PLEASE NOTE:

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

 
Greypatriot
 
Comments: 14
Article views: 740
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Greypatriot's badges.
 

What former President Mandela will leave us

09 July 2013, 14:41

Millions of people from all over the world have been paying homage to old President Nelson Mandela, while critically ill in hospital with lung infection. The public tributes and demonstrations of love and respect fill one with sadness, wonder and pride as a South African.

One invariably ponders what the man Mandela had done as a man and leader to inspire this magnitude of sympathy, love and respect. Was it the way he lived his life, was it the sacrifices that he made during his time in prison, was it what he did for people and the country or was it the values and principles that he stood for? It is a mystery that must be demystified so that future generations of leaders can learn from it.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu used the word magnanimity to describe the personality and influence of the icon. The word is rich in meaning and covers many of the attributes we adore and respect in people. The word refers to:

·         A greatness of mind and soul;

·         The disdain one has for injustice and meanness;

·         The ability to rise above revenge;

·         The sacrifice of personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects,

·         The delight one takes in acts of benevolence;

·         The ability to encounter danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness.

We can gain greatness as a nation when we heed his personal contributions, values and principles. A culture of magnanimity would be the great legacy of the icon.

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
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Onthatile Mogotji
Back to colonialization – 39 year...

In 1976 students all over South Africa protested when the government of the time wanted to introduce Afrikaans into black schools. The infamous Soweto uprising and the killing of people as a consequence. Read more...

25 comments 1898 views
Submitted by
Blackie Coco White
Why racism in rugby must fall...

On that fateful day in 1995, when a great black icon - other than Shaka or Dingaan - dared to cross the threshold of a laager, time stood still... And a country held its collective breath.  Read more...

23 comments 869 views
Submitted by
Hubert Khobane
R 19 billion and 36 000 ghost emp...

The Northwest Province has set a record, no not a local record, nor a national record, but for that matter and international record! Read more...

10 comments 1146 views
Submitted by
ohomen171
Memories OF Rats On Okinawa 44 Ye...

Last night Elena made a list of all of the countries that she had visited around the world. Her list came to 22-23 countries. Read more...

6 comments 750 views
Submitted by
Edward Strick
Farewell South Africa

Leaving South Africa is extremely hard no matter how excited you are about your new ventures, the exit stamp at immigration is your first “final boarding call”.  Read more...

22 comments 4112 views
Submitted by
Nelson Kgwete
Public servants are already force...

Axed EFF MP Andile Mngxitama is attempting to revive his political career through a new movement called Land First Black First and is threatening to stage a revolution that would see, amongst other things, public representatives and government officials being compelled to use government facilities, including schools and hospitals.  Read more...

2 comments 595 views
 

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 Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 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.