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Mandela speaks from (not quite in) the grave (yet)

11 December 2013, 09:07

What a gloriously bizarre day for South Africa! The weather is nasty, the mood electric in the FNB Stadium, vuvuzelas bemoan a nation’s mourning into the pouring heavens. The World is here to comfort us, to sit with us in our calabash lounge, embracing us, celebrating, remembering a great man. It’s nice to have company because, it’s been 5 days of news blackouts and all SABC TV and radio stations propagate the values of Madiba over and over and over again, constant quotes, it is relentless rhetoric. As a nation we are sad, yet I am immensely proud to be a South African today. We all have a Madiba story to tell and his passing has forced each one of us into even the smallest moment of quiet introspection, opening our hearts and reawakening our minds to the values that he taught us. Lately, there’s been too much talking quite frankly and not enough listening. Madiba hasn’t spoken a single word in months, but he made his voice loud and clear today.

Look, the Emperor has no clothes! Boo!

The booing of Zuma at Madiba’s Memorial Service is only just that singular, tiny, little voice in the crowd – the full brunt of the people’s anger at our naked emperor is yet to come. Is it not Nelson Mandela himself that said: "If the ANC does to you (the people) what the Apartheid government did to you (the people), then you must do to the ANC what you did to the Apartheid government."

Nelson Mandela despised familiarity and disrespect, even Zuma himself today referred to Madiba’s “sharp tongue” and to his speaking his mind when necessary. Booing Zuma in front of the World’s leaders today is thus an expression of that little bit of Madiba we hold dear and carry within ourselves, a passionate people, unified and united anew through his death against injustice, corruption and greed, and which ultimately was that voice in the crowd that went “boo” at a man that has lost any right to invoke the name of Nelson Mandela in any manner. Zuma is an embarrassment and deserves the humiliation.

Look, our emperor is naked! Nkaaaaaaaaaandla! Long live the spirit of Nelson Mandela, long live!

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