Sexwale: Mandela Day about reconciliation

2011-06-20 15:11

Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela is not famous for being a freedom fighter or former president but for striving for reconciliation, Nelson Mandela Foundation trustee and Housing Minister Tokyo Sexwale said on Monday.

"He put a white flag in the hands of his enemies and helped them to raise it. This is what the world has seen in him and this is what Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrating," Sexwale said at the 2011 launch of the day in Houghton.

Nelson Mandela International Day would be on July 18. The day, which is also the former president's birthday, had been marked since 2009 to celebrate Mandela's impact on the world.

The launch was held to provide context about the day, and to remember Mandela's contribution to the creation of a democratic South Africa.

Sexwale said that people were not there to remember the man but what he stood for.

"Nelson Mandela's influence will only be felt in South Africa when people follow his ideas and reconcile differences with their enemies.

"The message is in our hands. Madiba won't always be with us and this day is there to remind us that we all need to make sure that it is spread throughout the world."

On Sunday, ANC veteran and Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela praised re-elected ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, saying he was like her former husband.

Malema has said that if the ANC failed with land reform, the league would "lead a revolution which seeks to reclaim the land" from the country's minority owners.

  • one-way - 2011-06-20 15:16

    Try spreading it throughout South Africa first then go big!

      kolobe - 2011-06-20 15:48

      in south africa reconciliation has been a one way street,tired of bending backwards

      Felix - 2011-06-20 15:55

      Oh please piggy kolobe, the only time you bent over backwards was when you were trying to break into a decent families house through the cat flap.

      Point Blank - 2011-06-20 15:57

      @Kolobe, hahahahha! You haven't lifted a finger now you want to claim that you actually did anything.... typical.

      Virginia - 2011-06-20 16:18

      AdolfHitler, its people like you that keeps on with the discontent like Malema. Stop worrying about what happened before 1994, we must go forward in this country, our children require this. You sound like many of our "black" commentors, just will not change.

  • paulf - 2011-06-20 15:20

    The new ANC under Zuma does not view the same as Mandela. There is No Reconsiliation under Zuma.

      mabebeza - 2011-06-20 15:33

      @SexyTshepo u not funny..u talking nonsense...

      tut - 2011-06-20 15:35

      @Tsoti Tshepo - Good luck corpse!

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 15:45

      @SexyTshepo please go troll on another site, you are creating problems that you cannot even fathom. This is not a playground to look for attention. It is a serious site with serious life affecting issues. If you want to troll godo it on another page please.

      Thor - 2011-06-20 15:47

      Come tsepo come... In the past 15 years you have shown one thing, that is you cannot orginise a piss up in a brewery so good luck

      HONKY101 - 2011-06-20 15:48

      SexyTshepo, go back to Zimbabwe and give big boy Mugabe a blowjob !!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-06-20 15:57 name is SexyTshepo, ...and I am an IDIOT... ..just like Julius Woodwork Malema...

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 16:10

      @ SexyTshepo no response to me? proven troll. stop it, seriously. it is not funny to anyone.

      ANCockup - 2011-06-20 16:12

      @Tshepo the .45 I have I took from one of your brothers when he tried to rob me. Guess where he is now?

      SexyTshepo - 2011-06-20 16:21

      neil i did not think your useless comment had warranted a reply.... the revolution is on its way boy.... get ready!

      Virginia - 2011-06-20 16:22

      Sexytshepo, read in the history book what happened in the American civil war, The people moved on, scorched the land so that no one would have it, so dont be so evil with your words, you are riding on the lips of Malema, who unfortunately will be forever young.

      Virginia - 2011-06-20 16:26

      SexyTshepo go and shack hands with AdolfHitler you both have the same mentality, and remember most in South Africa are wide awake and very much aware of whats happening around them. You are going to be the only unhappy person when we do move out, who are u and Malema going to steal next, there will be no funds in the coffers.

