SOME of us never really took part in the apartheid era. I was only three years old when Mandela was released from prison and only seven when he became president, so I don’t have many memories of him. But today I have seen the hero’s legacy, the hero who was celebrated, loved and respected by the nation while I was growing up. I turned on the television and the whole nation was alive and overwhelmed by the sudden loss. Social networks were buzzing with activity; the focus solely on one of the greatest men to have lived during our time.