He was a terrorist and was directly responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians.
Only half the story. The M plan devised by Mandela was meant to be a campaign of attacking government buildings alongside a rural guerrilla warfare campaign, and was directly designed not to kill civilians. Some deaths did occur. of course, once violence is chosen, death is always going to happen intentionally or not.
And are we gonna pretend that South Africa is actually a better place to live now since the end of Apartheid? Lmfao..
People are stupid.
Well, given the policy of apartheid and the brutal oppression that it engendered led directly to the formation of the military ams of the ANC and PAC, which in turn caused even greater state oppression, spiralling violence, terrorism and torture, external military campaigns, internal purges and the targeting of those deemed "insufficiently pure" to the cause on both sides...yeah.
Sure South Africa's still a shithole, but when you have largely unresolved racial tensions and a huge amount of wealth in the hands of a very few people, that's what happens.
But I'm sure you'll be right along to prove people are stupid by saying crime in South Africa now is worse than the 1980s state of emergencies and the mass killings that were associated with them.