By: Sivuyile S. Sesi - (t) @756Writing
Nelson Mandela liberated us by practically liberating and using himself for positive change. That's one of the lesson we can take from people like him as young people.
For other people to say Mandela was wrong for taking Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk is negative. Us people never wanted us to move forward. Its like saying that Lady's Smith Black Mambazo as an African band won Grammys because they were using no innocent western instruments. That negativity just marginalizes us to the world that wanted the best for this country during its hard time of apartheid. We can't allow us to be a closed and isolated nation.
Mandela died as an international icon he had a right to take that prize. He strategically looked at the bigger picture than feeling sorry and bitter for himself. He had to build a road we can follow on. The country became good for us all to live in and we should be proud of what we managed to achieve. We are the only African country in the G20, we are an emerging economy, the world trusts us for big international events and commitments, etc. Observe his last days he was the whole world focus.
Mandela liberated us by liberating and using himself. Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, who has worked close with Mandela even questioned why Afrikaans community was not given platform at his funeral because he with that community worked hard to ensure that they become part of this young democratic nation.
Their voices standing at his funeral would have been good for the legacy he worked hard for.
People like Tutu and Mandela are very good at using themselves as the tool to liberate themselves and others. We should practically learn from them. Still more young people can be great at their own right.