The extreme right have been talking about it for close to 20 years.
"Die nag van die lang messe", "Uhuru"
Or as I like to call it "Horse shit !"
The idea was that when Nelson Mandela died there was an active agenda, a planned event that would take place. All black people were in on it and it was common knowledge. The plan was that blacks would rise up and kill the white people.
Now I know that sounds ridiculous to someone who has never heard it. And the reason it sounds ridiculous ? IT IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS.
For my years of actively blogging against the fearmongering of the white South African far right I came across this manure day after day. In fact in the late nineties and early naughties in town halls across the country groups were going around showing "factual" videos about "uhuru" and ensuring people there was absolutely no doubt this was a real thing.
In fact the morning Mandela died I had quite a few friends ask me what I thought know that Mandela had died. I answered along the lines of "It's sad the old man has passed but it's probably for the best considering his condition" depending who was asking. And at least 3 people responded "No, I mean about what the black are going to get up to now?" (some of my better friends are racist). So it wasn't just my imagination that this was a widely preached myth.
Now the last thing anyone needs right now is another glowing testimony of praise for Nelson Mandela. So I'm not even going to go there. But I did promise certain people that the day that he passed away and there was no "uhuru" that I'd do something like this:
There's no uhuru. There's no white genocide in South Africa. Stop wasting your time bothering yourself and other people about this shit and go outside and do something constructive.
R.I.P Nelson Mandela.