Thursday, December 28, 2006

Nelson Mandela has spoken of his youthful exploits as a pig thief

BBC News:

The former South African president made the revelations during a visit from the director and stars of the film Tsotsi, which won a Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Tsotsi is about a young gangster, and Mr Mandela said he identified with the main character.

Mr Mandela told how as a teenager in South Africa's rural Transkei region, he and friends would use the dregs of traditional beer to lure pigs.

"We'd go to the direction of the wind, so that the wind would blow from us to the village where the pigs are.

"And then we leave a little bit of the remains of the beer, and then the pigs come out... then we go further and put the stuff further away."

The future president and his friends would then stab the pig to death.

"The owners will not hear its shouts, and then we roast it and eat it."

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