Nelson Mandela’s arrest in Durban was as a result of a tip-off from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The disclosure by the Sunday Times newspaper was based on an interview with an ex-CIA agent Donald Rickard shortly before he passed away.
Donald Rickard, who died this year, was never publicly associated to be working with the CIA. He however was known to have worked as a diplomat in South Africa before retiring in the late 70s.
The interview with the ex-CIA by John Irvin, a British film director who just made a film titled, “Mandela’s Gun.” The movie shows Mandela’s brief career as an armed rebel, the Sunday Times said.
There have been several rumors about the event that lead to Mandela’s arrest in 1962. Mandela the then leader of the African National Congress (ANC) was considered a terrorist to the white supremacy government and west.
“Mandela was finally captured posing as a chauffeur when his car was stopped at a roadblock by the police in the eastern city of Durban in 1962,” BBC news noted.
“I found out when he was coming down and how he was coming…that’s where I was involved and that’s where Mandela was caught,” Donald Rickard quoted as saying.
Mandela was on the United States terror watch list during his presidency (1994 to 1999) and until 2008.