Can we continue his walk?

2014-12-06 00:00

THE first anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s death passed with little fanfare at the site where he was arrested in 1962. By midday, there were only two flowers laid next to the ­sculpture and a single candle.

Following Mandela’s death last year, thousands of people, including tourists, travelled to the site near Howick to lay flowers and pay their respects. But yesterday it was a different story.

But yesterday, there were hardly any members of the public present when an entourage of ANC luminaries led by Premier Senzo Mchunu and national chairperson Baleka Mbete arrived. Members of the ruling party held a commemorative event at the capture site.

However, grandmother Avrille Kok was there. She had brought her three grandchildren to the event, saying she hoped they would learn an important lesson about the history of the country.

At one point, she shouted at her two ­grandchildren who were busy playing around. “You can play with that cellphone anytime. I brought you to this memorial service so you can learn about the ­history of the country,” she said.

Kok said Mandela was a leader of integrity who fought against racial domination.

She said Mandela would be disappointed ­because racism, especially in the job sector, had continued.

V Avrille Kok, grandmother

“You can play with that cellphone anytime. I brought you to this memorial service so you can learn about the history of the country.”

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