'Long live Mandela-ism'

2012-07-18 14:04

Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela’s legacy should live further than schools, clinics, and even the 67 years he spent in active struggle for freedom, it was said on Wednesday, on his 94th birthday, at his home village of Qunu.

Speaking at a colloquium at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and academic Xolela Mangcu said Mandela’s legacy is contained in his ideas, which played a role in the political and economic emancipation of black South Africans.

Thus his ideals, beliefs, and selfless struggle should not only be preserved through archives, but also disseminated to all spheres of society, they added.

Both also said archives were meant to inspire, provoke, and bring hope to the downtrodden, while bringing no comfort to autocrats, despots, and authoritarians.

“All these archival steps for them not to be buried under sand dunes must become living artifacts and documents for a global call to action and pointers to a better world and better future for all mankind,” said Sexwale, who is also chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

He added that Mandela Day – an internationally recognised day – is an initiative of the NMF, whose mission, “as directed by Mandela himself”, is the preservation of his legacy.

“Indeed, he is a living global archive whose philosophy can be summarised in one word, Mandela-ism: the spirit of selflessness, sacrifice, people’s soldier, prisoner, president, freedom fighter, philanthropist, dedicated democrat, scholar, lawyer, revolutionary, visionary, reconciler, unifier, nationalist and internationalist. Long live Mandela-ism.”

Addressing the colloquium, which is in its second day, Mangcu suggested that Madiba be seen as not just a man, but the embodiment of an idea, and that this should become curriculum in higher learning.

“If we are to preserve the legacy of Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe, and all others who matter, we must find a way to institutionalise these legacies where we teach our children ... It would be about remembering him and protecting his legacy from ourselves,” he said.

Celebrations to commemorate the former statesman’s date of birth were held in Qunu and Mvezo, where he was born.

The museum has organised a number of activities this week to mark Mandela Day.

The colloquium was jointly organised by the museum and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and brought together experts, academics, scholars, and government leaders.

Sexwale also urged the collective to, in its special resolutions, echo the African Union Summit condemnation of northern Mali rebels who are occupying Mali.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-18 14:08

    Long Live the Spirit of Madiba Long live

      gershon.hutchinson - 2012-07-18 14:16

      jowza1 - 2012-07-18 14:52

      jou ma het jou uit gegooi

      jowza1 - 2012-07-18 15:02

      hoe weet jy.was jy saam met haar

      neil.vanheerden.94 - 2012-07-18 15:02

      Ja en joune het uit 'n gutter gekruip Chutia.

      jowza1 - 2012-07-18 15:09


  • Lourenzo - 2012-07-18 14:28

    Amandla, awathu, Viva Nelson Mandela Viva, VIVA!!!!

  • harryhobbit - 2012-07-18 14:32

    Yes. Furthermore I suggest that Africans who get educated, speak English and contribute like Madiba be nicknamed the "Madibite's" Not to be confused with coco-nuts. So if anyone calls an english speaking African with an education, who seeks to contribute to society a coconut, then just say. No, I am not a coconut. I am a Madibite, just like Madiba, who speaks English, has an education, and helps his society. Do I get a second?

      Lourenzo - 2012-07-18 14:35

      What are you talking about "boss"

      harryhobbit - 2012-07-18 14:46

      Besides being a leader and revolutionary, Mandela was also understood the value of being an educated man, speaking English and contributing to society. On the other hand Africans who try to do the same are labelled as coco-nuts. So they should assert that they are more like Madiba than their uneducated, non english speaking, non contributing critics.

      kgolane.thulare - 2012-07-18 15:09

      @harryhobbit ... We see your ideas bra...maybe they are from a good place... but in our culture we dont seperate people based on those lines...and we dont pride ourselves on speaking "English",there's nothing special about it.

      harryhobbit - 2012-07-18 15:26

      @kgolane - I think that's a tragedy. South Africans have no future in an English speaking, educated, value adding world without it. I think leaders really need to embrace these very necessary changes. I mean where do you see South Africans without those qualities in 10 years time? What's your idea of the direction SA is heading in without those qualities? Isn't it time to embrace a bit of change in the culture instead of staying the same forever while the world changes around?

      kgolane.thulare - 2012-07-19 11:06

      @harry ... Do speak any African languages...? When atleast 1% of the whites in SA speak Zulu, we can engage in a discussion about embracing cultures. Until then please read a book about our way of life as Africans before the ships arrived, you might find some qualities which the "world" should be adopting from us.

  • Billy - 2012-07-18 14:44

    lol odd thought, in 2000 years people will say how he went to prison so they can be free. story kinda sounds familiar, i wonder how out of context it will get eventually.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-18 14:49

    good man, good ideals.

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-18 16:18

      Ideals which did not work out so well.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-07-18 14:52

    Breaking News;- It is being mooted by a senior ANC/communist party that South Africa be renamed Mandelila. The SABC has devoted its programmes today entirely about Mandela.I wonder people were murdered, babies raped and foreigners killed and uprooted from their homes today. This country is absolutely ridiculous.

      jowza1 - 2012-07-18 15:03

      what has all this got to do with mandela

  • zikhona3 - 2012-07-18 14:56

    Happy birth day Tatomkulu Mandela may you live longer to ripe the fruit of freedom you fight for. Enjoy your day.

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-18 16:16

      The fruit you speak of is getting more rotten, day by day. His ANC now wants to remove our right to know about how they bungle and steal us blind -and call it Protection of Information.

  • ball.ox.54 - 2012-07-18 15:02

    Mandelaism? A new religion in the making, perhaps?

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-18 15:11

    Long Live Tata Mandela Long Live

  • Lourenzo - 2012-07-18 15:33

    Lets all support Madiba's Birthday and buy his kids airtime on 073 912 9152

      harryhobbit - 2012-07-18 15:43

      Oh Geez, I'm gonna send my account details for Mandela's struggling family. They must take however much they need.

      zikhona3 - 2012-07-18 15:51

      Shame on you making Mandela day your stupid gain,it proves that you don't wish old man happy birth. May GOD give you airtime for life.

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-18 16:11

      Mandela can buy his own kids airtime. Anyway, I left a "call me" message on the 073 912 9152. Waste of time. Still waiting.

  • Simson Möller - 2012-07-18 15:38

    Ha ha ha. This old fella is so overrated!! Hero to some, terrorist to others....

      jowza1 - 2012-07-18 15:54

      you a moron to some,idiot to others

  • Austin Fox - 2012-07-18 15:55

    More & more years to come hpy bday Madiba

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-18 15:55

    That's right. One day per year a bit of a celebration here and there, is not nearly enough. Believe it or not, we can even see on the News24 poll that as much as half of the people don't celebrate St. Madiba Day at all! It should become law that every household has an A4 sized mounted picture of Him and this be hung this on the walls of one's lounge and that a candle belighted in front of it at least twice a week. There could be done so much more to promote the owners' of the Madiba Brand© interests. Every supermarket should have a line of traditional foods, and beers with His picture. In the toy-sections, where are the Madiba Action Figures, duvet-covers and masks? Why not have a Madiba Day every 1st day of the month? (Excepting April -so as not to confuse people.)

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