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18 July 2014, 16:33


It’s today Mandela day, celebrating his life, his incredible contribution to Ubuntu, his legacy. It’s time to celebrate the life of a world hero, an icon that set us on the road of freedom through his vision and selflessness and set-up of a Rainbow nation. I believe that we need to celebrate his day in a befitting manner that will best depict him the way he led us, not in denigration. We therefore need to refrain from associating him with acts and things that soil his name, but respect him pragmatically showing that we are thankful of the difference he brought in our lives and to our future. We would be devoid of wisdom if we start throwing dirt onto his good image. All the bad things that we put on him can lead to the growing kids to seeing him that way just like we were taught to hate our fellow neighbours when we were kids and that is how apartheid was sown into the minds of unsuspecting children and lingered on for centuries, which is still a problem to expunge even today. Let’s do things right now and today for tomorrow because whilst we are doing them wrong today, we might not be there tomorrow to correct them, leaving behind our progenies with difficult corrigendua or rather indelible dirt we unnecessarily created for them!!

The last four occasions when I paged through Facebook, I was disillusioned to meet a strange things about our world renowned leader. About four if not five different comments came from individuals with different usernames but the photos used were all of Mr. Mandela. Now I understand that when you are good at something, the watching world tends to love you and live you. In this way it shows you are a hero, people would like to copy you and follow in your footsteps. Does the use of your photo encapsulate the way people adore you? Does anybody really have a full right to do it that way? What I mean is; can someone depict himself in the frame of another without his/ her permission? In book writing and other sort of communications, when you use someone’s words, you have to show it as a quotation else you can be arraigned or indicted for improper conduct. Let’s make this example; you wake up in the morning and bring a newspaper from the shop and upon opening it, you are met by a comment and the commenter put things roughly and add derogatory words to it, be a story etc. and insults people but in the end put your photo to his name. Everybody who knows you will associate you with what is written on the article like role players in stories, but they might not notice the name of the person commenting but only seeing your photo. Before the mystery is positively cleared your name would have been drawn through the mud and what? The understandable common sense would be to display your real self and hence promote yourself. Who knows, climbing on this bandwagon might be the beginning of the big You.

By: Modiba Kadi

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