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Mandela - Gone too soon...

09 December 2013, 08:13

He passed away 24hrs ago and since then we have been bombarded with the news of his death and tributes pouring in from near and far.
I understand some people have grown weary of the ongoing media coverage.
I understand too that some people are glad that he is dead.
That is your choice to feel like that and you have a right to it. But to those who feel that way, stop reading this now, because this is MY post and it is about Madiba.

No matter who you are or what you thought of the man, his legacy WILL live on forever.

I remember so clearly that day in 1990 when he was released from prison. Everyone sat glued to the TV, watching.....waiting..... I had been married less than a year, I was young, happy and ready for my future. But what future would it be with this black "freedom fighter" / "terrorist" now released and sure to cause trouble. A few years later he became president of SA and there was a general feeling of dread and despair among white South African's even though we, the white minority, were assured he wanted to unite SA. 
A year later, there were still white people living in SA, they had not all been killed or chased to other countries, and the world had warmed to this man who was trying to lead SA into a more democratic state.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, he was only able to serve one term in office and then the reigns were handed over.

It is now two decades later and our country has regrettably made little progress. Racial segregation is still rife and our education and health systems are in dire straits.

The ANC leadership seem to have completely deviated from Madiba's dream and have rather served themselves and their cronies instead of uniting our country and making it a better place by providing basic necessities that are so sorely lacking. So many of our people are uneducated, poverty stricken, homeless, dying due to lack of medical facilities, yet the powers that be continue to steal shamelessly from its citizens and get away with it.

I was reflecting today on exactly what his legacy is and I came across a tribute to him made by Helen Zille which says it so aptly "We all belong to the South African family – and we owe that sense of belonging to Madiba. That is his legacy. It is why there is an unparalleled outpouring of national grief at his passing. It is commensurate with the contribution he made to our country. Through his humility, moral conviction and bold leadership, Madiba gave us a gift for which we, and successive generations will be forever grateful. He gave us his vision of a free and inclusive South Africa.......He was, quite simply, the greatest South African that ever lived. We shall never see his like again" 

Mandela’s life epitomized the fight for freedom, equality, and justice for all. What a pity about those that he passed his baton onto.

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