      Willem Louw - 2011-06-20 16:29

      SexyTshepo, you are a bafoon. Do you really think that the gun law is disarming people? They are hiding the guns. There are real right wing military boys out there with enough fire power to recreate "Bloed Rivier" a million times over. Whites have been outnumbered before - look at history. If a war is what you want, your going to loose! What you don't seem to realise is that if you go this route, the whites will stop paying their bonds, extract as much money as they can before going to Europe. Investors will leave, and take their jobs and Euros and dollars with them. You will be left with lots of land, lots of debt and millions of mouths to feed... Does that sound like a smart plan 2 u?

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 16:35

      hahaha, just what i thought...still trolling...seriously though. I really think you are creating more bad than good even thought you probably think the opposite...

      LBS - 2011-06-20 17:16

      "Sexless"Tshepo, take MY house? Ha ha, think again my boy!

  • Pigmalion - 2011-06-20 15:24

    Malema? Reconciliation?

  • mamakalami - 2011-06-20 15:25

    Pity it's not a public holiday.

      DeonL - 2011-06-20 15:37

      It probably will become 1 after his death.

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-20 15:26

    If only we had people like Sexwale or Ramaphosa standing in the wings and looking to run the country I'd feel a bit better. What is Mandela's legacy if it's left to militant liberation minded haters like Malema to take this country forward. The place will fall apart in a vortex of hatred, ignorance and poverty.

      Matlhomola - 2011-06-20 15:40

      GORILLA, you only want to hear sweet music about how South Africa belongs to all who live in it, Blacks and Whites, but you don't want us to continue our struggle to achieve a better life for all, because it seeks equal everything with regards to wealth, go hang yourself, you can wish for Sexwale and Ramaphosa because they are millionaires made by your fellow racists hence they'll treat you comfortably just like Mandela did, despite what your ancestors did to him and the Black nation in general.

      ANCockup - 2011-06-20 15:50

      @Matlhomola dont you ever get tired of blaming whites for your poor standard of living? Why dont you blame your black tendency to overbreed, go on strike, burn down schools, drink beer all day and break everything that you touch? Its not our fault that you are inferior. You are black get over it.

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 15:51

      @Matilhoma, I want you to continue your struggle and find a better life for all, but not under premise of race, because that is racial, and therefor racist. If you are refering to Malema's struggle, let me just tell you that he is my age, and I struggle far more than him. He lives in a mansion. Trust me, if you want to find out the truth, look at where Malema got his money so different than Sexwale, hey... I dont want anyone to struggle, I want to live in a free and equal you?

      Gorilla - 2011-06-20 15:55

      Matlhomola, Firstly. Don't claim to know my race, political view or aspirations, it only serves to amplify your ignorance. Secondly, no-one is asking to be treated "comfortably" all people want is a fair opportunity to make a living. Lastly, do you not think "the struggle" is over? What are you struggling against? We have a government of our choosing in place and the opportunities in South Africa are bent and slanted in favour of our previously oppressed people. How much more should we struggle? The time for struggle is long gone, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and put your shoulder to the wheel. Your talk of hanging and racism belongs in the past.

      Together - 2011-06-20 15:58

      Matlhomola, it was the BEE and AA laws passed by the ANC that helped Sexwale and Ramaphosa to succeed. They took the opportunity given to them by the ANC and used it well. I'm surprised that you are calling the ANC racist. Is there something in SA's water that is causing this level of confusion amongst youth league members? And are you sure that it's ANC policy to tell citizens of SA to hang themselves? When did that become a law? Enlighten us.

      Felix - 2011-06-20 15:58

      Matlhomola, you have a patetic outlook on life. Be your own boss and stop thinking you need a whity to get rich. F***ing entitlement syndrome.

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 15:59

      @ANCockup Black people are not inferior, you are a very confused individual if you think that. I do think that blaming everything on white people is idiotic, but the rest of your comment is pretty racist, and just creates a bigger divide and more problems between different races.

