It's part of his legacy, not sure why one cannot discuss the controversies along with the everything else. But I don't want to offend anyone so I started this thread for anything that may not fit in the RIP thread. There are two things I most admire Mandela for. The most important, of course, was not caving to the revenge cycle temptation when Apartheid ended. But the second most important thing is how he applied his principles even handedly across the board, and not just when it was convenient. That is where I see the political controversies about the man deriving from. The US government doesn't exactly have an hypocrisy free history and the unequal application of human rights principles is one place the hypocrisy is most evident. It's where Mandela's evokes the most contrast.