Locking Madiba’s love into our hearts

2013-07-09 00:00

IN an attempt to keep Madiba’s legacy alive, a group of people, young and old, from the Morningside area have decided to put “legacy lock” padlocks on a fence at the corner of Gordon and Florida roads.

The fence belongs to eThekwini Metro, and organiser Patrick ­Coetzee said they decided to go ahead with the initiative even though they had not been granted permission by the municipality yet.

He said he had requested meetings with eThekwini tourism officials but they had not made time to meet yet due to a busy schedule.

Coetzee said yesterday the group hoped all community members would get involved. “Mandela transcends any group, gender, race or age, or any specific subculture. It would be great if there’s a way of keeping his legacy without him being branded for ­monetary gains by a specific sub­culture, individual or group, that will last longer for the general public,” he said.

Commenting on the ongoing battle and division in the Mandela family, Coetzee said it is a sad and terrible thing that in this hour there would be a squabble “for silver” among those close to him, while Madiba is in fact “worth gold”.

“What we are doing here is trying to remember Nelson Mandela’s legacy. Sometimes it’s quite complicated to leave flowers, because flowers will die, so we have to find other ways. What we’ve chosen to do today and hopefully going forward, is to get people to put a lock on this fence. We call it a ‘legacy lock’, nothing more complicated than saying ‘I’m committed to keeping Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive’. In some small way, this is my public statement of saying ‘long live Madiba’. I hope that in a couple of days, more people will come and put a padlock on this fence. Even those overseas can ask people locally to put a lock on this fence on their behalf,” he said.

The acting head of communications in eThekwini Metro, Mandla Ntsele, said it was the first time he had heard about the matter. He said he would look into it today.

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