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Let's Give Madiba the respect he deserves!

22 December 2013, 08:01

It took me a little long to upload this article but i thought it is still relevant anyway.

Recently,as we all know, South Africa (and the whole world), have been dealt a huge blow after losing the most prominent and significant man on planet Earth, Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela.

As you read this first part of this piece you’re probably thinking “Oh no, not Mandela again”, well, you’re not alone. As the country has been paying tribute to one of its greatest leaders of all time since his departure on the 5th of December, almost everything has been about that from TV, radio news papers to social networks.

By virtue of this (Mandela coverage), people seem to have developed some sort of anti-Mandela-behaviour and they have made it clear by their comments, be it on social media or on social meeting such as public transport or work places and even at home, and to my surprise, most of these comments are bitter and there’s no apparent good in them.

Well, if you’re one of these people I have mentioned, I have news for you. For you to go on social media and write all sorts of things about why you’re so “annoyed” by people who have been “making noise” about Mandela on Facebook (e.g.) is selfish and uncalled for.

People who know Mandela’s history and know what he has gone through to make not only SA a better place, but the world in its entirety: they are showing their respect for him by updating their statuses with his name on.

You could make life easier for yourself and everyone else by simply logging out of your social networks and switching off your TV instead of showing everybody how you were raised.

By bashing Mandela at this time, of all the times he’s been alive, you’re not only showing people what kind of person you are, you’re also exposing the kind of a family you come from.

These people go as far as digging up unconfirmed allegations about Mandela just to make him look ugly, it beats me if you ask what are they benefiting from this.

Some have the audacity to say thing such as “sizolala sitye lo Mandela na?” I have lost a lot of respect for many people over this; they treat this as some kind of a scene from Generations yet there’s a family that is grieving their member’s death and the world for that matter.

So please South Africans stop seeking attention for all the wrong reasons, there’s a lot of things that can get you “likes” on Facebook, but this.

As the man once said himself: “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he deserves to rest in peace.” May his soul rest in peace.

Let us respect the Mandela family and those that are with them at this our of darkness in their territory. In the words of President Barack Obama: “Let us be grateful Mandela lived, he doesn’t belong to us, he belongs to the ages.”

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