Nelson Mandela Memorial Security Scandal: ‘There Were No Checks’

Byron York, Washington Examiner, December 14, 2013

It’s becoming increasingly clear that when President Obama arrived at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa Tuesday, he stepped into an atmosphere so chaotic, disorganized, and unsafe that under any other circumstances the White House and Secret Service might well have insisted the president not appear.

FNB Stadium, where the memorial was held, seats 95,000 people. Even with a steady rain and thousands of empty seats in uncovered areas, there were tens of thousands of people in the area with the president. It appears most of them got in without going through any security.

“There were no security checks upon entry to the stadium,” a local South African activist wrote Friday in a letter to the Johannesburg Star newspaper. “I walked freely to my seat without passing through metal detectors, being searched or any other check.”

The stadium’s main entrance was “completely unattended,” a reporter for a Washington, D.C., television station told Politico. “There were no workers performing bag checks or pat-downs—there were no magnetometers to walk through, no metal detector wands being used—anywhere.”

Britain’s The Independent newspaper reported that “thousands of guests entering the FNB stadium in Soweto on Tuesday, especially those who had arrived very early, were not searched.” In addition, members of the media “were permitted to enter the press area directly beneath where politicians and dignitaries were seated without being asked to show passes.” And the Daily Mail reported that “the first crowds entered the stadium without being searched.”


The South African government promised tight security for the event. “Working off plans developed for years in secret, the South African government is using an elite military task force, sniper teams and canine teams to help secure the stadium,” CNN reported before the event. “In addition, helicopters and military jets frequently fly overhead.”


Even as Obama flew to South Africa, White House officials confidently told reporters that the South African government could take care of things. “The sheer number of leaders appearing in the same place at one time raises numerous logistical and security challenges, but the White House expressed confidence in the South African government’s ability to handle the event,” CNN reported. “‘We have not heard any concerns,’ Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters aboard Air Force One. ‘The South Africans hosted the World Cup, so they have experience hosting significant crowds and managing events like this.'”

Now it is clear that American confidence was misplaced. And the United States is lucky the president emerged safely from the confusion and disorder of FNB Stadium.

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  • David Ashton

    Were any of these “security checkers” seconded from the UK’s immigration and customs personnel? In any case, why is it that I don’t much care about this news?

    • Rhialto

      Language note: The verb, second, is used in the UK to mean to temporarily transfer an employee to a new work location.

  • Puggg

    “The South Africans hosted the World Cup”

    Yeah, by letting various German companies do it for them, and by all but declaring martial law in cities where games were being played.

  • haroldcrews

    The absence or disregard of security certainly opens up immense opportunities for the Whites in South Africa if they wish to use guerrilla warfare or terrorism.

    Strange I don’t feel lucky.

    • Anon

      I say no.

      South African whites who did such a thing would, essentially be saving the black population from certain doom. And 90% of them would see it that way and only be motivated by that altruism. White people need to figure this out. Doing that is not a good thing. It is EVIL. You know it is evil by the fruit it bears. The entire nation of south africa is an example of that writ large.

      But I like the example of Eugene Terreblanche as a specific example. Here was a guy who was a “white nationalist”. He was once the leader of the only group that legitimately considered what you suggest, only he was stupid enough to try it when the government was still strong, only recently having disabused the white people. They handed him his ass as a hat AND most white people looked on him with scorn as they had yet to feel the consequences of what they were doing. Most of those people (half the white population), simply left South Africa.

      Was that Terreblanche’s sin? Oh no. He lost…so what. He continued to flap his gums about white nationalism. But, what did he do with his private life? He was a farmer. He had lots of money. He had a thriving business with lots of employees.

      White employees? Nope. Terreblanche spent all his money and 99% of his time caring for “his blacks”. His men. Making sure they did not feel the bite of all the bad things going on. He spent his toil, sweat, tears and his back serving the psychotic, retarded, children who invaded his nation.

      They rewarded him with an ugly death that involved his pant down around his ankles. And that had nothing to do with him being a white nationalist. His crime. And it was a serious one was feeding and caring for monsters.

      Well, the monsters ate him. They always have and always will. But, if you leave them be, they will eat each other.

      And that is what needs to be done with South Africa. Keep the black race on that continent and soon they will vanish.

      Then kill the rest. Let the chinese do it. They will enjoy it.

      • haroldcrews

        Good points but military action will be necessary to a certain extent if only for defensive purposes.

  • dd121

    Obama was completely safe. It would be impossible to find a book depository around any blacks.

  • bigone4u

    Chaos and disorganization define the black race. Witness Detroit, Haiti, SA, and even Obamacare. Blacks are not capable of doing anything right.

    • FormerlyEdNY

      Exactly, just another clear cut case of black incompetence and dysfunction!

    • A Freespeechzone

      Look at Obamacare and the Obama legacy…..


  • Pro_Whitey

    Finally I am given a reason to show up for Mandela’s funeral, and I learn about it over a week too late.

  • Spartacus

    Shame none of the right people made it there.

  • APaige

    I wonder who built the stadium? If you cannot even have a person stand and perform basic security for an arena how could you expect to find someone to build and design the place?

    • RisingReich

      Uh – I think we all know who built it….

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    A president who fears his own people is unfit to lead. Obammy knew he was in no danger in SA, where he was among his ideological kin. They all eagerly await his signal to start the mass slayings of whites.

  • NoMosqueHere

    All blacks (as well as sick jews and crazy PC whites) adore Barack Hussein. He had nothing to fear among his brethren.

