Mandela trusted the ANC for his Reconciliation project

2014-02-06 06:58

From a very early age I remember asking my grandmother who were the two men in the photo hanging on her wall. One was white, one was black, they were both smiling, not at each other but at the people.

It was a picture of Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk my granny told me. She said Mandela freed us, and de Klerk had to help in freeing us: he had no choice, the system had to end.

I had no opinion on the matter, I was just a child.

I would then grow and understand deeper how both these men impacted my life. I've never met them, yet what they stood for and represented touched my life in so many ways.

One represented the apartheid government. A ruthless regime that cheated blacks of their humanity, it made them animals, it made them visitors in their own land and worst of all, it killed and tortured them for nothing else other than being black.

Apartheid wounded my people, its scars were directly inflicted to my generation. Its legacy laughs at me in schools, in universities, in places of work and even in my social surroundings. I as a black person am hundreds steps behind achieving economic freedom because of such a regime.

The other man represented a people, united in their diversity fighting this ruthless regime under the banner of the African National Congress and other movements. He represented a people cheated of their humanity and made animals. He along with many others was jailed, tortured and reduced to nothing for fighting for what he believed was right.

While the other was forced in a situation to end apartheid as my granny said and now I agree with her, the other preached reconciliation and tried to unite a country divided on an edge of civil war.

It is reconciliation he preached during his life time. It is reconciliation he is preaching after death.

On his last Will, Nelson Mandela left the ANC 10% to 30% of royalties from the NMF. This he said was to help

"..disseminate information on the National Congress policies since 1912..."

He then continues to say

"... particularly on policies and principles of reconciliation amongst the people of South Africa.."

So, according to Nelson Mandela, the policies of the ANC made since its formation in 1912 are still relevant today. Nelson Mandela still saw the ANC is the party that can and will unite South Africans.

He knew his project of reconciling and uniting South Africans was incomplete and was to be completed by South African, united as a people under the banner of the African National Congress.

These are not just words about the ANC on a will, they are a message from Mandela to South Africans.

That we each try to live so to realize a South Africa united in its diversity.

It is all our duty, no matter how one feels about the ANC leadership, to help assist in spreading its policies, that are based on the Freedom Charter which  says

"..South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people"

"that our country will never be prosperous or free until all our people live in brotherhood, enjoying equal rights and opportunities"

"that only a democratic state, based on the will of all the people, can secure to all their birthright without distinction of colour, race, sex or belief"

It is this at core to the message of reconciliation Nelson Mandela preached.

I hope and pray that opposition parties stop trying to poach Nelson Mandela from the ANC. If it had lost its values and principles and there was another option better than it, maybe he would have left money for that option, be it DA, FF+ or UDM.

Nelson Mandela did not leave money to a social movement, an interest group or an opposition party.

But he left money for the ANC, because he still believed in it. He still saw it as the only party that can be trusted to reconcile and unite South Africans and provide a better life for all.

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