Father of the Nation

2011-06-04 10:14

South Africa, like many other countries on the continent and the rest of the world, has many challenges, moments of celebrations, hopes, pains and dreams.

But the most notable feature that distinguishes Mzansi from the rest is that it gave birth to one of the most illustrious, magnanimous, visionary, intelligent, selfless and gallant leaders the world has ever known.

Nelson Mandela, Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe, a warrior, commander, Nobel prize winner, a comrade and statesman, I laud you.

You never fail to provide leadership when South Africa and the world needs your forever wise, timeous and relevant counsel.

When the old Pretoria regime entrenched its might and subverted the will of the majority, intimidating, maiming and killing our compatriots, you raised your hand, left behind the wife, children, family and career to defend your people by the barrel of a gun through Umkhonto weSizwe.

You emerged from jail after many years of hardship and torture, and called for peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.You taught us that forgiveness liberates, that two wrongs don’t make a right.

When the evil, racist and blood-thirsty right-wingers brutally assassinated our beloved Chris Hani, you quelled the anger and frustrations of your people, and meticulously handled a volatile situation that was potentially chaotic, and order was restored.

The country was spared from what was a looming civil war.

Dalibhunga, you assumed the highest office in the land and illustrated that you were there to serve the people, not enrich yourself.

Last month, when the failed ­so-called defenders of the Constitution declared that they were not going to vote and undermined the significance of that privilege that many have died for, Madiba, you stood to be counted and once again you led by example by casting your vote.

We salute you Father of the Nation, our dearest grandfather!

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