Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. MiepR

    MiepR said, almost 3 years ago

    If he was that much of a sellout, why was he imprisoned for 27 years? You’d think he’d robbed a convenience store or something.

  2. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    Fair enough; there are many in South Africa who criticise him in the same vein.

    I will, however, strongly disagree with the tick along-side the “create one-party state”.

    The ANC has managed a 2/3rds majority since Mandela stepped down (Mandela was shy of that mark himself by a few percent) and that effectively has made it overwhelmingly powerful, allowed cronyism, corruption and non-accountability to run rampant. But it isn’t a one-party state, the ANC’s rule is under threat through democratic processes, and hopefully the masses will see through the wool pulled over their eyes in the next elections so that, at the very least, a strong opposition comes into parliament. I think Mandela had little to do with the machinations of the ANC entrenching itself as an overwhelming force. But I accept he did little to rein in the excesses of his fellows.
    That once he stepped down after his term in office, he didn’t wield his influence more so within the ANC in order to redress the poverty, and continue with the programmes which aimed at correcting the inequities within the county. His term in office was that of keeping the county united and that in itself was quite a feat.

    ‘Justice for the victims of apartheid’ – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission tried to do restorative justice but I do accept that for many the Commission was not enough and many injustices endure. However, I’m of the opinion, shared by many other South Africans, that if it were not for the TRC, there’d be more resentment seething within South African society.

  3. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago

    “Please educate me on what that is to mean by you. But from your last two remarks I think I need to do some reading.” -——————-//—————————
    Don’t worry, Ted usually just makes stuff up.

  4. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    asked “Help Townships” Please educate me on what that is to mean by you.”

    Harly, “townships” in the South African context, not the American definition, were racial neighbourhoods on the outskirts of white towns and cities which basically housed the ‘non-white’ labourers for these towns’ economies.

    There were black, coloured (mixed-race) and Indian townships. The overwhelming majority were little more than shanty towns, often without proper sanitation, running water, electricity, proper housing, paved roads, basic amenities etc

    Harly also asked: "Redistribute wealth? I don’t know him well enough to call him a Commi, "

    No, he wasn’t communist although he was aligned with the SA Communist party. He had socialist ideals, yes. And of course redistribution was on the cards. It could only be on the cards bearing in mind the gross inequality within South Africa.
    But many criticise the ANC that wealth redistribution has been badly managed, that instead of a rising black middle-class, an elite black middle-class has come up, often imitating the ways of the privileged whites of the past.

  5. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago


    "Don’t worry, Ted usually just makes stuff up.

    Not really, these are criticisms voiced within South Africa, it isn’t just Ted.

  6. Xavier Sartre

    Xavier Sartre said, almost 3 years ago

    I’m in two minds about this one. It’s incredibly brave to remind people of what Nelson Mandela himself said, that he was never a saint in any sense. And Ted raises important issues: the post-apartheid state still has pretty much the same economic inequalities and uneven distribution of wealth and opportunity as it did under white minority rule.

    On the other hand, Nelson Mandela was a charismatic and courageous human being who managed to bring about a peaceful revolution in a country where that had seemed impossible. He set standards which statesmen – and not just African leaders – will be measured by for the next several hundred years.

    On balance I think Ted was right to be a contrarian here. There is no shortage of eulogies for Mandela. It’s good to remember that he was a man with human failings and limitations and that he failed in several important respects.

    Thanks Ted, and RIP Nelson Mandela.

  7. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Wow. This rivals the 9/11 widows cartoon for sheer idiotic bile.

  8. piobaire

    piobaire said, almost 3 years ago

    Perhaps you could illustrate your point by telling us who in American society you would compare to Nelson Mandela?

  9. comics

    comics GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Right on Debt Free! The banks who sold worthless sub prime mortgages should be able to keep the wealth they stole from investors and home owners.

  10. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    suggested, “Ted, if you must speak ill of the dead, please do so in private.”

    Why, he’s an editorial cartoonist, that’s his job.
    His criticisms here are fair and Mandela is not sacred.

  11. lbalch

    lbalch said, almost 3 years ago


    I’m pretty sure Dick Chaney would be his choice.

  12. T Hicks

    T Hicks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    If this was in the 1990’s, it should also include “Tell Winnie who should get the next necklace.”

  13. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Good question. He held out for 27 years, but then he rose to power and sold out. These things happen. A good man becomes a weak one becomes a bad one.

  14. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    There should have been no forgiveness for apartheid-era murderers. The townships are poor slums where little has changed since 1994.

  15. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    And yet you’re still here.

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