posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 12:21 AM
Coming back to Brother Nelson Mandela...
Nelson Mandela was in fact a Freemason according to Grand Master William C. Parker Jr. He was claimed to be "Made a Mason at sight" on 28 June 1990
by Grand Master William C. Parker Jr. of the M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of North Carolina whilst being on a visit to the USA with his ex-wife
Winnie. How true this is... I cannot say but this is what is what is rumored.
Personally, I do not know how you become "Mason at sight" and cannot say whether he went through a proper Petition and Ballot as is Masonic custom.
Further to this I do also not know whether he was a practicing Mason upon his return to South Africa. Maybe there is someone who can enlighten us as
to which Lodge he attended in South Africa?
There are various mixed emotions amongst South Africans about Mandela... There are those that idolize him and those that remember him for the
atrocities he committed in the 80's before his jail sentence. Either way, today he is facing his Deity (Maker/God however you want to call HIM for
those who do not know what “Deity” means) and in the true spirit of Freemasonry I wish Brother Nelson Mandela well on his journey, for it is not
for us as man to judge, but for him (Nelson) to Square with his God.
Never the less, this thread started with a picture of Mandela and claims that he was a Freemason and reference to the handshake... In all fairness,
whether he was/ was not a True Mason or just a "Made on sight" (that is, if it is in fact an allowed and an accepted practice in some Lodges and
Jurisdictions... I don't know...) is still a mystery and maybe someone can shed Light on the subject of "Mason Made on Sight".
nancyliedersdeaddog : Freemasonry teaches Brotherly Love… It teaches each and every Brother that they are equal irrespective of race, creed,
political beliefs, and religious beliefs or standing in society. When you are a Freemason and you live the true Masonic values none of these should be
I want to come back to what I said in my first post, and that is that if Masonry could be taught to each and every person on this planet, then murder,
rape, hatred, racism, greed and all the violent crimes will no longer be… The problem is that Masonry is in fact not for everyone because not all
men want to be good… One of the requirements of Masonry is that you must be a good man and you must want to be a better man… Hope this answer some
of your questions around Masonry in South Africa…
But all I can say is that we are an well-established Fraternity in South Africa and although not growing as fast as we all wish… we are growing…