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Hands off our Madiba

19 June 2013, 07:27
It is very disheartening to hear some people's comments about Nelson Mandela. For a while I thought it's some worst kind of mistake, but lately I realised it is becoming more weird and outright disgusting day by day.

Have we really become that &^$@*? I' too disciplined express the exact words. How does someone go to media and claim that Mandela has somehow sold their freedom as if they had freedom all along which was taken away by Madiba who then turned such people into commodities to be sold. Many times I hear such comments, I wonder whether such a person has some form of self respect. No self respecting South African would think like that. Every South African knows, just as Madiba himself said many times, that the freedom we now enjoy was the effort of every individual. So when you claim that you were sold, you actually say that you were  a mere commodity while others were catalysts of change and masters South Africa's destiny.

Then there is this campaigners for the District Attorneys (DA) of apartheid, who try by all means to destroy our freedom. Their attitude was highlighted by two incidents: the visit by ANC leaders to Mandela and his hospitalization. In the former, their comments seem to suggest that they did not appreciate seeing Madiba. Particularly because he is old. What does that mean, actually? Come on, South Africans, neeeh man! I actually listened to a very old radio presenter who seemed more bothered by the picture of World Icon as his own picture is the most appropriate for display than that of our hero.

That presenter is one of those who started the "I have made peace with the fact that Madiba will die" and the "let him go comments". Lately he inferred that doctors who treat Madiba are playing God for trying hard to keep him alive. All this on radio. But it is the same presenter who was thankful, one day, for surviving heart attack himself.  No guys, we can't say things like that.

Made what peace? Everyone may die and have been dying and it had nothing to do with age. Have you made peace with that? Have you made peace with the fact that you might arrive home and find someone close to you dead there? You see! When you say that, it sounds like saying you have lost compassion for human life. There is no peace in anyone's death or misfortune and we must stop such nonsensical comments.

All of a sudden, the accusers of our freedom, the District Attorneys of apartheid, tried to steal Madiba's legacy. The same presenters, who were appalled by the caring nature of  president Jacob Zuma on Madiba, was not appalled by attempts by DA to steal the legacy of an ailing man.

When this madness happens reminds of these words of our Icon, just after he gave a speech in Capetown "U bom' bam' o b'zayo, buse zandleni zenu!" Translated-the future of my life is your hands. Madiba said this words to all those people gathered there irrespective of political affiliation. He was speaking to citizens and non citizens. He was speaking to you and me. Now ask yourself this question - How caring are your hands to the life of Madiba? Opposition politics are good in a democratic state, but the kind of desperation DA shows is not politics and will not benefit them at the polls, because there is difference between those who come to watch the kind of dance that is now known as chicken dance and voting to maintain one's freedom.

South Africans are not fools: they look at your actions. Imagine what difference would the R 1 million made to the 
If this piece has at least lent you some humanity, throw a fist to the air and say this with me: LONG LIVE, MADIBA, LONG LIVE! VIVA, NELSON MANDELA, VIVA!

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