PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
SydneyG
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 358
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all SydneyG's badges.
 

Tears for Madiba

08 December 2013, 10:40

The heavens have been pouring all over the country as if it was warning us of the sad weeks ahead. Gauteng has been experiencing hail storms and sporadic flooding for the past two weeks, and there’s no let-up anytime soon from Mother Nature! We had one too many unpalatable mixes within a single month, a bitter taste and string of bad news, in terms of economy. E-Toll, fuel increase and the dreaded Nkandla Report Scandal! There could be no worst timing than this, for any government to subject its citizens to so much financial burden with Christmas only a few weeks away. How cruel and inconsiderate this government has been to all law abiding South Africans. This Festive Season will go down in history, as the most impoverishing one ever….

While we were still licking our financial wounds and trying to refresh our composure from the embarrassing Nkandla Scandal; like a bolt from the blue: Madiba is Gone! How bad can things go in life? Like old Murphy’s Law says: If things will go wrong, they will! Mandela’s passing had been expected by many of us for some time now; but when reality struck, we all cringe with pain and shock! Madiba’s death summed up our history as South Africans, in one swing; forced us to look back where we came from. We have a shared history and we live under the same South African sun; black, white, green and blue! We are brothers, sisters and children of the African soil. This is home to all of us, we all belong together; whether we like to admit it or not, it’s a Madiba fact.

How soon we forget where we came from, even with Madiba still in our midst; the fighting never stopped! Bickering, racial slurs and backwardness where party politics took over from common sense of remembering the Mandela Dream of One United South Africa! I remember so vividly during Madiba’s tenure as our President, how the man stood tall and reached out all South Africans in every corner of our country. To Madiba, a united South Africa was the only way for the future of us all. He didn’t see ANC supporters in us, he saw divided citizens who needed a strong hand of guidance; and didn’t he provide that? I can say without flinching, that Mandela had that natural presence and father figure of a true president and statesman like no other. He wore his presidential armband with impeccable dignity, honour and respect beyond reproach. We were all proud to have a president like him, and more than proud to be South Africans! I mean the man was amazing; from prison to parliament and still had that magnanimous display of authority as the president of the country? Madiba was Class! He respected his office and never lied under oath as the president of the Republic. Nelson Mandela was OUR President; we loved him dearly for his selfless leadership.

His death must reunite and rebuke us from what we’ve become. We’ve morphed from being a Rainbow Nation into a twisted beast of hate, driven by condescending inanity and vulgarism.  We are more divided today than we were before the new dispensation of our newly found freedom as a nation. The current leadership has failed dismally when it comes to uniting us as a people. They seem to have misread the preamble of our Constitution which says: WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA…Party politics, factions and groupings dominate our daily politics. We the People of the Republic, are suffering from amnesia, we’ve forgotten who we are, what we’re capable of doing and accomplishing when we stand together. We the People have forgotten to raise our South African Flag above party politics. Some individuals have marred the colours of our flag with their over glorified personalities thus deferring Mandela dream and ideals for true freedom for all. These self-same leaders are not afraid to make empty noise and remind us at every opportunity; about embracing the Mandela dream and ideals! What hypocrites…

It’s been a very teary week for South Africans, and some of us are not crying because Madiba is no more. We are crying because of the deferred and marred Dream that Mandela had for us as a people. We the people, feel like Mandela will go down the grave with all his ideals and dream, since his predecessors have failed to follow his tracks and footsteps during his lifetime. We the people; are afraid that Madiba, didn’t die a happy man and a fulfilled father of the nation; after having witnessed helplessly, the wrong course his predecessors were taking! Madiba died with a broken heart; after all the sacrifice he’d invested with more than half of his life in chains for our freedom, he didn’t see his returns. The old man worked tirelessly during his reign, walked the length and breadth of this country, reconciling and making peace with former foes in attempt to hand us a united South Africa. Madiba knew he had little time and pushed himself to the limit despite his already failing health. President Mandela didn’t see colour when dealing with us as citizens of this country, and he wasn’t fazed by the right wingers who wanted to throw this country into civil war. He visited them; he had tea with former first lady and widow of apartheid architect, in Orania. Madiba worked with all sporting codes of this country, supported Rugby, Cricket, Swimming, Athletes and Soccer without pretence.

President Mandela was not shy of working with the opposition parties, his cabinet included ministers who were none ANC members. Madiba was a wise president who knew how to use people’s strength to his advantage and to the advancement of South Africa as a country. He recognised good in IFP, NP, DP, PAC, Minority Front and others. Madiba knew the opposition parties had a stake in a true democracy and respected that; sometimes had to defend them during parliamentary debates from his own party members. I am writing this piece tonight with a very heavy heart and loads of rejection; I’m all miffed up and struggling to hold my tears. I am not crying for Madiba but, crying for South Africa, us as a country. This week when Mandela’s body lie in state for the public to pay their respect; it will be his unoccupied giant shoes on display and not his lifeless body! No suitors!!

Mandela shuddered in disappointment when he saw his life efforts go down the drain; when cadreship rose above our Constitution and the good of the country; suddenly a handful people became the measure and standard for the needs of more than 50 million citizens!

We can turn our tears into joy today as a country, if we could only reconsider, look back over our shoulders; and remember where we’ve fallen. Let’s take a few steps backwards and pick up the forgotten baton of our liberation, our freedom and the need to be united under one flag. Let us shun party politics that divide us a rainbow people. Madiba respected our Constitution above party politics; he revered and esteemed it very highly with utmost respect. Our current leaders are not preaching the Constitution under SA flag; they are in for themselves and have nothing in common with Madiba’s Dream and Ideals. How sad, how sad! How sad that we, the People of the Republic, have allowed Madiba’s Dream to be so defiled and so defaced till we cannot read it.

I wipe my tears, saddle my horse and ready myself to join the march, this Mandela Trail; and follow in his giant footsteps. We can’t miss this trail; Madiba’s footsteps are that of a giant and cannot be ignored in this lifetime. I call on all South Africans to dip their feet into Madiba’s shoes as they lie in state this week; let us run in there with a single purpose of mind and united to fulfil Mandela’s Ideals and Dream for a truly free South Africa. I wipe my tears today because it is the same giant, the same Mandela, who said: “If the ANC government do to you what the Apartheid government did to you; you must do what to the ANC government what you did to the Apartheid regime.”  I stopped crying!

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Kruger
For whom the bell tolls

While speculation is rife of the ANC's impending fall and Jacob Zuma's time that is running out, the party - and it faithful - are gathering in a laager. Read more...

2 comments 426 views
Submitted by
Mahomed Farouk Cassim
Terror a force for good in Parly

A government that loses its moral authority ceases to govern. Instead, it will begin to rule and thus become intolerant of accountability, transparency and democratic processes.  Read more...

0 comments 59 views
Submitted by
Gideon van Zyl
I am not irrelevant - just outvot...

Well at last I am truly back home. One of the things I want to do, is to actually do something about the general feeling of being gatvol about South African politics.  Read more...

6 comments 145 views
Submitted by
CandK
The pearls of an Atheist Easter

I have an extended family that are Christian, and we are not talking the love they neighbour, forgive your mates and do the right thing, of the good old bishop Tutu kind. Read more...

169 comments 2605 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
The colour of corruption

The word "corruption" is without doubt the most (ab)used and politicised word in South Africa.  Read more...

46 comments 1225 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
Who is watching the watchdog?

The late chief justice Pius Langa once averred: “I think judges should have a thick skin. We work in public, we give our judgments in public, and we give reasons for those judgments." Read more...

6 comments 419 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Digital Media & Marketing Association
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.