more about Mandela’s communism, just read the book he himself wrote, and which was part of the loads of evidence used against him in his trial: How to Be a Good Communist.

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About the Author

Dr. Joel McDurmon

Joel McDurmon, Ph.D. in Theology from Pretoria University, is the Director of Research for American Vision. He has authored seven books and also serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to the American Vision website. He joined American Vision's staff in the June of 2008. Joel and his wife and four sons live in Dallas, Georgia.

36 Responses to The Real Mandela

  1. Dark Puritan says:

    In the comment of this article as well as the previous Mandela post many have accused Bro. Hammond of being a liar and a racist, as a black American (not African) who has listened to all except his recent mp3s on Sermonaudio, I can testify of his love and sacrifice for black souls in Africa at the risk of his own life, here in his own words is his view on apartheid, those who say he ignores the abuses of the movement obviously didn’t try too hard to find the truth, it took me a second and one web search.

    PS the law of God still applies “thou shall not bear false witness”

  2. Matthew says:

    I think at the very lest this article needs to be balanced. Could we please have an article about the atrocities the white South African government inflicted on those people it thought were less than them, largely the black South African population. My country of New Zealand saw our indigenous people prevented from playing sports against the South African teams because of their supposed inferiority, namely just physical differences. I do not condone Mandela’s terror but what was he to do, desperate times call for desperate measures. If we are judging the American’s involvement in World War 2 the same way you are judging Mandela then American actions could also be deemed terrorism. America bombed innocent women and children and yes some were targeted so throwing the terrorist word around…

    • Matthew says:

      is very dangerous.
      These articles are sounding very American and almost sound like the old Jesus is a republican discourse. The Gospel is neither capitalist nor communist it actually contains elements of both, not Marxist foundations but aspects. Remember we are not supposed to stray to the left or the right there is a middle road (proverbs 4:27). It seems Mandela strayed to the left and the white South African government strayed to the right.
      Also if you want to attack liberal theologies, which I also do not agree with, why not attack the Reformed theologies of white South Africa. We have white South African’s who are of the reformed denomination and still hold to their racist theologies.
      You have muddled the issues it sounds like you are grasping at anything to tear down Mandela’s…

      • Matthew says:

        legacy. Yes he may have unchristian policies but this should be separated from him making a stand against the oppressive government. Also the sensitivities of this article. What would you think reading this article, if you were a black South African who had suffered under the white regime? It sounds like good Christian white folk who are /were in the position of comfort commenting on the situation, while black people suffered under the regime.

        • TIA says:

          “What would you think reading this article, if you were a black South African who had suffered under the white regime?”

          What would you think reading this article if you were a black South African who was murdered by Mandela and his terrorist gang?

      • TIA says:

        “The Gospel is neither capitalist nor communist it actually contains elements of both, not Marxist foundations but aspects.”

        Not true. See Gary North’s economic commentaries on the Bible ( The Bible recognizes private property and nowhere authorizes the civil government to forcibly take money from some people and give it to others (except to pay off a debt or as restitution for theft, etc.).

        No is defending the white South African government or churches and saying they were/are perfect. The focus of the article is Mandela.

        • Matthew says:

          “What would you think reading this article if you were a black South African who was murdered by Mandela and his terrorist gang? – See more at:”

          I agree completely however I think an article informing the readers about the white south african atrocities is needed. Why? Because as you can see from many of the comments it has drawn out racist euro-centric comments and theologies. Like some of the comments that say South Africa was better off under the old regime- honestly that person needs a slap. A healthy balance is needed when you release such an aggressive article. Otherwise it just sounds extreme and pulls extreme people out!

          God bless.

        • TIA says:


          I see where you’re coming from. Yes, there does need to be a balance.

          I believe that’s why this article was written in the first place. Most of the articles about Mandela are full of uncritical praise, so this article was needed.

          As for atrocities by white South Africans, that is a related, but separate issue. Yes, they need to be talked about as well, but that was beyond the scope of the article. That would be a good topic for a book, but in an article of this length, the author needs to focus on one issue–in this case, the fact that Mandela was a terrorist.

    • TIA says:


      You are correct in pointing out that many of America’s actions in World War 2 were terrorism. See Joel McDurmon’s book “The Bible & War in America” for a Christian perspective on war.

      The government of America (not the people of America) is undoubtedly the worst terrorist organization in the world. By condemning Mandela’s terrorism, he is not excusing American terrorism. In fact, he does condemn American terrorism. That just wasn’t the focus of this article.

    • John says:

      That was a declared war, with armies, uniforms, and governments. The US bombed an island. It was impossible to miss civilians. Iwo Jima taught the US that we did not have enough men to storm every island on the way to Japan. The point is your argument for Mandella and WWII is a non sequitur argument. There is such a thing as nonviolent civil disobedience to achieve success against an unjust situationas men like MLK Jr., and Gandhi. This is why, in America, we celebrate MLK Jr. Day and NOT Malcom X or Timothy McVeigh.

  3. David Smith says:

    I’ve just about come to the conclusion that if the media and popular “culture” like or approve of someone or something, chances are, I’m won’t.

