Dear stalwarts, thank you

2014-03-16 14:00

South African politics this week bade farewell to stalwarts of the liberation struggle and architects of our democratic state.

The phrase “end of an era” is one that gets bandied about way too easily these days. But

it is one that fits the exit from the scene of Andrew Mlangeni, Ben Turok, Sophie de Bruyn, Kgalema Motlanthe and Trevor Manuel.

These leaders have more than a century of jail time between them, time served in the service of the people of this country. Between them, they have more than two centuries of dedication to the betterment of the lives of South Africans.

Having sacrificed their younger lives to the struggle, they spent their senior years building a new republic.

After 1994, Mlangeni, Turok and De Bruyn toiled tirelessly on the benches of Parliament. They asked for no reward and no glory.

Motlanthe and Manuel rose to high office but neither exhibited arrogance nor did he succumb to bad temptations.

To these leaders, the nation says “thank you”. To those who take the baton forward, the nation says “serve as they did”.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.