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Nelson Mandela: News24 Users share their thoughts

06 December 2013, 06:40  - News24 Users

The sad news of Nelson Mandela's passing has stirred a torrent of emotions. News24 Users share their memories and thoughts about the great former president.

I do not have any personal memories with the late Mr. Mandela but I have grown to know and respect him to the highest degree through reading his Biography: The Long Walk To Freedom and the sports based book Invictus. These have made me realise the true calibre of the leader he was and for that I feel a big void with the news of his departure.

RIP Mr Mandela, You will be sorely missed.
Lethabo Sebetso

I first saw Mandela in Thohoyandou Stadium....I will alwys remember and love him
Itani muafrica

Today goes a man that has lived his life for the betterment of other people. May God bless his soul. He is in heaven. Found peace at last.

We will always miss his presence into this world; it is such an honour to be born in his life time, I cannot say I had it on history books, but I've have experience his lessons to the world especially about LOVE as I quote his words: "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."  Yes great words indeed.

I remember when nelson Mandela came to our school at Westernburg Ligh in Limpopo to donate money to build yet another school (named GOOD HOPE primary school). It was such an honour and privilege to meet such a great man full of wisdom. I'm very honoured to have had that moment in my life and I will treasure it for as long as I live! May His soul rest in eternal peace...
Katlego Mayimela

As The Skipping Champ and all the people I have championed in the name of fitness we salute the Great leader who have passed on. For the past three I have dedicated my 67 minutes to visit Mandela House in Vilakazi street where I skip for 67 min non-stop to promote fitness. This year was the greatest because The Skipping Champs were there to wish Tata long life. Our 67 minutes will never be the same and we will drive this project every year in honour of this Healer, Leader Legend. We are fortunate to live in his time and be part of history of his release, presidency departure. May his soul rest in peace.
Thandwangubani Nxumalo

You became the change. You wanted to see in the world and for that we admired, honoured and respected your presence.  Good things last forever and forever is a long time... We seldom even leave them behind us when we part from the mortal space... For the next generation to salvage from.
May Your Soul RIP Mr Mandela
With Love
Terry Texture

I met Madiba in 1998 at the Red Cross in Cape Town and I thought my struggle for life would end cbeause nobody wanted me in life and after I met him my life had change I wanted to meet him again and show him I survived and are still standing strong. Madiba I will see u in heaven may your spirit life forever.
Carel Stuart

May his soul RIP, the whole world lost the hero that fought for us to be free. We will always love and remember you with your good memories. "DEATH BE NOT PROUD"

While we will mourn TATA's passing, we must remember the Legacy he left us, and continue to honour that as human beings, and not tarnish it. For his life was lived with such dignity and conviction,  qualities of such great leadership, rarely found today. Each one of us should bring this back into our lives, as that would the greatest acknowledgement to TATA's life, and a celebration of his life, if we can transform ours.
What a SAINT we had amongst us. RIP TATA.

Father of nation we still love you. Hamba kahle Tata.
Rabali Christopher

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