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December 12 [Wed], 2012, 7:13
David James Smiths book Young Mandela, released in South Africa in June 2010, had as one of its central conceits the damage inflicted on the Mandela family as a result of its patriarchs complete devotion to the anti-Apartheid cause. The book attempted to address the heartache at the core of both of Nelson Mandelas families, the one he formed with his first wife Evelyn Mase and the one he formed with Winnie, but its most controversial aspect was by far the revelation that he may have physically abused Evelyn. This excruciating possibility, alluded to in divorce papers that Evelyn submitted to the Native Divorce Court in 1956, was not something that Smith came upon by accident. He learnt of the papers existence from employees of the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF).

The obvious question was this: what in the world would the NMF have to gain by giving such documents to an author who was known to be writing a book about a supremely sensitive time in Madibas life? One answer, suggested by Anthony Butler in the Business Day, was that the foundation was ordered to do so by Madiba himself. Mandela always demonstrated great awareness about the significance of his own reputation, wrote Butler. Perhaps this great servant of his country has decided that the time has come to bring his own sainthood to an end?

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