This video is called Nelson Mandela “I Am Prepared to Die” Speech (with subtitles/transcript); when Nelson Mandela was on trial during the apartheid regime.
Anti-apartheid activists share Mandela stories
Thursday 17th April 2014
South Africa’s honorary consul in Scotland Brian Filling regaled delegates with his memories of Mandela.
Mr Filling, a founding member of Scotland’s anti-apartheid movement, recalled that when Dundee, Glasgow and Aberdeen had awarded Mandela the freedom of their cities in the early 1980s the newspapers had branded their gesture as consorting with a terrorist.
But by 1990 the Establishment press was hailing his release as marking the end of an era of violent state repression.
So when the then-ANC presidential candidate visited Mr Filling and other supporters in 1993 “one of the things he had wanted to do was meet the editors of newspapers and television.”
Mr Filling said Mr Mandela, widely eulogised as a gentle, tranquil figure, had been polite but blunt.
“I want to say to you: this hasn’t been a peaceful or painless transition. And don’t you forget it,” he said.
Nor was the struggle over, with the legacy of centuries of colonialism “still deeply felt.”
The activities of Anglo American and other mining corporations were one such example, he said.
“The people of South Africa are still suffering – that’s why we call for fair trade not free trade,” he said.