Nelson Mandela: His Eloquent Silence Speaks to the Future

By any measure, he is an unlikely leader in today's world. Imprisoned since 1962 on a variety of charges, including conspiracy and sabotage, he has taken no active part in fomenting the black rage that in 1985 spread like a brush fire in the veld, leading to the deaths of more than 850 South Africans, almost all of them nonwhite. His words cannot be legally published in the South African press. Only a few intimates even know what he looks like now; he has not been photographed since 1965. Yet from his cell in Pollsmoor Prison near Cape Town, Nelson Mandela,...

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