Today we mourn the life of a great leader.
Today we mourn the loss of an inspiring pioneer.
Today we mourn the passing of a motivational icon.
Today we mourn the shortage of universal forgiveness.
But we all celebrate a chapter of an ethereal figurehead.
But we all relish the glorification of dignified substance.
But we all memorialise the teachings of greatness.
But we all remember undying perseverance.
When we felt that the chains of Apartheid would imprison us,
When we felt that the brutality of oppression would silence us,
When we felt that the insult of indignity would disable us,
We were buoyed by the angelic aura of our Madiba.
Every century our planet produces a great leader, just one.
South Africans were blessed with such an accolade.
And he arrived explosively at just the right time,
At a time of tremendous human suffering.
In order to fight the injustices that prevails,
In order to oppose the hatred that pervades,
In order to challenge the discrimination that suppresses,
One must seek a path that transforms those that cause these.
I am privileged to live where this man lived.
I am blessed to have been born where he was born.
I am fortunate to have experienced the humiliation of a system like he did,
When he did.
It is a miracle to have walked on the same soil and breathed the same air.
It is a divine coincidence to have shared a space with him.
It is a tragedy that he no longer exists,
As he did.
Mandela has come to trudge that road to freedom, and Mandela has departed.
I doubt whether there is a single country or individual or instance
That has not been affected, guided or shaped by this lodestar.
We wish him well on his celestial journey,
For his job is done and complete,
His legacy emblazoned
In our conscience.
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