MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Erica De Witt
Comments: 1
Article views: 105
Latest Badges:

A Torn Heart

09 December 2013, 08:14  - Erica De Witt

I was never fortunate enough to meet Tata Madiba, although it was a dream my family and I had.

So although I do not have an experience to share, I would like to share a poem my son wrote on Friday morning……

A torn heart

I sit under a grey and moody sky,
but everything feels peaceful.
Very somber and moody, but peaceful.
In spite of this I am at war with myself.
My heart torn and angry.
My soul cries.
It weeps
and I’m left with bitter taste in my mouth.

How do I stay proud of my heritage
And who am I when everyone says I am wrong?
How do I mourn the person my forefathers fought to oppress?
How do I look up to this same man
and how do I try and apologize for sins I never committed?

In times when we do not understand ourselves he embraced us
And preached peace when his people demanded hate.
He sowed love when his people wanted blood to water their land.
He mediated a truce between two different people when
both sides could only see the colour of the other’s skin
and not listen to his heart.

So I ask who is really wrong?

My heart aches and tears roll down my face
when I listen to my elders try and apologize with words they cannot find.
My heart breaks when I think we will never see his smile again
My heart screams when I hear the amount of hate still brewing in some hearts
I am torn and my heart is in turmoil.

He lead us to the promised land and
cleansed this beautiful country of its blindness.
He lead us to a better place.
He lead me to understand compassion and love.

Our world is a bit darker without him.

You lived for others and never for yourself
Go in peace now and rest.
Your long walk is at an end.
Go in peace and be happy.

Sleep well old man.
Rus sag en wees veilig.
Lla kakahle Tat sizo kukhumbula…
(Sleep tight Tat, we will miss you….)
By Ruan de Witt

We are so saddened by the loss of this great man…

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
South African Genie and the Magic...

The ANC thought that they had the magic lamp when Mandela was leading. And I think they were right... But where is his lamp? Read more...

3 comments 52 views
Submitted by
For whom the bell tolls

While speculation is rife of the ANC's impending fall and Jacob Zuma's time that is running out, the party - and it faithful - are gathering in a laager. Read more...

5 comments 872 views
Submitted by
Wouter Willemse
The Game has changed

If you are a child from the 60's, 70's or 80's in South Africa you had a different set of rules than the NewFreeBorns. Read more...

0 comments 66 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
The SABC ís the voice of governme...

The public broadcaster is unapologetically the mouthpiece of any sitting government, and the opposition should reconcile itself with the fact. Read more...

7 comments 55 views
Submitted by
Mahomed Farouk Cassim
Terror a force for good in Parly

A government that loses its moral authority ceases to govern. Instead, it will begin to rule and thus become intolerant of accountability, transparency and democratic processes.  Read more...

1 comments 135 views
Submitted by
Gideon van Zyl
I am not irrelevant - just outvot...

Well at last I am truly back home. One of the things I want to do, is to actually do something about the general feeling of being gatvol about South African politics.  Read more...

13 comments 395 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25



E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

Digital Media & Marketing Association
© 2014 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.