There is another side to every story.
The world thought it was hearing "the other side" from South Africa when Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) began its crusade many years ago against apartheid in South Africa.But Tamsanqa Linda said there is a third side - a peaceful side.
Linda, the president of the Eastern Province Council Association which represents 74 townships with 14 million blacks in South Africa, said Mandela is doing things the wrong way.
And, according to Linda, he and other leaders, such as Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, chief of the South African Zulus, are doing things the right way.
"Mandela is trying to drive a wedge between the government and the people," said Linda, who spoke Monday at Brigham Young University, sponsored by Utah's chapter of the John Birch Society. He said Mandela wants a government that is run totally by blacks.
"I am not advocating a black government, but a government of the people of South Africa," Linda said. "There is a way to work together."
Jann Malpage, a white South African native from Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the province of Natal, said, "I think any realistic white South African wants to negotiate."
The South Africans have seen black governments take over other African countries and have seen the results when the whites are "kicked out completely," said Malpage, who is currently studying at BYU.
"People are still writing to my father (after he moved from Rhodesia 10 years ago) and asking him to bring the white government back because they don't have enough to eat and places to live," she said. "We want something different than what has happened in other African nations."
During Linda's speech, a black African student who said he was from Cameroon stood and argued for Mandela, saying that Linda did not understand the issues.
After a testy verbal confrontation, Linda said that the man had been hired to come and cause problems and refused to speak to him.
Linda said that both he and Mandela come from the same Xhosa tribe and represent Xhosas, but Linda said Mandela's goals are not representative of many black South Africans' feelings.
"Have you ever asked yourself why blacks are fighting blacks?" Linda asked. It is not the ethnic violence that the media purports it to be, he said.
Because they don't want resistance from other blacks, the ANC is behind most of the violence, Linda said.
After visiting some of the sites of conflict, Malpage said she firmly believes that violence in many black townships is provoked by the ANC.
Linda emphasized that if apartheid is to disappear, it must be without violence. He compared what is happening in South Africa to the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950s.
"It took the United States 180 years to reach some agreements between the races," Linda said. South Africa has only been a country since 1961.
"You (United States) have shown us how to live together, but now you support someone who wants to get rid of the whites," he said. That is opposite of how the U.S. system works.
"The system will collapse if all the whites are removed," Linda said.