      7thFloor - 2011-06-20 16:06

      @Matlhomola I find it amusing you still blame the white minority for your current struggle. The money of South Africa has long been in the hands of the black man. The average white man might still be in lucrative positions but they get tax heavily. So if you looking to blame someone for your current miss givings look either to your left, your govenment or to your right, into the mirror. Don't look back at the white man.

      ANCockup - 2011-06-20 16:16

      @Neil Meiring please list all of the techological advances/inventions made by black people. While you are about it, please list all African countries with a standard of living higher that say...Switzerland or maybe Australia....

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 16:24

      @ANCockup evwn though I dont think that it is relevant at all: Some Inventions Made by Black People air conditioning unit: Frederick M. Jones; July 12, 1949 almanac: Benjamin Banneker; Approx 1791 auto cut-off switch: Granville T. Woods; January 1,1839 auto fishing devise: G. Cook; May 30, 1899 automatic gear shift: Richard Spikes; February 28, 1932 baby buggy: W.H. Richardson; June 18, 1899 bicycle frame: L.R. Johnson; Octber 10, 1899 biscuit cutter: A.P. Ashbourne; November 30, 1875 blood plasma bag: Charles Drew; Approx. 1945 cellular phone: Henry T. Sampson; July 6, 1971 chamber commode: T. Elkins; January 3, 1897 clothes dryer: G. T. Sampson; June 6, 1862 curtain rod: S. R. Scratton; November 30, 1889 curtain rod support: William S. Grant; August 4, 1896 door knob: O. Dorsey; December 10, 1878 door stop: O. Dorsey; December 10, 1878 dust pan: Lawrence P. Ray; August 3, 1897 egg beater: Willie Johnson; February 5, 1884 electric lampbulb: Lewis Latimer; March 21, 1882 elevator: Alexander Miles; October 11, 1867 eye protector: P. Johnson; November 2, 1880

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 16:28

      @ ANCockup you see it is not really relevant, I dont see why everything has to be classified into racial terms. What I said and what I want you to understand is that if you are calling people inferior based on their race, that is racist. Do you want to be a racist? I dont, I think it is stupid and evil. If you do, go ahead, but then you cant really compalin about other peoples views on race, because you immediately see them as inferior and therefor their opinions dont matter. You see how racism is a contradiction and idiotic? anyway...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-06-20 16:46

      @ANCockup, ..I agree....!! true... ....well said...!!!

      Pamela - 2011-06-20 17:05

      Give Niel Meiring a bells!

      JohannV - 2011-06-20 18:55

      Neil Meiring, please see about your "Black inventors": Miles did not invent the elevator - just somethng to do with the doors; Spikes crafted an IMPROVED gear shift; the first traffic signal was invented in the UK in 1868; etc, etc. But I agree, NOT all Blacks are inferior, just like NOT all Whites are brandy-guzzling racists.

      AdolfHitler - 2011-06-21 07:06

      Neil Meiring I think you should go and re-look all of what you said, not one of those things was invented by a black man. All was white, these blacks usually had just a small input in the whole inventiond. Please do yourself a favour and read more on all of what you said, google it, Wikipedia it, check history books, Like I have, and you will understand and learn more about the world. And Niel do your self another favour Copy and Paste this links one by one and watch the clip, maybe you will get more light in your life.

  • Darwinian - 2011-06-20 15:26

    Reconciliation? South Africa? whatever.......

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-20 15:27

    Is this an attempt at damage repair ?!!...Unfortunately Tokyo, your comrades think otherwise. Please talk to them first !!!

      sardonicus - 2011-06-20 15:59

      Right on! Poor Tokyo has to put his face to the ground and suck up all that bile Julius and Co. spew. There always seems to be two faces to the ANC. Never know where you really stand with them.

  • Louis III - 2011-06-20 15:28

    Oh ferpetesake, what an insult to Madiba!

  • Point Blank - 2011-06-20 15:28

    Call us criminals and then call for reconciliation? Screw you.

  • DeonL - 2011-06-20 15:31

    Malema is nothing like Mandela.

