“Together, hand in hand, with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.” —WINNIE MANDELA on 13 April 1986 to a cheering audience in Johannesburg
‘Necklacing’ is a form of public execution carried out in South Africa by the mob which started in 1985 during the fight against apartheid.
No pictures will be featured here although the gruesome practice has been documented by photojournalists and captured on live television. The horrifying images of this real “inhumanity” are just too graphic.
This popular method of torture killing involved putting a burning car tyre around the neck – hence its grotesque name ‘necklacing’ – of an individual who was deemed a traitor to the black community.
After the bloodthirsty crowd had sufficiently brutalized (beat, kicked, stoned) the victim, he is doused with petrol and set alight.
Under the heat of the flames, the tyre would melt and cling like boiling tar to the flesh, explains Mark Oliver in his 19 May 2018 article ’Death by tire fire’ published in the ATI website.
A tyre would also continue to burn and burn, at the same time releasing noxious fumes and thus prolonging the agony of the victim in his death throes.
The sight of a terrified burning man trying to run (escape) with the massive weight of a flaming tyre around his neck provided an entertaining spectacle for the onlookers.
A TIME magazine article on 24 June 2001 described it as “one of the world’s most savage forms of execution”.
And just how savage? Sometimes the militant black youths would also chop off the victim’s hands so that he could not throw off the burning tyre, said TIME.
Or they would tie the hands behind his back — with barbed wire.
Among the vigilantes urging on the mob to mete out such rough justice was Winnie Mandela, wife of Nelson — the sainted freedom fighter and founding father of the Rainbow Nation.
Idolized by the indoctrinated sheeple
When Winnie Mandela died in 2018, her obituaries would be remiss if they had omitted to mention her endorsement of necklacing.
Without condemning her, however, the legacy media made only a passing mention of Winnie’s infamous 1986 remark that “with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country”.
Nelson Mandela’s independence party the African National Congress (ANC), in its 1996 submission to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, stated that blacks who collaborated with the South African white rulers were viewed as “enemy” that needed to be neutralized, and made an example of in order to deter other informants.
So how did Winnie get away with encouraging the fiery practice of necklacing at home when it had created a public relations debacle abroad?
ANC “broadcast on two separate frequencies, for consumption by two different audiences, with two incompatible messages being conveyed”.
In short, ANC simply told different people whatever they wanted to hear, according to James Myburgh in his 17 April 2018 lengthy article appearing in Politicsweb, a South African digital media site.
On the one hand, wrote Myburgh, “the ANC broadcast a message of moderation to its confirmed and potential liberal sympathisers in the West, people who were appalled by apartheid but who did not want to think too hard about the alternative the ANC was really offering.”
”On the other [hand], the ANC communicated to its own cadres its actual revolutionary racial-nationalist ideology and strategy.”
ANC supporters on the ground were exhorted “to organise themselves into small units, arm themselves with whatever weapons were at hand (from Molotov cocktails to stolen guns), and go out and attack policemen and councillors and other ‘collaborators’ in their homes and elsewhere”, wrote Myburgh.
It was estimated that 307 people had been killed by means of the necklace in 1986, the peak year of its brutality. Necklacing recurred sporadically in later years.
Myburgh believed that Winnie Mandela’s necklacing remarks “were completely consistent with the ANC policy and objectives of the time”.
She was the most notorious among ANC leaders linked to necklacing but far from alone in her views about it as an acceptable method and means to an end.