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Lucas Mangope: A Life in Quotes

(Last Updated On: September 25, 2018)

“We are an independent nation and not a product of apartheid… We regained the independence which the British so treacherously took from us at the turn of the last century.” – Lucas Mangope

“If Botswana cannot change its foreign policy on Bophuthatswana and continues with its mud-slinging, then Bophuthatswana will have no option but to retaliate.” – Lucas Mangope

“Bophuthatswana is not the product of apartheid but the legacy of British imperialism and colonialism that went wrong.” – Lucas Mangope

“Our people (the Tswana) became fragmented and scattered willy nilly across the subcontinent. Our culture, our language, the very fabric of our being, began to be dissipated and lost in a bastardized tapestry exacerbated by the evils of apartheid. But through all this there remained the flickering flame of nation-hood which no amount of abuse or inhumanity could extinguish.” – Lucas Mangope

“That he can speak as a politician and a statesman about the programme for peace and reconciliation and seriously meaning what he says, while on the other hand a priest may speak in contempt and arrogance and shout out at the top of his voice a different programme. This programme may differ in words like ‘peace, love and reconciliation’ and be replaced by words like ‘violence, bloodshed and machine-guns’ because he does not hesitate to end up his message with the solemn pronouncement: In the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to the greater Glory of God and the Almighty. Amen.” – Lucas Mangope

“Our particular path of liberation and independence has not been enough for the world … a world that is historically used to bloodshed preceding recognition of independence or nationhood. Because our independence was not the result of a bloody war of liberation, we have not received, as yet, the recognition we deserve. But no matter, we will eventually earn this. When recognition comes to us, it will be recognition with great respect … the respect that is afforded to a nation that is capable of standing on its own feet. For this we are prepared to sit and wait.” – Lucas Mangope

“South Africa studiously avoids giving us the vocal recognition of our achievements that we have earned – and in this regard they team up with their opponents: the so-called liberal press of South Africa. This attitude of South Africa has caused us much harm in international quarters since many of our achievements and our resources are deceitfully or ignorantly represented as being part of South African property or achievement. And so, for example, when South Africa talks about her mineral reserves she sometimes includes that which belongs to us. When she publishes her information material, she does not always distinguish her territory from ours. We resent this and will do all in our power to see that this attitude changes.” – Lucas Mangope

“My Government is totally opposed to the idea of any forms of nationalisation. As it is often believed, a free enterprise system does not benefit only the elite or the rich. Free market forces also broaden and create the potential for the upliftment of the total population in all different spheres.” – Lucas Mangope

“Our sovereignty and freedom were unjustly and cruelly taken away from us by the British colonial government. We remoulded our people, who were scattered in groups and tribes over a wide area, and forged them again into a nation. We regained our dignity, our self-esteem, our sense of self-reliance and self-belief, acknowledging the wise and guiding hand of Almighty God.” – Lucas Mangope

“The history of the Batswana nation goes back to the 11th century when it inhabited the greatest portion of the country north of the Orange River and south west of the Zambezi. We lived here as a sovereign and free people until we suffered the fate of the northward expansion of colonial Britain.” – Lucas Mangope