How do we honour Mandela the Moral Icon?

2014-12-06 13:03

The sad news of the demise, after a botched attempt to free a US hostage by US Special forces, of our very own Pierre Korkie, held hostage by brigands allegedly linked to Al Qaeda, may have shifted the focus away from commemorating the death anniversary of Nelson Mandela.

If Mandela was alive and active, I can vouch safe he would have used his moral gravitas to secure Korkie's release. His international pedigree was invaluable.

I feel the pain and the loss of a fellow South African and yes, those who perpetrated this vile deed of holding hm hostage disqualified themselves from the human race and they deserve to be crushed like vermin......if they can be found.

The Saturday Star's editorial "Is this how we honour him?" (Saturday Star 6.12.2014) should have been published whilst Madiba was alive for at that time the "hyenas and vultures", terms attributed to Mr Zvelimviva Vavi were gluttonously eyeing the price, now firmly in their grip.

I did not commemorate the anniversary of Mandela's death but I spent much of the day on my knees at the Juma Musjid mosque in Durban asking, imploring Allah to raise Mr Mandela to the highest status afforded to His servants. Madiba deserved no less.

I also spent those two hours deeply reflecting how we, yes you and I, could allow our government to fall into the hands these hyenas and vultures. How,I asked myself, did it come to pass that some of the best brains trust in SA are treated like the enemy of the ANC led government.

It appalling how we honour him. Mr Mandela was like Moses who led his people out of captivity,split the sea to afford them save passage to safety and on to the promised land with the evil pharoahnic forces hot on their heels. But before we crossed to the other side, we too easily forgave our erstwhile tormentors and allowed them to transfer their skills to those who we elected into power. The labels were changed but the contents were the same.

Yes, as the Saturday Star editor wrote "our country is riddled with corruption" and is currently placed 57 in the corruption index and this is how we honour his memory?

The time is coming, 2016, when we have to define our role in pushing our point home that we will elect and vote for candidates who can effect service delivery.

Even though, a lame duck US President Obama may have said it, "yes, we can do it." We can do this, if we find find common cause and unite against that which causes so much hate and prejudice. Madiba showed us how when he, the  father of  a free South Africa went into the bastille and met Betsy Verwoerd, the wife of the father of apartheid in SA . There was no hate.  He let byegone be byegones.

Surely we too can rise from the ashes of our prejudice and hate and emulate the Mandela moment by acting in deed how he did? Insha Allah,God wills it...

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