Efforts in Britain to build a statue of former president Having Nelson Mandela removed in London is “nonsense,” says his grandson Mandla Mandela.
He made a statement on Friday to sharply condemn Paul Golding, leader of the Britain First group, and his “right-wing fans” and their attempt to have Mandela’s image removed on Parliament Square.
“It is only a matter of doubt that Madiba was a terrorist, communist and mass murderer. Those critics will never be able to detract from his struggle for freedom. Likewise, we cannot be affected by these oppressors’ hate speech.
“History has not only proven the evildoers wrong, but sees Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as an international icon respected around the world. He is the symbol of hope for those who suffer affliction, victimization and prejudice and people who hope that they will come out of these circumstances like him and will rise from the ashes like a phoenix. “
The image of Mandela, and several others, was covered to prevent it from being damaged.
The attempts to remove the statue follow the fall of the statue in Bristol of 17th-century Edward Colston, a slave trader.
Mandela thinks his grandfather cannot be compared to Colston, which to many people is a symbol of white domination.
He also stood behind the Black Lives Matter movement in Britain and the work being done to address racial discrimination in this country and around the world.
“The BLM movement should not be seen as a racial problem, but rather as a problem of oppressed nations around the world.