Mandela fought for rights

2016-10-12 06:00

THERE is a difference between peaceful protests and demonstrations and war and/or riots. Mandela fought for rights and freedoms of people, but he never burnt down buildings or stoned cars.

He fought for education and the right to education without hurting others. He was attacked, but did not retaliate. He was a freedom fighter, but did so peacefully not waging war on institutions that bring education. What would he say if he were here today?

He is noted as a man of peace and liberation, fighting for rights. He is an admired, notable icon in the struggle. He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize and do you think he got that by destroying cars or institutions or residences or buildings? You never heard that he ever did that, and that’s how he got answers to the country’s biggest problem?

He empowered people, he did not disempowered us as a country or as a people. He never stooped to violence, but peace that is why he was recognised as a man of character and integrity, respected and known for his selfless, not selfish deeds and acts of kindness. Are we making him proud to see what he fought for now burning in the rubble?

Why do we give 67 minutes for Mandela Day - to give back to our community, not take way, to perform acts of kindness, how kind is it to destroy buildings used for education and hurl stones at innocent passers-by or cars? When did Mandela do this, hurt innocent people? He is a role model and he did it all in peace. He overcame the greatest oppression through peaceful methods not harmful ways.

“I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.”

How many can say this is how we stand? He is a man of influence and how did he get there and change our country and its laws? We never saw him forcing people to join him in the struggle or torching places meant for good or government buildings. How did he get where he was in peace and ubuntu?

He was in prison, yet he sought reconciliation not retribution. He is a hero and was looked up to because of who he was as a person, brave and good, not for hurting others, but for loving people even in their wrong.

He had courage and bridged the greatest divide. Live to make him, yourself and God proud of your actions. When you stand before the throne one day will you be happy and know God is proud of you for the good things you’ve done and what you’ve become or achieved?

Are you hurting people in the process to achieve your goals or are you helping people and living a Mandela legacy?

Build not break, help not harm, heal not hurt, harmony not hostility. Carry “the flame”’ or his torch with honour. Our country is us, we represent the values in our Constitution by our lifestyles. Make the world a better place, do something great, significant and worth remembering by all as an example.

Inspire restoration and recovery through your contribution. Support his cause for peace and be a world-changer and a history-maker. Celebrate his life by making a remarkable difference in the lives of others. Follow in his footsteps and walk in peace. Lead by heroic acts, outstanding achievements and noble qualities.

Be a channel of peace, shine your light to the nations and give hope to the world. Dare to dream of unity and the opportunity to be an enlightened leader promoting positivity in our world, accomplish greatness through random acts of kindness and be the change you want to see in others.

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