Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Was Mugabe jealous of Mandela's popularity?

09 December 2013, 13:20

Cape Town – As South Africa prepares for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela, a report has revealed a "strained relationship" that existed between the struggle icon and Zimbabwean leader and liberator Robert Mugabe.

Mandela died on Thursday at his home in Houghton at the age of 95.

Standard report said although Mugabe and Mandela shared revolutionary backgrounds in the fight against racial segregation, they later differed on how they handled the racial issue.

They both adopted a reconciliation approach with their people’s former oppressors, but Mugabe later changed and chose to "strike fear in the heart of the white man" when he felt that his rule was under threat, the report said.

Condolence message

Earlier this year, Mugabe labelled Mandela as too much of a "saint" for doing good to whites who previously oppressed the black majority.

Mandela also on the other hand revealed in a 2008 interview where he met with former French president Nocolas Sarkozy that Mugabe didn't want him released from prison.

"Before I was released from prison, he was the most popular African leader, but when I was released the media said this is the end of Mugabe from the point of view of popularity. In fact he himself didn’t want me to come out of jail,"  Mandela said.

According to International reports Mugabe was somewhat jealous of Mandela’s popularity as a bastion of black people’s rights and a symbol of the fight against racial segregation.

Mandela only visited Zimbabwe three times after his release from prison, but continued to inspire the people of that country.

Mugabe sent his condolence message over the weekend and described Mandela as "the greatest icon of African liberation".

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

- News24


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
William Korir
ODM kicks 6 MPs out of Parliament...

ODM has kicked 6 rebel members out of house committees. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Karua now headed to Jubilee?

Is Martha Karua now headed to the Jubilee Coalition? Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Kenneth defends move to support U...

Peter Kenneth says that moving to support President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Party is his democratic choice. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
How to keep her interested

It is not only men who lose interest in relationships. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
What to do after breakup

Your life does not end after breakup. Here are tips to move on: Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Rare gift for President Uhuru Ken...

Young Jubilee supporters have a rare surprise gift for the President. Read more...