    • Katherine McChesney

      If anything had happened to him, I would have celebrated.

      • NoMosqueHere

        I wouldn’t shed a tear for him either. But I don’t really blame Barack Hussein or the blacks for his horrendous presidency. I blame the demented whites who voted for him and more than supplied his margin of victory.

        • The Verdict of History

          See above.

      • The Verdict of History

        Careful people. This site is being monitored by Feds and Globalists.

        So watch out! You could disappear!


        • Alexandra1973

          What isn’t being monitored?

          • The Verdict of History

            It is dangerous to even hint at one’s wish that a public official meet their demise…

            This site is probably being monitored by the domestic security apparatus which includes the FBI.

      • Alexandra1973

        I would have braced myself for a riot. Or at least called my mom, who lives in the Detroit area, to make sure she has her shotgun ready. I live in an Ohio village that’s 97% white.

    • Paul

      Ah, these people kill at the drop of a hat. Even their own family members.

      • Alexandra1973

        And over the last piece of fried chicken at that. I’ve actually read articles about that kind of thing.

        I surf over at the Bad Breeders site (parenting so bad it’s criminal is the tagline) and I was reading about one black “mother” who beat her kid with a hammer for taking “her” food.

        • Johnny99

          Let’s not forget the discussion of “pork steak vs. pork chop” and the merits of Big Peach soda. Both resulting in a fambly altercation and, if I recall correctly, a death or two.

  • Anon

    Hilarious. And not even close to being honest about the extent of the situation. So what IS the extent of the situation. We get a hint with sign language guy.

    In South Africa, top to bottom, and institutionalized, by law, to the degree that it even matters any more, all jobs are filled with blacks with no reference whatsoever to any education, training, experience, skill sets etc. No…not a few or alot but ALL jobs now.

    How did sign language guy get up there unnoticed until what he was doing was literally broadcast on international TV? It’s because the entire nation, absent the white people, consists of psychopathic, retarded children. Sign language guy ACTUALLY THOUGHT HE SPOKE SIGN LANGUAGE! He literally thought that he could “ape” what he’d seen legitimate sign language interpreters do and that would work. One has to wonder how many deaf people stared in wonder at this guy as it could not have been his first gig.

    More to the point. Whomever hired him, didn’t know. Whomever that guys boss was, did not know. Whomever high up guys who organized meeting the most important official in the entire world, did not know. Whomever it was that vetted this guy as a security precaution, did not know. All, every one of them, a psychotic, retarded child.

    Sign language guy, on his own, is not a big deal. It would be funny if it wasn’t done in front of the entire world (which, instead, makes it shameful). What is a big deal is that it is the same thing everywhere. The guy flying the planes (for now) into and out of South Africa, only THINK they know how to fly airplanes….they are sign language guy pretending to be pilots. The guy handling the extremely volatile and explosive jet plane fuel…..sign language guys cousin. The ones running security….sign language guys brother….who can’t actually read and only see meaningless gibberish as he pretends to check your passport. Same with the guys who job it is to fix the roads, grow the food, make sure the lights stay on, the toilets flush.

    The world really dodged a bullet, by the way. Because South Africa was once a mighty military power armed with nuclear weapons. Imagine sign language guy maintaining the nukes. Just to prove our government isn’t totally out of its mind, the US bought those nukes, paying far more than any crazy person could afford.

    Let me tell you something. I make money trading currencies. My goal for the new year is to find out some way to trade SA money. It is OBVIOUS, their currency is about to undergo zimbabwe style hyperinflation. I bet I can make millions riding that rock all the way down the cliff. I encourage every last south african white person to do the same thing. You are only extracting what is yours from the corpse of what your ancestors built.

    Before you leave….take stock of all the black people you see. Understand that, 20 years from now, 90% will stave to death.

    Here is to sign language guy!

    • Alexandra1973

      Hm. Maybe he’ll become another meme, just like Lootie.

      • Some Guy

        It already has begun.

  • Anon

    There is hilarity yet with Mandela’s funeral I think. Soon, it will be yesterday’s news and no security will be near the grave sight.

    And some enterprising black person will think to himself. You know….if I dug up Mandela’s corpse, I could sell it on Ebay.

  • Why would they need security?

    No SA Whites attended.

    Wait, I take that back, I saw a few girls in the stands that were probably very proud to submit to a Dibursity orgy.

  • dd121

    Dear Mr Moderator: Obama, book depository, blacks don’t read. It was a joke goddamn it, a joke.

  • Johnny99

    If, God forbid, Obama had been attacked and killed by the crazed sign language phony, or one of the other millions of psychopathic tribesmen, of course, somehow, it would have been YT’s fault.

    • Some Guy

      I’ll take “The Legacy of Apartheid” for 1,000 Alex.

  • Jackryanvb

    The latest hate Whitey movie championing Nelson Mandela opens on Christmas Day.

    It ‘s now a tradition that the year’s most anti White movie opens on Christmas Day, last year it was “Django Unchained”, this year Mandela.

    I had a private word with theatre managers last year, asked if they would open a viciously anti Jewish movie on the Jewish high holidays, or any anti Islamic movie ever?

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  • Alexandra1973

    How long does it take to dig a hole and toss him in, anyway?

  • My understanding is that frisking Afritards hurts their poor widdle feewings and can damage their precious self-esteem, leading them to contract HIV. I for one am happy that security at this event refrained from inflicting any emotional trauma on the criminal occupants of one of the world’s most violent nations.