    • TIA says:

      Yes, we were just having a conversation about this last Saturday. Whether it is food (bacon, eggs, butter, etc.), presidents (Lincoln, Roosevelt (either one), etc.), or almost anything else, you can be sure that if it’s promoted as “good”, it is really bad, and if it’s promoted as “bad”, it is really good.

  4. Brian says:

    Events such as this (the death of Mandela) can be very instructive. Those that praise him are either under the thumb of the political/media establishment or seeking their favor.

  5. Thomas S. says:

    Love how everyone justifies what he did. America in the 50s and 60s was nowhere near as bad as South Africa during apartheid granted. Martin Luther King was beated and jailed numerous for exercising his god-given rights. He always preached non-violence and he practiced what he preached. MLK would have denounced anyone that did things like he did for any reason.

  6. Ducky says:

    Communists: We believe in non-violence at all costs. Translation: Shut up conservatives/libertarians don’t talk about consequences of economic intrusions, and don’t you dare revolt against it.

    As for South Africa and Mandela, I think that both sides were wrong. That is, both governments were evil, and anybody that tried to advocate that the opposing side was wrong is only advocating for their version of an evil government.

    • Arrow says:

      Good point.

      It seems that whenever there are competing interests, people tend to try to establish two distinct “sides” and jump on one or the other, defending it in all areas whether right or wrong.

      We see it in American politics all the time.

    • Terri says:

      Just like Russia does, right? What country was that a few years ago that they moved tanks in and started slaughtering innocent people?! Geogia I believe. And the list goes on! So you still say Communists are non violent?! Go live with Castro if you like communism so well!

  7. Newton Kibiringi says:

    It is obvious that a person who was on an opposite side of his fight would see things like you have seen but to the oppressed of his day nothing was to big or heinous if it made them feel human in their own native land. Do not hide behind his philosophical believes to gain the sympathy of the capitalist America Peter. There is truth in much of what you have written but the motive behind your judgement may not score a single point to the people to whom Apartheid was abhorrent. Anyway you have spoken your voice and we cannot qualify it as the voice of truth which is always the lie claim when America speaks.

    • sandyk says:

      Your last line tells me that you have Communist leanings just like this guy whom you adulate. If you live in this great country, please get the ef out. You don’t belong here and we don’t want you.

      • Newton Kibiringi says:

        Days are gone when we Africans would be scared of those who thought we were less human. Our heroes fought the war and ours is to maintain their pride bravely. We were born free and we will live so even inside jails. Are you still holding onto the long burst bubble of “Great Country”? Nowonder!

        • Sandy Kelley says:

          And your people continue to sell you as slaves across Africa and the mid east, yet you hate the United States….the one country that gave you freedom and dignity and continues to do so, although you don’t know what to do with it. Think: would you be better off in Africa than America????

      • peter says:

        Wow, I wonder if you hate Abe Lincoln as much. He was responsible for the deaths of over 50,000 Americans soldiers who fought on both sides of a similar issue. Some continue to vilify him. I on the other hand wonder where the soul of the the republican party got lost in the midst of our own apartheid reality. There exists among us a continued assault on all whom disagree. ( your a commy. your a liberal. your a gd N lover.) and the beat goes on…….:*(

        • TIA says:

          The “Civil” War wasn’t primarily about slavery. It was about taxes and government control. Lincoln had no love for the slaves–he wanted to send all the blacks back to Africa. Check out “The Real Lincoln” by Thomas DiLorenzo.

        • Dark Puritan says:

          Yes I am reject the false worship of Lincoln. :-I

    • peter says:


  8. Tionico says:

    I remember manyb of those events as they occurred… the railway bombing stands out in particular. WE knew Mandela was a communist, an ally of Castro and his ilk. We knew he went to prison for his murders, bombings, etc.

    Yes, apartheid was a great evil, but to respond as did Mandela and his sort was at least as wrong. Further, after he was released early from prison (recall, he was sentenced to LIFE in prison, he’s been out for many years now, so he did NOT serve his sentence) and made president, he gave approbation to the mass murder of whites in SA by the blacks who had been oppressed earlier on. He also promoted the taking of much of the land owned and managed by the Boers… a goodly part of the economic engine of that country at the time.

    • Tionico says:

      SO, don’t peddle that “peace and love” garbage. Its propaganda. Apartheid was wrong, as wasa Mandela’s “answer”. Further, his enshrining into the very Constitution of SA things like abortion, homosexuality, and such exposes him as evil. Rewatch Hammond’s second video, where he confronts Mandela on these issues, and details Mandela’s response, putting his dogs on them for thirteen years. And those dogs fining naught… not one penny out of place. And Mandela repented of his evil ways? No, sir, he did not.

  9. The Missourian says:

    Reminds me of the scripture, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” – 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

  10. DrewJ says:

    Well, he was a murderer and a communist. But other than that, he was a good man.

  11. Chris says:

    Dr. McDurmon thank you for writing this piece and attempting to undo the myth about the thug Mandela.

  12. Paul Lambert says:

    Thanks for this counterpoint!

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