South Africans ‘addicted’ to Madiba – Ramphele

2010-07-22 11:31

South Africans have become addicted to former president Nelson

Mandela and need to be cured of this, writer and academic Mamphela Ramphele was

quoted as saying on Die Burger website today.

Ramphele, who also serves on the board of the Nelson Mandela

Foundation, said the country had to start thinking about how it would handle the

void that would be left by Mandela’s death.

She was speaking at a news conference yesterday to welcome Chilean

writer and activist Ariel Dorfman, who will deliver the eighth Nelson Mandela

Annual Lecture this year.

Dorfman is known for plays like Death and the Maiden, which he

wrote in 1990 about Chile’s transformation to democracy.

“Madiba is already 92 years old. He won’t live forever.

When a

parent dies, it leaves a big void. We, as a society, therefore have to think how

we will handle the despondency that will come when this icon passes away,” said


“The best way to do this, is to find ways to give expression to the

principles, ideals and dreams for which Madiba lives.”

She said it was time for South Africans to become quiet to listen

to one another.

“Yes, we have won the admiration of the world, but we also got the

reputation as a very noisy people,” said Ramphele.

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