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It is in our hands now!

03 July 2013, 07:22

Life happens and it is unfolding before us with the Mandelas.

I hope all those people who always wish they were part of another family can see that there is no perfect family. Yes, I too wish it wasn’t from Madiba’s family because it is not good to watch. It is sad to say the least, but that is life and it happens to all, the good and bad, the rich and the poor alike.

While I believe that they could do better, I also think that it is unfair to expect them to be like their father. Truth is, there will only be one Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela and anyone compared to him will always fall short in meeting the expectation. He has his own purpose to fulfil and is equipped uniquely for it.

I believe Rholihlahla is the John of our time, preparing the way. I honestly believe that no one understood his path more than him and that is why when it was done, he stepped down. He could have been the President of the country for more terms than one, but it wasn’t about that. He was willing to die to gain the freedom for all and in one of his speeches said “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”  He said this almost as if saying, I did my part and what you do with it is entirely up to you.

That is not merely for his family or the ANC, but for everyone. I am one of those whom this is for and in some small way doing my bit. What are you doing? How do you respond when those around you set us back in racial discrimination? When they reap others apart and undermine them? Do you laugh, turn a blind eye or believe it is not your business? Truth is this; it is up to each and every one of us to take it forward. You may not be a Mandela and may never have to go to prison for 27 years, but you too have a part to play whether you choose to or not.

I am a South African and I know we are often too quick to blame, we look outwardly more than we do inwardly. My question today is not about the ANC, DA, AGANG or any other party for that matter. It is not about race or about the Mandela family. The question is simply this, are you going to let it die in your hands?

We are all responsible for the way we handle the legacy of those who have gone before us, whether we choose to embrace that or not.

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