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Mandela practically liberated us

12 May 2014, 19:30

Nelson Mandela liberated us by practically liberating and using himself for positive change. That's one of the lessons 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.  People like that never want us to move forward.

Its like saying that Lady's Smith Black Mambazo as an African band won Grammy awards 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.

People must keep doing what they want to do.

Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu on their Forgiveness Challenge course say "Forgiveness opens the door to peace between people and opens the space for peace within each person. We all want peace, for ourselves and for our world."

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.

On Thabo Mbeki's time as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) and president of the country the New National Party that ruled during apartheid time ended up dissolving itself to join the ANC. The country became good for us all to live in and we should be proud of what we managed to achieve.

Its 20 years now for the negotiations and South Africans (SA) are better happy for this democracy. With its challenges, people accept it, last Wednesday SA held its fifth free and fair elections. Like Mandela and any health democracy this nation believe in the power of voting.

We are the only African country in the G20, we are an emerging market, we still open for business and entrepreneurship, the world trusts us for big international events, commitments and solutions eg the Truth and Reconciliation Commission considered in different countries, Google changed its doodle for our voting day, etc. Observe Mandela's 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 in the building of this nation 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 at his funeral would have been good for the legacy he worked hard for. It is for us to carry over what is good and positive about this nation, that will help us.

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. And in the bigger picture each of us is the reason we became a better nation. Still more young people can be great at their own right.
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