  • tut - 2011-06-20 15:34

    So Mr. Sexwale what's Malema about? War? violence? anarchy? hatred? genocide? racism? Please tell us what the ANC's mandate is with this tyrant in the making?

  • willieman - 2011-06-20 15:35

    Tokyo start by telling Malema where to get of then i will believe you when you talk about reconciliation.Malema is busy polirising this nation and no one in the ANC is prepared to take him head on,All you are afraid to loose your positions in the movement,

      Virginia - 2011-06-20 16:32

      Willieman they wont tell him where to go, they all fear for their lives, just like robert Mugabi in Zim, they are run by their youth leagues and Winnie Mandela.

      LBS - 2011-06-20 17:28

      I think Virginia is right!

  • USSA - 2011-06-20 15:35

    If Madiba Day (a load of publicity crap) is so important, why has Madiba never questioned Malema and Zuma outright about breaking his promises?

      stefan.strydom87 - 2011-06-20 15:45

      Madiba is retired!! You will notice that he has not endorsed Malema either. He has also said nothing about Zimbabwe, bin Laden, the Arab spring, Israel or any other recent political issue because he is retired and very frail.

      Andrew - 2011-06-20 16:25

      USSA(AKA USELESS) Don't you think Madiba has done enough and deserves some peace.

  • Dominic - 2011-06-20 15:42

    Let's hope the responsible older ANC members, the genuine liberators, realise how urgently they need to contain the damage Malema is wreaking. Interesting, though not surprising, that Winnie is cosying up to Malema. A pity that she continues to dishonour her ex-husband's legacy, but I guess it's that tendency which led to their divorce.

  • Willem Louw - 2011-06-20 15:44

    Malema, endorsed by an bitter muderous, criminal like Winnie Mandela. You know what they say about birds of a feather....

      ANCockup - 2011-06-20 15:52

      Maybe Baboonalema is screwing Necklace Winnie....I dont think anyone else is desperate enough to sleep with the little fat boy...

  • Jacques Le Roux - 2011-06-20 15:45

    blah blah blah.... ons is nou moeg "gereconciliate". dankie.

  • Stanton - 2011-06-20 15:48

    YOu can never reconcile with Scum Like malema running about . Bring the bloodyu agent to book before we go back to our dark past and everyone will suffer

  • makip - 2011-06-20 15:51

    I think it is fair enough for the people of this country to come out and show how the feel about SA and Nelson mandela.The truth will always come out at the end of the day.Many brown and Pink people dont like each other.You can read and pick up the hatred towards each other from the things they write on this website.Many Africans see Mnadela as a sell out and the Pink people see De klerk as a sell out too.I really dont know what is going to solve the racial slurs and conflict we are facing in this coutry.because at the end of the day we want what is the best for SA.Well the truth is that we stil have a long way to go.It took over 100 years to built Rome, and it is what its goin gto take to built South africa. It aslo going to take more than 100 years to built SA we all want see.Amen

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 16:06

      Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace prize and so did FW De Klerk. I think only a very deluded person would see them as sell-outs.

  • Bidartbru - 2011-06-20 15:52

    I am assuming that there were many rolls of toilet paper available during Winnies speech as the sh*t must have been flowing at a rapid pace from its disgusting mouth. Comparing Nelson to Julias, my arse....

  • HONKY101 - 2011-06-20 15:54

    Tokyo please join the DA, you simply cannot carry on supporting Malema by being in the ANC. Malema is costing SA billions

  • makip - 2011-06-20 15:55

    why hide it a?All races are racists.i am African,brown and i am a racist and the pink people should also admit it too that their also racists,infact they are the worst racist ever .And we all know why pinkies are so racists.Africans stand up and built your own economical Malema, down with zuma

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 16:03

      i am not racist. I have never been. I cannot even imagine being racist. you are a very confused person.

