I was just a little girl, but I remember it like yesterday.
The first time I ever heard about Madiba was on the day my father burst through the doors of our flat in Coronationville holding a newspaper. His words to my stepmom were ‘they’ve arrested him, they’ve arrested Nelson’.
I didn’t understand what was happening, but as I grew older, I came to realise that my father had been actively involved in the struggle in some way. Throughout the years, my father taught me the same values that Madiba believed in – forgiveness, equality for all and humility come to mind immediately.
Sadly, my dad died before Madiba was released from prison, but I’m sure he rejoiced with us on that day.
The second time my childhood memories came to the fore again was listening to the famous inauguration speech Madiba made. He’d mentioned and thanked people who had sacrificed so much for the liberation. When I asked a cousin how come I remembered those names, she gently told me that they had been friends and acquaintances of my late father.
So in closing, you ask what he meant to me and I say as ‘Proudly South African’. I have taught my children three values; forgiveness, equality, humility.
So on behalf of my siblings and our familiies, I say thank you Madiba. Sleep easy, your walk has ended here on earth, it’s now our duty to continue the work you started.
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