The eulogies that have flowed through international news media over the death of Nelson Mandela have cast a bright light on his role in ending the racist policy of apartheid that had dictated day-to-day living in South Africa for decades.
While the man who had been imprisoned by his own government for 27 years simply because of his opposition to the policy was certainly a major instrument in its eventual dismantling, he was not alone.
Central to the steady erosion of the system in which majority blacks were subjugated to white rule and deprived of basic human rights was the refusal of major international corporations to establish operations in the country. One of the first to take that stance was the then-named Cummins Engine Co., now Cummins Inc.
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