Saturday, March 18, 2006

Mandela: The Teenage Pig Stealer.

Mr Mandela told how he as a teenager in South Africa's rural Transkei region, and friends would use the dregs of traditional beer to lure pigs.

"We'd go to the direction of the wind, so that the wind would blow from us to the village where the pigs are.”And then we leave a little bit of the remains of the beer, and then the pigs come out... then we go further and put the stuff further away." The future president and his friends would then stab the pig to death. "The owners will not hear its shouts, and then we roast it and eat it."

"Some of the leaders of this country and elsewhere in the world started with misdemeanours of all kinds, but as they grew up, they became responsible people who have served our country very well," Mr Mandela said during his meeting with director Gavin Hood, and actors Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto.

"And don't dismiss any youngsters who are not behaving according to your wishes. It is better to talk to them, to say 'no', you have made a mistake here. The correct procedure, you should have done so and so," he said.
[ via BBC ]

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