Former South African president Nelson Mandela was confirmed dead on Thursday evening at the age of 95. While the whole world mourns for the loss of a great leader, there are several netizens who still fire brow-raising comments on Twitter, condoning Mandela's act as a 'terrorist leader.'
Mandela, who's viewed by politicians as a political icon for shattering the apartheid system on a peaceful way, was still a target of criticism from several Twitter users despite his death.
Young Ukip activist Alexandra Swann expressed his condolence towards Mandela's family, but he nevertheless condoned the former leader's terrorist past.
"Mandela is dead. Sympathy for his family but let's not deify one who condoned terrorism," Swan posted on her Twitter account via Huffington Post.
"@SeannSykes planning explosions in civilian areas? Terrorism regardless of cause," she added.
After that, the bandwagon continues with another flock of netizens trying to revive debates on whether or not Mandela was a world icon or just a terrorist.
"The amount of sheep saying 'RIP Mandela' is nauseating. Do your research and you'll see he was terrorist scum. #wr," - sамsкıч #wr (@Partisan24).
"I wonder how much the Mandela obits will say about his past as a terrorist," Peter Bright.
"Nelson Mandela founded a militant antiapartheid group and led a bombing campaign against the Apartheid Government. just saying," SWAG KING VIVIAN.
Terrorist Until 2008
According to the Huffington Post, Mandela had been on the US Terrorist watch list until former US President George W. Bush inked a bill to remove the South African leader from the notorious list in 2008.
However, the legislation still provided restriction on the members of Mandela's African National Congress, which is viewed by South African's regime as a terrorist organization.
"The restriction rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterpart, the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader Nelson Mandela," US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told BBC regarding the limitation imposed on ANC members, who were allowed to travel to United Nations headquarters in New York but not to the U.S. capital Washington and other parts of the country.
Great Britain's Margaret Thatcher and U.S. President Ronald Reagan branded Mandela the leader of terrorist group ANC during the 80s. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years in Robben Island before he was released from prison in 1990. In 1994, Mandela became Democratic South Africa's first president, and forever quashed racial discrimination in the country.