He was an unrepentant revolutionary who believed, and practiced, in the right of ordinary people to take up arms against an oppressive government. Like all national liberation struggles, the methods of struggle he endorsed were frequently brutal, albeit against an even more brutal state government. It's been interesting to see his background in armed struggle being 'sanitised' by western governments interested in feting him as a statesman rather than a revolutionary. He was both.
RIP Nelson Mandela. Beidh an bua againn.
Exegi monumentum aere perennius regalique situ pyramidum altius - and that was before breakfast!