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'What Madiba taught me'

10 December 2013, 06:00

Many people learned a great deal from Nelson Mandeka. We asked: "What lessons from Madiba will you always keep with you?" Read what News24 Users had to say.

I was very young when he became president.
He taught me to cry tears of Joy for this nation and feel proud to be a South African.

Ryan Brunyee

To forgive, let the past go, and focus on the future!

Mbuyiseni Mkhize

The Mandela that went to Robben Island in '64 is not the Mandela that walked out in '90. I learned forgiveness...not only to others but to one's self and also learned that every experience is necessary to ones purpose in life.

Themba Makhalemele

I will forever know that there is freedom in forgiveness. When I forgive, I am truly freed from whatever had been done unto me.

Thank you Madiba, I have tasted freedom. May you rest in the arms of the Lord.

Tumi Keele

Lesson I draw is, stand up for what you believe in regardless of whom is becoming comfortable by your core beliefs.

Stand out and never blend in.

Sipho Ezra Mathe

My lesson is simple to say with ought knowledge you can't lead any one in these world. Again I have learn that as a person you must stand by your words,mission and  vision that you will prepare to die for Amen.


He taught me that enemies need not be feared but embraced and shown sense.


I will always keep with me perseverance, love and forgiveness. He persevered under hard conditions fighting for the freedom of our beloved Mzansi, He showed Love to those who oppressed him and mostly forgave them.

Thulane K

What I won't forget about Mandela is his courage to stand tall against oppression. Sacrificing his freedom. Most of all, when he had the power to rule forever he declined and handed over the presidency to another (unlike most African leaders).

Chibuzo (Nigeria)

uTata Mandela taught me to:
- Forgive, no matter what the circumstances, not only is it good for the soul, but you end up free as well.
-  To be tolerant
-  To accept all people from different walks of life, cause the skin colour might be different, but everything else is the same.
- To stand up for what you believe in, and fight for what is right.
- To be humble, and not use authority to belittle or mistreat others....
He was a true leader, and I’ll forever be grateful.  Today, I am able to walk around freely, without fear of victimisation.  It’s all thanks to him.

One of the most important lessons I take from Madiba is to stay true to my beliefs. I believe that is what made him legendary. Another is a spirit the lifelong learning. He spent most of his time reading and that is what helped shape his ideas and way of thinking.  He leaved an extraordinary life indeed. May His soul find Rest in the arms of the lord he so faithfully served.

Koketso SP Mogwera

I’ve learned that one’s mind is stronger than the heart.

Candice Collins

You taught us the way; you played a million man position; you may be gone but memories will last forever.

Siyabulela Tata

If you want to change a nation for the better, you have to believe it is possible.. with patience and wisdom.

Tasneem Saunders

Forgiveness and humility that shows to the people it lead us to follow in his footsteps.


I have learnt humility and respect from such a great soul.  He was so clever in his thoughts and preparation for every choice he made. It still baffles me. I love him, for everything he was and will be. I am proud to have lived in and era of a truly great man.


He was a man who was full of wisdom. Indeed a giant of our lifetime has passed on, his kindness and sympathy will be always be remembered.

Mawethu Kosani

The lessons I will learn from Madiba is 1stly the courage to forgive..I will learn to appreciate what I have today because Madiba fought so hard for me to be where I am today and also being free.I love tata so much; he will always be in my heart.


He taught me truth; trust and faith can't take me further than anyone who goes furthest and he also inspired me that never give up in what you want rather be prepared to die for it.

Daniel Seane

The lesson from Madiba I will always keep with me is that “ I must forgive” and “reconcile”.

Hellen M Ramakgoakgoa

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