I can only give a personal view. I met my South African friend, Laurie Musgrove, in 1993. I remember her frightened emails as the election was coming up. While she opposed Apartheid, the specter of all out civil war was a distinct possibility.
The only thing I really knew about South Africa was because my father, Marvin Charton, was a military history buff, and I learned about the Zulus and the British defeat at Isandlhwana in 1879.
Hindsight is always 20/20. I realized looking back, you could have appealed to me by saying the Nationalist Party was a bulwark against Communism and allied with the United States and Israel. One can always overlook something they don’t like (Such as the fact, that much of the Afrikaner leadership and the Broderbund was pro-Nazi during World War II and how racist they were).
OK, what does this have to do with Nelson Mandela? I would have considered him a terrorist in my younger days. I highly respected Dr. Martin Luther King, but not Nelson Mandela. Because it would have been sold to me as the regime in South Africa was fighting Marxists.
Eventually, I learned better. The Nationalist Party was fighting against history and what was right.
I understand South Africa has problems. Look at what has to be overcome. In the long run there was not a bloodbath in 1994, because of the able leadership of Nelson Mandela.
I was in South Africa on business in 1996 and stayed with my friend. Nelson Mandela was President.
I don’t need to repeat what has already been in the news and I am rambling. May add something more intelligent later.