Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Forgive His Hatred [REVISED]


Tried to stay quiet on Public Prosecutor Percy Yutar
in his vindictive case against Nelson Mandela at the
Rivonia Trial, tried to say nothing about his malefic
rancour, sneering comments and smarmy, crawling
obeisance to the presiding judge

Mandela’s ascension to the Presidency destroyed
his reputation; I thought it punished him enough as
an invitation to reconcile with a former enemy could
not save him - wanted to be magnanimous towards
Yutar but reading how he revelled in public shows

Dragged attention to himself, sent team members
to work behind scenes while he preened, strutted,
& posed uttering falsetto cries vilifying the accused,
failing to realise Mandela’s integrity showed him up
for the petty sot he was; reading how he crowned

Himself PR King - there I lost all sympathy for him -
I never felt it for Haman preparing gallows for his foe
Mordecai in the Book of Esther - Yutar had prepared
gallows for all accused, tried to imply later he saved
them when it was international pressure that did

I demurred on reading of the petty meanness used
in presenting his flimsy case, even if had he faced
demons its nastiness would have left me aghast;
he lived in impenetrable fog of racial prejudice &
political hatred for ANC and communist alike -

He should have learned from Haman where the
punishment he proffered for Mordecai was visited
upon himself; may I forgive Yutar his hatred lest I
suffer the same fate …

[6 March 2014]


[ORIGINAL: ]

Wanted to keep quiet about Percy Yutar, Public Prosecutor
who bungled through his case in the Rivonia Trial against
Nelson Mandela and others, wanted to say nothing about
his vicious vindictiveness, his sneering comments and
swarming obeisance to the judge

Thought he was punished enough losing his reputation when
Mandela became President, could not save Yutar from his
fate by his invitation to reconcile with his former enemy;
wanted to be magnanimous towards Yutar - but reading
how Yutar revelled in the public show

Grabbed all attention for himself, allowing team members to
work behind the scenes only while he strutted and posed with
falsetto cries in his vilification of the accused, how he never
understood the integrity showed by Mandela and his fellow
accused, reading how Yutar crowned himself

King of public relations; I lost all sympathy with him - I never
felt sympathy for Haman who prepared the gallows for his foe
Mordecai in the Book of Esther - Yutar prepared the gallows
for the accused, later tried to imply he saved them while it
was international pressure that did it

I cannot keep quiet when reading with what petty meanness he
presented his flimsy case - even if he were faced with demons
his nastiness would have left me aghast; Yutar lived in an
impenetrable fog of racial prejudice and political hatred
for ANC and communist alike -

Yutar should have learned from Haman when the punishment he
proffered for Mordecai was visited upon himself; may I forgive
Yutar his hatred lest I suffer the same fate he did…

[6 March 2014]

Submitted: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Edited: Thursday, March 06, 2014

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