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13 December 2013, 14:40

The day Madiba died

We all knew it was coming. Nobody can live forever, even if the whole world wills it. After the sun had set on the 5th day of December, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passed away. He was known to us as Madiba; this is written for those of you who know the evil from which this Saint delivered us.

Prattling off a list of adjectives trying to describe Madiba's transcendent triumph over characteristically human faults would be a futile exercise; there's not enough ink in the world, nor appropriately weighted explicative to do him justice. Instead, I'd just like to express how the day made me feel.


Madiba's Aura

One evening whilst having dinner my husband mentioned that he was, "meeting and greeting Mandela" at the Airforce Base the next morning.  I asked if we could go with him because as he was due to retire soon and I would love to meet him. I had often heard from Peter what a gentleman he was and how he always had time for everyone on duty and never failed to thank them for waiting for him.

Lisa, my daughter , and I accompanied my husband to work in anticipation of meeting him. 

The plane touched down...


Mandela soaring

I grew up in a small town in the Karoo, where we had to listen to the moon landing and Rugby matches on crackling shortwave radios.  A place with achingly beautiful sunsets. 

And this whole week I have felt that I have witnessed the grandest sunset of them all. I

spilled tears when Mandela was released in 1994, and it is time to spill some more.


A special man for forgiveness

I'm a white Afrikaner ex policeman who was stationed in Durban during the volatile period of the 1980s. I was stationed on the very infamous Riot unit which was stationed throughout the locations during the riot era of the time.

I was on duty the night of the Magoo's Bar bomb which McBride was responsible for and I was witness to many necklace deeds and atrocities during that era in the black areas.

I was told as a young policeman that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist and our enemy and that he deserved to be behind bars for ever. I never knew what he looked like because I was born in 1964 a year after he was jailed for the 1st time and I always saw on rallies the banners which demanded the freedom of Mandela.


My Mandela moment

Thirteen years ago my son was in ICU for 6 weeks and on this particular day he was supposed to go to the general ward but he had a setback and went back into a coma.

This really upset me I was in a space of my own a very sad and worried mother.

I arrived at the Milpark Hospital to see him when I got out of the car I saw lights flashing but took no notice.

I walked to the door not looking left or right with my head down and suddenly realised I was walking on a red carpet with people waiting all around...


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