      Anonymus - 2011-06-20 16:45

      @makip - africans have built jack sh*t! all you have done is try to build on exisitng infrastructures put in place by your white masters, which you already buggered up or destroyed!! tell me one thing a black man has invented that has contributed to society?

  • Bobby - 2011-06-20 15:56

    Mandela the statesman, Malema the spoiler. I dont believe we ave had a politician over the last 25 years or so as racist as Malema.

      Dominic - 2011-06-20 16:17

      Eugene Terreblanche was close. I wonder... Could they be related somehow?

  • scud - 2011-06-20 15:56

    Adolf and S Tshepo---are both morons

  • Bobby - 2011-06-20 15:57

    Mandela will leave no legacy, he and we stand betrayed.

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 16:04

      you might unfortunately be right...

  • Point Blank - 2011-06-20 16:00

    "These criminals will never vote for a black man, these criminals who stole everything from us must be chased off their lands!! But hey, it's Mandela day soon and we must all hold hands and sing Kumbaya."

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 16:03

      oh the irony..

  • Denise - 2011-06-20 16:11

    Julius Malema has got light years to travel before he is remotely like Nelson Mandela. It is actually an insult from Auntie Winnie to say that Julius is like her ex-husband. What a cheek. As if Julius has not got a fat head already.

  • bent5000 - 2011-06-20 16:13

    The blood of the farm murder victims is all over Mandela's hands. I have no respect left for Mandela... NONE AT ALL

  • Virginia - 2011-06-20 16:14

    Malema is no way like Madiba, more like Winnie yes, a militant, agrivating person who does not require to be recognised. Madiba will live on for ever in all the minds of the children that met him for the first time 1990.Our little granddaughter at at time was 3 year old and all she wanted to know when is she going to see Mandela.Mr Sexwale I hope you can pass this message on to all, very few of our people get to read or hear about these meetings, except when Mr Malema is spewing all his discontent in the country.

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-06-20 16:15

    wow! south africans u dont fail to dissapoint hey, ull do anything to start yo racial wars....its getting pathetic now, grow up. stupid old things

      ANCockup - 2011-06-20 16:19

      You are obviously referring to Malema.

  • White_Rhino - 2011-06-20 16:27

    Malema's feelings toward the whites is the same as Hitler's feelings was toward the Jews.

  • Totman - 2011-06-20 16:31

    Just received this joke and I thought of sharing it with you all. On a recent trip to the USA, Julius Malema, addressed a major gathering of native American Indians. He spoke for almost an hour on his plans for South Africa and how he envisioned nationalising the mines. At the conclusion of his speech, the crowd presented him with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name – Walking Eagle. A very chuffed Malema then departed in his motorcade, waving to the crowds. A news reporter later asked one of the Indians how they came to select the new name given to Malema. They explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full of sh*t that it can no longer fly.

  • Mlungu X - 2011-06-20 16:32

    Discipline the fascists Tokyo...then we can talk about reconciliation...I am tired of the mixed messages! one ANC hand offers an olive branch and the other offers a bloody panga...

  • Faansie - 2011-06-20 16:34

    Tell that to Malema

  • White_Rhino - 2011-06-20 16:35

    You can take every cent in SA and give it to the blacks. Within 10 years the whites will have all the money again. Education is the key. Malema should be focusing on the non existent education for blacks rather than anything else. Education creates lasting wealth. Turning SA into Zim would not help anyone. Slicing your face off to spite your ears !!

  • The Real Witch - 2011-06-20 18:09

    Sign the petition!

  • AdolfHitler - 2011-06-21 07:07

    I think you should go and re-look all of what you said, not one of those things was invented by a black man. All was white, these blacks usually had just a small input in the whole inventiond. Please do yourself a favour and read more on all of what you said, google it, Wikipedia it, check history books, Like I have, and you will understand and learn more about the world. And Niel do your self another favour Copy and Paste this links one by one and watch the clip, maybe you will get more light in your life.

  • ThisIsAfrica - 2011-07-15 12:45

    Luke 6: 37 :Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you.

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